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Tips for a successful demolition
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Veteran developers, owners and investors in commercial real estate are all too familiar with Murphy's Law — "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." By anticipating unforseen situations, managing expectations and avoiding misunderstandings in advance of a project, the certainty that Murphy is always right can be minimized. More

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NDA Member-Get-A-Member Program
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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.

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Dust settles but work continues on Florida arena demolition
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With all the explosions, you might have expected nothing but a smoking crater to remain after the old Amway Arena in Orlando, Fla., was imploded. But after the dust settled from more than 600 pounds of dynamite and other explosives, a huge pile of rubble and twisted steel was left behind. At all four corners, the massive stairwell columns continue to loom over the scene of devastation. It wasn't a mistake — that's how the demolition was planned. More

Cleveland making strides in deconstruction movement
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An emerging movement in Cleveland sees an alternative to knocking down the region's thousands of vacant homes. The process is known as "deconstruction," and it differs from demolition because up to 40 percent of a building's remains can be saved from the landfill. "The theory behind deconstruction is that even though it is more expensive to do — because it is more labor intensive — that you will reclaim and salvage enough usable material and resell it, and that that income will offset the additional expense," Frank Ford said, senior vice president for research and development at the nonprofit Neighborhood Progress Inc. More

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Turning historic buildings into fine hotels
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If your next hotel stay has you dreaming of movie stars or mail carriers, it may not be your imagination. From Los Angeles to Tampa, Fla., to the nation's capital, hotel developers are embarking on projects that promise to breathe new life into theaters, post offices and other historic buildings. "The allure of a historic building is its grandeur, its location and its architecture," said Bruce Ford, senior vice president of Lodging Econometrics, which tracks hospitality-industry transactions. "To integrate that into a modern development can be a home run if it's done right." More

Modern design, retro touches: Water-level work begins on Seattle bridge
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Construction on the Highway 520 bridge in Seattle is finally getting down to water level, as workers will soon build the fixed sections that extend up from Lake Washington to the Eastside. Barges and cranes will arrive April 5 next to the old bridge, followed soon by pile driving, and some excavation onshore. More

Small business owners mixed over health care law
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The Supreme Court on March 28 wrapped up three days of arguments over President Barack Obama's landmark health care law, and Vintage Vinyl co-owner Lew Prince is scared — that the legal challenge will work. If the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is overturned, "I'll be back in the crappy system I was in two years ago," says Prince, co-owner of the small St. Louis music store. "We'd go back to fighting for every inch of coverage every year." Such fears highlight the division of opinion among small business owners about the health care overhaul. More

Construction equipment new business volume up by 22 percent
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The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, which reports economic activity for the $628 billion equipment finance sector, showed overall new business volume for February was $5 billion, up 22 percent from volume of $4.1 billion in the same period in 2011. Credit quality metrics were mixed. More

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Tornado recovery efforts pose safety, health risks
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As residents recover from recent storms that have devastated the Midwest and South, OSHA is on site and providing compliance assistance to workers and members of the public engaged in cleanup activities regarding hazards they may encounter, as well as steps they should take to protect themselves. More

Insurance group releases report on metals theft
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The National Insurance Crime Bureau, Des Plaines, Ill., has released a report that tracks occurrences of metal theft. The updated report reviews metal theft claims from Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2011. The NICB issued an initial report on metal theft in February 2009. Since then, incidents have dropped off slightly, says the group. More

6 traits of great leaders
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Over the years, a consistent set of traits has continued to surface when interfacing with great leaders. The best of the best are passionate, innovative, demanding, caring and are ultimately incredible leaders. Very few people possess all of these traits, but the successful entrepreneurs have a majority of the following six traits. More

iPad app to replace printed blueprints?
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The construction industry has a $4 billion dollar problem — in the endless modifications to expensive printed blueprints, building plans can often swell to nearly half a percent of a project's total budget, making for some extraordinary costs on larger builds. Not exactly renowned for innovation, the construction industry has been slow to adopt the range of technologies that have transformed so many other sectors. More
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