NDA Newsletter
Dec. 10, 2010

Registration deadline for $139 room at The Mirage ends Dec. 10
The deadline is here for The Mirage's $139 a night room rate for the National Demolition Association's 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas from March 5-8. Take advantage of this great offer, and register now for next year's convention. The NDA's Annual Convention, the largest exposition of demolition equipment and services in the world, will feature three leading magician/illusionists at our Monday Night Theme Party, our raffle for a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle, sessions on refrigerant recovery, personal protective equipment for demolition workers, insurance and use the Association's website to market your company. Don't miss it.More

New lease on life for the Empire State Building
Reed Construction Data
While retro in its Art Deco appearance, the Empire State Building is now forward-looking in practice; with its recent improvements in sustainability, retrofit, is the more apt descriptor. The structure is currently undergoing a $500 million upgrade program to become more energy efficient as its owners seek to reduce energy and water usage costs. The benefits will have a ripple effect, with other savings projected to come from a reduced building operations budget due to lower maintenance and repair costs, and expected income from rent and occupancy in light of the updated services for tenants.More

Chicago says goodbye to infamous public housing complex
Only two families remain in the last standing high rise in Chicago's Cabrini-Green public housing complex, and they could move out as soon as Dec. 14. The move marks the end of an era in Chicago's troubled public housing history, as the Chicago Housing Authority has been gradually moving residents out and tearing down the high rises at Cabrini and other public housing developments in the city. More

Advantages in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010
For Construction Pros
President Obama, Sept. 27, signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, which can mean big savings on 2010 and 2011 equipment. This new law offers valuable tax advantages when investing in capital equipment in 2010. More

Recycling and waste treatment receive significant funding in Israel
Waste Management World
The Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection has allocated $55 million to assist both local authorities, and the private sector in the construction of waste treatment and recycling facilities. According to the ministry, the funds will also be put towards the promotion of alternatives to the landfilling of organic waste. More

Ship recycling industry booms
American Recycler
They used to be called "ship-breakers," but that term is now outdated. United States ship recyclers today are consummately green and must comply with a slew of strict regulations, including those from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Despite regulations, the business of ship recycling is booming these days. "Listen, when you have steel prices in the $300 a ton range and a large supply of scrap, I would say it was good," said Richard Jaross, CEO of ESCO Marine. More

Mumbai, India's new demolition man
For the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) massive demolition drive of 4,000-odd illegal structures in Andheri, a suburb of Mumbai, India, their choice of the man for the job couldn't be more appropriate. Mahadeo Shinde, currently assistant engineer of BMC's Building and Factory department at the K-West ward, knows well how to tread the tightrope of all that his job encompasses. Shinde has been flattening illegal structures for the past 10 years. "I have to work as per law. The structures which are illegal have to be demolished to ensure there are no violations," he says. More

Hitachi develops rare earth recycling system
Recycling Today
The Japan-based conglomerate Hitachi Ltd. has announced what it claims is an efficient method to recycle rare earth metals from hard disk drives and air conditioner compressors. According to a Hitachi release, over the past several years many users of rare earth metals have expressed concern that China's monopoly of the materials could leave them without an adequate supply of the metals. At the present time, Hitachi notes, China controls more than 97 percent of the global rare earth production.More

Historic Vegas casino hosts room redesign contest
Victoria Advocate
While posh Las Vegas strip hotels boast touch-screen remotes and 600-thread-count sheets, the El Cortez mostly leans on its 70-year history and downtown roots. Sure, the hotel has stories to share of prolific mob owners, but history doesn't sell rooms in a city where the notion of nostalgia for old landmarks is to invite the public to watch their implosions. Nor can the El Cortez keep up with the finest in electronic gadgetry and elegant linens that are the signature of the newest strip resorts. The project is more than a fresh coat of paint. The hotel is gutting the 10 suites to bare shells.More

Favorable construction supply conditions again in 2011
Reed Construction Data
Contractors, facility managers and developers can expect another year of favorable supply conditions for construction materials, specialized construction labor and construction services, including design and equipment rental. This is the consequence of the subpar economic recovery through 2011 and an initially slow construction recovery expected to begin early in 2011. There is very little risk of sustained supply shortages for anything. More