NDA Newsletter
Jun. 13, 2014

NDA webinar: Covering your assets — managing contractual expectations
NDA
Scott Fradin, principle at Much Shelist, PC, will present a two-part webinar program on contract best practices for the demolition subcontractor. Scott's presentation will draw on his significant experience as both an attorney and a licensed architect who has drafted and negotiated complex design and construction agreements on behalf of owners, engineers and contractors — with the goal of minimizing the likelihood of litigation.

Part one will be June 24. Click here for more information. More

Place your order today: ENR Demolition Insert to appear on Oct. 20
NDA
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

BIR World Recycling Convention: Optimism in the ferrous sector
Construction & Demolition Recycling
Several presenters during the Ferrous Division meeting at the Bureau of International Recycling’s World Recycling Convention offered promising signs of improvement for that sector’s future performance, even as challenges persist. The convention was held June 1-4 at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami. Ferrous Division President Christian Rubach, an executive with Germany's TSR Recycling, summarized global conditions in the ferrous scrap sector as challenging, but said the division had received a number of positive signs in recent weeks.More

How the past comes down: Demolition at Brooklyn's Domino Sugar complex
Deserted NYC
Behind a green construction fence near the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, waterfront, crews are demolishing and gutting 28 buildings from the Domino Sugar Refinery complex, readying it for a $1.5 billion mixed-use development that the city approved in late April. It's a familiar occurrence in space-starved and development-hungry New York: Contractors demolish old buildings to make room for new ones. Yet few New Yorkers know about what's going on around them — the lengthy and expensive process of clearing out hazardous materials before demolition, the salvaging of materials during destruction and the fact that even soil may be removed afterward.More

New interactive training tool helps small businesses identify workplace hazards
OSHA via For Construction Pros
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a new interactive training tool to help small businesses effectively identify hazards in the workplace. Employers and workers can virtually explore how to identity common workplace hazards in the manufacturing and construction industries. Users of the new training tool will learn not only hazard identification skills but also learn about hazard abatement and control.More

Demolition of Chicago's Ontario Street Bridge to begin
DNAinfo Chicago
For the remaining weekends in June, Chicago's downtown Loop will be more like a knot for Chicago drivers. That's because the Illinois Department of Transportation is set to begin demolishing the Ontario Street Bridge, causing closures on the Kennedy Expressway and the Ohio Street exit ramp on different weekends for the rest of the month.More

NDA webinar: Covering your assets — managing contractual expectations
NDA
Scott Fradin, principle at Much Shelist, PC, will present a two-part webinar program on contract best practices for the demolition subcontractor. Scott's presentation will draw on his significant experience as both an attorney and a licensed architect who has drafted and negotiated complex design and construction agreements on behalf of owners, engineers and contractors — with the goal of minimizing the likelihood of litigation.

Part one will be June 24. Click here for more information.More

Demolition safety fundamentals ignored in recent cases
SHRM
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

Onlookers watch in awe over Innerbelt Bridge demolition
WKYC-TV
Sparks rained down onto the Cuyahoga River like fireworks, as workers were tearing down a section of the old Innerbelt Bridge in Ohio. A steady stream of onlookers took pause — to watch the demolition of an era in Cleveland travel.More

Construction industry adds 6,000 jobs in May
Construction & Demolition Recycling
Construction employers added 6,000 workers in May as the industry's unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent, its lowest May level in six years, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. However, association officials caution that gains remain spotty and that thousands of highway construction jobs are at risk because of a pending halt in federal transportation funding later this summer.More

Sims Recycling Solutions installs new equipment at Illinois plant
Recycling Today
The electronics recycling and refining firm Sims Recycling Solutions, with Americas headquarters in Chicago, has installed additional shredding and sampling equipment at its precious metal sampling facility in Franklin Park, Illinois. Sims Recycling Solutions says the facility is the only one in North America it owns that houses a precious metal sampling operations.More

Tennessee awards grants to help with historic preservation
WBIR-TV
History is getting a boost in Tennessee thanks to a number of grants awarded June 9 by the Tennessee Historical Commission. Among the money handed out was $6,000 to Knox Heritage to help pay for the restoration of windows at its new offices located inside the historic Westwood House. The organization moved into its new headquarters two months ago, but there's still work to be done to get the building completely restored.More

Estimated tax payments: Your questions answered
Small Business Trends
Estimated income tax payments are a fact of life for most of us who run our own businesses. Unlike those who are employed and receive paychecks where taxes are withheld by the employer, most business owners and the self-employed will be required to periodically send an amount called "estimated tax payments" to the IRS. You may also have to send estimated tax payments to your state taxing authority.More