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NDA 40th Anniversary Convention as part of the association's Education Initiative
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As part of the association's new Education Initiative, the technical sessions offered at next year's 40th Anniversary Celebration in San Diego on March 23–26 are divided into four major areas, all of great importance to all companies involved in the demolition process. On March 25, retired Navy Cmdr. Mike Abrashoff, author of "The Best Damn Ship in the Navy" will speak on the management issues of running a complex organization such as a navy ship or a demolition company. Abrashoff's presentation will discuss management style and personnel management as a part of any kind of complex organization. This is our Management offering.

The next session on March 25 will feature NDA Past President and Lifetime Achievement Award winner John Weber of ICONCO, one of the world's foremost implosion contractors; Mark Loizeaux of CDI; and Peter Ward of Ward Demolition who is currently working in Christchurch, New Zealand. This session will deal with the devastation of the Christchurch earthquake and the work that demolition industry is doing to bring Christchurch back. This is our Disaster Response offering.

Beginning March 26, our occupational safety and health attorney, Mark Lies of Seyfarth, Shaw in Chicago will discuss legal issues confronting the demolition industry such as current OSHA programs, changes to workers' comp rules and other important safety issues. This is our Safety offering.

The last education session on March 26 will involve a comprehensive look at three important environmental issues for the demolition industry. First, Andrew DeBaise of Rocky Mountain Recycling will discuss the importance of metals recycling, ferrous and nonferrous. He will be followed by Gavin Broatch of the city of San Diego who will discuss the city's new C&D recycling ordinance and its implications across the state of California and beyond. Finally, Chris Godek, our Environment Committee chair and either David Hockey or Molly Finn from the U.S. EPA will discuss the whole issue of PCBs in caulk. This is our Environmental offering. Next year’s convention will reflect the NDA’s commitment to its Mission to provide our members with the skills necessary to be leaders in Environmental Stewardship, Safety, Education, Professional Competency and Government Advocacy.

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NDA Convention Committee lists 2013 sponsorship opportunities
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The 40th Anniversary Convention Committee Chair and NDA Treasurer Scott Knightly has announced an initial list of sponsorship opportunities available for the association's 2013 Annual Convention in San Diego. Next year's convention, which will feature a decidedly Navy theme to take advantage of one of San Diego's major attractions, will celebrate 40 years of service by the NDA to the demolition industry. One of the major events at next year's show will be an Opening Night Reception aboard the USS Midway based in San Diego.

Sponsorship opportunities at next year's celebration include:

26th Annual Golf Tournament at Riverwalk Golf Club
Individual golf hole sponsorships
$500 — Silver $1,000 — Gold $3,000 — Platinum

Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Coffee break
Opening Night Cocktail Reception

General Session Breakfast
Keynote speaker
Coffee break
Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Theme Party

General Session Breakfast
Coffee break
Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Cocktail Reception
Annual Banquet

Other Sponsorships
Baseball caps
Custom room keys
Tote bags
40th Anniversary Commemorative Tile

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NDA Education Initiative includes Regional Training Sessions
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The Education Committee of the NDA will be holding the first of three Regional Training Sessions at the Sheraton Needham in Needham, Mass., Oct. 26-27. Registration forms for this first education session have been forwarded to every Regular Member firm and appear in the Sept./Oct. issue of Demolition magazine. You can also register online at the NDA's website.

The Northeast Regional Training Session is part of a comprehensive effort by the association to upgrade its educational offerings and improve the skill sets of industry members. Programs offered in Needham, Mass., include the demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour construction safety and health training course; a demolition-specific Lift Safety training course; a presentation on Basic Industrial Hygiene for the Demolition Industry; and one of the whole issue of PCBs in caulk. Certifications will be awarded for successful completion of both the OSHA 10-hour and Lift Safety training programs.

Similar programs are planned for the Midwest (Chicago) in February, and the West Coast (Los Angeles) in late May/early June.

2013 Environmental Excellence Awards applications available
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Applications for the NDA's 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards will be mailed out to every association member early in July. This program, designed to promote the demolition industry's commitment to environmental stewardship as outlined in the organization's mission, has been very successful with both members and their clients. These awards are presented to NDA members that perform projects that have a significant impact on the quality of life in the community where they did the work or developed a product or service that does the same.

This year's awards will be presented by Environment Committee Chairman Chris Godek of New England Yankee Construction of Milford, Conn., March 25, immediately following President Don Rachel's welcoming address at the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego. Award winners receive two awards, one for their own firm and one to present to the client they did the work for. The NDA's Environment Committee established this program to enlighten our customers, the construction community and the general public to the major role the industry plays in enhancing the quality of life in the towns and cities where we work. Look for the 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards application forms soon. The applications will also be available online on NDA's website.

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Olympics contractors eye Brazil 2016 opportunities
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London Olympic contracts and upcoming work for Rio 2016 are set to offer a lasting legacy for contractors looking to extend their Games success. Two big deals are yet to be won in London before eyes turn to Brazil, including a contract still pending for the redevelopment of the 28-acre South Plaza and South Park. Deconstruction of the Olympic Park recently started, as contractors including ISG and Barr Construction were set to remove or renovate stadia and infrastructure, with 5,000 workers due on site. More

Report: Wealthier communities receive more funds from EPA to clean up brownfields
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Despite about $1.5 billion in federal grants and loans doled out by the Environmental Protection Agency over 19 years, hundreds of thousands of abandoned and polluted properties known as brownfields continue to mar communities across the country. Some sites are contaminating groundwater, while at others the toxins' impact on the communities is unknown. The shortcomings are due to limited funds, a lack of federal oversight, seemingly endless waits for approvals and dense bureaucratic processes. These issues make it difficult for poor and sparsely populated neighborhoods to compete against larger and middle-class communities that have the means to figure them out, an investigation by six nonprofit newsrooms has found. More

How growing cities will wreck the environment unless we build them right
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It's easy to miss amid the day to day headlines of global economic implosion, presidential campaign foibles and Mideast rage, but there is a less conspicuous kind of social upheaval under way that is fast altering both the face of the planet and the way that human beings live. That change is the rapid acceleration of urbanization, as more and more people in every corner of the world put down their farm tools and move from the countryside or the village to the city. More

World's 1st robotic sorting system for recycling bought in Netherlands
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Netherlands firm Baetsen Recycling has purchased the world's first robotic recycling system. Baetsen will use the ZenRobotics Recycler system to reclaim valuable raw materials from construction and demolition waste by using industrial robots controlled with artificial intelligence. More

Alabama construction company rents pink excavator to help fight cancer
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Who said construction work can't come in a pretty shade of pink? Beginning Oct. 1 and continuing for a full year, Beard Equipment Co. will rent a special John Deere earth mover to customers, with all rental revenue going to USA Children's & Women's Hospital and the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. The powder pink machine is a 20-metric-ton excavator, a construction tool for contractors for general site excavation, installation of pipe and utilities and general land clearing. More

Atlanta begins tearing down dilapidated complexes
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Demolition began on a dilapidated and dangerous stretch of long-abandoned complexes that greeted visitors to Atlanta as they approached from the west on I-20. The planned teardown of the nearly dozen buildings in the Essex Court Apartments, which are visible from the interstate and have become known as some of the most troublesome properties on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, is the latest example of Atlanta's push to knock down vacant, blighted properties that can become nests of drug use, vagrancy and more serious crimes. More

Clean Sweep program targets Buffalo, N.Y.'s, blight
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The neighborhood challenges of Buffalo, N.Y., are many, from crime to blighted properties to streets and sidewalks in need of repair. Mayor Byron Brown's administration has taken a targeted approach, using data collected through emergency and nonemergency calls for service to identify areas of high need, plagued by such problems as rats, absentee landlords or drug dealers. More

Beyond energy savings: How green buildings can cut labor costs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many sustainability-minded businesses realize that green buildings usually have lower energy costs, but that may not be the most significant reason to incorporate sustainable design in your facilities. That's because utility bills, and even construction costs, are typically a relatively small part of a business's bottom line. The larger portion — as much as 92 percent of a building's design, construction, operations and maintenance — comes from labor and labor-related costs. More

6 playful works of architecture inspired by toys we love
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They say that "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," and Inhabitat thinks the same can be said about architecture. Here are six delightful structures inspired by Inhabitat's favorite toys. More


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