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NDA names 6 2012 scholarship winners
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National Demolition Association presented college scholarships to six deserving students at the 39th Annual National Demolition Association Convention in Las Vegas. The NDA has recognized exemplary students with scholarships for more than 10 years. "We're pleased to present these scholarships to students who have demonstrated a commitment to serve the local community while maintaining a high level of academic achievement," said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, executive director of the association. More

NDA returns to Opryland
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The NDA will be returning to the site of one of its most successful conventions, Gaylord's Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn., for its 42nd Annual Convention, March 21-25, 2015. One of the nation's premier convention destination Gaylord's Opryland has over 3,100 rooms, a massive glass-enclosed atrium with shops and restaurants, and a terrific convention center for the world's largest exhibition of demolition products, equipments and services. The NDA plans to utilize Gaylord's steamboat, the General Jackson, for its Opening Night Celebration on March 22, 2015. There will also be a major country music concert in Opryland's Presidential Ballroom on March 23. The association's 28th Annual Golf Tournament will be onsite at Opryland's Gaylord Springs course March 21, 2015. Gaylord's Ryman Convention hall will be open March 22, 23 and 24 from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. to allow the NDA's Associate members to showcase their products and services to the demolition industry.

C&D Recycling Forum heading to California
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As a past attendee of the C&D Recycling Forum, the Recycling Today Media Group and Construction & Demolition Recycling magazine would like to thank you for your support of the event and look forward to seeing you this fall when the C&D Recycling Forum heads to the West Coast. The three-day event will take place Sept. 23-25 at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center in Long Beach, Calif. We hope you can join us again as we bring you new sessions and speakers to engage you in a dynamic forum.

Sessions will cover a wide range of topics and will include case studies and information essential for building successful businesses around C&D recycling. To view the full schedule click here.

As an attendee you'll also have plenty of opportunities to network with companies that deliver services and equipment to the industry in the exhibit hall between sessions.

For more information or to register, visit or contact a conference representative at 800-456-0707 or

Tell the world about the work you are doing
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Demolition magazine, the voice of the Demolition Industry and the official trade publication of the National Demolition Association, is one of the best vehicles to tell the industry and your customers about the type of work you do and the capabilities of your company. The magazine is vitally interested in project stories which showcase the industry's engineering acumen, environmental stewardship, safe work practice and professional competency. Demolition goes to every demolition contractor in the U.S. and Canada, hundreds overseas, the industry's suppliers, and the 500 largest general contractors. It is a great way to let your fellow contractors and potential clients know what you are doing.

It's easy. You can upload your project story and photos at the home page of the magazine's website, Simply push the RED button entitled SEND US YOUR AD and you can "drag and click" everything directly to the magazine. Demolition wants to help your company grow and educate its readership about the skills of NDA members. For more information, contact Mike Taylor at NDA Headquarters at 1-800-541-2412.

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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. More

NDA adds new members to board of directors
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The National Demolition Association announces the addition of four new demolition professionals to its 2012-2013 board of directors. Click here to see who the four new board members are.

  Industry News

In a crane at 1,100 feet, there is no room for error
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To get to his workplace in the sky, Tom Gordon must board two construction hoists to the 86th floor, riding in open-air steel cages that traverse the side of the tower of 1 World Trade Center. Gordon is among an elite cadre who operate the roughly 200 cranes that swing across the Manhattan skyline in full public view, but few do their work at the height or the scrutiny that accompanies his work. For the most part, crane operators work in anonymity, unless there is an accident that claims buildings or lives. An overwhelming majority of crane accidents, including an episode in Manhattan in 2008 in which seven people died, were caused by equipment failure, not operator error. More

Viaduct demolition in Cincinnati requires extra care
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For nearly 60 years, the Sixth Street Viaduct in Cincinnati has carried cars and trucks over the top of Lower Price Hill. Noise and vehicle emissions rained down from the bridge on the mostly poor and working-class people living in the bypassed neighborhood three stories below. A replacement for the viaduct, now under construction south of the existing structure, is likely to be a better neighbor. But a key step remains before then. The old viaduct, covered with lead-based paint, has to be taken down sometime in July or August. Because of the lead hazard, the teardown has to occur without raining a blizzard of paint chips or lead-tainted dust over a neighborhood that has had its share of environmental problems in the past. More

Greater downtown Detroit volunteers work to improve public safety, quality of life
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Tackling the public safety problems of Detroit requires more than the efforts of one person or a small group of people. Stakeholders of the greater downtown Detroit area are discovering it takes a collective buy-in to create a safe place for people to live, work, play and volunteer. In April, a group of local residents and volunteers gathered to board up a burned-out duplex. Stephanie Howells, a member of Americorps, headed up the effort to minimize the danger and blight of the burned-out duplex on Commonwealth. More

Abandoned buildings in Brazil hamper preparations for 2016 Olympics
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More than 100 abandoned buildings in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are in such poor condition they are at risk of collapsing, the head of a regional engineering agency said May 16, a day after part of a two-story building crumbled in the Olympic city's colonial downtown. More

Astrodome spared? Group suggests overhaul, reuse
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The Astrodome, a now-empty showplace that has hosted everyone from Elvis Presley to Hurricane Katrina evacuees, should be turned into a multipurpose facility that could spark fresh interest in the city of Houston, a group of consultants recommended. The $270 million option was one of four considered by consultants led by Dallas-based CSL. The other options included leaving the dome alone, demolishing it and building an outdoor plaza or building a massive and expensive "renaissance" complex anchored by a luxury hotel. More

Market picture begins to clear for the top 400 contractors
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Is the construction industry finally coming out of the recession? Among contractors, it depends. For those in the industrial, manufacturing and petroleum sectors, work is picking up. In the power markets, pipeline work is growing as permitting advances. But in the public infrastructure and buildings markets, contractors are scrambling to get their share of a diminished yet stable workload. More

Retired chief engineer of Golden Gate Bridge recalls maintenance projects
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Daniel Mohn says a common belief about the Golden Gate Bridge, celebrating its 75 anniversary in May, is a misconception. People often say that the bridge has to be painted every year and crews go from one side to the other and then just turn back around. "That's just not true," said Mohn, 80. The Cedar Ridge, Calif., resident would know. Mohn retired as the chief engineer for the bridge in December 1994 after holding the position for 12 years. More

Emerging architectural trends of 2012
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As the construction industry claws its way back from one of the most severe contractions in decades, designers are looking to reinvigorate and redefine the field with innovative architectural stylings that will give a new generation of buildings a lean, intelligent identity. Informed by a green sensibility and a renewed commitment to versatile utility, the following design trends are building momentum and may reshape our cities in the years to come. More

Obama announces tax break for small businesses
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President Barack Obama recently urged Congress to pass a bill that would give a 10 percent tax credit to small businesses that create new jobs or increase wages this year. Under the White House proposal, previewed in a video address, a company would get credit against income taxes worth up to 10 percent of the increase in total 2012 wages (either salaries for new hires or raises). More

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