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Record year for natural disaster losses
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Call 2011 the year of catastrophes — and not just the financial kind that the guys in Washington and Brussels, Belgium, seem resolved to lead us into. Halfway through, this year is already the costliest on record for natural catastrophes, insurer Munich Re recently said in its first-half review. Losses hit $265 billion in the first six months of 2011 — which exceeds the $220 billion in losses in the biggest previous year for natural disasters, 2005. More

Major California freeway closed for bridge demolition
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A 10-mile stretch of Interstate 405 will be closed for 53 hours in western Los Angeles for a bridge demolition. You would think the world is coming to an end. The project — dubbed "Carmageddon" — has brought countdown clocks, traffic apps, detour maps and warnings to stay away or enjoy the weekend on the couch. Amtrak and JetBlue are offering specials to get away from it all. More

Missouri architecture firm wins contract for Iraq soccer stadiums
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Missouri-based 360 Architecture has won another big sports facility design contract in Iraq, this time for two soccer stadiums with a total value of $170 million. The sports architecture firm will be teaming with Anwar Soura General Contracting Co. on the project. The firm's design work in Iraq will be the subject of a special U.S. Chamber of Commerce panel discussion on doing business in that country. More

How a debt compromise impacts you
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If Washington agrees on a debt ceiling deal, the impact on your taxes, Social Security and Medicare will be profound. More

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Links & Logos program — Get your logo and Web link displayed on NDA's site for free
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Lets face it. We all are trying to get our business as much Internet exposure as possible. The more people linking to our websites, the more traffic they get. The more inbound links we have the better our search engine ranking will be, and the more people that see our logo the better our branding campaign will be. We at the National Demolition Association are trying to do the same thing that you are, and NDA's Links & Logos program can help us both. Simply complete the application form, and we will email an NDA logo for you to use as a link to our website Email us your logo, and if you are a member we will set it up as a link in your Member Directory page. More

UAE targets C&D waste recylcing
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Municipal initiatives to curb waste production in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, are doing more than reducing waste. The new emphasis on sustainability is creating an opportunity for local recycling companies, particularly in construction and demolition. Per capita, the city ranks among the top five waste producers in the world. More

EPA grants fund low-income projects, training
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EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced July 12 that her agency is giving $6.2 million to train unemployed people in poor neighborhoods in remediation, green building and pollution reduction jobs. For example, "Lead, [and] asbestos remediation. That is a skill, a skill for which people pay handsomely," said Jackson. Khari Hunt, chief of Family Economic Success Strategies for the grant winner Center for Working Families, said the grant money "braided together with other resources, will directly impact 40 families." Learning hazardous and solid waste remediation skills will not only allow people to make a living, but also bring homes up to modern environmental standards, he said. More

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Construction partnership takes a proactive approach to safety
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Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons in Michigan is a milestone project for Grand Valley State University and general contractor Pioneer Construction in a number of ways. The $47.5 million project is Pioneer's largest in terms of dollar value, and it will be built to LEED Platinum standards. It also recently became the first project on which Pioneer signed a Michigan OSHA Partnership for Worker Safety and Health agreement. More

Forklifts go green
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Who says construction isn't cool? Given all the buzz about electric vehicles these days, such as the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt, one innovative contractor has decided to embrace the EV movement in a whole new way: electric forklifts. Electrical contractor Rosendin Electric, San Jose, Calif., has deployed a fleet of all-electric forklifts in its Bay Area warehouses. These slick new forklifts will replace the propane-powered ones that Rosendin had used in the supply yards of both its San Jose headquarters and its San Francisco location. More

Engineer: Harmon in Vegas would collapse in quake
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The unfinished Harmon hotel tower at CityCenter on the Las Vegas strip would likely collapse in a strong earthquake, a structural engineer recently told casino operator MGM Resorts International. The report sent to the casino company by Weidlinger Associates of Marina del Rey, Calif., says it would take at least one year to figure out what kind of repairs would be required to save the tower. More
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