36 Out of the OrdinaryTrees may be a rare sight in Saudi Arabia, but that hasn't stopped one marine construction project in this land of rock and sand from utilizing timber pilings. Here's how U.S. company American Pole and Timber got involved.

Project of the Year Awards
48 Land: Less than $500,000Legacy Contracting, Inc.
52 Land: $500,000 to $2 MillionBlakeslee Arpaia Chapman, Inc.
56 Land: $2 Million to $5 MillionCorman Kokosing Construction
60 Marine: Less than $500,000Legacy Contracting, Inc.
64 Marine: $500,000 to $2 MillionBalfour Beatty US
72 Preparing Next Year's Entries
Member Profiles
75 Corman Kokosing Construction
83 GeoStructures Inc.
89 Creative Pultrusions Inc.
95 Giken Ltd.
101 Shannon & Wilson, Inc.
107 Evolution of Steel Piling and High Modulus Walls for Post Panamax Marine Structures
111 The Use of Treated Timber in Aquatic Applications
115 Confinement ReinforcementRequirements for concrete piles
118 Stop Crane and Excavator Accidents
119 Pre-Task Form
121 Long Form Critical Lift Plan
123 New RulesKey changes in the new AIA A201 General Conditions
PDCA Committees
127 PDCA Contracts and Risk Committee:The Engineer's Role in Mitigating Risk on Pile Driving Projects,An operational and legal perspective
PDCA Young Guns
129 Paul Martin, McCrossin Foundations
131 Ryan Allin, GRL Engineers, Inc.

6 President's Message
13 Executive Director's Message 
16 201819 Board of Directors and Committee Chairs
19 PDCA Upcoming Events
21 PDCA Membership Benefits 
25 Article Submission Guidelines
29 New PDCA Members
31 PDCA News
33 PDCA Chapters

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Celebrating Our Successes!

I hope this edition of PileDriver finds you and your firm well. It's been a busy year for the organization thus far and it's time to take a breather to celebrate what we've accomplished this year. I'd like to start this edition with thanking all those responsible for organizing and participating in our Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles conference that was held in Baltimore in September. We had a great slate of speakers focused on the future of America's infrastructure renewal and the role of driven pile products in these projects. Your attendance and participation in the lectures, presentations, display booths and networking events helped spread the benefits of driven piles as a deep foundation solution, supported excavation systems and helped drive new membership. This was a great event to get to know more members and openly share ideas and experiences that can help solve the problems we all see on our jobs every day. 
This edition recognizes our "Project of the Year Award" winners. These high-profile marine and land projects highlight the ingenuity, expertise and craftsmanship of our member firms and demonstrate the benefits of driven piles as a viable and economical deep foundation solution. Please enjoy the articles and congratulate the winning firms when you see them at your next PDCA event.
Diane Fischer (GRL Engineers, Inc.), chair of the Associate Member Council and all of the Committee members are introducing a new PDCA award. In 2019, PDCA will include the "Associate Member of the Year" as part of its award program. The new award is designed to recognize a PDCA Associate member firm that works to actively support PDCA and all PDCA members on a daily basis by being a trusted business partner. The Associate Member Council, in part, will be responsible for reviewing the company's submittal information and select the winning company for this prestigious award. 
The Communications Committee, under Pollyanna Cunningham's leadership, has been hard at work renovating our organization's website. I hope you enjoy the new look and functionality. Thank you, Pollyanna, for your dedication and drive to get this done.
The Membership Committee has been busy supporting chapter reorganization events in Florida, Texas and the Mid-Atlantic regions to revitalize our local presence. The participation and interest at the events so far has been amazing and energizing. The Florida and Texas chapters will be offering sessions in October and November focused on contractual risk, unforeseen conditions and claim avoidance. Please keep your eye out for the next event in your area and bring someone new along to share the value you find in these PDCA experiences.
Our success as an organization doesn't happen without dedicated members like you. We are off to a great start and we are continuing to move forward. Thank you for your continued support and participation. 
Congratulations for a great year and keep up the good work!

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Recognizing Project of the Year Winners

This issue of PileDriver is one I look forward to each year because PDCA has the privilege of announcing the winning projects for the 2018 "Project of the Year Awards" (POY) program. When PDCA announces this annual award program, we always add the tag line, "Putting Excellence to the Test." This tag line has a double meaning. First, any pile driving contractor, or those involved in a pile driving project, knows that each project requires a great deal of knowledge, skill, trained personnel, a sharp eye and pencil and the ability to overcome a multitude of other critical factors in order to successfully complete a project. Oftentimes, projects aren't straightforward, but typically present a variety of challenges that must be overcome with experience and an innovative approach. With all a pile driving project's complexities, excellence in the contractor's approach is always put to the test. 
"Putting excellence to the test" is also the criteria used by the PDCA POY judges to determine which project rises to the top and is designated the PDCA Project of the Year. Each judge for the POY has a Judge's Form that contains seven distinct categories: Meeting the challenges of a difficult job; innovation in construction techniques, equipment and/or materials; unique application of piles or design considerations; construction problems and solutions; cost-saving measures; and management or mitigation of environmental considerations. The first five categories have award points up to 10 and the remaining two categories have award points up to five, for a total of 50 points.
PDCA had a great group of judges this year and, on behalf of PDCA, I want to thank all of them for volunteering to help judge this year's POY entries. Their job is not easy. They have to take an unbiased look at each project and grade it accordingly. This year, many of the judges commented on the quality of the entries and how impressed they were with the overall projects.
I have always thought the actual POY award is quite impressive and probably more so when prominently displayed in the offices of the winning company. However, winning project or not, I have rarely, if ever, received a project entry that could not be considered a winner. The PDCA Project of the Year Award provides PDCA with the distinguished opportunity to continue its long-standing and consistent commitment in recognizing those PDCA members who demonstrate excellence in providing solutions to the deep foundation and earth retention environment through their projects. The award is dedicated to acknowledging the hard work, ingenuity and commitment that goes into each project and, as mentioned, all are worthy of a PDCA Project of the Year Award. Congratulations to all the companies who submitted an entry this year congratulations to their employees and everyone who participated in providing an owner with another quality driven pile foundation. 
And now, it is time for me to congratulate the winning companies not only in my Executive Director's message, but also as a feature in this edition of PileDriver.
In the category of project submitted under "Contractor Land," PDCA acknowledges the following:
Projects Less than $500,000 Minto Island Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge and Path Legacy Contracting, Inc.
Projects $500,000 to $2,000,000 Silver Sands State Park Phase 1B Improvements Blakeslee, Arpaia, Chapman, Inc.
Projects $2,000,000 to $5,000,000 Naval Academy Cyber Security Studies Building Concrete Piles Corman Kokosing Construction

In the category of project submitted under "Contractor Marine," PDCA acknowledges the following:
Projects Less than $500,000 Terminal 3 Headline Dolphin Legacy Contracting, Inc.
Projects $500,000 to $2,000,000 Topsail Island Bridge Replacement in Surf City, North Carolina Balfour Beatty US

As for the other projects submitted, when all of the judges submitted their final scores, the difference between one project and the next was as little as two points. Once again, I congratulate all of you in my opinion, you are all worthy of a Project of the Year award, so celebrate your good work and be assured your work will not go unrecognized. For our readers, look for Issue 6 of PileDriver to read more about these great PDCA member projects.
For all of you who attended the recent PDCA 19th Annual Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles (DICEP) conference, I want to thank you for your support and participation. I want to thank our DICEP Sponsors: Consolidated Pipe and Supply, Equipment Corp. of America, International Construction Equipment, Geo-Technology Associates, Inc., Lally Pipe and Tube, Liebherr and R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors, Inc.
I also want to thank all of our exhibitors, who provided the latest in technology, equipment, materials and services to all of our attendees. Your role in the industry cannot be understated.
This year's DICEP conference, "The Benefits of Driven Piles In Infrastructure An Engineer's Perspective" contained significant, interesting and great educational presentations which dealt with infrastructure projects that tested design and construction challenges, along with other relevant topics such as risk mitigation, research, cost-savings in design and design in LRFD. 
Engineers who needed PDH for license renewal received 12 for attending DICEP. Can you get PDH elsewhere? Sure! But if you are a designing or consulting engineer in the foundation industry, you could not have found a better venue than DICEP to pick up some hours, not to mention walking away with information and knowledge that could directly influence your design ideas on future projects. 
PDCA is very excited about the launch of our new website, still found at The PDCA Communications Committee and Committee Chair, Pollyanna Cunningham, have worked tirelessly with the PDCA webmaster, Sean Stewart of Digital Trooper, to design and launch the new PDCA website. A few months after the Board's approval and establishment of a budget during the PDCA 2018 Strategic Planning meeting this past January, the PDCA team has been working hard on developing the new website. The new website has a brand new look, is more robust and provides PDCA members and guests with a more dynamic website than previously available. Check it out,
The PDCA 22nd Annual International Conference and Expo 2019 will be held at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort from July 912, 2019. PDCA has secured a great rate for this amazing property of only $219 per night, with no resort fees. Mark this date on your calendar and expect to hear brilliant speakers, fresh ideas, continuous inspiration; all while enjoying countless opportunities to connect with your peers and network with some of the greatest people in the foundation industry pile drivers. 
Finally, a quick update on my status as executive director. Most of you know that I will be retiring sometime next year. The PDCA Executive Committee contracted with the TJC group out of Baton Rouge, La., to help with the search for a new executive director. I am pleased to announce that they came up with a four-person shortlist that was submitted to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee and TJC reviewed all four candidates together, with detailed information on each provided to the Executive Committee by the TJC Group. All four candidates were interviewed prior to the DICEP conference with a decision presented to the Board on Tuesday, September 18, during the DICEP Board of Directors meeting. After reviewing the resumes of each candidate and discussing each with TJC, I am confident the selected candidate will be very successful as your new executive director.

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201819 PDCA Officers, Directors, Committee Chairs & Members

PDCA Officers
PresidentLarry Moore, GeoStructures, Inc.Purcellville,
Vice PresidentScott Callaway, Cajun Deep Foundations, LLCBaton Rouge,
TreasurerBill Marczewski, BSM EngineeringPortland,
SecretaryPollyanna Cunningham, ICE® International Construction Equipment, Inc.Matthews,
Immediate Past PresidentDave Chapman, Blakeslee, Arpaia, ChapmanBranford,
Executive DirectorSteve Hall, PDCAOrange Park,
PDCA Directors
Doug Keller, Richard Goettle, Inc.Cincinnati,
Erich Kremer, R. Kremer & Son Marine ContractorsBrick,
Scott Webster, GRL Engineers, Inc.Charlotte,
Jason Moore, Palmetto Pile Driving, Inc.Charleston,
Jay Boyd, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc.Wilmington,
Karl Higgins, ECS, LLCChantilly,
Rich Anderson, Equipment Corporation of AmericaAldan,
Rob Braden, Skyline Steel, LLCSpringfield,
Kevin Gourgues, Patriot Deep FoundationsBaton Rouge,
PDCA Chapter Representatives 
PDCA of Florida ChapterTim Dittmeier, Hammer &
PDCA of South Carolina ChapterJohn King, Pile Drivers,

PDCA of the Gulf Coast ChapterMichael Kelly, Gulf South Piling and
PDCA of the Northeast ChapterErich Kremer, R. Kremer & Son Marine
PDCA of the Pacific Coast ChapterDermot Fallon, Foundation Constructors,
PDCA of the Pacific Northwest ChapterBill Marczewski, BSM
For information about the PDCA of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter and the PDCA of Texas Chapter, contact the PDCA office at 904-215-4771.

Associate Member Council
Chair: Diane Fischer, Pile Dynamics, Inc.Phone:
Co-Chair: James Buttles, Corpac SteelPhone:
Members: Chris Ragan (Atlas Tube)David Maedgen (Gerdau)Errynne Bell (Skyline Steel)Fernao de Oliveira Cesar (Gerdau)J.W. Lodge (Lodge Lumber)Karl Higgins (ECS, LLC)Marilyn Poindexter (Atlas Tube)Phil Wright (L.B. Foster)Pollyanna Cunningham (ICE®)Rob Likins (Equipment Corporation of America)Stephanie Conklin (R.W. Conklin Steel)Steve Whitty (Specialty Piling Systems)Takefumi Takuma (Giken America)T.C. "Tom" Heller (Liebherr USA)
Chapters Committee
Chair: John King, Pile Drivers Inc.Phone:
Members: Andrea Edwards (Koppers Utility & Industrial Products)Bill Marczewski (BSM Engineering)Dermot Fallon (Foundation Constructors)Erich Kremer (R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors)Greg Canivan (S&ME)J.J. Waguespack (Mississippi River Equipment Co.)Jason Moore (Palmetto Pile Driving)Kevin Gourgues (Patriot Deep Foundations)Matt Scerbak (Associated Pile & Fitting)Michael Kelly (Gulf South Piling)Rich Anderson (Equipment Corporation of America)Sarah Honeyman (Piling Products)Tim Dittmeier (Hammer & Steel)Tim Fogarty (George Harms Construction Co.)Tom Connor (Consolidated Pipe)
Communications Committee
Chair: Pollyanna Cunningham, ICE® International Construction Phone: 888-423-8721 ext.
Members: Allen Johnson (ICE®)Dermot Fallon (Foundation Constructors)Eric Hendriksen (DDF)Erich Kremer (R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors)Garland Likins (Pile Dynamics, Inc.)Jill Harris (Lester Publications, LLC)John King (Pile Drivers, Inc.)Karl Higgins (ECS LLC)Mike Kelly (Gulf South Piling and Construction)Thomas Lane (Koppers Utility & Industrial Products)Tim Dittmeier (Hammer & Steel)
Contracts and Risk Committee
Chair: Alex Filotti, SkanskaPhone:
Co-Chair: Rick Kalson, Benesch LawPhone:
Members: Mike Byrne, Ryan Maloney (Foley & Lardner LLP), Sayed M. Sayed, Mark Rice
Education Committee
Chair: Gerry McShane, Service Steel WarehousePhone:
Members: Alex Filotti (Skanska)Alex Ryberg (GRL Engineers Inc.)Bill Marczewski (BSM Engineering)Dave Chapman (Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman)Eric Hendriksen (DDF)Garland Likins (Pile Dynamics Inc.)Gerald Verbeek (VMS/Allnamics-USA)Jim Campbell (PND Engineers Inc.)Mike Gregory (The Hose Company)Mike Justason (McMaster University)Mohamad Hussein (GRL Engineers Inc.)Pat Hannigan (Pile Dynamics Inc.)Richard Morales (L.B. Foster)T.C. "Tom" Heller (Liebherr USA)
Staff Liaison:Debbie Schmidt, PDCAPhone:
Market Development Committee
Chair: Doug Keller, Richard Goettle Inc.Phone:
Members: Brian Rogers (Consolidated Pipe & Supply)John Holman (Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc.)Mike Elliot (Equipment Corporation of America)Phil Wright (L.B. Foster)Steve Macon (Massman Construction Co.)T.C. "Tom" Heller (Liebherr USA)
Membership Committee
Chair: Karl Higgins, ECS, LLCPhone:
Members: Bill Marczewski (BSM Engineering)Dave Chapman (Blakeslee, Arpaia, Chapman)Dermot Fallon (Foundation Constructors)Doug Keller (Richard Goettle, Inc.)Erich Kremer (R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors)Jay Boyd (Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc.)John King (Pile Drivers, Inc.)Kay Shealy (Pile Drivers, Inc.)Kevin Gourgues (Patriot Deep Foundations)Larry Moore (GeoStructures, Inc.)Mike Kelly (Gulf South Piling and Construction)Michael Runey (Koppers Utility & Industrial Products)Phil Conklin (R.W. Conklin Steel)Pollyanna Cunningham (ICE®)Rich Anderson (Equipment Corporation of America)Scott Callaway (Cajun Deep Foundations)Scott Webster (GRL Engineers)Steve Whitty (Specialty Piling Systems)Tim Dittmeier (Hammer & Steel)
Safety and Environmental Committee
Chair: Jay Boyd, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc.Phone:
Co-Chair: Scott Callaway, Cajun Deep FoundationsPhone:
Members: Buck Darling (Herbert F. Darling)Chas Raysik (ICE®)Dave Coleman (Foundation Constructors)Dave Harrison (Terra-Mechanics, Inc.)Dermot Fallon (Foundation Constructors)Eric Hendriksen (DDF)Erich Kremer (R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors)James Deemer (American Piledriving Equipment)Joe KlaasKeith Alfonsi (Braun Intertec)Kevin Gourgues (Patriot Deep Foundations)Kevin Shannon (Linde-Griffith Construction Company)Mark Miller (Terresolve)Michael Gregory (Hydraulic Hose)Michael Morgano (GRL Engineers)Peter Jensen (American Pile and Foundation)Rich Marshall (ADSC)Stephen Heilker (Cape Romain Contractors)Warren Waite (Berminghammer)
Steel Sheet Pile Committee
Chair: Gerry McShane, Service Steel WarehousePhone:
Members: Alex Filotti (Skanska)Bruce Colson (ESC Group)David Maedgen (Gerdau)Phil Wright (L.B. Foster)Takefumi Takuma (Giken America)Joseph Teeter (Axiom Foundations)David Borger (Skyline Steel)Greg Goad (L.B. Foster)Scott Meaney (Gerdau)Richard Morales (L.B. Foster)Muhammad Baksh (M.G. McLaren)Vahid Zajani (M.G. McLaren)Kevin Kane (ICE®)Ryne Allen (Piling Products)Dave Chapman (Blakeslee, Arpaia, Chapman)Lane Koslow (Piling Products)
Technical Committee
Chair: Dale Biggers, Boh Bros. Construction Company, LLCPhone:
Members: Anna Sellountou (Pile Dynamics, Inc.)Billy Camp (S&ME)Casey Jones (Foundation Testing & Consulting)Dave Chapman (Blakeslee, Arpaia, Chapman)Don Roberston (Applied Foundation Testing)Eric Hendriksen (DDF)Garland Likins (GRL Engineers, Inc.)Gerald Verbeek (VMS/Allnamics-USA)John Holman (Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc,)Karl Higgins (ECS, LLC)Michael Wysockey (Thatcher Foundations, Inc.)Mike Justason (McMaster University)Randy Dietel (Piling, Inc.)Takefumi Takuma (Giken America)Van Komurka (GRL Engineers, Inc.)

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Calendar of Events

PDCA of Florida Chapter Contracts and Risk Seminar Jacksonville, Fla.
Oct. 18, 2018
PDCA of South Carolina Chapter Dinner Meeting Charleston, S.C.
Town & Country Inn 2008 Savannah HighwayNov. 6, 2018
PDCA of Texas Chapter Contracts and Risk Seminar Houston, Texas
Nov. 8, 2018
PDCA of the Gulf Coast 4th Quarter Dinner Meeting Kenner, La.
Nov. 15, 2018 
PDCA of South Carolina's 12th Annual Oyster Roast Charleston, S.c.
Palmetta Pile Driving 1875 Pittsburgh Ave.Jan. 18, 2019

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Membership benefits of PDCA and its local chapters

The Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA) is the only association globally that exclusively represents the driven pile industry.
PDCA offers the strength and experience of its more than two decades as an association representing the driven pile industry and provides a forum for members to promote driven piles in all cases where they are effective.
PDCA members include contractors, equipment and materials manufacturers and suppliers, engineers, academicians and end-users that take a dedicated and proactive approach to advancing the benefits of the driven pile, such as environmental benefits, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and rapid productivity.
PDCA membership gives contractors a larger voice in influencing and establishing procedures and standards for the installation of driven piles.
PDCA members meet and work directly with all public agencies to ensure our industry is equally represented in all deep foundations and earth retention design and construction specifications.
PDCA members share up-to-date and relevant industry information in the areas of equipment, technology, safety, business and more, so contractors can stay on the cutting edge of efficiency and productivity designed to increase their financial bottom line.
PDCA members work with other non-competitive groups on issues of mutual concern to the deep foundation industry.

The best way to gain value from your PDCA and chapter membership is simply to get involved. Ask any PDCA member how!

PDCA chapters and locations
PDCA chapters conduct regular meetings to provide members a local forum to be able to network, while also featuring industry keynote speakers from the driven pile and deep foundations industry. Regionally, the chapters host and conduct technical seminars and conferences to educate contractors, engineers and others associated with the pile driving industry.
All PDCA members are encouraged to join a chapter. Find out more information about a chapter near you at

PDCA of the Northeast Chapter
Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

PDCA of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C.

PDCA of South Carolina Chapter
North Carolina and South Carolina

PDCA of Florida Chapter

PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter
Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi

PDCA of Texas Chapter

PDCA of the Pacific Coast Chapter
Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming

PDCA of the Pacific Northwest Chapter
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Alberta and British Columbia 

PDCA committees
PDCA encourages all members to participate on a committee of their choice.
Committee participation is voluntary; however, it is a great way to add value to your membership for those who choose to be actively involved. Joining and participating on a PDCA committee aligns you with like-minded industry individuals seeking to achieve common goals. Your industry and personal career will benefit.
Contact the PDCA office to find out more about how to join a committee. All interested PDCA members are invited to attend committee conference calls at any time to see if that committee is right for you.
PDCA committees include:
Associate Member Council
Contracts and Risk
Market Development
Safety and Environment
Steel Sheet Pile

PDCA members, especially those who serve on the PDCA Education Committee, have developed many educational programs aimed at ensuring the long-term sustainability and safety of the driven pile industry.
PDCA's current education programming includes:
PDCA Annual International Conference & Expo
Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles Conference (DICEP)
Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing and Analysis Workshop
Pile Load Test Options Course
Pile Driving Inspectors Course
Pile Driving Professionals Development Course
Steel Bearing Piles & Sheet Walls in Infrastructure
Engineers' Driven Pile Institute (EDPI)
Professors' Driven Pile Institute (PDPI)
International Foundations Congress & Equipment Expo (IFCEE)
Portable training programs about piling equipment, testing and more

PileDriver is published six times annually and features PDCA member companies and project stories; industry articles related to technical, legal and safety issues; and other relevant topics dedicated to the pile driving industry. is PDCA's official website, containing a broad base of information about PDCA, its members, industry resources and other industry news.
The PDCA e-Letter is emailed monthly to PDCA's subscriber list to provide up-to-date information on PDCA's activities, events, seminars, workshops and member news.
The PDCA Membership Directory is an annual directory that includes contact information for all categories of PDCA members in good standing for the year.
The PDCA Wall Calendar is published annually in October and distributed with Issue 5 of PileDriver. The calendar includes important PDCA dates to keep on your schedule for the following year.

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Submission Guidelines for PDCA's PileDriver Magazine

Have you ever considered writing an article for PileDriver magazine? It's easier to do than you may think. Read the below instructions for writing and submitting an article to PileDriver. Sound like too much work? Contact PDCA to have a professional writer do the work on your behalf; there's no cost for PDCA members.

Writing an article
To ensure we make the best use of your time, we have provided the following submission guidelines to assist you in this process. Should you have any questions while writing your submission or about these guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Hall, executive director, at 904-215-4771 or

Content guidelines
Articles should: 
Be written in the third person (i.e. "The company has..." instead of "My company has...")
Include quotes from appropriate sources where applicable and/or possible
Include a minimum of three to five high-resolution photos with appropriate photo captions and credits that have permission to be printed in the magazine. Please note that providing photos with your article constitutes that you are the copyright holder for the images and your permission for publishing.
Include a byline, comprised of the writer's name, position and company
Be submitted in MS Word format (not in PDF format)

Article types and overviews

Member Profile (Contractor, Associate, Engineering Affiliate)
700 to 1,200 words
These articles are designed to highlight your company. The article should contain such information as:
Years in business
Work performed (specific to the pile driving industry)
Corporate structure (leadership/owner(s))
Geographical distribution of work
Special aspects of the company and staff
Industry or civic awards
Special projects
Involvement in PDCA; how the company benefits from being a member

The article may also include the company's story including how and when the company was founded, how the business grew as well as who and what has contributed to the company's success.

Project Spotlight
700 to 1,800 words 
These articles discuss the driven pile aspects of a construction project. The emphasis should be on the foundation and pile driving, such as the type of pile(s), hammer used, crane used, lead type (swinging, fixed), test pile program and production pile numbers (amount of piles driven for the actual foundation). Additional relevant information such as any value engineering, static or dynamic testing and challenges and problem-solving brought on by design, environment, geology/soil, noise or vibration abatement, etc. is also encouraged. Please mention, where possible, the names of other PDCA member companies that contributed to the project (equipment and material suppliers, for example).

Feature Article
700 to 1,200 words
These are special industry articles that may not necessarily fit into the prescribed sections typically found within the content of PileDriver. They can cover any number of broad issues, including critical news or events that impact the driven pile industry, business advice or updates or general industry articles.

Technical Article
700 to 1,200 words
Any article of a technical nature, such as new techniques, equipment, testing, design, materials, etc. Please note that due to the advanced nature of technical articles, professional writing assistance may not be possible; however, editing services are always available to polish up your piece.

Industry Trailblazer
600 to 1,000 words
Trailblazer articles are meant to highlight a significant contributor to the driven pile industry and PDCA in general. These articles should include how the person got started in the industry, their education, companies for which they've worked, what the industry means to them, what changes they have witnessed in the industry throughout their career, their level of involvement with PDCA over the years and/or how PDCA has impacted their career. The individual must work for a PDCA member company in good standing. Note: if self-written, Trailblazer articles are accepted in first-person format, and a minimum of one photo is required.

Young Gun
600 to 1,000 words
Young Guns are individuals who are beginning their careers (less than seven years) in the pile driving industry and are making an impact at their company and/or with PDCA. These articles should include how they decided to enter the industry, their education, their role at their company and their future goals for themselves and/or their company. The individual must work for a PDCA member company in good standing. Note: if self-written, Young Gun articles are accepted in first-person format, and a minimum of one photo is required.

Photo guidelines
In most cases, photos are required to accompany an article. Please include a separate Word document or email that includes photo captions for each supplied photo as well as the appropriate photo credit for all photos. Submitting a photo means you are responsible for the permissions of reprinting that photo; PDCA and Lester Publications, LLC will not be held liable for any photos submitted without permission to print.
Images should be high-resolution (300 DPI), .tiff or .jpeg format; not compressed, at 100 percent size. As a general rule of thumb, the minimum file size should be 1 MB.
You can email photos to or 
You can use a file transfer service such as Hightail or DropBox to email many photos or large file sizes.
Alternate method if there are several photos or large files: 
Go to and click on Contact Us, then click the link under File Upload. Fill out the simple form and proceed to Step 2 where you can easily upload your files to the server. In Step 2, click on Browse to locate the file on your computer, then press Select. You will see a progress bar showing your upload. Once the upload is complete, you can close the browser window and the design team at Lester will automatically be notified of the files.

Copyright notice
Please note that by submitting an article to PileDriver magazine, unless otherwise arranged with PDCA and Lester Publications, LLC, you are agreeing to allow PDCA and Lester Publications, LLC six months of exclusivity in print and online formats, beginning with the date of publishing, as well as the right to store the article online indefinitely once that period is over. This means that once your article appears in PileDriver magazine, you may not send the same article to other publications until a minimum of six months have passed, unless otherwise arranged with PDCA and Lester Publications, LLC. This is to ensure the editorial integrity and exclusivity of PileDriver magazine.
If you have any questions about submitting an article to PileDriver magazine, or if you would like to request the assistance of a professional writer, contact Steve Hall at or 904-215-4771.

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Your Local PDCA Chapters

PDCA of the Pacific Coast ChapterDermot Fallon, Foundation ConstructorsOakley, CAPhone:
PDCA of the Northeast ChapterErich Kremer, R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors, LLCBrick, NJPhone:
PDCA of the Pacific Northwest ChapterBill Marczewski, BSM EngineeringAstoria, ORPhone:
PDCA of South Carolina ChapterJohn King, Pile Drivers, Inc.Hollywood, SC Phone: 843-763-7736
PDCA of the Gulf Coast ChapterMichael Kelly, Gulf South Piling and ConstructionJefferson, LAPhone:
PDCA of the Mid-Atlantic ChapterMarty CorcoranPhone:

PDCA of Florida ChapterChair open Contact the PDCA office for more information

PDCA of Texas ChapterChair open Contact the PDCA office for more information

Members are encouraged to contact PDCA if, for whatever reason, you are unable to contact any of the above chapter representatives or want to enquire about more than one chapter.

PDCA Orange Park, FLPhone:

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Out of the Ordinary

In the parched Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, there's precious little that is made of wood. When the designers of a new park in the Saudi port city of Al Jubail needed help with wooden pilings for walking piers, they found their answer with a unique product made in the U.S.A.
Manufactured by American Pole and Timber, gun barrel pilings are specialty milled poles that, unlike other round wooden pilings, have a uniform diameter from tip to butt. This past summer, 187 of them, each measuring 12 inches in diameter and ranging from 24 to 40 feet in length, were sent by container ship to Saudi Arabia, where they'll be driven to support three 150-foot long wooden bridges being constructed to provide access to an island within the park in Al Jubail.
Eric Lincoln, senior vice-president of sales for American Pole and Timber, maintains the project is the first of its kind in the Middle Eastern country. The designers, he says, were seeking a highly distinctive look and they determined that wood was the way to go.
"They wanted to use something that looks really nice," said Lincoln, adding that an obvious barrier was the scarcity of lumber in Saudi Arabia.
"They don't really do any wood construction at all over there. Everything is always done with concrete because there are no trees," he said. "They are not traditional users of wood, so this is going to be a very new thing for them."
Lincoln says the project contractors sent a small group of engineers and Saudi government officials to American Pole and Timber's headquarters and manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas, for three days in May so they could see first-hand how gun barrel poles were made and learn the basics of wood construction.
According to Lincoln, the crash course included looking at the characteristics of wood, how various treatments affect its longevity and what kinds of treatments are available for different types of applications.
For the Saudi Arabian project, the timber pilings were made from southern yellow pine (gun barrel poles are also available in white pine, western red cedar, white cedar and oak). Because they were being installed in salt water, the pilings were treated with a 2.5 pcf CCA wood preservative and they were also treated with a special polymer coating to provide additional protection.
Gun barrel pilings are purported to be excellent choices in applications in or near water. American Pole and Timber maintains that because they have no exposed heartwood as many square timbers have, the poles are less susceptible to attack by termites and marine borers, and their round shape also enables them to withstand storm surges better than square timber pilings.

Importance of aesthetics 
According to Lincoln, the gun barrel poles are often used in applications where aesthetics are a primary consideration, which is why a growing number of zoos, theme parks and vacation resorts are now using them in the U.S. and other locations around the world, such as Hong Kong, Jamaica and Belize.
Lincoln says the pilings are not only visually impressive, but they also provide strong support and are usually easier to install than regular, tapered wooden poles.
"A traditional wooden pole is a tree that's just been peeled so it has all the normal things that you would find in a tree, but a gun barrel pole is a perfect shaft," he said. "It's perfectly straight, and it's dimensionally sound the entire way."
Lincoln notes that gun barrel poles are most frequently used in place of square timber piles and he maintains there's not much difference in price between the two options. 
Lincoln describes gun barrel poles as a signature product for American Pole and Timber and he says he's not aware of any other businesses producing the specialty milled, uniform diameter poles in the same sizes that his company can provide.
"It's one of those things that people know us for. They know that we can do them and that we can do big ones," said Lincoln.
"We've manufactured some specialty equipment and machinery to be able to make them as big as we make them," he said, pointing out that gun barrel poles can be made from five to up to 20 inches in diameter and up to 52 feet in length.
"We can even make them 60 feet long if we can find the tree," Lincoln said.
American Pole and Timber was founded 27 years ago by William Plant and Dorian Benn, who is now the sole owner following Plant's death earlier this year. The company offers extended life building materials, distinctive manufacturing services and building materials solutions for a wide range of marine, industrial and commercial builders and manufacturers.
According to Lincoln, approximately 50 percent of the company's customers are in Texas, with the rest of the U.S. adding about 30 percent of their market and international clients accounting for the rest. t
Photos courtesy of American Pole and Timber

Posted in PileDriver Magazine. Tagged as Issue 5, 2018.

PDCA Project of the Year Awards

Land: Less than $500,000 

Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge, Legacy Contracting, Inc. 

The new Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge is a steel arch bridge spanning the Willamette Slough, connecting the downtown Riverfront Park to the park on Minto-Brown Island. The new bridge provides access to over 1,300 acres of parks on both sides of the Willamette River for the community while also linking more than 30 miles of off-street trails. 
The main span of the bridge is a 304.5-foot tied-arch span with four total approach spans, three at 50 feet and one at 35 feet. Combined, the bridge is a five-span bridge totalling 489.5 feet long. The deck consists of cast-in-place components as well as precast panels for the main span. The supports are made up of cast-in-place tapered columns that used a form liner for aesthetics. 
The Minto Island Bridge is a one-of-a-kind structure, from the foundation up. Although there are only 12 permanent piles in the finished product, many more were required in order to build this beautiful bridge. Driving the work bridge, support tower and falsework piling in a very sensitive area and completing the work within the in-water work window was challenging. Legacy Contracting was able to use a vibratory hammer and impact hammer to drive the pile through the difficult subsurface conditions.
Read about the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge by Legacy Contracting, Inc. on page 48.
Land: $500,000 to $2 Million

Silver Sands State Park Phase 1B Improvements, Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman, Inc.

Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman, Inc. (BAC) was contracted by the Connecticut State DOT to provide the foundation work for Silver Sands State Park phase 1B improvements. The improvements consisted of the installation of raised, pile supported, bathhouses and concession area, several handicap accessible ramps to and from parking areas, boardwalks along the beach and a walkway across wetlands connecting to an existing boardwalk.
One challenge in the project was how to install an eight-foot wide timber pile supported walkway through 290 feet of wetlands to meet and attach to another existing walkway. The walkway consisted of two pile bents every 14 feet with a split cap and cross bracing. The specifications precluded any equipment from entering or bearing upon the wetlands.
Because the walkway connected to an existing walkway, BAC worked their way out two bents at a time. Once all the piles, caps and braces were in, they backed our way out, removing the temporary piles and cutting the extended split caps back to the eight-foot permanent walkway width.
Read about Silver Sands State Park Phase 1B Improvements by Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman, Inc. on page 52.

Land: $2 Million to $5 Million

Naval Academy Cyber Securities Studies Building, Corman Kokosing Construction

The overall scope of this project is to deliver the latest addition to the campus of the United States Naval Academy. This $114 million Center was a design-build of a 206,400 square-foot academic building, dedicated to the education of midshipmen in all areas of cyber warfare, and will include classrooms and lecture halls, teaching and research laboratories, a research and testing tank to support the engineering and weapons laboratories, an observatory, offices and multi-purpose collaborative space for students and faculty. Situated between Nimitz Library and Rickover Hall, the Center will be surrounded by elevated hardscape terraces continuous with those of the adjacent buildings.
Corman Kokosing Pile's experience and Atlantic Metrocast's SlickCoat piles process was the perfect combination to provide the pile foundation to build the premier educational and research facilities for the government's unique project. The design began immediately and construction on the Center for Cyber Security Studies began in late 2016 with an anticipated completion in the third quarter of 2019.
The presence of bulkheads, seawall, piles, slope instability and miscellaneous buildings previously constructed at the site impacted the construction of the foundations. Available historical design documents from past construction projects did not accurately show actual conditions. Corman Kokosing Construction prepared for many types of buried obstructions to be excavated and removed to make way for new construction work.
Read about the Naval Academy Cyber Security Building by Corman Kokosing Construction on page 56.

Marine: Less than $500,000

Terminal 3 Headline Dolphin, Legacy Contracting, Inc.

The new Terminal 3 Headline Dolphin is a concrete structure supported by steel piling with a mechanical capstan for vessels to use for their headline mooring line. A new 200-foot-long, two-span gangway was installed on the new dolphin to the existing terminal with one intermediate concrete cap supported by steel piling. Logging vessels that load on Terminal 3 can now utilize the new headline dolphin to keep the forward part of their vessel against the dock during loading operations. With the location of the dolphin being more than 200 feet from the existing terminal, Legacy Contracting was required to preform the work on a modular float barge.
Eight 24- by 0.625- by 123-foot piles painted with a marine grade coating system supports the concrete dolphin. These piles were driven full length at a 3:1 batter slope out from the center of the dolphin. With the steep batter, Legacy Contracting fabricated a driving template that was supported by one center pile and used to achieve correct spacing and batter to meet the tight tolerance required. The template also had to be designed so it could be easily disassembled to remove it after all the piles were driven. The piles were PDA tested to ensure they met specified bearing capacities of 600 kips in compression and 440 kips in tension.
Legacy Contracting, Inc. was able to overcome challenges and deliver the owner a great end product. 
Read about the Terminal 3 Headline Dolphine by Legacy Contracting, Inc. on page 60.

Marine: $500,000 to $2 Million

Topsail Island Bridge Replacement, Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty US is the general contractor responsible for the delivery of the Topsail Island Bridge Replacement project on NC 50/210, which is on schedule for completion 300 days ahead of contractual requirements. The high-profile bridge project involves the complete replacement of the existing steel truss swing-span bridge with a two-lane, fixed-span, high-rise bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and associated approaches at beach end.
Because the shallow depths of the wetlands and adjacent waters of the ICW prohibit the use of barges for material deliveries to the project area, the team had to put the trestle in place in its entirety to access the 3,700-foot bridge deck. By using driven piles, Balfour Beatty was able to complete the 4,000-foot-long trestle within the in-water work window of October 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017, to begin construction on the bridge structure. If the team did not complete the trestle prior to the start of the fish moratorium on April 1, 2017, the delivery of the entire bridge could have been delayed by a year. 
Balfour Beatty made creative adjustments to the schedule to drive the piles and complete the trestle while meeting in-water work limitations. To start, the team worked double shifts seven days each week to drive approximately six 30-inch steel pipe piles per shift and installed the trestle structure to gain access to the next pile locations. With limited storage on-site, the team scheduled pile deliveries for on-time delivery staggering the deliveries of piles sourced from existing projects in Wilmington, N.C., Savannah, Ga. and Milledgeville, Ga. to exactly the right the amount of pile needed each day. 
Originally contracted for completion by 2020, Balfour Beatty is on schedule to open the Topsail Island Bridge to traffic in 2018 300 days ahead of the contractual schedule. This extraordinary feat would not be possible without the use of driven piles. 
Read about the Topsail Island Bridge Replacement by Balfour Beatty on page 64.

Posted in PileDriver Magazine. Tagged as Issue 5, 2018.