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ASCE Reports: Pennsylvania has highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges in country

{08d819bc-1d22-4dd2-80f4-4bea43d54eb4}_ASCE_GovernmentRelations_WashingtonLast week, four Sections of ASCE from across Pennsylvania released a new Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure giving 16 grades for the state’s key infrastructure areas. The Report Card gave 7 Ds, 6 Cs, and only 3 Bs showing the significant needs facing Pennsylvania’s infrastructure and highlighting the economic consequences of waiting to tackle these pressing issues. The release events across the state drew hundreds of people who want to see Pennsylvania’s infrastructure improve just as much as the team of over 50 experts who compiled the report.  Help us keep up the momentum by sharing this new and Report Card with those you know and work with in Pennsylvania!

New Marketing Agency Serves Design, Construction Firms

1.LogoFraley AEC Solutions, LLC has been launched to provide Marketing and Public Relations services to the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry in Pennsylvania and the surrounding region. The firm was founded by Brian M. Fraley, who has been providing Marketing and Business Development solutions within the AEC sector for more than 20 years. Starting his career in a construction and industrial advertising firm, he served as editor of a regional Highway/Heavy Construction trade publication, Marketing Director for a statewide transportation construction association, and Director of Marketing and Business Development for a civil engineering firm.

“There are many firms that provide Marketing and Public Relations services, but they lack the in-depth knowledge of the AEC sector,” says Fraley. “This is an industry with a unique language, history, personality, and way of conducting business. Fraley AEC Solutions was formed to cater to this underserved and often misunderstood marketplace.”

No stranger to the start-up environment, Fraley started his career with a small family-owned construction advertising agency in Bucks County, Pa. “One thing that has not changed in 20 years is that firms in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction sector must differentiate themselves with effective Marketing practices,” Fraley explained. “That need has been exacerbated due to a number of paradigm shifts that are currently underway from the technology revolution to the emergence of the next generation of management. Fraley AEC Solutions has the historical knowledge of the industry, which will be necessary to help our clients to adapt to current and future industry shifts.”

Fraley AEC Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Morgantown, Pa., occupies a niche within the marketplace as a specialty Marketing and Public Relations firms providing solutions to the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry. The firm provides solutions including Marketing Strategy, Branding, Advertising, Public Relations, and Photography. The firm serves Pennsylvania and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region.

CDRA Announces Construction and Demolition Industry Annual Awards and Inductee to the C&D Recycling Hall of Fame

CDRAThe Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA), announced today the organization’s slate of 2014 Industry Award Honorees. CDRA is a national trade organization that promotes the safe recycling of the more than 350 million tons of recoverable construction and demolition (C&D) materials generated annually in the United States. The 2014 awards will be presented at the C&D World, the Annual Meeting of the CDRA, March 5 in Las Vegas.

The award recipients include:

CMRA Member of the Year – Gary Sondermeyer, Bayshore Recycling, Keasbey, NJ The CDRA Member of the Year is selected based on extraordinary service to the mission of the organization and the C&D Recycling industry over the previous 12-month period.

C&D Recycler of the Year – SWS/Sun Recycling, Davie, FL.

The C&D Recycler of the Year honors those Recycling Operations in the Construction and Demolition Recycling industry who have made an extraordinary contribution to the industry.

CDRA President’s Award – Armstrong World Industries, Lancaster, PA, and Southwind RAS, Bartlett, IL.

The CDRA President’s Award recognizes companies for excellence and innovation in C&D recycling.

The Second Class of the C&D Recycling Hall of Fame has been announced and the 2014 Honoree is Ted “Tadj” Ondrick, Ted Ondrick Construction Co., Chicopee, MA. This award recognizes an individual’s long-time work, innovation, and support of both the C&D Recycling industry and the CDRA.

“We are delighted to recognize all who have made a commitment to the recycling industry and their communities,” said Valerie Montecalvo, President, CDRA. “It is because of their commitment to the environment, our country is able to move to a more sustainable future.”

Congressman Bill Shuster visits Volvo Construction Equipment North American Headquarters

Volvo LogoVolvo Construction Equipment has made significant investments in North America and it has not gone unnoticed by key decision makers in America. This was clearly evident when Congressman Bill Shuster, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the United States Congress, visited the company’s Shippensburg, Pa., facility on Jan 6.

Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) braved sub-zero temperatures on Jan. 6 to visit the North American headquarters of Volvo Construction Equipment in Shippensburg, Pa. The congressman and his team toured the company’s expanded headquarters and saw at first hand the investments Volvo Construction Equipment has made in North America.

Since announcing a series of investments in 2011, Volvo CE has added 300 jobs in the Shippensburg, Pa. area, making a total workforce of over 1000 employees. The most recent investment phase at the facility – of $100 million – has seen localized production of Wheel Loaders at the facility as well as the opening of a state of the environmentally-sustainable headquarters building for the Americas region. These recent investments are a strong signal of Volvo’s commitment to North America – plus its bringing additional manufacturing and jobs to Pennsylvania.

IMG_6330“Touring the Volvo facility in Shippensburg was an incredible experience, the work those men and women do is truly remarkable.  I had a great time speaking with the employees firsthand and witnessing their skills in action,” said Shuster. “Volvo is an integral part of the economy. The construction equipment being built right here in the 9th District is being used on projects all across the country.

Shuster and his team also got a glimpse of the future with a tour of the emerging North American customer center, which will be inaugurated in June. The facility will include an 80,000-square-foot training and customer event facility for the company’s dealers and customers. A new equipment demonstration area will replicate actual job sites, helping to accurately exhibit real world equipment performance.

Highway Bill

During Shuster’s visit, the congressman met with senior executives and discussed the prospects of introducing a fully funded longer term highway bill when the current bill is up for renewal later this year.

“Volvo Construction Equipment was delighted to host Congressman Bill Shuster during his visit to our recently expanded facilities here in Shippensburg, Pa. We support his work as chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the efforts being made to secure a fully funded highway bill” stated Goran Lindgren, President Region Americas for Volvo Construction Equipment.

IMG_6334The congressman’s visit is the latest in a line of high profile visitors to Shippensburg and is a clear sign of the growing importance and impact Volvo is making in the area and the country as a whole.

National Demolition Association’s Environmental Excellence Awards Salutes Projects in Seven U.S. States and Canada

NDA Logo Projects cleaned up hundreds of contaminated acres of land in Nevada, aided in the redevelopment of a Michigan city, remediated a former paper mill site, recycled lumber into bio-fuel, and lead to the reuse of reclaimed materials in high-profile new construction sites.

National Demolition Association (NDA) presented the 3nd annual Environmental Excellence Awards to five companies which have performed demolition projects that demonstrate significant environmental conservation and community improvement, while bringing about a discernible positive impact on the quality of life in the U.S. and Canada.

“The Environmental Excellence Awards recognize NDA member companies which are true leaders in environmental stewardship,” said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, Executive Director of the NDA.  “Environmental stewardship is one of the demolition industry’s primary missions and these winning projects help illustrate truly dramatic efforts our members have made to make this a reality.

The winning projects, which were honored at the National Demolition Association’s 40th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, are:

Project: Mohave Generating Station, Laughlin, NV

ncm-mohave1NDA Member: NCM Demolition & Remediation, Brea, CA

NCM is currently decommissioning Southern California Edison’s giant Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin, NV, just west of Las Vegas.  The power plant is a 1,580-MW, coal-fired electric generating station situated on 3,000 acres adjacent to the Colorado River.  The facility has 217 acres of storage ponds, evaporating ponds, and a 300-acre landfill.  The scope of NCM’s scope of services includes asset recovery, asbestos abatement, hazardous materials handling, structural demolition, relocations of pond contents, and closure of the on-site landfill 



Project:  Revitalizing the City of Saginaw, MI

NDA Member: Bierlein Companies, Inc., Midland, MI

Bierlein Companies-6Bierlein Companies partnered with AKT Peerless Environmental and Energy Services to reform environmental remediation and demolition services at the Downtown Saginaw Redevelopment Project.  The scope of the project included the demolition of the eight-story Crowne Plaza Hotel and the adjacent 160,000-sq.-ft. Downtown Saginaw Mall.  The work also included abatement of 200,000 sq. ft. of asbestos material and universal waste removal.  Some 98% of the building materials onsite were recycled.




Project:  Plymouth Cordage Mill #2 Demolition and Recycling, Plymouth, MA

NDA Member:  Costello Dismantling Co., West Wareham, MA

Costello Dismantling Co3During the demolition of the Plymouth Cordage Mill in Plymouth, MA, Costello Dismantling was looking for innovative ways to recycle high-quality Southern Yellow Pine beams and structural decking in the building that have been exposed to more than a century of saturation from mineral oil used to condition hemp fibers prior to rope manufacturing.  After rigorous testing, sorting and shredding, the lumber was converted into 4,500 tons of bio-fuel.




Project:  Gaspesia Pulp and Paper Mill, Chandler, QC, Canada

NDA Member: EDS, Montreal, QC, Canada

Microsoft Word - NDA.docxEDS received a turnkey contract to dismantle and pack all process equipment; to perform the complete remediation of all contaminated materials; to remediate and decontaminate the entire site; to complete the demolition of all buildings and other structures on the site; and to recycle all of the structural steel and non-ferrous metals on site.  The object of the work was to provide the local community with a remediated site and green area for future park and golf course development.




Project: Reuse and Recycling in Projects in KS, MO, NY, UT

planetreuse2NDA Member: PlanetReuse, Kansas City, MO

The goal of PlanetReuse’s projects is to increase the reuse of reclaimed materials in a way that is beneficial to the owners, the demolition and recycling industries, and the end users.  Examples include the reuse of 86,000 sq. ft. of cypress, reclaimed hemlock, Douglas fir, and pine/spruce in a school in Greensburg, KS; the use of reclaimed material for the exterior walls of Kansas City’s Kaufman Center of the Performing Arts and bridges in Utah; 10,000 sq. ft. of oak flooring from a restaurant in Kansas City’s Power & Light District which was processed for reuse as flooring in two new retail project; and recycled portion of President Obama’s inauguration state into framing and walls for the Omega Institute for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, NY.


About the National Demolition Association

The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing approximately 800 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process. Membership includes demolition contractors, general contractors, civil engineering firms, and recycling, landfill, and salvage operations.  The association’s efforts help members stay abreast of environmental, regulatory and safety matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness, and provide members with networking opportunities and information on the latest technical advances in equipment and services.  The website is