Implosion of Las Vegas hotel tower complex but doable
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The prospect of an imploding hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip conjures images of Hollywood blockbusters — lots of dynamite, a dramatic fall and billowing clouds of dust. But the owners of the never-opened Harmon near the Strip's midpoint are convinced that bringing down the 26-story structure can be done safely, with minimal disruption to neighboring buildings and nearby traffic. "They have to be careful, they have to clean all around it, and they have to make sure there's an area where the building comes down if it spreads out," said Herb Duane, a demolition consultant based in New Hampshire who has worked in the industry more than 30 years. More
Register now for NDA's Fall Education Program set for Baltimore
The Education Committee of the National Demolition Association will be holding its Fall Education Program Sept. 23-24 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md., north of Baltimore. Part of the Education Committee's 2011-2012 program to provide training opportunities for our members, the fall program will offer the NDA's demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety & Health course; a course on Demolition Estimating taught by Demolition textbook co-author Richard J. Diven of R.J. Diven, Inc.; and one on Demolition Project Site Management by the other Demolition textbook author, Mark Shaurette, Ph.D., of Purdue University's School of Building Construction Management. The OSHA demolition-specific 10-hour training course provides a certification from the instructor.
These courses are designed to provide practical hands-on instruction in construction safety and health, estimating and project management. The safety and management training are part of the NDA's mission to provide our members and their employees with the tools necessary to be leaders in the demolition industry. Registration forms for the Fall Education Program have been mailed to every Regular member. Click here to register online. For more information, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
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Illinois governor signs law allowing recycled roofing shingles in asphalt
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation allowing the Illinois Department of Transportation to start using asphalt made from recycled roofing shingles. It also allows businesses to increase the amount of shingles used in asphalt production and requires IDOT to maximize the use of recycled materials in construction projects. The governor's office estimates the state will save more than $8 million annually through the new legislation. The new law also allows businesses that specialize in waste collection from construction and demolition sites to double the amount of shingles they can provide to recycling facilities for use later in the production of asphalt. More
Get ready for ENR's 2011 Demolition Insert
McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record magazine has announced the publication dates for their 2011 Demolition Insert. One of the largest public relations and marketing efforts that the NDA undertakes every year outside of its own extensive public relations program, ENR's Demolition Insert presents NDA members with an opportunity to showcase their project skills and capabilities in one of the world's premier construction publications. ENR's Demolition Insert will reach close to 250,000 construction professionals, including over 100,000 contractors, over 50,000 public and private owners, and over 50,000 design engineers. The Demolition Insert will also be posted on ENR's website for the next 12 months.
This year's ENR Demolition Insert will run in the Nov. 28 issue of the magazine. Materials and photos need to be sent to NDA Executive Director Mike Taylor at by no later than Oct. 21. For more information about this excellent member benefit and marketing opportunity contact Mike Taylor at 1.800.541.2412 or ENR's Director of Special Project Al Dalessandro at 914.219.5070 or al_Dalessandro@mcgraw-hill.com.
Register for the Second Annual C&D Recycling Forum in Baltimore
The NDA is co-sponsoring C&D Recycling magazine's Second Annual C&D Recycling Forum Sept. 25-27 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md., just north of Baltimore. This event follows the NDA's 2011 Fall Education Program scheduled for Sept. 23-24 at Turf Valley. The C&D Recycling Forum will offer a host of diverse programs covering recycling and reuse issues of importance to the demolition industry. Program specifics and registration information are available at http://forum.cdrecycler.com and from both the NDA and C&D Recycling magazine. Registration forms for both the Fall Education Program and the 2011 C&D Recycling Forum will also appear in the September/October issue of Demolition magazine.
Green building industry to hold 20 percent share by 2013
In only a handful of years, green building has moved from obscurity to a significant trend in the global construction market. Canaccord Genuity expects its share of the world construction market to be over 20 percent by 2013. Longer-term, they expect green building practices to become the norm in the construction industry. While green building historically has represented little more than an interesting niche market driven by forward-thinking architects and builders, the mainstream building industry is opening up to these practices given accelerated demand and attractive tangible returns, says Canaccord. More
Construction employment reaches 15-month high in July
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An analysis of federal employment data performed by the Association of General Contractors in August shows construction employment inched up by 8,000 jobs to a 15-month high in July but remained far below the peak set in early 2006. AGC officials say a grim outlook for public sector construction activity will act as a drag on expanding private sector construction. The AGC is urging lawmakers to pass adequate long-term funding for public projects, without what the agency says are "unnecessary strings attached." More
NDA's fall board meeting scheduled for Asheville, NC
The board of directors of the NDA will be meeting Oct. 7-8 at the grove Park Inn in beautiful Asheville, N.C. Part of the planned activities of this year's Fall Board of Directors Meeting includes a visit to Volvo Construction Equipment's North American headquarters and its equipment proving grounds in Asheville Oct. 7. The tour will include a time for hands-on equipment operation. The NDA is also planning dinner and a tour of the historic Biltmore Estate, summer home of the Vanderbilt's on Oct. 8. NDA President Don Rachel invites all NDA members to attend this important event. He encourages association members to invite their clients and potential members of the organization to all of the association's board meeting so that they can see the benefits of membership in the association. For more information about the October board of directors meeting, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
Federal program struggles to boost small business lending
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A government initiative aimed at spurring small business lending has barely gotten off the ground — with just over a month before the program expires. Last September, Congress passed legislation that created a $30 billion lending fund for community banks. The idea was that the banks could tap the fund to boost lending to small businesses. In a letter recently sent to the Federal Reserve, the Independent Community Bankers of America, a Washington lobbying group, urged for a speedier roll out of the funds. More
NDA changes exhibitor contract for San Antonio
The NDA's 39th Annual Convention scheduled for March 11–14 at the Gonzalez Convention Center on the Riverwalk in San Antonio will be the first time that NDA has held an annual convention in Texas and the first time the association has utilized a convention center. Changes to the NDA's exhibitor contract involve enlarging the size of exhibit booth size from 8 x 10 to the "industry standard" 10 x 10 size. This will mean an increase in exhibitor space for those companies in the NDA's equipment area as well as its standard booth area. Fees for exhibiting at the NDA's 39th Annual Convention have increased slightly, for the first time in a number of years, but the actual square footage price with the increase in booth-space size will go down from prior conventions. The exhibitor contract will be sent to every Associate member and previous exhibitors at an NDA convention shortly. More
OSHA uses cellphone technology to assist in heat-related illness prevention
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As part of continuing educational efforts on the dangers of extreme heat, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced a free application for mobile devices that will enable workers and supervisors to monitor the heat index at their work sites in order to prevent heat-related illnesses. The app, available in English and Spanish, combines heat index data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with the user's location to determine necessary protective measures. Based on the risk level of the heat index, the app provides users with information about precautions they may take such as drinking fluids, taking rest breaks and adjusting work operations. More
NDA considering first Demolition Rodeo in San Antonio
The NDA wants to help its regular members with team building within their companies. Therefore, the association is working on our first Demolition Rodeo to be held at the 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio in March. Tentative plans called for a sponsored event involving operator skill tests involving a small grapple and one using a skid steer. Cash prizes and NDA jackets denoting the winner's success will be offered. The event would be held March 11 in the Gonzalez Convention Center during expanded exhibition time. More information about this exciting event will be available shortly.
10 myths about social networking for business
There is so much noise about social media, much of it not very helpful. Myths about how and why to use these networks abound, spread by networking neophytes and so-called experts. The truth is the answers to these questions keep changing, because we are only beginning to understand how to harness social networks to unlock the Web's true potential. Here, then, is a comprehensive guide to social networking misconceptions — each accompanied by a tangible action plan that you can take right now. More
Convention Committee prepares for 2012 show in San Antonio
The Convention Committee of the NDA is completing work on the program for the association's 39th Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, which is planned for March 11–14. This year's show will feature a real Texas rodeo at the Monday Night Theme Party, which will include a PBR bull riding, two country western bands, line dancing, armadillo racing and a mechanical bull to ride. A Texas barbeque will be served. Next year's NDA golf tournament will be held March 11 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort outside San Antonio. The Convention Committee is considering a demolition rodeo at next year's show, similar to those events held by the solid waste industry, to test the skills of the demolition industry's operators. A number of skill test events will be held in the Gonzalez Convention Center attached to the Hyatt Regency on March 12 in the NDA's exhibit hall. Look for more information about the NDA's 39th Annual Convention shortly.