NDA Newsletter
Aug. 1, 2014

Deadline for ENR Demolition Insert is September 15th
NDA

The deadline to submit project or product stories for this year's Demolition Insert, which will run in the October 27th issue of McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record magazine, is Monday, September 15th. These stories should be sent to NDA Ex. Director Mike Taylor at mtaylor@demolitionassociation.com in WORD along with one or two photographs. The annual ENR Demolition Insert is one of the largest public relations efforts that the NDA undertakes each year. With a circulation of well over 250,000, ENR is one of the most read construction publications in the world and presents the Association with an outstanding opportunity to showcase the skills and products of its members. For more information about this year's ENR Demolition Insert see the attached flier. More

Tour Volvo's Headquarters & Proving Ground as part of Gettysburg Board Meeting
NDA
The fall Board Meeting of the National Demolition Association at the Gettysburg Hotel on September 26th & 27th will include an all-day tour of Volvo Construction Equipment's new North American Headquarters and Proving Ground in nearby Shippensburg, PA on Friday, September 26th where you can test out the company's latest equipment. Bus transportation and a luncheon will be provided by Volvo.

Friday night's cocktail reception and dinner after the Volvo tour will feature a presentation about the three-day battle at Gettysburg in July of 1863. There will also be a tour of the battlefield after the Saturday Board of Directors meeting at 3:00 PM on September 27th. For more information about this program contact info@demolitionassociation.com. More

New Crusher Safety Section to be forwarded to all NDA members
NDA
The newest section of the NDA's Demolition Safety Manual, which was developed by the National Federation of Demolition Contractors in the UK and reviewed by the Construction and Demolition Recycling Association, deals with safe work practices when using a crusher on a demolition project. Upon final review by the NDA's Safety Committee, copies of the new subsection will be added to Chapter 7 of the Demolition Safety Manual, which covers all aspects of Equipment Safety and forwarded, via Broadcast email, to all Association members.More

Demolition of long-abandoned Gary, Indiana, hotel begins
Post-Tribune
A demolition crew took the first major step in tearing down a 30-year eyesore in Gary, Indiana, July 25. A skeleton crew from Michigan-based Homrich Inc. tore down the pedestrian walkway between the long abandoned Sheraton Hotel parking garage and the Hudson-Campbell Fitness Center in the 400 block of Massachusetts Street southeast of City Hall. More

This concrete-eating robot can recycle an entire building on the spot
Fast Company
Knocking down a concrete building usually takes brute force: Wrecking balls, huge excavators, or explosives rip apart walls while fire hoses spray water to keep the clouds of dust down. It's an energy-intensive process, and after everything's been torn apart, the concrete often ends up in a landfill or has to be trucked to a recycling facility.More

At huge site of former Ford plant in St. Paul, Minnesota, cleanup is job No. 1
Star Tribune
First came the teardown. Now comes the cleanup. Only when that’s finished, a year or so from now, will Ford Motor Co. seek a developer to determine the future of its 122 acres of choice riverfront real estate in St. Paul, Minnesota’s Highland Park neighborhood, where it built cars and trucks for 86 years.More

Demolition of long-abandoned Gary, Indiana, hotel begins
Post-Tribune
A demolition crew took the first major step in tearing down a 30-year eyesore in Gary, Indiana, July 25. A skeleton crew from Michigan-based Homrich Inc. tore down the pedestrian walkway between the long-abandoned Sheraton Hotel parking garage and the Hudson-Campbell Fitness Center in the 400 block of Massachusetts Street southeast of City Hall. Gary’s Redevelopment Commission last year awarded Homrich a $1.77 million contract to demolish the hotel, parking lot and two pedestrian walkways, one over Broadway and the other over Massachusetts Street.More

Greater Cleveland among national leaders in creating new construction jobs
The Plain Dealer
Northeast Ohio added more new construction jobs in the past year than 330 out out 339 metro areas, with employment in the local construction industry hitting a seven-year high. But the possibility of a slowdown in federal highway funding could cost the area hundreds of construction jobs. That was the message relayed this morning by the chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America, Ken Simonson, at a site overlooking the Inner Belt Bridge project in Cleveland.More

Demolition of southeast Portland, Oregon, pedestrian bridge begins
KOIN-TV
Demolition of an aging southeast Portland, Oregon, pedestrian bridge broke ground July 28 as crews went to work constructing a "new and improved" overpass in its place. Officials with TriMet, the City of Portland and Union Pacific Railroad agreed the Lafayette Street pedestrian bridge in the Brooklyn neighborhood required enhancements for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project, estimated to cost $3.9 million, is expected to be completed next spring. Pedestrians will need to detour underneath the bridge until construction in finished.More

AECOM announces deal to buy Hunt Construction
Engineering News-Record
AECOM Technology Corp. announced on July 29 its acquisition of Hunt Construction Group Inc., which boosts the design giant's construction capabilities now provided through its Tishman Construction unit that was purchased in 2010. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Hunt was one of the first construction companies to position itself as a stadium and arena contractor. The firm ranks at No. 4 on ENR's latest list of the top contractors in sports facilities, behind Austin Industries, Mortenson Construction and Turner Corp.More

Kansas City, Missouri, doesn't meet demolition goal
The Associated Press via Columbia Daily Tribune
Kansas City, Missouri, promised to raze 1,000 decaying and abandoned buildings in two years but has only managed about 500. Mayor Sly James pointed out that the city previously had been averaging about 100 demolitions a year. But thanks to the rise in the number of abandoned houses because of foreclosures, the city's demolition effort hasn't been able to keep pace.More

Shreveport, Louisiana, implementing a historical preservation ordinance
KTAL-TV
The Shreveport (Louisiana) Historical Preservation Commission is implementing a historical preservation ordinance to protect local historical sites. Jeff Everson, who drafted the ordinance, says it will also give Shreveport the chance to recognize local landmarks. "It will also give Shreveport the opportunity to declare what's historic to us," Everson said "something that may not meet the state standards or the national standards but it is something that we think tells the story of Shreveport."More

In wake of safety manager's death, California construction company continues to pay his salary; co-workers raise $120,000 to support family
Equipment World
A construction company in Milpitas, California, is honoring a former employee by making sure his family is well taken care of after a tragic accident took his life more than five months ago. Lindsey Van Why, a 42-year-old husband and father to two young boys, was killed in a skiing accident on February 14 in Lake Tahoe, according to a report from the San Jose Mercury News. Van Why worked as a safety engineer for eight years at XL Construction Corp. before becoming safety manager at the company's concrete subsidiary, Bradley Concrete.More