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!
Recognitions:
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:
Recognitions:
Projects:
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.

Marina Dock Age covers the recent opening of the Somers Point Marina on New Jersey's Intercoastal Waterway; Walters Marine Construction in nearby Ocean View, NJ installed the floating docks.

FOX 21-TV Duluth, MN was on-location for the LakeWalk project, on which American Engineering Testing, Inc. is consulting.

The Platform blog in Seattle interviews Robert "Red" Robinson, at Shannon & Wilson, about the massive light rail extension project.
Field Notes Football Season
Reigning NCAA national champ LSU is said to have lost a lot of talent to the NFL and graduation. Though it's been a slow start for the 2020 Tigers, fans like Matthew Morales, P.E. of Eustis Engineering in New Orleans still proudly support the purple and gold, but his focus is winning fishing rodeos this season.

The 2019 NCAA runner-up Clemson, arguably the "King" of Palmetto State football programs, appears as a favorite to take the title this season. It's unclear by this photo if die-hard South Carolina Gamecocks fan John King of Pile Drivers, Inc. has joined the Tiger bandwagon or is avoiding a stigma revealed in SEC Shorts.

Nick Saban won't be living there, but some of his University of Alabama players or student staff might. Morris-Shea is completing a new student housing complex with a pile foundation in Tuscaloosa, AL.

The UCF Knights (2017 national champs, per FL Legislative action ) call their football home "The Bounce House." Shaking aside, UES vibration monitoring deemed the stadium sound. i4BUSiNESS Magazine talked to SVP Ken Derick MS, P.E. about their in-demand service on high profile structures.

Inspired by a North Carolina TV news report on public art that shows lifts from Sunbelt Equipment in the footage, Dan LoCascio captured a photo of a similar instance in Tampa where his company equipment facilitated a mural honoring his beloved Buccaneers and their new QB Tom Brady.

In its inaugural year as the McCarthy-built home to the relocated Raiders, Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas was the site of an Oct. 4 ceremony recognizing local frontline medical workers who performed the pre-game lighting of the Al Davis Memorial Torch honoring the late, longtime owner and NFL legend.

The Sin City stadium is a "site" to see...more than 15 million TV viewers caught a glimpse during Monday Night Football coverage of the Raiders' home-opener against the Saints. Of note for PDCA, Nucor provided all steel beams for the new facility.
Quotable: "Be curious, flexible, and willing to take that new opportunity. Sometimes you must jump in and get your hands dirty, but you'll learn something doing that." Chris Kehl, VP, Braun Intertec Corp. wise words for an engineer or even a running back who finds an unexpected hole.
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A Pile of News - October 2020

A Pile of News: October 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
Be sure to read the latest PileDriver magazine commemorating the 25th anniversary of PDCA! Bring your ideas to the team that develops our publications; consider joining the PDCA Communications Committee, which meets next on Oct. 9. Contact PDCA for more information.
 
PDCA pays you a virtual visit in the Regional Roundtable Series. The FREE, informational programs are scheduled in U.S. localities not presently served by a PDCA chapter. Each one-hour event, delivered through the Zoom platform, is designed for PDCA members and non-members. Remaining events:
*The Regional Roundtable Series updates Member Benefits. (Not a PDCA Member? JOIN TODAY.)
 
The PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series resumes next week, and on the first Wednesdays of November and December. Registration is FREE to PDCA members; non-members can attend for $100 per session (ask about applying the registration fee to PDCA membership). Each program is delivered through Zoom and includes Professional Development Hours (PDH) credit. Click the program(s) below for registration; all times Eastern.
 
Deep Foundations Dynamic Testing & Analysis (DFDTA) is scheduled as a live event coming Nov. 1113 in Orlando, FL. It is held in partnership with Pile Dynamics, Inc. Early bird rates available until Oct. 16.
 
Palace intrigue: A serial contributor to A Pile of News is PDCA board member Buck Darling of Herbert F. Darling, Inc. in Buffalo, NY. This publication encourages your news "tips," however the content is largely built on items gleaned from your web and social sites. Curiously, Buck's company has neither. This begs the question, why is he so quick to share news about other PDCA members...is he deflecting our attention? Hmmmm.
Foundation Constructors Inc., you are this month's winner! Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of October to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & expansions:  
Anniversaries:
  • Golder started 60 years ago in a small apartment and today is a global engineering brand.
  • Holland LP of Crete, IL marks 85 years serving the rail industry.
 
Governmental relations:
Boh Bros. Construction of New Orleans, The Great Lakes Construction Company of Hinckley, OH and Vortex Marine Construction of Antioch, CA are among signatories of a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling for stabilization in the multiemployer pension system.
 
Nucor Tubular Products hosted U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia for a tour of its Chicago facility.
 
ECS Limited's south region manager Benjamin Temple was part of a delegation making a special delivery from ACEC-SC PAC to South Carolina State Senator Scott Talley.
 
Recognitions:
Atlas Foundation Company of Osseo, MN earns "Veteran Owned Business" status due to newly elevated, majority owner Pete Moeller's service in the U.S. Marine Corps.
 
GZA GeoEnvironmental of Boston is among winning collaborators in a Project of the Year Award for the Encore Boston Harbor Project. The luxury hotel has a foundation that includes pre-stressed concrete piles on a remediated, redeveloped Mystic River location, once home to Monsanto.
 
Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering, PLLC of Columbia, SC shares "Best in Class" Award for work on the Gateway Interchange project in Greenville, SC.
 
Projects:
APC Construction of Algiers, LA awarded USACE contract to build a floodwall in New Orleans.
 
Boh Bros. Construction is set to begin a major initiative of the Louisiana DOTD; they received the "notice to proceed" on improvements at the I-10 and I-12 interchange in Baton Rouge.
 
Cajun Industries recently completed a bridge repair on an active, elevated rail line in Biloxi, MS.
 
Cape Romain Contractors of Charleston, SC is cleared to begin construction on the Folly Beach Pier Replacement in November; the project is expected to take 28 months.
 
Corman Kokosing is pictured on the job for an improvement at I-64 near the Richmond, VA airport in the American Cranes & Transport publication (see page 10...nod to Buck Darling).
 
Massman Construction completed a sheet pile dock at the Port of Little Rock in Arkansas; they continue performing infrastructure and site improvements on the project funded by a USDOT TIGER Grant.

Braun Intertec Corporation was tapped by NASA engineers to perform ground penetrating radar services to advance a project related to an aspirational visit to the moon by 2024.
 
Dewberry of Fairfax, VA lands contracts for public infrastructure projects through the New York City Department of Design and Construction and the Lake Dam Road Bridge Replacement in Raleigh, NC.
 
DuroTerra, Haley & Aldrich team up on the Hood Park development in this iconic Boston location.
 
Eustis Engineering recently completed a flood protection project in Jean Lafitte, LA.
 
Fugro wins a five-year contract (IDIQ) with the USACE St. Louis District for nationwide surveying and mapping services to support government owned property.
 
GeoQuip, Inc. supplied the hammers which are presently on-site for the high-profile Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project in coastal Virginia.
 
International project: Golder's team Down Under joins Sydney drivers celebrating what is described as the largest and most complex multi-disciplinary transport infrastructure project in Australia.
 
Giving back:
Ardaman & Associates of Orlando donates engineering services to the "Hero Homes" program, an initiative of Florida homebuilders that gives proceeds of a new home sale to local first responders.
 
Company Wrench, Ltd. sponsored the Community Giving Golf Scramble serving southern Ohio.
 
GROUP Industries, Eustis Engineering and Patriot Construction & Industrial all contributed to damage mitigation efforts in Louisiana following the late-August Category 4 Hurricane Laura.
Look Who Made the News!
ENR Mid-Atlantic published a story on the construction of a new wastewater pumping station in Wilmington, DE; Peirce Engineering designed the shoring, which was built with sheet and H-piles from Nucor Skyline, all driven into place with an International Construction Equipment (ICE) hammer.
 
The Florida Times-Union goes in-depth with Garrett Harrison, the project manager from Hal Jones Contractor in Jacksonville, FL, who leads the construction on the new pier at Jacksonville Beach. Find out how local surfers and a beach-going mom glued to her cell phone have impacted progress.
 
The Troy Record serving upstate New York, was at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new seawall. CD Perry & Sons Inc. was general contractor on the "largest infrastructure project ever" in their hometown. Dignitaries from U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer through city leadership participated in the event.
 
St. Charles Herald-Guide.com covers the ribbon cutting for a new pump station in Louisiana; a slew of dignitaries, including U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, attended; Thibodaux-based Sealevel Construction is credited in the DoTD project. Elsewhere, St. MaryNow.com, writes about Sealevel pile driving for the Bayou Chene flood control project.
 
The Post and Courier serving Charleston, SC, noted from a January news release that local contractor Jason Moore of Palmetto Pile Driving elevated to PDCA President in 2020.
 
WCSH 6 & WLBZ 2 TV reports on construction of an underground storage tank in Portland, ME; H.B. Fleming is installing two cofferdams to increase capacity and improve water quality.
 
#NYSEFloorTalk is a video series of the New York Stock Exchange which interviews leading companies in the exchange. Watch Gerdau CFO Harley Scardoelli discuss sustainability.
 
What Do You Do? Podcast features a discussion with Parker Meeks who became president of Infrastructure for TRC Companies in 2018 at 37 years old.
 
The History Channel program "Lost Gold of WWII" features Gerard Moulzolf of AET, Inc. who provides a demonstration of a petrography device.
 
Dewberry CEO Don Stone pens an essay on leadership skills he gained through military service, reflects on his recent induction into The Citadel Academy of Engineers
People on the Move
The monthly round-up:
  • Chris Normand elevates to vice president, Deep Foundations at Cajun Industries in Baton Rouge; also, Rusty DeBarge is introduced as the director of projects
  • Amanda Luong promoted to manager at Powell Foundations, Inc.'s sister company in Ontario
  • Dr. Jussara Tanesi joins American Engineering Testing as a principal engineer in St. Paul, MN
  • Mary Canino is the newest transportation group member at Braun Intertec in Minneapolis
  • Jay Harper, former official with FEMA and Dept. of Homeland Security, named VP at Dewberry
  • John Hill joins ECS Limited as senior engineer in Virginia, William Gaspar named office manager in Fredericksburg, VA. In Florida, Leslie Lawson becomes new marketing manager.
  • Jason Hertz, Caleb Welsh and Justin Smith P.E. are new additions to GeoStructures, Inc.
  • Mary Scarbrough joins S&ME, Inc. as chief human resources officer based in Raleigh, NC
  • Jeff Davis is new national director of federal services in Terracon's Orange County, CA office
  • Radha Swaminathan joins board of directors at TRC Companies, Inc.
  • Angelo Malicsi named instructional designer at Universal Engineering Sciences, Orlando
  • Matt Caskey, P.E. is the new, Memphis-based director of sales for DuroTerra of Boston
  • Gerrit van den Bos named manager of operations at PVE Equipment USA in Jacksonville, FL
 
Recognitions:
 
Our sympathies:
PDCA sends its deepest sympathies to the surviving family and dearest friends and colleagues of the late Doug Wakefield, who spent more than 40 years with Cape Romain Contractors in Charleston, SC.
Field Notes Back in Class Edition
Civics: The newest installation on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. is a Clark Construction-built monument honoring distinguished WWII general and two-term American President Dwight Eisenhower. More Civics: Holes, Inc. of Houston provides an important P.S.A. in advance of November's elections.
 
Geography: In just one week following ESC Steel LLC on social media, we learned our way around the globe. Among the several international locations to which they shipped product were Australia, Nigeria, Abu Dhabi, Mexico and the Philippines (cool bridge, btw).
 
Law: Ingenuity wins! Foundation Constructors, Inc. of Oakley, CA is cleared in federal court, which upheld a lower court's decision that a pile "end plate" in question is not protected by plaintiff's patent.
 
History: D.W. Kozera, Inc. of Baltimore is on the job in central PA and notes several historical events that have taken place near the newly installed test-piles they're evaluating.
 
Literature: Imagine fishing Bristol Bay off Alaska's coast, the hemisphere's most productive waters for Pacific salmon. It's easy to immerse yourself in that scenario; but see how the story might end if you are a civil constructor, like the founders of PND Engineers. To celebrate 40 years in business, the firm published their story in book format. [Read On a Fishing Boat at Sea].
 
Earth science or study hall, we weren't sure: The September Zoom events from GeoEngineers mark six years in a row that the firm hosted free study sessions to aspiring PEs in advance of the PE exam; firm professionals provided attendees an interactive review of the test's geotechnical section.
 
Music Quotable: "It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it's the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time." David Allan Coe said it and The Metaphorical Mullet shared it on social media. Regarding the latter, we will "never even call him by his name." 😉
Thanks for reading 2020's 10th installment of A Pile of News; please keep sending and posting your company announcements. And don't forget to include #PDCADriven on your social media, you might be randomly selected to win PDCA merchandise from The PDCA Store.
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A Pile of News - September 2020

 

 
A Pile of News: September 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
Despite the challenges 2020 has presented, PDCA continues to provide a full slate of education and professional development opportunities, many in virtual format. Please plan to participate in these upcoming events:
 
Event: The PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series, a five-part event offered through Zoom, continues September 2nd, and the first Wednesday each month through December. Registration is FREE to PDCA members; non-members' registration is $100 per session (ask about applying the registration to a new PDCA membership). Each of the following programs offers Professional Development Hours (PDH) credit:

Webinar Series #2 (click to register) Sept. 2, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
Dedicated Pile Driving Certification Requirements by Toya Brown of NCCCO
Webinar Series #3 (click to register) Oct. 7, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
Working Platforms Update and Panel Discussion by Peggy Hagerty Duffy and Terry Holman, ADSC; Gerald Verbeek of Allnamics USA moderates panel comprised of PDCA, ADSC and DFI members)
Webinar Series #4 Nov. 4, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
You Stopped Getting Paid, Now What? by Ryan Maloney, Esq. of Jimmerson Birr
Webinar Series #5 Dec. 2, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST
Tilting at Windmills: Don Quixote Meets the International Building Code by Dale Biggers of Boh Brothers Construction
 
Event: Virtual DICEP 2020 takes place Sept. 16-17 and again Sept. 23-24, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM (EDT) each day. Courses will focus on Steel Sheet Pile and Wave Equation. Up to 7.5 PDH available.
 
Event: At this time, Deep Foundations Dynamic Testing & Analysis (DFDTA) is scheduled as a live event coming Nov. 11-13 in Orlando, FL. It is in partnership with PDI, Inc. Early bird rates available until Oct. 16. Special thanks to ASCE-Florida Section, Florida Marine Contractors Association and Florida Transportation Builders Association for marketing support.
 
Read: Watch for the next PileDriver magazine, commemorating the 25th anniversary of PDCA! It features new and unique content including technical analyses, nostalgic conversations and a recently unearthed time capsule.
 
Welcome: Meet new PDCA committee chairs: Rick Kalson, Esq. of the Contracts & Risk Committee and Chris Normand, P.E. of the Safety & Environmental Committee.
 
Join: Sept. 30 is the deadline for your company to be included in the 2021 PDCA Membership Directory, a critical industry reference book. If you are not already a member, join PDCA today; click here to enroll online and ensure your directory listing.
 
Congress: An extension of the current surface transportation law by September 30th may be the last option to continue road and bridge projects in the U.S. Many insiders point to the health crisis as thwarting hopes of a bipartisan reauthorization in 2020.

Help: September is Suicide Prevention Month; PDCA joins with the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention to raise awareness of the issue and hopefully help companies avoid a tragedy. Learn what steps you can take in your workplace.
News from PDCA Companies
Recognitions:  
Expansions:
 
Anniversaries:
  • Marking 50 years in the U.S., Liebherr USA unveils a new headquarters. Take a virtual tour of the Newport News, VA facility signifying the company's "long-term focus," according to director Torben Reher.

Governmental relations:
  • U.S. Reps. John Katko (NY) and Joe Wilson (SC) lauded Nucor operations in their respective states during an International Trade Commission hearing where company designee Don Barney advocated keeping trade remedies on some steel imports.
  • Elsewhere, Indiana Congressmen Jim Banks, Drew Ferguson tour Nucor facility in The Hoosier State.
  • Also, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts names Nucor a recipient of a Developing Youth Talent Initiative grant to introduce manufacturing, engineering careers to students.
  • Eustis Engineering gets a nod from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards in a proclamation commencing construction on the Bayou Chene floodgate structure.
  • Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan spoke at the virtual graduation of Clark Construction's unique, 2020 Strategic Partnership Program, a program for commercial construction and engineering businesses in seven U.S. cities.
  • Local officials recognize two projects of Thibodeaux, LA-based Sealevel Construction; a lock improvement with 290 timber piles and a flood mitigation job

Scanning other media:
  • The Manitowoc Herald-Times quotes Erich Pitz in a story about Wisconsin's maritime history. Through their work in and around Lake Michigan, McMullen & Pitz Construction has preserved key marine artifacts and prominently display them on company grounds and at nearby public spaces.
  • Engineering News Record details the foundation construction on a Brooklyn, NY building poised to become the Big Apple's tallest building outside Manhattan; Linde Griffith performs the construction with Nucor steel. (h/t Buck Darling)
  • Dixie Contractor magazine examines the Georgia DOT I-85 expansion; among firms credited for involvement in the massive effort is Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering of Columbia, SC.
  • 11 KTVA-TV, Anchorage updates progress on a new terminal at the Port of Alaska. Among the contractors involved the construction is award-winning Pacific Pile & Marine of Seattle.

More News:
It could buy me a boat Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman brought the "stage" for the fourth annual Charles Island Music Festival. They dusted off a spare barge and pushed it into Long Island Sound. The time, labor and resources from the Branfield, CT contractor helped the organization raise $10K for Yale New Haven Children's Hospital while music fans on 500 socially distanced boats enjoyed a daylong concert.

Frontline Heroes In its company publication The Boh Picture, Boh Bros. Construction of New Orleans features a touching tribute to COVID-19 first responders who have family connections to the company.
 

September means back to school Not every student physically returns to a campus, but a Foundation Constructors, Inc. crew from Oakley, CA was spotted diligently working in an outdoor lab at Sonoma State University as they performed a compression test on a grout-injected pile.

Not a summer vacation A crew from Koppers put in long (and hot) hours this summer to rebuild a 500-foot-long rail bridge after the previous one spanning the Kansas-Oklahoma border burned down.

Just another cog in the wheel There's an improved supply chain for U.S.-produced oil leaving Texas; Orion Marine Group assisted in the construction of the newly completed Port of Corpus Christi Gateway Terminal.
 
Floral piles...what? Coming spring '21, Little Island at Pier 55 in New York City. Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers performed extensive geotech and marine engineering services to preserve the bulkhead built in the 1890's and designed the concrete piles that look like "tulip pots," which form a unique, elevated park space.
People on the Move
The monthly round-up
  • Leading off, John King makes it a "dirty thirty" at Piledrivers, Inc. in Charleston, SC congratulations on the 'workiversary' to the esteemed PDCA past president!
  • Elsewhere, Orival Thompson, a retired Florida highway patrolman, joins Balfour Beatty as USDOT compliance manager.
  • Steve Henderson is the new director of operations at Cajun Industries, Houston.
  • Dr. Jussara Tanesi joins the Saint Paul, MN office of American Engineering Testing, Inc.
  • John Magnavita named office manager in West Palm Beach at ECS Florida, replacing Corey Nees who transitions to the same role in Baton Rouge; Jason Adams joins the firm's Sunshine State offices.
  • L. Inman Hodges Jr. named to Savannah-based EMC Engineering Services' board of directors.
  • Sean Walsh promoted to engineering manager at New Orleans-based Eustis Engineering. Also, senior inspector John Oubre retires after 29 years, which included missing vacations and working on his 25th wedding anniversary.
  • Neil Churman named senior vice president at TRC Companies' Houston office.
  • Tiffany Harrod, shareholder at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC, becomes the new chair of the Houston Bar Association Construction Law Section.

Safety first:
Tracie Bergeron and Jake Woods, both of Patriot Construction and Industrial in Duson, LA, are recognized for their ongoing commitment to workplace safety.
 
Jonathan Perou, a crane operator at Sealevel Construction Inc., wins a company poster contest focused on workplace safety. Click here to see his work.

While Aggregate Technologies of Houston received recognition for safety practices, employees Chris Mitchell and Ronnie Thompson, who are veterans, were saluted for their military service.
 
Reading, writing and arithmetic:
Scott Webster of GRL Engineers and a PDCA Executive Committee member co-authored Driveability Analysis Techniques for Offshore Pile Installations with GRL colleague Brent Robinson.
 
Bill Camp of S&ME dispels a preconceived notion about the occurrence of earthquakes in his published article, Earthquake Engineering: How to Design for Earthquakes.
 
Other notes of interest:
Dave Mahoney, executive VP at Dewberry in Fairfax, VA, is appointed to the Construction Industry Round Table's (CIRT) Board of Directors.

Laura Register of Terracon is named the Engineer of the Year by the Nashville Business Journal.
 
Nathan Scalla of Clark Construction, a lymphoma cancer survivor himself, is the 2020 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society National Capitol Area Man of the Year.
  
The future looks bright:
Sara Fayek is awarded the Shannon & Wilson Inc. Richard Frueh Memorial Scholarship to continue her graduate work at Missouri S&T.

Mike Juneau at Premier Geotech and Testing shows students that tests can be fun.

Dermot Fallon of Foundation Constructors is committee chair for the 43rd Annual Construction Industry Boy Scout Lunch-O-Ree; an Eagle Scout himself, he invites your support of the event benefiting Scouts in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
Babies!
Congratulations to Cecil D. Gassiott, LLC employees Clay and Amy Langston on your baby boy, also Kelly and Lizzy Thompson on your baby girl! What's in the water there? Elsewhere, Panu at Junttan welcomes a baby girl.
 
Condolences:
PDCA sends its deepest sympathies to the family of Mary-Alice Zepeda in Houston. She was a joy to co-workers at Lodge Lumber. A GoFundMe supports her surviving family.
Random notes from the field
The secret of their success "A good contractor is only as good as his/her truck," said no one, ever... except maybe the salesman at this Portland, ME truck dealership who proudly advertises that they have created a "purpose built beast" for H.B. Fleming, Inc.
 
Flotilla for science Someone warn this Universal Engineering Sciences crew to watch for raucous, political boat rallies when drilling pilot holes for a future bridge connecting Tampa and St. Pete. Happy Election Season!

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take ECS Limited principal Alexis Herr authored the proposal for a comprehensive facility upgrade to Hogwarts beginning with ground penetrating radar, up to roof consulting. While still awaiting an agreement, the proposal to the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, made famous by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series, has no expiration.
 
Quotable: "The more we work together to build up our industry, the better it is for everyone." Mike Moeller of Atlas Foundation Company in Osseo, MN in PileDriver magazine. We couldn't say it better!
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A Pile of News - August 2020

        
 
From the Association & Chapters
Please join us for the PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series, a five-part event coming to you via Zoom on the first Wednesday of the next five months, beginning this week. Registration is FREE to PDCA members; non-members can access the professional development content for $50 per session (ask us about applying your registration to a new PDCA membership). Following completion of each program, you will receive Professional Development Hours (PDH) credit.
  • Webinar Series #1 (click to register) Aug. 5, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
    3:004:00 PM Effects of Substance Abuse on the Construction Industry by Rick Kalson, Esq.
    4:005:00 PM Are Ethics Ruining Your Business? by Dr. Brad Allenby
  • Webinar Series #3 Oct. 7, 2020 (time, TBA)
    Working Platforms Update by Peggy Hagerty Duffy, ADSC
  • Webinar Series #4 Nov. 4, 2020 (time, TBA)
    You've Stopped Getting Paid, Now What? by C. Ryan Maloney, Esq.
  • Webinar Series #5 Dec. 2, 2020 (time, TBA)
    Tilting at Windmills: Don Quixote Meets the International Building Code by Dale Biggers
Cue the Rocky theme song. If you haven't already, read the latest issue of PileDriver magazine, which goes in-depth on the winning entries in the 2020 PDCA Project of the Year Awards.
Will it be on the test? The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) Pile Driver Exam Management Committee welcomes two tenured practitioners with significant operational experience: PDCA members Tim Dutton, VP at Junttan USA Inc. and Joe Kinworthy, manager at Equipment Corporation of America begin service when the committee next convenes in October.

New member shout-out: Welcome Poydras Logistics Group, LLC and managing member Robert Lloyde. The New Orleans-based, non-asset carrier provides logistics services throughout the continental U.S.

Chapter events
  • Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the PDCA of South Carolina has canceled its third quarter dinner meeting scheduled for August 13
  • Gulf Coast: Likewise, the PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter has also canceled its third quarter dinner meeting scheduled for August 20
Latest legal resources from PDCA member law firms
PDCADriven Winner - August 2020
News from PDCA Companies
Expansions:
  • Shannon & Wilson, Inc. opens Chicago office; Jason Buenker and Jason Funk lead operations
  • Universal Engineering Sciences acquires Georgia-based Contour Engineering, LLC
  • Samuel Roll Form Group sister-company Associated Tube Group nears completion of 284,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Birmingham. Operations expected before December 31st.
Anniversaries:
  • 1910: New York City was America's biggest city with almost 5 million. A few of them got together that year to form Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers. Happy 110th birthday, MRCE!
  • 1980: As a Californian won the White House, a California pile driving company was born. Join us in congratulating Stroer & Graff, Inc. of Antioch, CA for 40 years of building deep foundations!
Recognitions:
  • Massman Construction gets national accolades for a Louisiana lock and dam repair project
  • Cape Romain Contractors is recognized for work on "Connecting the Creek" in Mt. Pleasant, SC, which has been selected as the 2020 Public Works Project of the Year
  • Clark Construction earns a "first place" from the National Association of Women in Construction
  • NOLA.com names Canal Barge Company to the list of 70 Best Workplaces in New Orleans
  • The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report names the 2020 Top 100 Private Companies list in the region; PDCA members on it are Boh Bros. Construction and Cajun Industries, LLC
  • GROUP Industries of Baton Rouge is a ConstructSecure, Platinum Safety Award winner
Ongoing COVID-19 response:
  • GRL-Pennsylvania has practiced social distancing and still advanced ongoing projects with an uncommon tool remote testing technology. "We are uniquely capable of adjusting and assisting our clients at any time due to our unmatched experience, even with late notice or for an emergency repair with limited time and information," said branch manager Alex Ryberg.
  • Pipe supplier AMERICAN collaborated with a Birmingham City Councilor to distribute food to families in need in Hooper City, AL
  • Kiewit team members in Kansas City donate masks to Children's Mercy Kansas City
Other news:
From NJ.com Rebuilding from 2012's Hurricane Sandy continues in Jersey. George Harms Construction of Farmingdale has begun the first of a three-phase, federally funded bridge replacement project.


From NBC-15, Mobile, AL Road trippers tooling along SR-41 in Alabama will navigate Conecuh River bridge construction through December as Scott Bridge Company completes the ALDOT project.

In their own words WATCH Travis Schonacher and Kevin Passman of Sealevel Construction discuss the recent award winning floodgate project, among other critical infrastructure issues in southern Louisiana on HTV 10.

Partnership The Sullivan County Business Edge has published a story highlighting the New York county's ongoing relationship with Tectonic, which it directly ties to recent economic growth.

Long, hot, summer days Canal Barge Company is counting donations to the Power Up the River campaign, which closed on Friday. The effort benefits Louisiana families in need of food assistance.

Giving back Chair The Hope is dedicated to aiding disabled people with independence and mobility. It celebrates the completion of an Idaho project on which Sunroc was a labor and materials donor.

Is it a farm team for the Braves? In a display of community commitment, EMC Engineering Services, Inc. in Georgia is supporting the Lincoln County Rec Department and one of its 2020 T-ball teams.

Did you know? In 2013, Sunbelt Rentals was intricately involved in both the steel and concrete pile design and equipment delivery for South Florida's largest and deepest excavation on record.
People on the Move
The monthly round-up
  • Balfour Beatty US promotes Michelle Reiner to vice president in California.
  • Cajun Industries, LLC names Stephen Chapman as new VP of mechanical services.
  • Jason S. Hertz joins GeoStructures, Inc. as a NYC-based sales engineer
  • Congratulations to Robert Krogsgaard of American Engineering Testing, Inc., who retires after 31 years serving as CFO. Filling his shoes at the St. Paul, MN firm is Kate Marcotte.
  • Dewberry Engineers welcomes Robert Victor to lead the Mid-Atlantic office, John Hoole to the California transportation practice and Nicole Hopkins to business development in Tulsa.
  • ECS Limited announces promotions, Derek Clyburn to subsidiary president in Southeast,  Chris Lopez to COO in Midwest and John Hicks to regional manager in Florida.. Additions include Ezequiel Sepulveda, Louis Hatcher, Matthew Johnson, Robert Valorio and Aiden McGregor in Mid-Atlantic and Luke Johnson in Midwest.
  • GeoEngineers, Inc. elevates 18-year veteran Lindsay Flangas to chief operations officer.
  • Don Craig named new CFO at Haley & Aldrich, Inc. in Burlington, MA.
  • Tom Muth is tapped to oversee the new tubular products division of Zekelman Industries; subsidiary Atlas Tube names 27-year company veteran Jeff Cole as its new president.
  • Myles Stallings onboards at the Calsak Plastics Minneapolis office.
Other notes of interest:
  • Andy Boeckmann of Dan Brown and Associates has co-authored a synthesis report on geophysical methods for transportation projects. Read the full publication disseminated by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.
  • The Wall Street Journal quotes Koppers CEO Leroy Ball in a story examining a dramatic spike in lumber demand since April 1st; read "America is on a Lumber Binge" [subscriber content]
  • Steve Frost, safety manager at Balfour Beatty in Portland, is recognized for leading the company's "Need to Talk" program, which addresses mental health and wellness. Elsewhere, Earnest DeLoach, VP legal, moderated a panel for the Central Florida African American Chamber of Commerce, entitled "Emotional Impact of Racial Violence on Workplace Productivity."
  • Jimmy Bennett of Braun Intertec receives a Minnesota Young Engineer award.
  • Lucky Nagarajan of Giken America becomes the new chair of the DFI Women in Deep Foundations Committee.
  • Meghan Brassard of Haley & Aldrich, Inc. earns professional development grant
  • Shannon & Wilson, Inc. awards University of Washington student Emma Hutchinson with annual engineering scholarship.
PDCA sends heart-felt condolences to the surviving family members, CZM Foundation Equipment colleagues and friends of the late Ward Black who was a loyal parts and service representative. The company has established a GoFundMe account to assist his loved ones in this difficult time.
Notes from the Field
Current events
  • Regulation Alert: Now in effect, an Alteration of Terrain (AOT) permit in New Hampshire requires a biologist evaluation to address impacts on endangered species. Read amendment.
  • From the Courts: Read an analysis from Dane Pehrman of Haley & Aldrich examining activity in federal court on ongoing viability of NWP 12, which impacts some underground construction.
  • International Trade: Nucor and Gerdau were at the table as the U.S. International Trade Commission moved to maintain duty orders on steel wire rod imported from China.
  • Painting messages on streets isn't new to 2020, Holland LP was using this tactic back in 2019!
A proud dad moment...Congratulations to Kaia Klotzbuecher for earning a college scholarship! Her dad David Klotzbuecher is a senior foreman at Corman Kokosing Construction, which qualified his family to apply the Metro DC-area award. Good luck to Kaia a future woman in construction?

Get on the bus A Zoom chat with NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis is how employees of Koppers spent a recent Friday morning. The program, entitled Building Our Success Through Inclusion and Diversity, featured the retired Steeler running back who gave a presentation and engaged in Q&A.

It's not Dylan, Prine, Felker or Lennon...it's Stu Sanders of AMERICAN who wrote "Colorblind" after the 2018 birth of his son. WATCH the Ohio-based sales rep perform his uplifting ballad using only his pleasant tenor and a six string.

Red balloons, more than just an annoying '80s song GZA Environmental offers insight on why you road warriors might occasionally see a solitary red balloon suspended in a rural skyline.

What's old is new again. The Bedford Gazette in Western Pennsylvania writes about a collaboration of local entities, including Creative Pultrusions, which are donating labor and materials to erect a new drive-in movie theater at a nearby fairgrounds.

Quittin' time A summer libation recommendation from Baton Rouge's Premier Geotech and Testing; liven up your hard, pink lemonade by adding a special garnish!

Quotable A fixture on the homepage of D.W. Kozera, Inc. in Baltimore: "On account of the fact that there is no glory attached to the foundations and that the source of success or failure are hidden deep in the ground, building foundations have always been treated as stepchildren and their acts of revenge for lack of attention can be very embarrassing." Karl Terzaghi, Father of Soil Mechanics, 1883-1963
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A Pile of News: July 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
 
Top Stories
A gubernatorial announcement to celebrate Too frequently this year, U.S. governors have delivered bad news. However, Boh Bros. Construction celebrates a proclamation from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards that awards them the contract for a major infrastructure project. The $353 million Comite River Diversion Project is slated to begin next summer; [WATCH the ceremonial groundbreaking].

Heroics in the desert The Desert Color residential development was directly in the path of a southern Utah wildfire when Jesse Hunt and Curtis Griffith of Sunroc Corp. sprang into action to mitigate its spread. Local officials, including the fire chief, credit the two for saving several homes from devastation.

"The time is always right to do what is right" Chairman David Sauls and CEO Mike Hutchinson of Seattle-based GeoEngineers, Inc. launched their Committed to Change campaign, dedicated to equality. The company will match employee donations to organizations advocating racial justice.

Junttan grows its North American presence by acquiring Canadian Pile Driving Equipment in Alberta; PDCA thanks Bruce Patterson and CPDE for the years of association participation and looks forward to a continued relationship with a bigger and more geographically diversified Junttan.

Virtual Education Available:
The PDCA Steel Sheet Pile Guides Webinar is available for download (FREE to members) at The PDCA Store. Additional PDCA webinars are scheduled, and registration information is forthcoming. Meantime, SAVE THE DATE for the following events:
  • August 5, 3:005:00 p.m. EDT, Effects of Substance Abuse on the Construction Industry and Are Ethics Ruining Your Business?
The Women in Deep Foundations Committee at DFI has released an informational video highlighting the diversified functions that women perform throughout the industry. Several PDCA member companies that are also active with DFI are involved in the production - with an appearance of an employee representative, with a sponsorship, or both. Here's lookin' at you, ECA, Johnna Emanuel of GeoStructures, Giken and Lucky Nagarajan, Goettle, ICE, Keller, Kiewit, MRCE, Nucor Skyline and David Borger, Anna Sellountou of Pile Dynamics, Inc., S&ME, and Terracon and Liz Smith.

Latest legal resources from member law firms
#PDCADriven Winner  July 2020
News from PDCA Companies
It's always bigger in Texas, right? Gerdau and solar provider 174 Power Global are partnering to develop one of the largest solar facilities in the U.S. The 80-megawatt project will stand next to Gerdau's mill in Midlothian, TX, and be comprised of 231,000 solar panels and span more than 700 acres.

Big project? Hold our beer, Texas The new Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in North Charleston, SC doubles Port of Charleston's container handling capacity and solidifies it as a top coastal port. Read ENR's story about the $1B project on which Cape Romain Contractors is involved with the construction and Soil Consultants, Inc. and Insight Group provide consulting services.

Qualified for an Olympics bid? Soil Consultants has been an integral part of developing the newest aquatics center in North Charleston; Live 5 News previews the facility, Olympic-sized pool and all.

A gold medalist Safety is paramount and GeoStructures, Inc. earns the Gold Safety Award.

Canal Barge subsidiary Canal Terminal Company again earns annual Terminal of the Year award.

Giken LTD. quay wall renovation in Europe wins first place in Amsterdam Innovation Partnership.

Can you see Russia from it now? The Anchorage Waterways Council hosts an annual Creek Cleanup; during the 2020 event, 16 volunteers from PND Engineers participated in the beautification effort.

Expansions and acquisitions:
  • APC Construction, LLC expands with a new facility for industrial clients in Gonzales, LA. The Harvey, LA-based company also earns designation as Small Business Administration 2020 Prime Contractor of the Year.
  • Golder expands in the Southeast, opens Birmingham, AL office led by Greg Hebeler; Pensacola, FL under Jeff Paul's leadership and a Chattanooga, TN office
  • Gilbert Products Inc. announces partnership with dealer ShearForce that will expand availability of its pile driving equipment in the U.S. (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington).
  • Sealevel Construction acquires a marine yard in Houma, LA; Eagle Drydock and Marine Services is available for a variety of marine transportation and construction services.
Anniversaries:
  • Congratulations Consolidated Pipe & Supply Company for reaching 60 years of operating as a Birmingham, AL-based family-owned business. Here's to the next 60!
  • Also turning 60 is George Harms Construction Co., Inc. of Howell, NJ, the employment home of PDCA Northeast Chapter president Tim Fogerty, who is featured in the upcoming issue of PileDriver magazine.
Ongoing COVID-19 response:
  • TRC Companies participated in the Global Compact Virtual Leaders Summit of the United Nations, a gathering to address COVID-19 among other global issues.
  • Powell Foundations Inc. participated in an effort to raise funds for vulnerable residents in one Ontario town; they generated $10,000 in charity.
  • Terracon has given a $10,000 grant to Feeding America for relief efforts during the health crisis; additionally, it has pledged to match staff donations to the same organization, up to $50.
  • Koppers, Inc. CEO Leroy Ball announces the Hometown Hero campaign, in which the Utility & Industrial Products division is awarding electric co-op employees who have "gone the extra mile" during extraordinary times with a $500 contribution to a charity in his/her name.
  • Following the COVID-reorganized school year, Nucor Vulcraft treated teachers and staff at the Grapeland Independent School District in Texas to lunch, hot off the grill.
  • Healthcare workers are still challenged by COVID; Patriot Construction and Industrial provided lunch for the hard-working team at Baton Rouge General Hospital.
  • Robishaw Engineering/Flexifloat donated 100 N95 masks to staff at Houston's Memorial Hermann Medical Center.
  • And a face mask quid pro quo All staff get one of the nearly 200 donated masks from Fishes and Loaves at Sealevel Construction. In return, the contractor has donated $5 per mask to three Thibodaux, LA charities of F&L's choosing.
People on the Move
The monthly round-up:
  • ECS Limited promotes Tracy Allen to VP, corporate director of client relations. Also elevating are Siddharth Neekhra and Vince Elizarde in Texas. New hires are Ed Greenlee as accounts director in the Midwest and Kevin Hopkins to the Mid-Atlantic.
  • Equipment Corporation of America elevates John Hayes to branch manager in Florida, hires Ben Morgan as Bauer product service manager.
  • PND Engineers, Inc. adds four; Anna Kopitov and Karl Larsen join the firm's Seattle office, Addison Yang and Tanner Stephens are new to the home office in Anchorage, AK.
  • GROUP Industries names Todd Shiflett to business development team in Baton Rouge.
  • Gerdau adds Ethan Liberty as Atlanta-based business development manager for piling sales.
  • Tom Posey joins Braun Intertec in Houston.
  • Veronica De Frietas is new geotechnical manager at Universal Engineering Sciences in Tampa.
  • John Frazee joins GZA GeoEnvironmental Syracuse office.
  • David Pichanick named to area director for Junttan Asia-Pacific region.
  • After 32 years as a mechanic at Junttan, Ami Kortelainen reaches retirement.
Other notes of interest:

Georges Valcour of GRL Engineers is recognized by the State of Florida; the Army National Guardsman led a unit that administered thousands of free COVID-19 tests at Florida A&M University.


Vanessa Zambo of Terracon named to Kansas City Business Journal, Women Who Mean Business.

Lizetta Fennessy, SVP of Haley & Aldrich named Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Engineering.

Vanessa Breslin of Canal Barge Company in New Orleans makes the The Waterways Journal Weekly annual list recognizing 40 Under 40 award. Fun fact, she previously worked for the Saints.

Angie Hunter of Kiewit, Corp. in New Jersey wins industry recognition as Young Engineer of the Year. 

Tyler Roberts of Premier Geotech and Testing in Baton Rouge earns ATSSA certification.

Ryan Maloney, PileDriver contributing author from Jimerson Birr, named to Florida Legal Elite.
From the Association & Chapters
Such a tease The PDCA Project of the Year winners are in, but we aren't revealing them here. Watch for the forthcoming PileDriver magazine featuring all winning entries; available the week of July 13.

Consolation To whet your appetite for seeing PDCA members get recognized, the ENR lists are out:
  • ENR's 2020 list of "Top 400 Contractors" includes PDCA members Balfour Beatty, Boh Bros., Cajun Industries, Clark Construction, Hawaiian Dredging Construction, Kiewit, Kokosing Group (parent of Corman), Vecellio Group (parent of Hal Jones Contractor).
  • ENR's list of "Top 500 Design Firms" includes members: Braun Intertec, Dewberry, Engineering Consulting Services, Fugro USA, GeoEngineers, Golder, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., Haley & Aldrich, Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering, Kiewit, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, PND Engineers, S&ME Inc. and
New member shout-out Welcome EMC Engineering Services, Inc. and resident geotech Ashton Byrne, who joined PDCA in May. The Savannah, GA-based consulting/engineering firm practices nationwide and has nine offices throughout Georgia and just opened its 10th in Greenville, SC.

Quotable
A nice surprise in our inbox, a note from PDCA founding member Charles Whiteaker: "We had some great presidents who worked hard to unify and organize the pile drivers...It was a 'team' accomplishment. I am now almost 90 and the old memory isn't as sharp as it once was, but I know one thing 'A Driven Pile, Is A Tested Pile!'" Thank you for your vision, sir.


Remembering 1995
Washington gave us the Contract with America, Los Angeles found O.J. guilty, Oklahoma City was devastated by terror, San Francisco, Houston, New Jersey and Atlanta were NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB champs respectively, two-way pagers and DVDs were hot tech items, Jerry Garcia rode that train to immortality, significant births that year were a bunch of present-day YouTube stars (huh?) and PDCA formed! Issue #4 of PileDriver will commemorate the 25th anniversary of this association with new technical content and plenty of nostalgia, coming to your mailbox in September.
Random Notes from the Field
Half empty or half full? Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has long been a necessary budget item in construction. However, as we transition to what is described as the post-COVID-19 "new normal," more companies are increasing budgets for PPE. Early signs show it is a costlier line-item that some expected. A more positive spin on this issue, that can be a welcome opportunity for struggling local businesses.

Don't drink the PPE Terracon safety director Jim Wright shows potential dangers of hand sanitizer.

But "erbody" likes fireworks, right? Two months in a row, PDCA members' kids have gotten credit on company social media; this month, Ronnie Wills of Aggregate Technologies shares an explosive, online job announcement for the company that his 11-year-old enhanced. Happy 4th of July to PDCA's U.S. members (and happy Canada Day today to our northern friends!)!
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A Pile of News: June 2020

A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers and suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
 
From the Association & Chapters
Sheet pile education, available on demand! If you missed the "Steel Sheet Pile Guides Review" webinar held May 19, a recording of the program will soon be available to PDCA members at no cost. Non-members can also obtain the PDH and discounted Steel Sheet Pile Guides for a $50 registration fee. Watch your inbox. 
  • Special thanks to Dr. Dick Hartman of Hartman Engineering, Gerry McShane of Service Steel Warehouse and Richard Morales of L.B. Foster, who served as distinguished faculty for the virtual learning event. More than 100 practitioners registered for the one-hour webinar; PDCA members received the education credit and proprietary Steel Sheet Pile Guides as a membership benefit. In the absence of educational conference events in 2020, watch for future announcements about additional PDCA virtual learning events coming soon.
Silver Pile Tips: 2020 marks PDCA's 25th anniversary help us brand the pile driving industry by adhering PDCA's special edition logo to your website, social media or other collateral materials!

PDCA of South Carolina educational partner The Citadel offers a valuable, virtual summer curriculum for practicing civil engineers to consider. Read more.
 
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