NDA Newsletter
Jun. 1, 2012

NDA returns to Opryland
The NDA will be returning to the site of one of its most successful conventions, Gaylord's Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn., for its 42nd Annual Convention, March 21-25, 2015. One of the nation's premier convention destination Gaylord's Opryland has over 3,100 rooms, a massive glass-enclosed atrium with shops and restaurants, and a terrific convention center for the world's largest exhibition of demolition products, equipments and services. The NDA plans to utilize Gaylord's steamboat, the General Jackson, for its Opening Night Celebration on March 22, 2015. There will also be a major country music concert in Opryland's Presidential Ballroom on March 23. The association's 28th Annual Golf Tournament will be onsite at Opryland's Gaylord Springs course March 21, 2015. Gaylord's Ryman Convention hall will be open March 22, 23 and 24 from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. to allow the NDA's Associate members to showcase their products and services to the demolition industry.More

NDA adds new members to board of directors
National Demolition Association via ForConstructionPros.com
The National Demolition Association announces the addition of four new demolition professionals to its 2012-2013 board of directors. Click here to see who the four new board members are. More

NDA names 6 2012 scholarship winners
National Demolition Association presented college scholarships to six deserving students at the 39th Annual National Demolition Association Convention in Las Vegas. The NDA has recognized exemplary students with scholarships for more than 10 years. "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. More

NDA Member-Get-A-Member Program
The best indicator of a vibrant, service-oriented association is a growing membership base. The Member Services Committee of the board of directors of the NDA believes now is the time to recruit new members to our organization. Therefore, the committee has developed its exciting new Member-Get-A-Member program that provides valuable incentives for our current members to assist the NDA in attracting new members.More

Court frees Texas cities to turn decay into green spaces
Houston Chronicle (opinion)
Finally, the hundreds of thousands of condemned, dilapidated and possibly dangerous properties that have been neighborhood eyesores throughout the state of Texas can come down. City councils, which had postponed planned demolitions of condemned buildings for fear of lawsuits, are now free to move forward with the much-needed work. Mechanisms are in place to get the demolition back on track.More

Demolition contractor fined after gas pipe explosion
The Construction Index
A demolition firm has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered serious burns when a live gas pipe ignited in his face. The employee, 37, from West Yorkshire, England, was carrying out demolition work at a warehouse in England when he cut into a metal gas pipe that ignited in his face. He endured serious burns to his face and forearms. The Health & Safety Executive prosecuted his employers, Birstall Demolition & Plant Services Ltd. of West Yorkshire after an investigation revealed that his employers failed to do basic checks to ensure the pipe was safe.More

San Francisco 49ers buy low-CO2 concrete for new stadium
Environmental Leader
Central Concrete, a U.S. Concrete company, will supply about 80,000 cubic yards of its low-CO2 concrete for the new San Francisco 49ers stadium, the company said. The mixes selected, which will be used for the auger cast piles and overall stadium structure, use less materials than traditional concrete and will reduce the stadium's overall carbon footprint by 23 million pounds of CO2, Central Concrete said.More

How the A/E/C community uses social media these days
Architecture, engineering and construction firms, often lumped together under the moniker "A/E/C," have until recently lagged considerably behind other professions in jumping on the social media bandwagon. The numbers are steadily increasing but a white paper issued in August 2011 by the Society of Marketing Professional Services entitled, "The Client's Use of Social Media and Social Networking" demonstrated it's still an uphill climb. "For many construction firms, all their work is about getting a project off the ground," Daryl Andrews said, vice president of marketing and business development at 360 Construct, a building management firm.More

'Shock' surge in UK construction waste disposal costs
Construction News
The cost of disposing of certain grades of construction and demolition waste has surged by 2.46 percent overnight. The move has been criticized for coming at a time when many construction companies are under pressure, and the government has stressed the need for U.K. infrastructure projects. The changes were recently announced by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and affect the cost of sending "fines" — the small pieces of material left over after recycling waste — to landfill. More

9 contractors make Fortune 500
The Fortune 500 list for 2012 includes nine companies in the "Engineering, Construction" industry, lead by Fluor (No. 124), Jacobs Engineering Group (No. 254) and Peter Kiewit Sons (No. 255). AECOM Technology climbed 31 places on Fortune magazine's list to No. 322 with a dramatic 22.5 percent increase in revenues. More

In fight against urban blight, Mass. adds tool to arsenal
The Boston Globe
A once-blighted house in Lowell, Mass., has been rehabilitated and put on the market through the city's use of a state tool that allows abandoned properties to be placed into receivership. City officials recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to highlight the completed upgrade to the home and the process that enabled them to accomplish it. Using the model of state Attorney General Martha Coakley's Abandoned Housing Initiative, Lowell tapped a state law that enables the court to appoint receivers for properties whose owners fail to rectify sanitary code violations.More

ENR's Materials Price Index
Engineering News-Record
Prices for Engineering News-Record's Materials Price Index are updated monthly by ENR's price reporters who call a single source for each product in 20 U.S. cities. The price represents that paid by a contractor for a specified large order. Monthly prices appear on the weekly rotating cycle.More

5 business conversations to have today
Americans for decades have talked about, "Me, me, me." And look at where it got us economically. The "ego economy" is dead. Welcome to the "we economy." As business owners, we all have a choice. We can get on board the "we economy" and embrace this way of thinking as our companies are lifted on waves of profits. Or we can capsize by trying to go it all on our own. More