A Pile of News - March 2021

A Pile of News: March 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
PDCA recognizes Women in Construction this month, our valued female members individuals as well as women-owned and women-led companies appear in pink.
From the Association & Chapters
Upcoming events:
  • Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing & Analysis, presented by PDCA and Pile Dynamics, Inc. March 810. This three-day event, which offers a proficiency exam, takes place at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Airport; PDHs are available and COVID-19 precautions in place.
  • CLICK HERE to submit your entry for PDCA's 2021 Project of the Year Awards program. The deadline for submissions is May 7th. New this year, entry is FREE; full terms and form at the link. 
Chapter news:
South Carolina Chapter: The highly anticipated, annual Chapter Oyster Roast is set for Friday evening, March 26th at Palmetto Pile Driving in Charleston. Attendance requires advance registration, will be limited per local guidelines, and will be offered to members and sponsors on a first come, first served basis. Watch your inbox for details.
  • Congrats SC Chapter on hosting a successful, VIRTUAL Quarterly Meeting in February. More than 85 industry professionals logged-in and heard "Dynamic Pile Testing: Basic Principles, Capabilities and Effective Applications" by Mohammad Hussein, P.E.

Pacific Coast Chapter: Seeks chapter secretary, at-large board member, contact Pres. Dermot Fallon.

READ it here, first! Click for your digital copy of PileDriver magazine, Issue #1 2021.
  • CORRECTION: PileDriver magazine, Issue #6 2020 the page 51 university reference as host site for past PDCA Professor's Driven Pile Institute programs should read Utah State University. We regret the inaccuracy.
Ed Bisono, you are this month's winner! Send an email to
marian@piledrivers.org before the end of March to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & Expansions:
APC Construction installs sheets and pre-cast concrete for a Southeast Louisiana bulkhead.

ASAP Group drives H-pile in construction of a permanent highway retaining wall in Weston, FL.

Baker Gulf Coast Industrial broke ground for an IMTT Project Olive Piling Package in St. Rose, LA to facilitate three renewable diesel pipelines along the Mississippi River.

Clark Construction successfully mitigates sand traps and a large water hazard to complete the new, international headquarters of The PGA Tour, in Ponte Vedra, FL.

Coastal Contractors Inc. wins $9.4M USACE contract for Comite River flood control in Baton Rouge.

H.B. Fleming, Inc. facilitates operation of two side-by-side cranes on this 1,000-foot-long work trestle over the Connecticut River.

Kiewit and Manson collaborate on upgrade to Military Ocean Terminal in Concord, CA. The $350M Navy base modernization included a bridge demo, then rebuild on 793 octagonal piles.

Logan Marine, LLC works on a military base on the opposite coast; the North Carolina contractor finishes a new marina at Camp Lejune Marine Corps base.

Pile Drivers, Inc. installed production piles from Palmetto Pile Driving for a new $50-million Charleston, SC office complex. A true collaboration of PDCA members, Parker Marine and Essve Tech supplied foundation components and ECS Limited performed the geotechnical testing.

Poseidon Dredge & Marine shows artistic flair in photos of new Central Florida Seawall in Sheet Pile; down the peninsula, they perform restorative construction on eroded Palm Beach mangrove habitat.

PRECO-MSE collaborates on construction for the major expansion of Chambly High School in Quebec; among components in their scope was installation of 6,000 driven piles.

Junttan supplied Keller the rig used to finish the foundation on an olive oil storage facility in Spain.

MKT Manufacturing fulfills new hammer order for New Jersey client, prepares its STL departure.

Nucor Skyline steel aids Boston mass transit through Green Line Extension; elsewhere its sheet pile is installed at Kingston Terminal in Ontario with a PVE Equipment 40VM driving the AZ.

D.W.Kozera, Inc. commutes by tugboat to barge-based jobsite of new Baltimore Gas and Electric tower.

Engineered Rigging devised custom lift for 110-foot-long conveyor at Valporaiso, IN industrial site.

Haley & Aldrich geotechs protect integrity of Civil War-era structures in multi-phase project to transform historic Washington, D.C. hospital campus into U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security HQ.

Insight Group, LLC and partners make progress on City of Charleston, SC Low Battery Sea Wall.

Premier Geotech and Testing at Port of Greater Baton Rouge construction site for testing.

Seismic Surveys, Inc. was part of team that used aerial drone imagery to document vibration impact on adjacent buildings during implosion of a Rosslyn, VA hotel (see VIDEO).

Tolunay-Wong Engineers tapped to perform geotech services for two University of Houston projects; The UH College of Medicine and the campus Hilton hotel.

Giving back:
Governmental relations:
Congratulations to Cincinnati-based contractor Richard Goettle, Inc. which reaches 65 years in business. At its inception in 1956, a woman was seldom found in a profession like construction; those in the workforce were typically limited to so-called "pink collar" roles. Fast forward to today and Goettle relies on professional women like project manager Regina Hartfiel and estimating coordinator Heather Huth to execute critical activity both in the office and in the field. You've come a long way, Goettle!
People on the Move
The monthly round-up:
  • Donovan Crain, a 2020 LSU grad, takes job as assistant superintendent at Cajun Industries
  • Billy Naylor promoted to VP regional safety at McCarthy's Southern Region in Dallas; Greg Lynch hired as project director in Houston
  • Bryan Layman, P.E. promoted to ECS Mid-Atlantic VP; also, Liz Newcomb, P.E., Lauren Zangi, Scott Stannard, P.E., Drew Shontz, PG, Michael Bianchino, P.E. all elevate to ECS management
  • Nicholas Izzo, P.E. earns promotion to project manager at Eustis Engineering
  • Rich Lake, Dave Garbarino both rise to VP at GTA Engineering; Dan Terranova, P.E. tapped to lead new Nashville office
  • Don Hopper joins Haley & Aldrich as director of estimating and project controls
  • Todd Wager welcomed as president of infrastructure at TRC Companies

Quotable: "We thank all you piledriving folks out there that do the hard work, because at the end of the day when it is time to go home, you can rest assured that your work matters to the rest of the world! Cheers Y 'all. [SIC]" American Piledriving Equipment VP Steve Cress on LinkedIn.

In sympathy:
It was 1953 in Orangeburg, SC when Cox Industries began; it quickly grew into a leading U.S. timber company. Founder and PDCA hall-of-famer William Burkett Cox Sr. passed Feb. 11, he leaves a giant footprint in the construction materials sector. Cox was purchased by Koppers Inc. in 2018.

"A long-term, devoted, hard-working employee" is how Vicente Vasquez is remembered by grieving coworkers at R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors. PDCA sends condolences to family and friends.
Look Who Made the News!
KSHB 41 TV Kansas City reveals renderings of the forthcoming Buck O'Neil Bridge which Massman, as part of the joint venture selected for the $220M MoDOT project, will serve as the design-build contractor.

Civil Engineering Magazine pens a deep dive into an erosion controlling breakwater system built by Patriot Construction & Industrial in Southwest Louisiana's Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge.

NOLA.com publishes a photo of Canal Barge Company CEO Merritt Lane, who is part of a charity that donated $1M to local schools for annual Mardi Gras fundraising drive, despite 2021 event cancellation.

The Geotechnical Engineering Podcast interviews Cassandra Wetzel of GZA GeoEnvironmental in a February segment entitled Design and Construction Around the Water Table.

WVUA TV-23 Tuscaloosa interviews Matt Brooks, local GM at Nucor, about the company's support in opening opportunities to disadvantaged youth through the Boy Scouts of America.

American Cranes & Transport magazine covers Tadano VP Christian Bartley's work in advocacy on environmental issues and regulations.

Concrete Openings magazine interviews David Rogers, VP at Aggregate Technologies, Inc.
Notes from the Field
Dewberry U? We were honored that nearly 1/3 (29) of total attendees at the PDCA Educational Webinar Series #1 on February 2nd were associates from Dewberry. Remember, staff at member companies get FREE access to the full Series, a benefit of your membership! Join PDCA today.

Not a groupie! A familiar face and frequent presenter at events throughout the deep foundations industry is longtime PDCA friend Silas Nichols, P.E., an engineer with the FHWA. We heartily congratulate Silas on becoming a finalist for the prestigious 2021 Federal Engineer of the Year Award.

The kids are used to virtual learning, time for a lesson in construction! A Company Wrench videographer produced this informational video to teach some Ohio students about the always amazing excavator.

TEASER ALERT: Speaking of kids, we've learned one influential pile driving industry professional is expecting... but who is it? You know her, watch for the announcement this summer!

Seriously, FOUR dad-jokes in one post? We commend all PDCA members who provide company news on social media so we can fill this publication, there's always great content to glean. But we send notice to GeoEngineers Inc., FOUR dad-jokes in one LinkedIn post is pushing the limit. 😊

If the Rainbow Warriors aren't your dad's team, you might be a transplant. The Islands are home to fans of all teams; the Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. employs these fans of the Kansas City Chiefs who pose proudly in red during Super Bowl week, simultaneously supporting the American Heart Association.

How 'bout them Cowboys? On country radio in the 90's, Toby Keith famously asked the question, "Miss Kitty, have you ever thought of runnin' away?"  Well, 25 years later, Kitty Rodriguez of Sunbelt Rentals signaled "no" when she dug in her boot heels and pointed her camera at the "Construction Cowboy," guiding paired sheet pilings to the laydown area for crane accessibility.

Q: "What's your favorite position?"
A: "CEO."  Lauren Conrad famously answered the question from a 2012 Sirius XM radio host known for broadcasting misogynistic content. Don't forget, March 713 is the widely celebrated Women in Construction Week; PDCA enthusiastically tips our hard-hat to the many women contractors, suppliers, manufacturers and engineers who work daily to advance the driven pile.
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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
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:  
Acquisitions & Expansions:  
"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
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!
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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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.
  • 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.
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
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:  
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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A Pile of News - December 2020

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
The PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series concludes tomorrow. Registration is FREE to PDCA members; non-members can attend for $50 (ask about applying registration to PDCA membership). The program is delivered on Zoom and includes PDH credit. Register below, times are Eastern. PDCA 2020 Virtual Committee Day is coming up on Dec. 10 from 12 to 4:30 PM EST. Eight PDCA standing committees will meet consecutively via the Zoom platform. Members plan to attend your meeting(s). Those potentially interested in PDCA committee involvement, please join us! Register here.

Dr. Frank Rausche
, innovator and developer of the wave equation analysis, has been named the 2021 presenter for The E.A.L. Smith Award Lecture, a component of each International Foundations Conference & Equipment Expo (IFCEE) and is given to an individual who has impacted the driven pile industry.

PDCA of South Carolina: Cadet Emma Larsen wins the 2020 "Mac" Nigels Scholarship. Coverage and more photos of November's quarterly dinner meeting.
Junttan USA Inc. you are this month's winner! Send an email to
marian@piledrivers.org before the end of December to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & expansions:
Morris Shea Bridge Company of Irondale, AL introduces Shea Bros. Mexico.

Nucor breaks ground on new mill in Kentucky; Gov. Andy Beshear and U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie attend.

Braun Intertec acquires fellow Minnesota firm Anderson Kelsey Group to expand permitting practice.

Sunbelt Rentals and Walmart partner to launch a pilot program in the Tampa and Charlotte markets where Sunbelt equipment is available in some Walmart stores.

TRC Companies acquires 1Source Safety and Health of Exton, PA.

Governmental relations:
Katie Zadrosny, P.E. of American Engineering Testing will chair forthcoming preparation of the highly anticipated ASCE State Report Card for Minnesota.

Where are the infrastructure projects? See this projection of 2021 Issues before state legislatures.

American Pile and Foundation named ENR Top 25 Specialty Contractor in New York, New Jersey.

Atlas Foundation Company wins the Safety Award, credits safety/OQ director Xaviar Escobedo.

Clark Construction is named Firm of the Year and Business of the Year.

Foundation Constructors Inc. of Oakley, CA demonstrates ingenuity; check out this custom barge ramp their welder created and this concrete delivery system for jobs on the water.

Kiewit-built Pennsylvania power plant earns ENR Best Energy/Industrial project in Mid-Atlantic.

Massman Construction earns ENR Awards of Merit for Safety and Best Small Project Midwest, for repair work on the Grand River Bridge near Kansas City.
Sealevel Construction awarded for Citgo's Clifton Ridge Terminal project near Lake Charles, LA.

Holes Inc. of Houston earns Craft Training Champion designation for dedication to excellence.

Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers (MRCE) awarded in New York for Hudson River Park Bulkhead Restoration, Foundations for Columbia University's Manhattanville Campus.
Shannon & Wilson, Inc. named Employer of the Year by WTS Puget Sound.
Boh Bros. Construction is selected for a reconstruction project in New Orleans; a company spokesman (in a Boh Bros. face mask) and Mayor LaToya Cantrell are pictured giving a news conference.

C.A. Murren & Sons is selected for the Savannah Convention Center makeover; the project will involve installation of sanitary sewer on pile supports for the Atlanta-based contractor.

Cecil D. Gassiott, LLC in Alexandria, LA installs 36-foot concrete piles for the Amite River Bridge replacement south of Baton Rouge.

Clark Construction celebrated project completion and a November grand opening for the National Museum of the United States Army.

Corman Kokosing offers a multimedia trilogy of Virginia bridge replacements; see dramatic pile driving photos at the Mattaponi Bridge near Bowling Green, a time-lapse video of Waterloo Bridge progress and close-ups of Phase II at Richmond's Airport Drive project.

H.B. Fleming, Inc. continues work on the Maine DOT Brandy Brook box culvert installation.

Legacy Contracting, Inc. of Stayton, OR is removing and replacing 31 piles, among other services for the local Port of Brookings Harbor improvement project funded through the legislature.

Pacific Pile and Marine of Seattle is between construction phases in building Alaska's new Petroleum and Cement Terminal. Work breaks during now-completed Phase 1 included whale watching.

Sealevel Construction installed a water control structure for the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District in Assumption Parish, LA; see the crews working at warp speed in this time-lapse video.

APE equipment spotted driving sheets in St. Louis at historic Merchants Bridge.

Consolidated Pipe & Supply provided product for the future Mazda/Toyota manufacturing facility in Huntsville, AL, a $2.3 billion project bringing 4,000+ jobs to the region.

GeoQuip, Inc. provided a hammer and crane for a $112 million, federally funded project to mitigate flooding as part of the Ohio Creek Watershed Project in Norfolk, VA.

JD Fields steel tonnage reaches jobsites across America; in the east, sheets are dual-purposed for a Bronx, NY affordable housing project and out west they constitute an underground garage in Seattle.

L.B. Foster is named supplier for infrastructure products in a new Dallas mass transit line; while it won't be available to IFCEE attendees in March, it is scheduled to complete in 2022. 

American Engineering Testing (AET) facilitates your Southbound 35 desires; crews are finishing the I35W Minnesota River Bridge project which included dynamic pile testing.

D.W. Kozera, Inc. performs dynamic pile testing at Philadelphia's New Falls Road Bridge.

Soil Consultants, Inc. has completed inspection and testing services for the new Charleston Tech Center.

Giving back:
Boh Bros. supports TD! Research through sponsorship of New Orleans One Walk.

GeoStructures, Inc. was among businesses in Northern Virginia supporting local charities through the Rotary Club's golf outing; also partners with Ampersand Pantry Project for a Winter Coat Drive.

GROUP Deep Foundations' parent company sent a team and a platinum sponsorship for the annual Shell Norco United Way Golf Tournament benefitting local charitable organizations.

Koppers Inc. provides staff a new resource to address pandemic-borne challenges that working parents face; it offers a series of engagement opportunities with medical and education professionals.

Company Wrench in Ohio recognizes the veterans on staff, treats them to a Veterans Day lunch.

Deep South Construction of Belle Chasse, LA delivered an appreciation lunch to Plaquemines Parish President Kirk Lepine and others in the local government including sheriff's deputies, fire and EMS.

EMC Engineering Services, Inc. staff danced in the street in a show of support for the local business community in Central Georgia, after joining the Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce.

MRCE is among donors to the AEC scholarship fund presented to students by the Society of American Military Engineers NYC Post; other PDCA members on the list: Dewberry, Kiewit.

S&ME staff in Charlotte volunteered on an Adopt-A-Stream program; they removed 40+ tires, among other garbage from a small Carolina creek.

Terracon awards $5,000 grant to Cal-Poly University to promote women in engineering.

UES supports Osceola County, FL schools through participation in Kids Golf Classic.
Look Who Made the News!
Engineering Management Institute Podcast features a discussion with John Grillo, P.E., project executive with Keller, who shares experience and advice in ground improvement techniques.

The Preconstruction Podcast speaks with Colleen Martindale, civil estimating director at McCarthy, about jobsite tech, team building and women in construction.

Canadian Dirt airs a segment about a habitat restoration in Vancouver by Pacific Pile & Marine.

NJ.com covered the Raritan Bay Bridge replacement groundbreaking as George Harms Construction Co. prepares for the job. Gov. Phil Murphy said the final product will alleviate commuters' "headaches."

KTVB-7 of Boise reports on the completion of Hubble Hero House, built with donated materials and labor from local companies. The local subsidiary of Utah-based Sunroc provided the concrete.

CNBC "Closing Bell" hosts Nucor CEO Leon Topalian who discusses steel's future under a new Presidential Administration.

Rochester Women Magazine features Julie Herrera-Lemler of Braun Intertec Corp. 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch covered the 2020 transition that Missouri-based Trinity Products made from sole proprietorship to employee ownership; former owner Robert Griggs quoted.

Triangle Business Journal names S&ME among largest, private entities in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill.

"What's Crackin?" Alaska's Earthquake e-News features Thomas Keatts, P.E. of Shannon & Wilson.
People on the Move
The monthly round-up:
  • Josh Posey assumes the role of area manager, South Carolina at GeoStructures, Inc.; Perren Palpant is the new project manager in the firm's Purcellville, VA offices.
  • Rowena Amelung at McCarthy promoted to director of business development Central Region, Matt McMullan to VP operations and Aaron Reddy to project director both Southern Region.
  • Brandon Mullens joins DarkHorse Industries as an operator, marketing assistant in Houston.
  • Garrett Hogencamp joins operations at HPSI, a division of GeoQuip, based in Kansas City.
  • Tom Biggs elevates to president of tubular products at JD Fields & Company, Inc. in Houston; Ty Samples is selected as the new general manager of tubular sales.
  • Ryan Benson, P.E. joins Braun Intertec in Hibbing, MN.
  • John Starke, P.E. is the new senior geotech at the St. Paul, MN offices of AET, Inc.
  • David Vovak, P.E. joins ECS Limited as VP/office manager in Cleveland.
  • John Kuka to lead business development at Chicago office of Engineered Rigging.
  • Jon Rodriguez brings 30+ years of financial management experience to become CFO at GeoEngineers, Inc. in Washington.
  • Uyen "Wynn" Le, Michael Ulmgren, Cameron Klatt are the newest faces at PND Engineers.
  • Clark Construction VP Mick Mizell retires after 50 years and numerous high-profile renovation projects in the Mid-Atlantic region. Congratulations and best wishes!

In sympathy: We regret to inform you of the passing of the following PDCA members. Each will be remembered in an upcoming PileDriver magazine.

Erich Pitz, president of McMullen & Pitz in Manitowoc, WI since 1997, passed-away in October.

Tom Willey, general manager of Shoreline Steel in Massachusetts, passed-away in November.

Elmer Richards, former senior partner at MRCE, has passed at age 90.
PDCA's Wide World of Sports
Balfour Betty US is selected to build a new Basketball Performance Center at Jacksonville University.  The Florida school was a March Madness Cinderella Story 50 years ago when it was runner up to UCLA in the NCAA Tournament.

The Dodgers downed the Rays and claimed the 2020 World Series Title. If you tuned in to the Fall Classic in Dallas, you saw great images of the new Globe Life Field Keller contributed to the build.

Were crews visited by the spirits of late greats Frank Robinson and Johnny Unitas? The superstars once dazzled crowds at Baltimore's Memorial StadiumD.W. Kozera performed a geotechnical investigation on the site where the storied structure once stood, soon to be home to a medical facility.

Fresh out of college, he traded his Auburn University football helmet for a construction hard-hat. Years later, he found himself back at Jordan-Hare Stadium lighting up the scoreboard, without moving a football. In 2015, alum and Morris-Shea Bridge Company, Inc. VP Richard Shea donated installation services for a new scoreboard to the university.

Two-time Super Bowl champ Charlie Batch, a retired Steelers QB, participated in a November meeting of the Koppers Inc. Inclusion & Diversity Committee.
While the scope of his past work is unclear, we share documentation that Andy Walters, P.E. of American Engineering Testing "managed projects" at The Frozen Tundra, a.k.a. Lambeau Field.
In November's A Pile of News, we credited members who were involved in the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, home of NFL's Raiders. Add Atlas Tube to the list of suppliers on this project.

Quotable: Caldwell Marine president Roly Acosta (former Princeton football player) shares an inspirational quote; click here for the heartbreaking backstory: "Sometimes we choose our challenges, and at other times our challenges choose us." Travis Roy, 1975-2020.
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A Pile of News - November 2020

A Pile of News: November 2020
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
Please VOTE: Nov. 3 is Election Day in the U.S.; if you haven't already voted, visit your polling place and select your choices for President, the U.S. Congress, state/local offices and ballot questions.
  • PDCA members in good standing will receive e-ballots this week on which you vote for the 2021 PDCA Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Please complete and return your ballots promptly.

The PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series resumes Wednesday, and then concludes on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Registration is FREE to PDCA members; non-members can attend for $100 per session (ask about applying registration to PDCA membership). Each program is delivered through Zoom and includes PDH credit. Click the program to register below (all times Eastern). PDCA and Pile Dynamics, Inc. present: Deep Foundations Dynamic Testing & Analysis (DFDTA) in Orlando, Nov. 11-13. The Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test offered on Nov. 13. COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed.

PDCA of South Carolina Chapter hosts its fourth quarter dinner meeting on Nov. 12 in Charleston; Terracon will present on a pile test program (1 PDH). Local, state and federal recommendations for COVID-19 safety will be observed. For more information and online registration, CLICK HERE.

PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter gathered for a skeet shoot/fourth quarter chapter meeting in Port Allen, LA on Oct. 30. Click for event photos.

PileDriver magazine, Issue #5, 2020 is now available! Click for the digital edition.

A PDCA partner offers FREE, Employee Retention Summit for Manufacturers, Nov 9-11
Equipment Corporation of America, you are this month's winner! Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of October to claim your prize!
People on the Move
The monthly round-up:
  • Chris LeBlanc brings 40 years' construction experience to his new role, industrial operations manager, at APC Construction, LLC
  • Scott Swindler elevates to VP infrastructure, Dan Keaton named director of business services at Cajun Industries in Baton Rouge; Saul Raya promoted to VP for the Houston Civil team
  • Tim Avery joins Keller as business development manager for West Coast operations
  • Equipment Corporation of America adds six: Rod Kern and Gus Delfarno in engineering, Greg Barta and Rex Christensen as account managers and Matt Nastala and Stephen Funaiock as service managers
  • Walter Van Zuthem promoted to EVP at JD Fields & Company, Inc. in Houston
  • David Reisen, P.E. named senior project manager in Port Saint Joe, FL office of Dewberry
  • Jeff Raun becomes senior environmental project manager at EXP Anchorage 
  • Randy Daub, P.E. named manager for new Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. Pennsylvania office
  • David Garbarino joins GTA as chief administrative officer at Maryland HQ
  • Dennis Kiptoo, Stephanie Gomez, Saphal Phuyal, Matthew Perella and Paul Cressant round out the newest class of civil engineers at GRL Engineers
  • Jon Arita is the new, Ft. Worth-based director of logistics at Terracon
  • Harry van der Starre enters retirement after 43 years at PVE Equipment congratulations and best wishes!
Our sympathies:
We are saddened to learn of the passing of UES field supervisor Billy Billings, Sr. of Orlando, who spent the past 25 years with the firm and positively impacted hundreds of engineers' careers.
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & Expansions:
APC Construction, LLC wins two Washington, D.C. projects; an FBI office building and a defense facility renovation. The Louisiana contractor also works close to home; is part of venture selected to build the new Canal Street Ferry Terminal in New Orleans.

Boh Bros. Construction is completing a project in New Orleans designed to improve drainage in the flood-prone region; see then-and-now photos of the USACE initiative.

Clark Construction announces the project roster for the new terminal at Kansas City International Airport has reached 100 Minority and Women-Owned Businesses.

Foundation Constructors, Inc. works on the Mokelumne Bridge where it crosses California's Interstate 5; see a drone photo of trestle construction, which precedes pile placement.

Hal Jones Contractor installed new floating docks on Jacksonville, FL river front.

Keller has a crew on-site assisting in the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Expansion.

Massman Construction Co. works in New Orleans to implement USACE plans for hurricane mitigation infrastructure; see photos of a new floodwall on Lake Borgne. 

McCarthy Building Companies drives infill sheets at the Texas Gulf Coast Port in this time-lapse video. 

GeoQuip, Inc. provides vibro, clamp to extract piles in North Carolina bridge demo. 

ECS Limited will provide materials testing services for the half-billion dollar Texas A&M Innovation Plaza campus in Houston. Developers broke ground Oct. 1.

Aggregate Technologies works on TxDOT initiative to improve Houston's hurricane evacuation route; completes sensitive I-10 bridge demo over the Brazos River.

Junttan USA equipment is in action at the Bruckner Interchange in the Bronx, NY while consultant Richard Higginboham of GZA GeoEnvironmental "burns the candle" to ensure project success.

Dewberry awarded a joint contract to provide general design and civil works for the Savannah, GA District USACE and the South Atlantic Division.

New member shout-out I! Welcome South Florida contractor Poseidon Dredge & Marine, which joined PDCA between jobs stabilizing a Palm Beach bridge to handle possible use by presidential motorcade and beautifying Daytona's municipal riverfront.

New-member shout-out II! They're more Canadian than Anheuser-Busch-owned Labatts; welcome PRECO-MSE, builder of deep foundations in Eastern Canada for more than 45 years; see a current job in Montreal.

Giving back:
Balfour Beatty hosted the Together Allies virtual summit to promote workplace inclusion.

Clark Construction has contributed more than $160,000 to 815 non-profit organizations combatting COVID-19; donations were sent in $100 increments to recipients that employees identified.

Corman Kokosing offers signing bonuses to new hires in Chesapeake/Newport News/Norfolk, Virginia markets.

Kiewit's Colorado team participated in the CureSearch for Children's Cancer walk, bringing the total company giving to-date to more than $3.5 million.

Sunroc joined Operation Firewood Rescue following a severe Utah windstorm; this included delivery of tree debris to nearby tribal communities hit hard by COVID-19 that rely on wood for energy. 

Nucor implemented a philanthropic safety initiative at its Arkansas steel mill; it helped generate a $21,460 for the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in nearby Memphis, TN.

Sunbelt Equipment has partnered with the 2020 Marine Corps Marathon. The company sponsors staff in the virtual affair which runs between Sept. 27Nov. 10.

Haley & Aldrich generated $60,300 in donations to Boston Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, despite cancellation of the 10th Annual Charity Golf Tourney (PDCA member Keller North America was among the donors).
Look Who Made the News!
Village Living, the community newspaper of Mountain Brook, AL, profiles longtime resident Dick Shea, co-founder of Morris-Shea Bridge Company. Described as modest and unpretentious, Shea earns praise from local mayor Stewart Welch III as "one of the most unsung heroes of our city."

Alaskan Contractor features a fascinating account of Orion Marine Group's completion of a seawall improvement along a U.S. Air Force runway at Cape Lisburne in remote, northern Alaska.

FOX 8-TV Cleveland reports on the reopening of the Vrooman Road bridge over the Grand River near I-90 in northern Ohio; The Great Lakes Construction Company began the project in 2018.