NDA Newsletter
Aug. 10, 2012

NDA to survey Regular Members about education initiative
The Education Committee of the board of directors of the NDA is sending an important survey to every Regular Member of the association concerning its proposed Education Initiative. The survey, being conducted by Association Headquarters, Inc. of Mt. Laurel, N.J., will solicit information concerning the courses and programs that the Education Committee should consider offering as part of this comprehensive initiative. The survey will be sent to every Regular Member via U.S. Mail with a stamped self-addressed return envelop and electronically via email.

The results of the survey will be reported to the NDA's board of directors at its upcoming Fall Board Meeting in New York City on Sept. 29. In order to develop the programs and delivery systems that suit the needs of the demolition industry, the board and its Education Committee needs to get as much information as possible from its major market, its Regular Members. The survey results will guide the board as it develops a major new member service to help its members train their workforce and grow their companies.

As an added incentive and to express its thanks for responding to the survey each responding firm will automatically be entered to win a $500 American Express Gift Card (two winners will be drawn); and an iPad2 (one winner will be drawn; or, the grand prize: FREE DELEGATE REGISTRATION to the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention in San Diego, March 23–26, 2013, a $700 value!

The board of directors needs its Regular Members to provide it with input about how its Education Initiative should proceed. Please respond to the survey from Association Headquarters by Aug. 31.More

NDA Convention Committee lists 2013 sponsorship opportunities
The 40th Anniversary Convention Committee Chair and NDA Treasurer Scott Knightly has announced an initial list of sponsorship opportunities available for the association's 2013 Annual Convention in San Diego. Next year's convention, which will feature a decidedly Navy theme to take advantage of one of San Diego's major attractions, will celebrate 40 years of service by the NDA to the demolition industry. One of the major events at next year's show will be an Opening Night Reception aboard the USS Midway based in San Diego.

Sponsorship opportunities at next year's celebration include:

26th Annual Golf Tournament at Riverwalk Golf Club
Individual golf hole sponsorships

$500 — Silver $1,000 — Gold $3,000 — Platinum

Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Coffee break
Opening Night Cocktail Reception

General Session Breakfast
Keynote speaker
Coffee break
Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Theme Party

General Session Breakfast
Coffee break
Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Cocktail Reception
Annual Banquet

Other Sponsorships
Baseball caps
Custom room keys
Tote bags
40th Anniversary Commemorative TileMore

NDA board to meet in the Big Apple and Miami Beach in 2012 and 2013
NDA President Don Rachel of Rachel Contracting in St. Michael, Minn., has completed the selection of sites for the 2012-2013 board of directors meetings.

Sept. 28-29
Intercontinental New York Times Square
New York, NY

Jan. 11-12
Trump International Beach Resort
Miami Beach, Fla.

Rachel encourages every member of the association to attend these important meetings and participate in planning the association's future. More

Demolition magazine adds sales representative
Demolition magazine, the voice of the demolition industry, has retained William Mambert of WMCO in Alexandria, Va., as its sales representative for the publication. Mambert will be in charge of expanding the magazine's advertising base and providing better opportunities for the demolition industry's suppliers to reach their target market. He has wide experience in the trade association publication business, serving as publisher, editor and marketing representative for a number of association publications.More

2013 Environmental Excellence Awards applications available
Applications for the NDA's 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards will be mailed out to every association member early in July. This program, designed to promote the demolition industry's commitment to environmental stewardship as outlined in the organization's mission, has been very successful with both members and their clients. These awards are presented to NDA members that perform projects that have a significant impact on the quality of life in the community where they did the work or developed a product or service that does the same.

This year's awards will be presented by Environment Committee Chairman Chris Godek of New England Yankee Construction of Milford, Conn., March 25, immediately following President Don Rachel's welcoming address at the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego. Award winners receive two awards, one for their own firm and one to present to the client they did the work for. The NDA's Environment Committee established this program to enlighten our customers, the construction community and the general public to the major role the industry plays in enhancing the quality of life in the towns and cities where we work. Look for the 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards application forms soon. The applications will also be available online on NDA's website. More

Member-Get-A-Member program continues
The Member Services Committee of the board of directors continues to promote its Member-Get-A-Member program instituted last year. Prizes, which include a 42-inch big screen TV, will be presented at the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention in San Diego next March. As the demolition economy slowly improves the goal of the Member Services Committee is to attract new members involved in all aspects of the demolition process and to get previous members who have let their dues lapse to rejoin the association.More

Radio Network House in New Zealand imploded
A short series of ear-shattering explosions was all it took to demolish Radio Network House in New Zealand. Mark Loizeaux, president of Controlled Demolition Inc. who headed the project, said the implosion went better than planned. "I really didn't think we would get the structure to roll to the north as far as we did, it went a bit further than I had hoped so I am lucky," he said.More

5 lessons from zero-fatality Olympics construction
Occupational Health & Safety
With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games now under way and their facilities' construction finished without a single fatality, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health is asking construction firms to use five good practices of the London 2012 build project that it says produced such a good result.More

Company that helped demolish Yankee Stadium collapses in bankruptcy
The Wall Street Journal
The construction firm that helped tear down the old Yankee Stadium has itself been crushed by the prolonged economic downturn, prompting it to file for bankruptcy. Demco Inc., based outside Buffalo, N.Y., said that it has had trouble finding work to keep busy after finishing the $20 million demolition job on the former Yankee Stadium, which hosted more than 6,000 baseball games in its 85-year history. More

Photos: 21 buildings of old New York being demolished
Building up and tearing down buildings is part of New York City's history. Click through for photos showing the demolition of some of the city's past architectural casualties — from Pennsylvania Station to The Tombs. More

Beating the heat in construction
Trenchless Technology
Catastrophic tornadoes and floods have grabbed recent headlines, but each year one weather phenomenon kills more people than tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and lightning combined: heat. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an average of more than 1,500 people in the U.S. die each year from excessive heat — yet it is the most preventable of weather-related deaths. More

Raise your hand: Can doing more with less and safety coexist?
EHS Today
Like many, the construction industry is asking employees to do more with less. Contractors, in particular, are trying to address safety concerns in the face of a difficult economy and increased government enforcement. Most reputable firms promote safety as a core value, but some find holding true to that value in a down economy can be a challenge. More

New drywall building material can cut buildings' energy consumption by 40 percent
Researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid UPM have patented gypsum boards able to store thermal energy that can reduce up to 40 percent of energy consumption of a building. The boards, that are combined with passive strategies (sunlight, natural airing), can reduce energy consumption in buildings up to 40 percent.More

LEED hits 2 billion mark
DesignBuild Source
The total footprint of commercial projects certified under the LEED certification program has surpassed 2 billion square feet, the USGBC says. What's more, an additional 7 billion square feet remains in the pipeline across the globe as registered projects. More