A Pile of News - February 2021

A Pile of News: February 2021
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
By Matt Bisbee, PDCA
From the Association & Chapters
Thank you, PDCA sustaining members, for remitting 2021 invoices and for continued support of the driven pile. Not a PDCA member? Join our growing roster of deep foundation professionals.
 
Shout-out to January's new members: Contractors Logan Marine, Baker GCI, American Deep Foundations and South Shore Pile Driving; associates MT Kaye Steel and Pipe & Tube Supplies; and engineering affiliate Smart Structures. Welcome to all!
 
Upcoming events:  
The industry-wide Working Platforms Working Group, a collaboration of PDCA, ADSC and DFI, has released the newly published Recommended Industry Practices for Safe Working Platforms for Construction Equipment guide.

Committee involvement maximizes PDCA membership Join a standing committee or attend a virtual meeting in February; Membership Committee (2/4, 11:00 am); Communications Committee (2/4, 2:00 pm); Education Committee (2/10, 2:00 pm) All times Eastern.
 
PDCA's new spring line Be sure to shop The PDCA Store for logo-apparel items. Ask us about the new ladies' blouse, stylish windbreaker or camo hat trimmed in hunter orange. More clothing and proprietary educational resources are available. Visit The PDCA Store today, and regularly for updates.
 
Chapter news:
PDCA of South Carolina will host its first quarterly meeting of 2021 on Feb. 11. It is a virtual event on Zoom from 3-5 PM EST featuring a presentation on Dynamic Pile Testing from Mohammad Hussein, PEclick here to register.
  • One of the pile driving industry's most anticipated events is the annual PDCA of South Carolina Chapter Oyster Roast. It is tentatively set for March 26 at Palmetto Pile Driving in Charleston.

PDCA of the Pacific Coast Chapter is recruiting leadership; if you are interested in serving the chapter as secretary or at large board member, contact president Dermot Fallon at Foundation Constructors.
ECA, you are this month's winner! Send an email to
marian@piledrivers.org before the end of February to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Projects:
American Pile and Foundation drove thousands of pipe and H-piles and performed other services for the Rockaway Boardwalk project in New York City.

Atlas Foundation installs a driven pile in Rapid City, SD.

Corman Kokosing dispatched "Greenzilla," an International Construction Equipment (ICE) vibro, for a marine construction job calling for the installation of 140,000 pounds of pile in Lewes, DE.

H.B. Fleming, Inc. shares new drone footage of progress on the Back Cove South Storage Facility in Portland, ME; sheet pilings help define the lower framework.

Norwalk Marine Contractors installed driven piles under the new 4D theater at The Marine Aquarium at Norwalk, reportedly saving the Connecticut city "hundreds of thousands" in taxpayer dollars.

Poseidon Dredge & Marine braves Tampa's winter to improve the Lowry Park boat ramp.

PRECO-MSE mitigates a blanket of snow and installs piles for a new residential complex in Montreal.

Sealevel Construction Inc. works to protect local boating, control flooding through the Bayou Terrebonne Lock project in Montegut, LA.

ECA captures it's Pileco D19-42 driving a test pile for a New Jersey stormwater project.

GeoQuip shows its Pileco diesel hammer in action at the Nice/Middleton Bridge connecting VA and MD; Corman Kokosing is among contractors on the $463 million joint venture.

Giken's Silent Piler installed sheet pile for a mixed-use complex on Manhattan's Upper East Side; MRCE consulted. Fun fact - Google maps displays the property as adjacent to Lou Gehrig's childhood home.

Nucor Skyline sent pipe and sheet pile connectors for a combi-wall to mitigate flooding at a Manhattan rail yard. Out west, they supplied H-pile for Washington DOT's Lundeen Parkway project.

PVE Equipment USA performs in-house hammer maintenance with a rebuild of a client's PVE 23VML; check out what could be considered a "growth chart" of the vibro.

ECS Mid-Atlantic is performing construction observation and testing on a new building at Maryland's Anne Arundel Community College campus.

Eustis Engineering is retained to provide geotechnical and CMT services for a $40 million overhaul of the Baton Rouge Zoo and Greenwood Community Park project.

GeoEngineers, Inc. is part of the team finishing a new state-of-the-art LNG facility in Tacoma, WA; it goes online early this year after 10 years of construction.

GZA GeoEnvironmental is retained by VTrans to provide geotechnical evaluation, other consulting services for transportation projects in the state of Vermont through 2023.

Haley & Aldrich is the geotech on record for a new research center at Northeastern University in Boston and a waterfront development in Portland, ME.

Premier Geotech and Testing is on the job in Port Arthur, TX, monitoring pile installation for 4,000 precast concrete piles and performing PDA testing at an industrial site.

Giving back:  
Recognitions:  
Acquisitions & Expansions:  
Anniversaries:
"A deep foundations professional who views the world the same at fifty as they did at twenty has wasted thirty years." In reverence, PDCA salutes legacy members Foundation Constructors, Inc. of Oakley, CA and American Engineering Testing, Inc. of St. Paul, MN; both celebrate 50 years in business this year.

Governmental relations:
AMERICAN VP Mike Petrus appointed by Gov. Kay Ivey to Alabama Workforce Development Board

Nucor Corporation congratulates its former board of directors member General Lloyd Austin who, in late January, won confirmation from the U.S. Senate to serve as the new U.S. Secretary of Defense.
  • This development follows Nucor's president and CEO Leon Topalian's earlier call for American infrastructure investment during ASCE's Failure to Act; he assures the new Administration that steelmaking capacity will keep necessary pace to revive the "physically crumbling" highways, ports, railroads and waterways.

One dollar of infrastructure investment becomes $4 of societal benefit; read one state's analysis of a study on governmental investment in transportation projects.
People on the Move
The monthly round-up:
  • Denis Orsini tapped to lead Keller's newly acquired Quebec team as senior engineer
  • Cole Newman returns to PVE Equipment, becomes new sales and rental manager, Southeast
  • Manol Andonyadis, P.E. is new EVP, Leo J. Titus, Jr., P.E. is COO at ECS Limited. Also, Amber Milot and Beth Ganoe earn corporate promotions. Elsewhere, Sal Fiorentino and Chris Lopez become subsidiary presidents and there are several other New Year elevations within the firm.
  • Dave Zmijewski selected as new president of Geo-Technology Associates, Inc.
  • Matthew Ruehle, P.E. is now associate at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers (MRCE)
  • Kelly Pittman is the new assistant project manager at Premier Geotech and Testing
  • S&ME announces several promotions, including Liz Porter, Keith Brown, Meredith Keyes, Angela Musselwhite, Bill Schwartz, Shannon Sweitzer, Dave Duke, Kellie Ford, Chris Headley, Adam Marr, Kasey McWhorter, Matt Boler, Mary Scarbrough, Travis Wilson
  • James Bristow, P.E. named president of the western region at UES
 
Congratulations!
A third generation executive with Linde-Griffith Construction Co., John F. Shannon retired Dec. 31; he leaves as a manager, shareholder and board of directors member. Shannon says he has been "uniquely privileged" to work in foundations with his father, brother, daughter, sons and nephews.

Domingo and Maria Santana are recognized by colleagues at Canal Barge Company as the first married couple in company history to both reach 25 years of employment. Here's to 25 more!
 
Recognitions:  
Quotable"We are thankful that Norwalk municipal leadership chose to save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars by using driven piles over drilled micro piles."  Skip Gardella of Norwalk Marine Contractors doesn't mince words as he engages with a project stakeholder on social media.
Look Who Made the News!
Memphis Business Journal ranks Continental Construction Co. Inc. as the fastest growing company in the region, highlights the contractor's impressive resume.

The Guam Daily Post reports Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. is in a joint venture that secured a $97.99 million contract for wharf repairs and upgrades on Naval Base Guam.
 
CNBC's "Streets of Dreams" features the revitalization of San Diego's Seaport Village; McCarthy Building Companies is among the contractors retained for the mega-project.
 
The Rock Hill Herald shares the unique career trajectory of Ida Luchey, facility manager for Koppers; you never know how getting lost on a two-hour drive could change your life!
 
Future of Business and Tech published a piece by Danyle Hepler of Haley & Aldrich; it discusses how the pandemic redefines the role of EHS&S professionals. USA Today also carried the article.
Notes from the Field "Lifestyle" edition
Not sure how your New Year's Resolution is going  but Poseidon Dredge & Marine is "Get'n Fat'r"...back in service. The South Florida contractor recently christened its reconditioned pushboat.
 
Meanwhile, on La Isla Bonita A crew from Morris-Shea Bridge Company takes a break from "bumping and grinding" the foundation and "strikes the pose" in their new PPE gear to indulge in a little voguing.
 
Considering a Baltimore penthouse? Check out Inner Harbor's Ritz Carlton, which has a vacancy. For just $30K per month, live atop the structure with a solid, concrete pile foundation, inspected by D.W. Kozera, Inc. Novel enthusiasts could boast about living in the former residence of famed author Tom Clancy.
 
Now where should we park the boat? Universal Engineering Sciences has a crew in Ft. Pierce, FL to monitor sheet pile vibrations during construction of Derecktor Shipyards, soon to become South Florida's newest marina designed for mega-yachts.

Maybe one day they'll be Super Bowl Shufflin' at SoFi in SoCal The soon-to-be new home of the L.A. Rams is the NFL's first open-air, indoor-outdoor venue and first football stadium built in Los Angeles in nearly 100 years. Atlas Tube is among its steel suppliers. But first, all eyes on Tampa this week!  
 
It's almost Valentine's Day  and your Christmas lights should be down, but do they operate by remote control? Does your child own a radio-controlled toy? Perhaps your T.V. clicker has been overworked during COVID? Pile driving also offers remote control capability; ECA shares the latest innovation.

Steel sheets surrounding Sanders You've seen them by now, memes of a mitten-fisted Bernie Sanders photoshopped into locations everywhere. Sunbelt Rentals was the first PDCA member we saw implement the viral image into its social media; nice work, Carolina Karasinski!
 
Thanks for reading today, it was a long one! If it has taken you to lunchtime, we leave you an entrée suggestion through this parting quote from Chaz - "Hey Ma, can we get some meatloaf?"
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Logo Apparel, Proprietary Education Resources Available

If you haven't visited The PDCA Store, online at PileDrivers.org, stop by to see the logo merchandise that is available for you and crew. Some of the newest items that are for sale include stylish ladies business shirts (as pictured). There is a new windbreaker, perfect for spring weather. And we have redesigned the PDCA camo truckers hat to feature hunter orange lettering, perfect for your next outdoors adventure. Please note, many of these new items are presently available, but may not yet appear on the website. PDCA welcomes your call and/or email to submit an order. If you have a special item that you would like embroidered with the PDCA logo, we can do that too, again, contact us at (904) 215-4771.

The PDCA Store maintains variety of in-stock clothing items; including two different styles of t-shirts, jobsite appropriate safety green is among the color options. Additionally, another shirt that features the likeness of the American flag is a popular seller.

Don't stop at the t-shirts; other logo items including stainless steel mugs, a Nike gym bag, umbrellas, camo trucker hats, flashlights, golf shirts (various colors), and a limited edition 2019 PDCA Annual Conference coaster - consider a set of four! The PDCA Store also features a quarter-zip pullover (various colors) for your trip to the jobsite on a cool, early morning. There is also a button down denim, men's shirt with the inscription "A driven pile...is a tested pile...' embroidered across the yoke.

In addition to logo merchandise, you will also find educational materials for your company library. Three proprietary guides on Steel Sheet Piling techniques and best practices can also be purchased in either hard copy or electronic formats. The e-guides are available to PDCA members in good standing at no cost as a benefit of your membership.

While The PDCA Store is available online around the clock, watch future PDCA and Chapter events when this merchandise will be on display for in-person, live purchases. Happy shopping!

 


 

Committee Involvement, the Frontlines of Industry Leadership

Maximize your PDCA Membership, Join a Standing Committee


If you are looking for more ways to get involved in PDCA and work with your peers on advancing the driven pile, you should consider joining one or more of PDCA's standing committees. There, you will have the opportunity to share your input on association initiatives, contribute talent to new and existing programs and establish yourself as a leader in a particular industry function.

PDCA standing committees meet on a monthly or as-needed basis; meetings are generally conducted through a web conference platform. Live committee meetings are scheduled each year as part of the PDCA Annual Conference. While there is no requirement to be on a committee, it is important that you understand committee involvement affords you direct access to association functionality. And the best part is, there is no application or wait-listing process to join one, simply contact the PDCA office at (904) 215-4771 or email info@piledrivers.org. Check the Events Calendar to learn of upcoming committee meetings.

PDCA's standing committees that are currently serving membership at the behest of the Board of Directors include:
1) Associate Member Council (Co-chairs Pollyanna Cunningham and Diane Fischer, pictured)
2) Chapters Committee
3) Communications Committee
4) Contracts and Risk Committee
5) Education Committee
6) Membership Committee
7) Safety and Environmental Committee
8) Steel Sheet Pile Committee
9) Technical Committee

We look forward to adding your name to one or more of the above committees' roster.


 

PileDriver Magazine: 'Unique Legal Risks for Pile Drivers'

Legal Regimes for Addressing the Risk of Third Party Claims

Unique Legal Risk for Pile Drivers: Understanding Liability

By Jay Houghton, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
(Originally published in PileDriver magazine, Issue #6 - 2020)

Pile driving presents a unique set of legal risks. The uniqueness of those risks stems from two aspects of pile driving: (1) the geotechnical properties of each project site are unique to the project location; and (2) the effects of pile driving activity can sometimes impact the project's other construction activities and its surroundings.

Effectively managing the inherent third-party risks of pile driving begins with understanding the legal framework of third-party claims, which varies greatly from state to state (and, sometimes, county to county). This article will briefly analyze the legal landscape of third-party liability for pile drivers and outline how they must be factored into an effective risk management strategy.

As mentioned above, each state approaches the issue of liability in its own way, but they generally do so within one of three general frameworks. The most draconian approach to third party risks is one in which pile driving is classified, by default, as an ultra-hazardous activity similar to blasting with explosives. Louisiana, for instance, applies this doctrine of strict liability...CLICK HERE to continue reading in PileDriver magazine.


 

PDCA Pursues Member Growth, Expanded Resources in '21

Gourgues, Moore Enact Ceremonial Gavel Exchange During Virtual Strategic Planning Meeting

Board of Directors participates in annual exercise through web conference

The annual Strategic Planning Meeting of the PDCA Executive Committee and Board was conducted through the Zoom platform over the course of two days in January 2021.

The organizational leadership set an ambitious agenda to pursue over the next twelve months which included new member development, expanded educational offerings (live, virtual, archived), and continued strengthening of the standing committees. President Kevin Gourgues (pictured, left) conducted the business of the assembly which included participating Board members from throughout the United States who attended virtually.

In addition to the regular business of the Board, the leadership addressed the results of a comprehensive Member survey which was conducted in the fall of 2020, discussed standing committee priorities and directed staff on carrying out portions of the member growth and expanded resources agenda.

The virtual platform enabled attendees to convene in small group sessions for brainstorming and other exercises. It also accommodated formal votes by the Board during the business portion of event. While consensus of PDCA is that a live meeting is preferable, ongoing health concerns necessitated that the event be held remotely. Participants indicated that the time spent was productive in advancing organizational obligations and goals.

As is customary during the annual PDCA Strategic Planning Meeting, Past President Jason Moore ceremoniously passed the gavel to President Kevin Gourgues. Vice President Brian Heck (pictured below) was in attendance as well. The three PDCA Executive Committee members participated in the event from the PDCA offices in Orange Park, Florida where the web conference originated.

DOWNLOAD: Working Platforms Recommended Practices Guide

(Pictured, L-R: Peggy Hagerty-Duffy of ADSC, Theresa Engler of DFI, Frank Peters of PDCA)

Working Platforms - Recommended Industry Practices

A collaboration of deep foundations industry partnters ADSC, DFI and PDCA

The industry-wide Working Platforms Working Group (WPWG), a collaboration of ADSC, Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), and the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA), announces that the newly published Recommended Industry Practices for Safe Working Platforms for Construction Equipment guide is now available. This document is the product of several years of work and input from individuals and companies representing all facets of the foundation construction arena, including safety specialists, contractors, engineers, and equipment manufacturers and suppliers. The purpose of the document is to present an administrative procedure to institutionalize a straightforward method that ensures safe Working Platforms are in place for foundation construction equipment. This document also serves as a suggested framework by which allocation of responsibility can be communicated and determined long before work is performed on the job site.

PDCA extends its sincerest appreciation to the Working Platforms Working Group for their dedication, time, and effort, to produce this essential document. Their efforts will help make the deep foundation industry a safer place to work.

We also thank our partners, ADSC and DFI, for the significant contributions and support. It is genuinely appreciated.

PDCA members can download this vital publication from The PDCA Store free of charge. Click here to visit The PDCA Store, or click the image on your screen that depicts the guide book Please contact the PDCA office if you need any assistance logging into the website.

 

A Pile of News - January 2021

A Pile of News: January 2021
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
By Matt Bisbee, PDCA
From the Association & Chapters
Happy New Year from PDCA! As 2021 begins, new leadership is seated, several events (live and virtual) are scheduled and PDCA members make news; you can read it all here. Thank you for supporting PDCA. If you aren't already a member, join PDCA today!
 
Meet the president: He won't compete on horseback (more in this link), but Kevin Gourgues is firmly in the figurative saddle and "takes the PDCA reins" this month. The veteran foundation construction professional and president at Patriot Deep Foundations in Port Allen, LA succeeds Jason Moore at the association's helm. A top priority in 2021, he says, is to "give PDCA membership what it wants."
 
Others serving on the 2021 PDCA Executive Committee: vice president Brian Heck of Cincinnati; secretary Kustaa Mansfield of Seattle; treasurer Scott Webster of Harrisburg, NC; and past president Jason Moore of Charleston, SC. The Board of Directors includes Harold Baur of New Orleans; Greg Canivan of Mount Pleasant, SC; Buck Darling of Tonawanda, NY; Jim Dempsey of Branford, CT; Diane Fischer of Cleveland; Mike Juneau of Baton Rouge; Doug Keller of Cincinnati; Bruce Langan of Brielle, NJ; and Emmett Waggenspack of Baton Rouge. Meet 2021 leadership here.
 
Upcoming events:  
During PDCA 2020 Virtual Committee Day on Dec. 10, two new committee chairs debuted. Rich Anderson of Equipment Corporation of America is the new chair of the Membership Committee while Jason Moore of Palmetto Pile Driving now leads the Communications Committee.
 
READ: Click for the digital edition of PileDriver magazine Issue #6 of 2020

2021 AWARDS: Click here to get the entry form for the 2021 Project of the Year Awards.
  • The 2021 deadline for submissions to PDCA's Project of the Year Awards program is May 7.
Chapter news:
Investing in the future: The PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter awards three scholarships to California students pursuing higher education in construction-related disciplines. Meet the 2020 winners.
 
Always a shucking good time: The annual PDCA of South Carolina Chapter Oyster Roast, traditionally in January, is moving and tentatively set for March 26 at Palmetto Pile Driving in Charleston.
Asap Installations LLC you are this month's winner! Send an email to
marian@piledrivers.org before the end of January to claim your prize!
People on the Move
The monthly round-up:
  • Mike Roberts promoted to director of pile driving technologies at Equipment Corporation of America; the new position places the Pile Master products director over all pile driving products, sales, training and support for ECA and ECA Canada.
  • Shinnosuke Moribe named president at Giken, Akio Kitamura becomes executive chairman.
  • Nicolas Tremblay named sales manager at Junttan subsidiary Canadian Pile Driving Equipment.
  • Dave Sumoski elevates to chief operating officer at Nucor.
  • Kirt Jackson rejoins Cajun Industries as deep foundations estimating manager.
  • Jim Lauer returns to McCarthy as a VP in the Southwest Region.
  • Austin J. Shanfelter elected new board chair of Orion Marine Group parent company.
  • Brent McIntosh named president at Powell Foundations in Ontario.
  • Brenda Novoa, M.SCE, P.E. at Premier Geotech and Testing, earns Mississippi license.
  • Kent Kading, P.E. new national director of EHS Services at TRC Companies Inc.
  • Melisse James, Jonathan Knudson, Payton Mann, Andrew Rebeiz, Nicholas Paz, Yifredew Teklu, Matt Maler, Blake Fowler, the newest P.E.s at Universal Engineering Sciences.
 
Congratulations!
  • Jeff Clyde retires after 38 years as president of Sunroc parent, Clyde Companies.
  • John Eustis, P.E. retires as chairman of the board after 42 years at Eustis Engineering.
  • Jerry Byrne spent 40 years at Universal Engineering Sciences, retires as sr. geotechnical manager.
 
Recognitions:
Quotable: "None of us magically figured out how to be an effective _________ (insert your profession here) all by ourselves. Behind every great person is usually a great partner, and almost certainly a couple or more great mentors." Pat Kilma, president of Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. in a public letter.
 
In sympathy:
J.S. "Jack" Braun provided soil testing services from his Minneapolis home following graduation from University of Minnesota in 1957. That led to his founding of Braun Intertec Corporation, which now serves nine states in the central U.S. The company announces his recent passing.
News from PDCA Companies
Projects:
American Pile and Foundation, LLC drives 4,200 LF timber piles as well as steel at the Green Field-Pier Village Phase III near Long Branch, NJ.
 
Altas Foundation installed a sheet pile wall at Sturgeon Lake, one of Minnesota's ten thousand.
 
Balfour Beatty crews are deep in Midtown Atlanta dirt founding the future 14th & Spring tower.
 
Corman Kokosing wins role in largest-ever ($454 million) infrastructure project in Alexandria, VA.
 
Foundation Constructors Inc. to install 240' deep steel piles for the new Mission Rock mixed use complex in San Francisco.
 
Great Lakes Construction Company has begun building the Westerly Tunnel Dewatering Pump Station in northeast Ohio (from ENR).
 
H.B. Fleming, Inc. drives aggregates with a vibro, all part of construction on the new Health Sciences Simulation Center at the University of New Hampshire.
 
Innovative Piering LLC lifted the structure, then installed diversified pile types for stabilization of the Shadeland Station building in Indianapolis.
 
Pacific Pile & Marine improves a southeastern Alaska hydroelectric installation, increases region's hydro storage capacity; Congressional action prompted this project.
 
Sunroc among the contractors participating in construction of the Red Cliffs Temple in St. George, UT.
 
Terracon provides vibration monitoring, other services for the $1.2 billion I-74 Mississippi River Bridge infrastructure project connecting Iowa and Illinois in the Quad Cities.
 
American Piledriving Equipment (APE) shows its "Super Kong" vibro drive 129 feet long piles for a floating bridge near Seattle; crews work in the shadows of UW's Husky Stadium.
 
Flexicore of Texas produced a 134' x 30" prestressed concrete piling and more for Boh Bros. to install at the new VMH Ship Dock #2 in Houston.

Giving back:  
Recognitions:  
Acquisitions & expansions:  
Governmental relations:
Nucor Sheet & Tubular Products president Giff Daughtridge was asked by U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (AR) to join other American and Mexican businesses at a November meeting on trade relations
 
Sunroc sent a delegation, er...crew, to the Idaho State Capitol to make a delivery.
Look Who Made the News!
The Advocate provides detailed coverage on the forthcoming I-10 widening project in Baton Rouge; Kiewit and Boh Bros. formed the joint venture, which was selected to perform Phase I.

The Akron Beacon Journal details how Great Lakes Construction Company enabled a "strange," local tradition to persevere in a write-up about area holiday events.

ENR explains how Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. has successfully transitioned from manual crane data-collection to incorporating a new high-tech solution.

American Cranes & Transport magazine highlights an innovative solution that Engineered Rigging executed for the contractor on the Cline Avenue Bridge Project in East Chicago, IN.

Tunnel Business names The Moles Class of 2020; reppin' PDCA companies are Jason Hardell of George Harms Construction, Charles Huynh of Keller and Paul Madsen of Kiewit.

GEOSTRATA publishes The Pipeline to Diversity and Inclusion in the Geoprofessions, co-authored by Veronica De Frietas, P.E. of Universal Engineering Sciences and Laura Register, P.E. of Terracon.
Notes from the Field
It's the economy, stupid: The chief economist with ARTBA projects a 5.5% reduction in the U.S. transportation construction market in 2021, following a better-than-expected 2020. Read a perspective on COVID's impact on construction.
 
Then there's this: State DOT's to get $10B in emergency aid from COVID-19 relief legislation.
 
"Business has only two functions marketing and innovation:" Several PDCA members unveiled upgraded websites in 2020. Modern marketing material like fresh websites and accompanying social media can be crucial to success in an increasingly virtual, COVID-conscious world. Here are links to PDCA member websites which received a little remodeling in 2020 (email us if you launched a new website we can help announce.) 

A Pile of Science?: While a much-anticipated, first-ever website at H.F. Darling, Inc. did not drop in 2020, proprietor Buck Darling continues to demonstrate e-communication savvy as a vital "tipster" to this e-publication. He sends an ENR story that analyzes a driven pile foundation in unique ground conditions at a structure near the North Pole. No pun intended, but COVID has since put the construction on ice.
 
Longevity: Keller celebrated a SIGNIFICANT anniversary in 2020. After 160 years in business, you certainly deserve a commemorative YouTube video. Congrats!
 
Bet their founders thought we'd be teleporting by now: Several PDCA members reach notable milestones in 2021; among anniversaries this year are Piling, Inc. a Texas City, TX contractor which reaches 90 years in business. Timber supplier Mason Forest Products of Hattiesburg, MS turns the big 4-0. And Ontario engineering firm EXP marks 115 years serving a civil clientele. Congratulations to all!
 
True quote not fake news: "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks (one could substitute "piles") others have thrown at him." David Brinkley
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