Construction company keeps 60,000 tons of waste out of landfill
It's no secret that building construction creates an excessive amount of waste: the EPA estimates that the U.S. produces more than 136 million tons of construction and demolition debris each year. Dozens of government-run recycling initiatives have started to help mitigate this issue, and many construction companies, like Reno Contracting in Southern California, launched their own programs to much success. More
An architectural glance at history
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Architectural historian Andrea Gilmore says she has worked on "some pretty interesting buildings" in 30 years as a preservation specialist, documenting construction and building use history. "We have found things of great interest, things I could not have anticipated when I began," Gilmore said, including uncovering possibly the oldest doors in the country, hidden in the walls of the Old Ship Church in Hingham, Mass. More
Association to host industry roundtable at annual convention
NDA President Ray Passeno from Bierlein, Inc. in Midland, Mich., will be hosting a Demolition Industry Roundtable at the Association's 38th Annual Convention to discuss industry and Association issues at 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. PST March 8. The goal of this important session is to identify those issues of concern for the Association's members. Information gathered at this session will assist the 2011-2012 board of directors to plan for the future.
If you are unable to attend but have any questions or concerns that you would like addressed at the convention roundtable, please forward them to either President Passeno at firstname.lastname@example.org or NDA headquarters at email@example.com.
Key architecture index rises again
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The American Institute of Architects said a key economic indicator for the architecture and construction industries rose for the second consecutive month in December. The Architecture Billings Index rose more than two points to 54.2 in December, compared to 52 in November, said the trade association in a news release. A score above 50 indicates an increase in demand for design services and an increase in billings. More
Deadline for applications for NDA's Environmental Excellence Awards approaching
Environment Committee Chair John Lloyd of Lloyd's Construction Services in Savage, Minn., has extended the deadline for project or product submission for NDA's new Environmental Excellence Awards program designed to highlight the demolition industry's commitment to environmental stewardship has been extended by the Association's Environment Committee to Feb. 11. The first-ever NDA Environmental Excellence Awards will be presented at the Association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas during the first week of March.
For more information about this innovative program, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412. Application information is also available on the NDA's website, http://www.demolitionassociation.com.
Now's the time to register for NDA's 38th Annual Convention
The Mirage has extended its $139 - $199 a night room rate for the National Demolition Association's 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas March 5-8 until Feb. 1, which is the deadline for registrations for this year's show. This means that you need to make plans now to register for the NDA's Annual Convention, the largest exposition of demolition equipment and services in the world. This year's convention 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 of the Association's website to market your company.
Environmentalists move to nix fly ash from LEED point consideration
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Environmentalists' latest weapon to undermine the use of coal in power generation follows a curious trajectory: The U.S. Green Building Council's public comment process for LEED rating system revisions. A group comprising federal and state environmental and law enforcement agency officials, PEER contends that construction-grade fly ash—the most widely used coal combustion residual (CCR)—should not qualify as a recycled material in the LEED rating system. More
NDA's 16th Annual Demolition Academy registration
It is time to register for the NDA's 16th Demolition Academy being held March 5-6 in concert with the Association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The NDA's annual safety and management training program will be offering the demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour training program as well as sessions on: basic industrial hygiene for the demolition industry; fall protection; developing and utilizing an Engineering Survey; Generational Communication; OSHA's new Crane Standard; and what to do when a disaster strikes.
The Demolition Academy agenda and registration form are posted on the NDA's website, www.demolitionassociation.com. For information or to register for the 2011 Demolition Academy, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
Brookfield Resource Management opens scrap metal plant in India
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Brookfield Resource Management, based in Elmsford, N.Y., has announced that it has established a scrap metal plant in India's Punjab state. Brookfield's operations in India are the result of a joint venture between Brookfield and the Indian company Overseas Metals Inc. and will operate as a separate company known as Brookfield India Pvt. Ltd. More
TCU clears way for new football stadium
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After the Dec. 5 implosion of the Texas Christian University football stadium's west grandstand, crews began clearing away the rubble to begin the $105 million renovation of TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium. Ross Bailey, associate athletics director for operations, said the cleanup of more than 500 truckloads of debris should soon be completed. Bailey said more than 90 percent of the debris from the implosion would be recycled into other projects worked on by the construction company. More
Heading into 2011 Canadian and US leading economic indicators are flashing green
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Although there are persisting, major risks to the near term outlook, Canada's economic prospects appear to have significantly improved throughout January. This brighter outlook is, in large part, the result of a gradual steady strengthening in the prospects for the United States, the market for over 70 percent of Canada's exports. Moreover, there are also signs that domestic demand in Canada is gaining strength as the economy enters 2011. More