NDA Newsletter
May. 30, 2014

Make plans to attend the So Cal Chapter's 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration in Los Angeles
The Southern California Chapter of the National Demolition Association will be celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary Golf Tournament on June 4-5 at the Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry, Calif. The program includes a cocktail reception and dinner on Wednesday evening followed by the So Cal’s golf tournament on the Pacific Palms beautiful course. For more information, contact NDA headquarters or see the attached flier.More

NDA Board meets in Vancouver June 6-7
The Board of Directors of the National Demolition Association will be holding its summer Board of Directors meeting at the Pan Pacific Hotel on Vancouver’s beautiful waterfront, June 6-7. Among the items to be discussed will be the 2014/15 fiscal year budget, the progress made on the NDA’s Education Initiative and the recent upgrades to the NDA’s website. NDA President Jeff Kroeker of Fresno, California, encourages all NDA members and potential members to attend this important meeting and participate in the governance of the industry’s association.More

Place your order today: ENR Demolition Insert to appear on Oct. 20
The annual McGraw-Hill Engineering News-Record Demolition Insert is scheduled to appear in the October 20th edition of the nation’s leading construction publication. This year’s Insert, which is one of the major Public Relations efforts the NDA undertakes every year, will be part of ENR’s Specialty Contractors Ranking issue, one of the magazine most read edition. For more information about this year’s Demolition Insert see the attached flier or contact Mike Taylor, Ex. Director at NDA Headquarters at 1-800-541-2412.More

Despite signs of economic slowdown, PCA expects construction to grow steadily in next 5 years
Equipment World
Despite data that suggests the economic recovery in the U.S. is slowing down, PCA Chief Economist Ed Sullivan says he still believes construction and cement consumption will steadily grow over the next five years. The economic causes of concern include the fact that real gross domestic product fell during the fourth quarter of 2013 from 4.1 percent to 2.6 percent. In addition, construction activity has slowed, mortgage applications and the housing market in general are stalling and consumer confidence is down, according to a PCA report.More

Demolition preparations move forward for new Sacramento, California, arena
Entrances to the east parking structure below the Downtown Plaza in Sacramento, California, are about to be closed off as workers prepare to demolish the building to make way for a new sports arena. Already, the children's play area has been removed from the mall's atrium. Eventually, the area where the atrium sits will become the center of the new home for the Sacramento Kings.More

UNTHA launches new line of shredders
Construction & Demolition Recycling
Equipment-maker UNTHA has launched a new line of shredders under the XR name. UNTHA says the XR shredders will target the recycling of household, commercial and bulky materials. The shredders include technology that “achieves minimal operating costs with maximum performance,” says the company, which has its North American headquarters in Hampton, New Hampshire. The XR model features the UNTHA Eco Drive, designed to ensure that up to 50 percent less energy is consumed compared to some other electro-hydraulic drive options. More

OSHA launches summer heat safety campaign: Tips to keep outdoor workers safe
Many areas of the country have already experienced temperatures of 90 degrees or more, and it’s not even June. OSHA reminds employers that exposure to heat can cause illness and death. “Water. Rest. Shade” is the name of OSHA’s campaign to protect workers from the ravages of heat. The agency emphasizes that heat illnesses and deaths are preventable and urges employers to establish a heat illness prevention program.More

Recycling spurs Federal Green Challenge victory
Recycling Today
An office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, has received the top award in the U.S. EPA Federal Green Challenge, an annual recognition of efforts by federal government agencies to reduce their environmental impacts. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ National Benefits Center earned the 2014 Federal Green Challenge Overall Achievement Award in Solid Waste Recycling, as announced by EPA officials in Washington in late May.More

Industrial symbiosis: A hidden opportunity
Not convinced that your building’s trash could turn a profit? A new study by Concordia University researcher Raymond Paquin, published in Long Range Planning, shows that industrial symbiosis is essential to a company’s environmental efforts and can even drive profits.More

Make plans to attend the So Cal Chapter's 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration in Los Angeles
The Southern California Chapter of the National Demolition Association will be celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary Golf Tournament on June 4-5 at the Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry, Calif.More

Detroit blight fight turns to salvaging
Detroit News
Detroit expects to start work in June on Mayor Mike Duggan's latest blight elimination strategy: a pilot project to rescue and sell parts of deteriorating houses before demolishing them.More

Demolition safety fundamentals ignored in recent cases
Demolition work carries all the hazards associated with construction work and then some, due to unknowns such as deviations from a structure’s original design, hidden hazardous substances and objects, and unknown structural weaknesses of building materials.More

Ohio communities get more time to complete demolition push
Ohio counties now have extra time to demolish and clean up thousands of vacant and nuisance properties after the attorney general’s office extended a deadline to use up demolition grant funds. The Moving Ohio Forward grant money, about $75 million statewide, has already paid for more than 10,000 demolitions since 2012, about 10 percent of the estimated number of abandoned properties statewide.More