NDA Newsletter
May. 17, 2013

NDA names 6 scholarship winners for 2013
The National Demolition Association recently announced the names of the six recipients of scholarships presented by the global trade organization representing the demolition industry. "We're pleased to present these scholarships to students who have demonstrated a commitment to serve the local community while maintaining a high level of academic achievement," said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, Executive Director of the Association.


NDA remembers Charlie L. (Chuck) Clark of Three D Services
The Association lost a founding member last week. Charlie (Chuck) L. Clark of Three D Service Company, Inc. in Pomona, Calif., died. His memorial service was held this past weekend. Chuck always had the best interests of the demolition industry at heart whether it was on the local, state, national or international level. His support of the NDA and its SoCal Chapter was unflagging. He almost never missed a convention and served on the Board of Directors and several NDA committees over the course of his career. In 2007 he was the recipient of the National Demolition Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor he richly deserved. He will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues in the industry he helped to shape.

Donations in his honor can be made to:
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
4804 Granite Drive, Suite F-140
Rocklin, CA 95677

Donations can also me made electronically here.More

New AchieveLinks program delivers rewards for NDA and its Members
NDA is proud to announce that the AchieveLinks® rewards program is now available to all our members. AchieveLinks is the unique rewards program created exclusively for associations. Just by making the same purchases you already make for your business and personal needs, you'll earn valuable LinksSM reward points that can be redeemed for exciting rewards, including family vacations, great merchandise, and once in a lifetime experiences.


Plan to participate in this year's ENR Demolition Insert
The National Demolition Association will once again be sponsoring McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record "Demolition Insert" scheduled to run in the Dec. 2 issue of ENR. The annual "Demolition Insert" presents Association members with an exceptional opportunity to market their products and services to the over 250,000 readers of world's premier construction and engineering publication. For more information about participating in this program contact Mike Taylor at NDA Headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or click here. More

Attend the Southern California Golf Outing in City of Industry, Calif.
Southern California Chapter of the National Demolition Association
The Southern California Chapter of the National Demolition Association invites you attend their 2103 Golf Outing at the Pacific Palms resort in City of Industry, Calif., on Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6. Proceeds from this event go to fund the Southern California Chapter Scholarship presented annually at the NDA's Convention.

Click here to download the registration form and sponsorship information.More

New financing tools needed for infrastructure
There is a growing recognition of America's underinvestment in its infrastructure. Many elements of our most critical systems are aging, deteriorating and severely congested, as evidenced by the D-plus grade that the American Society of Civil Engineers recently gave to the nation's infrastructure. There are continuing calls for investment in infrastructure, even from some outspoken "budget hawks," not only to provide the basis for creating construction and manufacturing jobs, but more importantly to sow the seeds for long-run economic growth and global competitiveness.More

Top 10 loss control tips for 2013: Leveraging leading indicators
By Dennis Truitt
Leading indicators are essential to protecting your firm. While lagging indicators certainly have their place sharing our past performance with us, they don't reveal much about what is going on now, or what will happen in the future. For that reason, you should become quite comfortable with pre-use inspections. Checking vehicles, mobile equipment and tools prior to their use can go quite a long way to prevent injury and accidents.More

A higher calling
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The Building Materials Reuse Association, Chicago, has been providing information, research and educational support to the deconstruction and reuse industries for nearly 20 years. In that time there have been great strides within the field, and the opportunity now exists to transform the larger C&D marketplace from one based on waste and debris to a dynamic economy of material resources.More

Seattle tunnel pit complete, assembly of drilling machine accelerates
Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle's $2 billion tunnel project has moved closer to the actual drilling stage, after crews finished the 400-foot pit in which the giant tunnel-boring machine, known as Bertha, is being assembled. "If Bertha is the star of the project, the launch pit is her stage," said Linea Laird, Washington State Department of Transportation administrator for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, in a statement. "Completing the launch pit means we're that much closer to the start of tunneling."More

Seattle tunnel pit complete, assembly of drilling machine accelerates
Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle's $2 billion tunnel project has moved closer to the actual drilling stage, after crews finished the 400-foot pit in which the giant tunnel-boring machine, known as Bertha, is being assembled.More

Combination of demolition techniques remove parking garage attached to functioning hospital
When O'Rourke Wrecking Company won the bid to demolish a massive parking structure that was attached to Ohio's Christ Hospital, and strict vibration restrictions came to the forefront of the job, the Cincinnati-based firm was more than poised to put its tools and skills to work.More

Fresno, Calif., resident Kroeker elcted president of National Demolition Association
The Business Journal
Jeff Kroeker, secretary-treasurer of Kroeker Inc. demolition and recycling contractors in Fresno, has been elected president of the Doylestown, Pa.-based National Demolition Association, a top trade organization for the global demolition industry.More

Razing the roof
Construction & Demolition Recycling
About 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste are generated in the U.S. each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The vast majority of that waste — about 90 percent — is construction scrap from roof installations and tear-offs from roof repairs and replacements. Shingle manufacturing scrap accounts for 9 to 10 percent of this material.More

EPA examines sources of radiation in industrial demolition sites
Elder Demolition
Radioactive gauges and devices are commonly used in industrial buildings for a variety of purposes. These radioactive tools can measure everything from the thickness of metal to the volume of fluids in bottles and cans. Oftentimes they are placed in environments where humans cannot survive — for instance, in a blast furnace. Radioactive devices are often crucial to quality control during the manufacturing process. More