A Pile of News - April 1, 2020

A Pile of News: April 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
 
What we once considered normal no longer exists. The COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the globe is requiring cancellations, postponements, closures, quarantines and a lot of questions for us all. 
We will begin this edition of A Pile of News with guidance for employers and businesses from some of the PDCA member law firms in different parts of the U.S. that work extensively in construction, contracts and employment law because the current state of affairs presents challenges in each of these areas. Also pay close attention to the section From the Association and Chapters as various PDCA-affiliated and sponsored events have been forced to postpone or cancel. In the meantime, we encourage our membership to be safe, heed the precautions issued from federal, state, local governmental and medical leaders and contact the PDCA offices if we can assist you in any way. 
 
COVID-19
 
From the Association & Chapters
Due to ongoing, worldwide efforts to minimize human interaction and reduce opportunities for the highly contagious coronavirus to spread, many PDCA events scheduled for this spring have been either postponed or cancelled. 
(The listing below is chronological and subject to additions; event news is regularly updated online at www.piledrivers.org/events/).
  • PDCA: The Houston Social on April 9, POSTPONED
  • Gulf Coast: Chapter Dinner Meeting on April 16, CANCELLED
  • Pacific Coast Chapter: 10th Annual Scholarship Shoot on
    April 17, POSTPONED 
  • Northeast Chapter: Dinner Meeting on April 22, CANCELLED
  • PDCA: The Midwestern Meet-Up: Chicago on April 23, POSTPONED
  • PDCA: 23rd Annual Conference on May 69, CANCELLED
  • Northeast Florida Chapter: Quarterly Luncheon on May 19, CANCELLED
DFDTA, an annual pile testing, technical seminar from PDCA and Pile Dynamics, Inc. concluded March 13th in Orlando, FL. More information and photos from the event here.
Spotted: See photos of PDCA members at CONEXPO.
Spotted: See photos of PDCA Members at 2020 ASCE GeoCongress.
Taking a break from COVID-19 news coverage from this point forward, this newsletter offers you nothing but good news from PDCA. See who has been promoted, which companies served the greater good and who gets 15 minutes of fame in the mainstream media. As always, we welcome your submissions to A Pile of News!
 
News from PDCA Members
Acquisitions & Expansions
  • First acquired in 2017, the integration of GME Consulting Services into Minneapolis-based Braun Intertec has formally completed.
  • Engineering Consulting Services adds Solar Testing Laboratories of Cleveland to ECS Midwest, LLC
  • Fugro strengthens geoconsulting presence in Belgium with purchase of OREX
  • TRC Companies, Inc. opens its second office in the United Kingdom
Anniversaries
  • AMERICAN SpiralWeld Pipe parent company AMERICAN celebrate 95 years in business
  • GeoEngineers of Redmond, WA turns 40 this year
Dewberry Garden State Parkway Interchange project wins Distinguished Engineering Award.
Powell Foundations, Inc. in Ontario has been presented the ORBA Community Leadership Award.
Creative Pultrusions, Inc. of Pennsylvania participated in a Capitol Hill advocacy event.
TRC Companies, Inc., Tolunay-Wong Engineers and Texas A&M University partner to create hands-on learning opportunities outside the classroom.
New Member Shout-Out: Yes, Traxxon Foundation Equipment of British Columbia, posting a video of two dinosaurs in a snowball fight gets you a mention in this newsletter!
 
People on the Move
Dewberry promotes Anthony Fulco, P.E. in the New Jersey office to vice president; other promotions at the firm include Lisa Peterson, Steven Benosky, Walter Bronson, Jr. and Rahul Pareb. ECS appoints Gregory Ratkowski as principal engineer in Frederinck, MD. Golder welcomes back Peter Guy who returns to the Denver office after six years. Haley & Aldrich adds Jarrod Yoder to Boston office and Steven Boyce in Nevada. 
Plenty of personnel news from Pittsburgh-based Koppers... General Counsel Steve Lacy sets retirement for the end of 2020, Stephanie Apostolou elected to fill his role; new leadership appointments are Lance Hyde to director global inclusion and diversity and Jimmi Sue Smith is named new VP finance and treasurer.
Captain Terry of Canal Barge Company, Inc. retires after 43 years in the maritime industry. His colleagues gathered to celebrate his career with the theme #JonesActStrong.
Other notes of interest:
AET's Willy Morrison is recognized by Finance & Commerce as a finalist in the inaugural Top Women in Construction Awards and Adam Bakeman earns 40 under 40 recognition.
Clark Construction VP Tim Lamson, Nashville, in the ENR Southeast 2020 class of Top Young Professionals.
Dewberry AVP Tony Buitrago named to Society of American Military Engineers Class of 2020 Fellows.
Michael Batuna of ECS in Dallas named 2020 Texas Engineer of the Year.
Jeff Harmston of Equipment Corporation of America repeats as winner of a national award in the deep foundations industry.
Dennis Loh, VP and principal in charge at Geo-Technology Associates, Inc.'s Somerset office, is a proud new grandpa following the birth of Cassidy Grace, [photo]. Congratulations!
Paul Dittrich, senior geotechnical engineer at Golder, was recently recognized by the Canadian Geotechnical Society for his distinguished career and his decades of service.
Jim Tanner of L.B. Foster has earned the Patriot Award from the U.S. Department of Defense, recognizing him for hiring Coast Guard Reservists.
Paul Bass of Houston-based Orion Marine Group has obtained Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) certification.
Sarah Knapp, a marketing specialist at Terracon in Salt Lake City, recently won the Rising Star Award.
 
Philanthropy
Clark Construction raises more than $22,000 in the Cycle for Survival, a Washington, D.C. event supporting a local cancer center.
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. annually celebrates the Lunar New Year by raising money for charity. This year's event supported the Norwood Food Pantry in Massachusetts.
Richard Males and Nikko Aranas from the Keller offices in Toronto participated in a Bubble Hockey Night benefitting the Sick Kids Foundation. The fundraiser brought in $420,000!
Sunroc receives appreciation from Dixie State University for the continued support of the institution.
Terracon team members in Cincinnati raised $6500 for the Special Olympics by participating in their sixth straight Polar Plunge.
 
Newsmakers
YellowHammer News, a multi-media news outlet covering all things Alabama, published an op-ed by AMERICAN manager Maury Gaston in observance of Engineer's Week.
KOLN/KGIN-TV of Lincoln, NE features video footage of crews from Minnesota-based Atlas Foundation installing sheet piling to close a breach in a Missouri River levee.
ConstructionDive features a story on a St. Louis subcontractor who released a rap video as an effort to attract young adults to construction careers; thanks for the share, Atlas Tube, yo.
Fox 26-Houston hosted Cajun Industries, LLC Intern Lazaro Platas to recognize his scholarship award.
WGNO-ABC New Orleans interviews Sarah Eleanor Lane, daughter of Canal Barge CEO Merritt Lane; she continues the family history as Mardi Gras Royalty after being named 2020 Queen of Carnival
El Paso Herald-Post covers the opening of the new military health care facility at Fort Bliss, a project on which Clark Construction co-led.
The New England Real Estate Journal runs an annual feature entitled Women Who Build Spotlight. The latest features two engineers from Haley & Aldrich: Katherine Dilawari and Jennifer Sweet.
Mark Balfe of Haley & Aldrich provides the Wall Street Journal [SUBSCRIBER CONTENT] expertise on wood piling repairs in a story that examines rising groundwaters and the impact on high dollar, Boston neighborhoods.
WomenInc. Magazine names three members of the Koppers Holdings Inc. Board of Directors to its 2019 Most Influential Corporate Directors list: Dr. Sharon Feng, Traci L. Jenson and Sonja M. Wilkerson.
The Orlando Business Journal names Universal Engineering Services as a top privately owned company. (Spoiler alert: if you don't want to pay $100 to subscribe and read the full list, UES is number 33.)
 
Aloha!
Our goal is to provide not only news and information about the pile driving industry, but we also attempt to give you some entertainment and culture. With that, here's what happens when a new bridge is built in Hawaii; another job well done by the Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company. Mahalo for reading.
 
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A Pile of News - March 2020

A Pile of News: March 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
Mark your calendars! 2020 Events South Carolina Chapter Driven Pile Technical Seminar, March 19, The Citadel, Charleston Pacific Coast Chapter sets 10th Annual Scholarship Shoot, registration open for April 17 event.

Coming to your city: PDCA will be hosting The Houston Social on April 9 and The Midwestern Meet-Up: Chicago on April 23. Both are FREE networking and social events for members and non-members; PDCA will give a short program about forming new Chapters in both regions.

Northeast Florida Chapter Luncheon Meeting, May 19, World Golf Hall of Fame, St. Augustine
PileDriver magazine, Issue #1 for 2020 is now live; click here to read the digital edition.

Rep the industry PDCA swag and educational resources are available at The PDCA Store. Always include #PDCAdriven on your social media for your chance to win free merchandise.

Activate!   If you haven't already, bring your 2020 member dues current. Or join at the same link. 
 
News from PDCA Members
Acquisitions
  • American Engineering Testing, Inc. of St. Paul, MN acquires Strata, grows western footprint 
  • ECS acquires Atlanta Environmental Management, Inc., incorporates into ECS Southeast LLP
  • Sunroc expands pile driving operations with purchase of Salt Lake City-based DDF Corporation
  • Terracon has acquired Skelly and Loy of Harrisburg, PA
  • Universal Engineering Sciences merges with GFA International, adds six more Florida offices
Anniversaries
  • Frank Black Pipe & Supply Co. in McPherson, KS celebrates 65 years in business
  • Service Steel Warehouse reaches 55 years in distribution from its Houston home
Is it football season yet? At their Super Bowl-themed potluck, GeoStructures, Inc. employees wore their favorite NFL jerseys. Winning the Best Jersey Contest was Paola Sequeira, who sported a throwback Buffalo Bills #32...do you remember who made that famous?
 
Football Part II: When the Chiefs returned to Kansas City, MO (or is it KS?), the Super Bowl Champs paraded before legions of loyal fans. Sunbelt Rentals also got to strut their stuff during the event.
 
Rock On: Among celebrity deaths this year was Neal Peart of Canadian rock band Rush, which dominated radio in the 1970s. We share a music video from Louisiana's Deep South Construction and Salvage showing their team in action to a soundtrack featuring Rush's 'Working Man.'
 
Goat Yoga in 2021? Employees at GeoEngineers in Redmond, WA compete in a planking challenge.
 
Starring with ScarJo: Last month, we wrote about Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers (MRCE)'s domination of New York City intramural volleyball...now, we learn they were in an Oscar-nominated movie. See how an MRCE instrumentation installation appeared in a film called Marriage Story.
 
Scott Bridge Company of Opelika, AL contributed to what is described as "the largest project in Birmingham's history" a reconstruction of downtown's I-59/I-20 interchange. The ribbon is now cut and the new interchange is open to traffic. Company VP Bill Scott participated in the grand opening this winter along with other contractors and VIPs, including Congressman Gary Palmer.
 
People on the Move
Greg Fischer, PhD, PE becomes president at Seattle-based Shannon & Wilson, effective this spring; he succeeds Gerard Buechel, PE. At GeoEngineers of Redmond, WA, Ty Graham is the new CFO and Rick Heckel, PE is the new principal in Nashville. Golder appoints Andreas Rothe as Global CFO to succeed Lee Anne Lackey, who retires. Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. names new vice presidents; Michael Derr, PE in Pennsylvania and Donny Sousa in New Jersey. Syed Raza joins EXP as VP in California.
 
More: Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) appoints Andrew MacLeod, PE geotechnical department manager in Baltimore; Michael Venezia, PE and David Anderson, PE become principals. GZA Environmental, Inc. adds Gustan Taylor to the Detroit office. Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering of Columbia, SC expands, names 300th employee Fred Wright to oversee the new Lake City, FL office. Allan Korte tapped to lead new Florida Junttan office serving the Southeastern U.S.
 
New PDCA member, Shout-out 1: Baton Rouge-based Coastal Contractors, Inc. is a newly formed marine and bridge builder serving Louisiana. Industry vet and CEO Devon Overall opened in January.
 
New PDCA Member, Shout-out 2: Dallas-based Calsak Plastics named Scott Williams director of market development and Sean O'Leary manager in Los Angeles following the retirement of Steve Hankammer.
 
Other notes of interest:
  • Aradaman & Associates announced employee milestones, including Thomas Leto reaching his 50-year anniversary with the firm and Ethan Drew's receipt of his PE license in Florida.
  • John Haupt of AET is a Future City mentor in a Minnesota middle school; his team has designed a state champion sustainability project and qualified for Nationals. Help them get there!
  • Jim Dash of CarlsonDash in Chicago is named to the 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers list.
  • Clark Construction VP Megan Calhoun earns recognition from the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the region's Outstanding Women in Construction and Design 2020.
  • Dewberry CEO Donald Stone, Jr. will be inducted into The Citadel School of Engineering's Academy of Engineers. Also, EVP Craig Johnson, PE at the Fairfax, VA-based firm makes South Jersey Biz Magazine's 2019 Executive of the Year list.
  • Jannifer Anderson of ECS named to Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources workgroup on solar developments.
  • Reem Tanta of EXP achieves Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) designation.
  • Roy Morioka of Hawaiian Dredging Co. named to leadership series in Pacific Business News
 
Policy Matters
Trump Tackles T&I: The new budget from the White House proposes a hike in infrastructure spending
  • ARTBA releases analysis of Trump Administration FY 2021 Budget Request.
Decision 2020: Meantime, Presidential hopefuls appealed to voters on infrastructure policy during a Nevada campaign forum.
 
Investors take note: With new American infrastructure spending proposed by both President Trump and the Democratic U.S. House, there is renewed optimism for public revitalization dollars. InvestorPlace forecasts the top three infrastructure stocks for investors to consider.
 
State News:
 
Philanthropy
Matt Fogleman of ECS in Ashville, NC voluntarily judged the NAWIC Block Kids Building Competition.
 
Fugro in Houston volunteered with "Meals on Wheels" to assist immobile and senior residents.
 
Sealevel Construction Inc. wins the BIG Achiever Award from the Bayou Industrial Group, which recognizes the company's active involvement in the Thibodaux, LA community.
 
Terracon awards $67K in grants to universities and non-profits; the recipient list is here.
 
Tammy Taylor and Rick Kushner, both from the Jacksonville, FL office of Universal Engineering Sciences, participated in the Fight for Air Climb in support of the American Lung Association.
 
Iain Laing from the John Lawrie Group is an avid fisherman. Due to rapidly decreasing levels of Atlantic salmon in the U.K, he joins the campaign of The River Dee Trust to reverse the trend.
 
Look Who Made the News!
American Journal of Health Promotion includes an op-ed by American SpiralWeld Pipe Company wellness manager Sheri Snow about the value of investing in employee health and wellbeing.
 
ENR includes Jim McLamb of Clark Construction as a Top 25 Newsmaker. In the interview, Jim talks about meeting an arena project deadline, just in time for a Metallica concert and the NBA season!
 
Geostrata magazine publishes Big Reputation, a poem by Katherine Zadrozny, PE, M.ASCE of AET.
 
HGTV's Extreme Makeover begins new season, which features action-footage of Sunbelt Rentals.
 
Investing in California Small Business names Forefront Deep Foundations Face of High-Speed Rail.
 
News4Jax regularly covers increased flooding mitigation and adaptation efforts in Northeast Florida; 25 states experienced record flooding in 2019. Terracon senior manager Tony Pooley provided the TV station expert analysis on tidal data and stressed aquifers in the Jacksonville region.
 
Pacific Business News prints photos of a Hawaiian Dredging Construction Honolulu condo project.
 
WBUR Public Radio-Boston features a story on a wetlands restoration project by GZA Environmental.
 
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A Pile of News - February 2020

A Pile of News: February 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
PDCA gives you Moore Sure, it could be the new marketing slogan, but it also signifies the seating of PDCA's newest president, Jason Moore of Charleston, SC. He assumed the ceremonial gavel during PDCA's annual Strategic Planning Meeting in January and has begun a one-year term. In addition to a new president and executive committee, four new faces have joined the board. More on leadership changes.

Piles, not Ferns! A function of PDCA president is to write an editorial column in PileDriver magazine. We eagerly await Jason's first installment in February. That publication will also include a farewell from immediate past president Scott Callaway. This time, his column is part of a multimedia production; it will be the first in a video series from PDCA called Between 2 Piles.

Mark your calendars PDCA invites your participation in its 2020 events:
  • Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles (DICEP), Sept. 2224, New Orleans, LA
PDCA of South Carolina has set four quarterly chapter dinner meetings, all to take place at the Town & Country Inn and Suites in Charleston, SC. Dates for the 6:00 p.m. meetings include: Feb. 13, May 14, Aug. 13 and Nov. 12. In addition, the chapter will host its biennial Driven Pile Technical Seminar on March 19 at The Citadel, Holiday Alumni Center in Charleston.   PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter released its event calendar. Three quarterly dinner meetings remain, each begins at 6:00 p.m.: April 16 at L'Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge; Aug. 20 at the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi, MS; and Nov. 12 at Messina's Restaurant in Kenner, LA. Don't miss the 2020 Skeet Shoot, at Bridgeview Gun Club in Kenner on Oct. 30. 

Rep the industry
Remember, The PDCA Store features a variety of swag as well as educational resources. Watch for new items in 2020. Always include #PDCAdriven on your social media for a chance to win free merchandise.


Support the industry
By now, PDCA members should have received notice of the association's restructured member dues system, unanimously passed by the Board of Directors and strategically designed to ensure both improved member support and association fiscal solvency.If you haven't already, please click here to bring your member dues current. Non-members can enroll too.
 
Policy Matters
We are one month into a Presidential election year; local, state and federal campaigns are ablaze throughout the country. History and conventional wisdom tell us that Washington will avoid enacting legislation to address federal infrastructure shortcomings, but these are unpredictable times. Last week, a House proposal emerged but no funding details were included. Meanwhile a bipartisan chorus of infrastructure improvement proponents is growing.  New data is available showing job increases and higher wages in the construction and engineering sectors while manufacturing has experienced job loss, primarily in metals production Construction Business Owner quotes Irina Plumlee of Munsch Hardt in a legal analysis of federal issues, including the USMCA, I-9 employment eligibility, e-verify and infrastructure.

Turning to the states, many legislatures have begun their 2020 sessions. Numerous issues will be debated in multiple capitol cities, including election security, gun control, marijuana and the environment. Read "The Biggest Issues Facing State Legislators in 2020" from Fiscal Note.

Several states appear to be investing in infrastructure; see this story from the Wall Street Journal.

Wall Street Journal examines midwestern river traffic irregularities due to increased flooding, aging infrastructure; quotes Mike Blaske of Illinois Marine Towing, subsidiary of Canal Barge.
 
News about People
ECS Florida, LLC announces new operations manager Corey Dunlap, P.E. to lead new Gainesville office. Eustis Engineering announces leadership changes: past president Bill Gwyn has stepped down from the board, president Randy Eustis sets retirement for Dec. 31, 2020, Gwendolyn Sanders to succeed Eustis as first female president and Chad Held to become executive VP. St. Louis-based Geotechnology Inc. promotes Pat Donovan, P.E. to professional services president, Jim Howe to exploration president. Greeman -Pederson Inc. of NY names Angela Strevig as director of highways for the Columbia, MD branch. Catherine Maguire and Kent Wiken join Golder & Associates in Redmond, WA. Nucor announces new CEO Leon Topalian elected to board, John Walker is new non-executive chairman.

Geotechnology Inc. congratulates Ryan Farrar in Memphis for earning a P.E. license from Tennessee. Sarah Smith of Greeman Pederson, Inc. earns a P.E. license from Pennsylvania. GT Mid Atlantic recognizes Taylor Gundy in Mechanicsburg, PA for completing her B.S. in marketing.

Canal Barge VP Del Wilkins presented prestigious River Bell Award from the Seamen's Church Institute.

S&ME VP Thomas Davis named Outstanding Professional Engineer of the Year in Tennessee.

SeaLevel Construction, Inc. of Thibodaux, LA recognizes operations manager Travis Schonacher for service as president of PDCA Gulf Coast.
  • Chapter seats new officers for 2020, including president Kirt Jackson of Cajun Industries; VP Gerard Chenevert of GROUP Deep Foundations; secretary Dylan Andre of Patriot Deep Foundations and treasurer John Matthews of DeSoto Treated Materials, Inc.
Terracon technician Hachem Ahmed in D.C. was recognized for potentially saving a life after he aided a woman who had a serious trail biking accident. Also, environmental tech Von Capps in Houston performed the solemn ritual of placing a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

An impressive run: Bob Richardson and Tracy Brown are both recent retirees of Manson Construction Co. Richardson ended his 44-year career as a project manager with the Seattle-based contractor, a job that took him around the globe. Brown began what he believed was a two-week temp assignment as a deckhand, but it turned into 42 years for the now retired Captain.

Elsewhere, after more than 40 years in the industry, Dan Sciortino has retired as Boston-based VP/branch manager at Equipment Corporation of America. Branch Manager Gary Drew retires after 36 years with Ardaman & Associates in Ft. Myers, FL. Todd Edmunds retires from Keller

Not done yet: Earnest Ross of Canal Barge Company, Inc. just celebrated 40 years with the New Orleans transportation firm and is apparently taking on another decade.
 
News About Companies
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. of Boston strengthens its Midwestern presence through the January acquisition of Minnesota-based Vieau Associates, Inc., which will maintain its name. 

A major rebrand at Keller former subsidiaries Bencor, Case Atlantic, Case Foundation, Hayward Baker, HJ Foundation, Keller Canada, McKinney Drilling, Moretrench all take parent company name. 

Nucor acquires TrueCore Insulated Panels in South Carolina, adds coil paint line at Arkansas mill. 

S&ME, Inc. opens Wheeling, WV office

TRC Companies, Inc. announces two acquisitions Environmental Partners, Inc. (EPI) and Lockheed Martin Distributed Energy Solutions (LM-DES).
Holes Incorporated of Houston named Craft Training Champion from Construction Career Collaborative.

Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers of New York City dominates rec volleyball; they won the ZogSports Corporate League and completed a history-making three league championships in 2019.

TRC Companies earned recognition for the I-49 North Segment K Project in Shreveport, LA
  • Company is the latest Member Spotlight in  NY-Best
More Media Hits
  • Las Vegas Sun covers Kiewit winning Civil Project of the Year for Project Neon
  • Keller earns top ranking from ENR for 2019's Excavation and Foundation firm
  • ENR writes about Wadsworth Construction winning Utah design-build project
Company milestones: Tadano celebrates 100 years as a worldwide leader in crane manufacturing. Legacy New England pile driver H.B. Fleming Inc. has been on the job for 65 years in South Portland, ME and surrounding region. Olinpump of Huntington Beach, CA reaches 40 years supplying the driven pile industry.
 
Philanthropy
Clark Construction tallied 2,700 total hours volunteering around the country during the National Week of Service, an annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

Geotechnology Associates Inc. generously served Maryland families over the holidays by donating "Santa Sacks" and Toys for Tots.

Geotechnology Inc. donated cold weather gear for the Cincinnati area Salvation Army.

GT Mid Atlantic launched a pet supply drive to benefit The Humane Society in the Baltimore Region. 

S&ME in Chattanooga raced Big Wheels to raise money for community non-profits. 

Tectonic in New York raised more than $2,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

Universal Engineering Services Florida offices participated in a donation drive to assist foster children.
 
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A Pile of News - December 2019

A Pile of News:
December 2019

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
 
Top Stories
Guess who's driving the piles? National news outlets covered the ceremony when officials in Charleston, SC broke ground on a new landmark with a high level of cultural and project significance. The International African American Museum is a $90-million, privately funded project in progress in the historical city. Local contractor Parker Marine promptly delivered the first of many piles to the jobsite where they will drive concrete and steel sheeting. The museum is scheduled to open in 2021.

An understanding of federal regulations impacting wetlands: Minnesota engineering firm Braun Intertec provides a unique resource on their blog. Review this OnDemand Webinar by Daniel DeJoode, Ph.D., who examines regulatory changes to federal environmental policy.

Precedent setting lawsuit? A group is suing a Florida city for imposing what it considers policy that forces contractors with municipal contracts to pay above minimum wage, among other cost prohibitive mandates. Read more. In other Florida regulatory news, Workers Comp rates appear to be headed down again, for the third year in a row.

There are better things they can do: It was encouraging to read this Congressman's commentary, saying a surface transportation reauthorization is the "most important work" for Congress this year; the high-ranking chairman adds "100 year-old bridges" will exacerbate transportation inefficiencies. 

Because puppies are proven click-bait:
A stated core value at Corman Kokosing is "Be a good member of the community." The Annapolis Junction, MD contractor dedicated a heartwarming Facebook post to staff member Karen Matassa-Countiss who lives by that motto. And, she appears to volunteer herself for a second 40-hour week on her expansive dog rescuing efforts. Great job, Karen!
 
Association and Chapters
The Pope, Santa and Ron Jeremy walked up to the bar at a PDCA event in California... Plan to attend the PDCA of the Pacific Coast Holiday Luncheon on December 6th at Hotel Mac in Richmond, CA. See more details and RSVP here. You are encouraged to bring a dirty joke!

Congratulations! Citadel Cadet Hunter Hutton wins the Mac Nigels Scholarship! PDCA of South Carolina Chapter recognized him at the November dinner meeting; Scott Nigels presented the plaque and $2,000. 

The PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter hosted the Engineers Conference; attendees heard seven presentations including one from Chad Held of Eustis Engineering, who gave a scientific study of driven pile set-up in soft clay.


Mark your 2020 calendars:
Coming Jan. 17, 2020, the PDCA of South Carolina Chapter will host the Annual Oyster Roast at Palmetto Pile Driving. On Feb. 7, the Northeast Florida Chapter will host an organizational luncheon. And on March 11-13, PDCA and Pile Dynamics, Inc. present DFDTA in Orlando. More details and events can be found on the PDCA Upcoming Events Page.


Avoid the malls! Shop The PDCA Store anytime for unique, logo merchandise to give at your next holiday gathering. In doing so, you are supporting the driven pile industry. Have a safe and happy season!
 
Recognitions
AET in St. Paul, MN promotes Patrick Barnhouse and Clint Grzywinski. Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. promotes Tim Fowler to associate in Frederick, MD. Golder Associates, Inc. names Dr. Jiun-Yih Chen senior geotechnical consultant in Houston, Hunter Sartain practice leader in Atlanta. Group Industries in Baton Rouge promotes Eric Fauveau to project estimator. Hardesty & Hanover announces Victor Minerva joins Rye, NY as director of planning. Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering, LLC in Columbia, SC names Jim Kupferer VP business development. GEOKON in Lebanon, NH announces Nolan Seles as regional sales engineer and Trevor Madden as sales associate. Charleston, SC-based Insight Group welcomes Nick Lacour as well as these unique, new mobile labs.

More: ECS Limited opens new Cincinnati office, names John Lindsey VP/branch manager and Mark Carlson chief engineer. McCarthy Houston welcomes new business development director Jonathan Schmaltz and general superintendent Condon Verble. PND Engineers adds accountant Sarah Boeckman, engineer Levi Overbeck in Anchorage and EIT Caitlan Richard in Seattle. Shannon & Wilson's Portland office names new staff: Christine Maher, Megan Worthington. Terracon reorganizes national leadership, elevates Bob Cords, David Lipka, Mohammed Nasim, R. Sean Williams. Minnesota's Veit & Company welcomes Stacy Finley to leadership in business development. Finally, congrats to Judy, who celebrates 45 years of keeping the trains moving at LG Barcus & Sons in Kansas City.
Dewberry news: firm named 2019 employer of the year by the Central Florida Women's Transportation Seminar and ENR Southeast Design Firm of the Year

GRL Engineers, Inc. husband and wife team Scott Webster, P.E. and Karen Webster, P.E. earn the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award for work on a North Carolina bridge; they'll be honored at a gala in D.C.

GZA
's Jay Womack  named Outstanding Citizen Volunteer of the Year by the Illinois Assn. of Park Districts!


i+iconUSA
's Mike Trettel named to Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 Under 40.


S&ME
Charleston, SC VP Melvin C. Williams receives ACEC Community Service Award and he joins the   Furman University Riley Institute 14th class of Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI)


Acquisitions: Dewberry Engineers
acquires California-based engineering firm Drake Haglan and Associates. Southern Earth Sciences Inc. acquires Quality Engineering Services. Golder & Associates opens new office in York, Maine. GeoEngineers Inc. launches Boston-based, national Construction Design Group for heavy civil contractors; Franklin Grynkewicz and Steve Spencer will lead the team.


Anniversaries: Shannon & Wilson
of Seattle is 65, Continental Construction Co. in Memphis is 50!
 
Newsmakers
Albany Times Union in NY profiles a C.D. Perry, LLC riverfront restoration project.

American Journal of Transportation
updates on a Weeks Marine dredging project in Virginia.


American Way 
(a magazine in airplane seat pockets) plugs i+iconUSA pier project in St. Pete, FL.


The Astorian
newspaper in Oregon reports on municipal contract awarded to Bergerson Construction.


Bisnow Boston
looks at a big downtown development; Haley & Aldrich was participating engineer.


Business in Edmonton's
November cover is Valard; CEO Barkley Adams and blue trucks prominent. 


CE Magazine
features the Hardesty & Hanover and Cianbro vehicle/rail bridge connecting ME and NH. 


Civil + Structural Engineer Media
talks with PND president Jim Campbell.  


Construction Executive
publishes column by McHugh VP Natalie Perdraza on recruiting strategies. 


Crain's New York Business List
includes Tectonic Engineering & Surveying Consultants.


Deep Foundations magazine
includes photo of Foundation Constructors' Sam Follett at the ballpark.


DJC Oregon
says Christine Miller, Lauren Sherman, Megan Worthington of Shannon & Wilson, Inc. are Women of Vision 2019.


ENR Midwest Top Specialty Contractors
list both Veit & Co. in Minnesota and Aldridge Electric in Chicago.


Fox2Now St. Louis
interviews McCarthy VP Jeff Boyer on building a diverse and inclusive workforce.


Groundbreak Carolinas
reports on Balfour Beatty's Jeannie Daleure for honoring 9/11 heroes.


Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal
profiles GZA VP Mary Kay Morelli LSRP, great press if you can get it!  


New Orleans 4WWL TV
highlights the Weeks Marine scholarship program, introduces student winner. 


NJ.com
covers a ground-breaking; Linde Griffith strategically places crane for inclusion in cover photo. 


New York Yimby
writes about MRCE's geotechnical and foundation engineering work on NYC's new tallest building outside of Manhatten.


On-Site
construction magazine features Saskatchewan's largest-ever highway project on which two PDCA engineering firms contributed; Golder as geotech lead and a supporting team from EXP.


The Weather Channel
discusses sustainable building with Elizabeth Heider of Skanska USA.


It's like a PDCA Bar Association!
 Crain's Chicago Business lists Dan Rosenberg of McHugh as a notable General Counsel; The Dallas Morning News list says Munsch Hardt is Top Place to Work; Florida Trend says Jimerson Birr is a Best Place to Work.
 
Shaping Our Communities
Balfour Beatty: Jeff Leahy in Raleigh raised $13,770 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Executive Challenge. The Atlanta team raises $82,000 for Make a Wish Georgia at annual golf tourney.

Cape Romain Contractors
in SC recognized for 20 consecutive years of giving to the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center in Mount Pleasant.


ECS Mid-Atlantic
sponsored the Children's National Hospital Race for Every Child run/walk in Washington, D.C.; it funds hospital programs, medical developments and services.


GeoEngineers
is sponsoring Downtown on the Go's Light Up Your Ride in Tacoma, WA, an annual event providing free bicycle lights to improve safety for riders during fall and winter months.


Geotechnology, Inc.
staff in St. Louis participated in trivia night for Paralyzed Veterans of America; also held an in-office bags tournament to support United Way.


Golder
's St. Louis office collected more than 1,200 food items for the Circle of Concern Food Pantry.


GTA
's John Moscati in Charlotte took on the XTreme Hike in The Iron Mountains of Virginia. Participants raised over $350,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Manson Construction news
: Seattle office participates in hunger relief; Beaumont office sponsored Touch a Truck at local children's museum.


MRCE News:
partnered with Grove City School of Engineering by presenting to nearly 100 students.  Also, Teresa Sandiford and Anthony DeVito guest lectured at Columbia University, delivering "Principles of Construction Techniques" for grad students.


Soil Consultants, Inc.,
in Charleston, SC sponsored Southern Soiree benefitting Blessed Sacrament School.
 
The Rest of the Story
They literally "took the show on the road": Crews from Key Constructors LLC starred in a "Facebook Live series" hosted by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. MDOT produced and Key shared regular live shots providing construction updates for area drivers to social media followers. Congrats to Key for the early completion of a major Interstate 20 improvement near Jackson.

A future archeological treasure?
Kudos to the creative, sustainable visionaries at American Engineering Testing, Inc. in St. Paul, MN. As part of a corporate office expansion, AET enlarged the parking lot, which required overhauling the stormwater system to comply with the NPDES permit. To achieve a suitable underground infiltration system and also support an above ground parking surface, they used bushels (correct unit of measurement?) of tire shreds as the aggregate. That's creative engineering!


"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery:"
It's a famous quote and apparently a Halloween '19 theme for GA PDCA members. Nearly the entire staff at C.A. Murren & Sons in Grayson, GA dressed as Jan Heck from the front office; the Facebook post is a sweet message about the valued clerk. Down the road in Atlanta, Balfour Beatty staff chose Superintendent Chuck Howard as the preferred costume.
 
If your company has news to share with the pile driving industry, please email matt@piledrivers.org. We look forward to distributing your unique stories, personnel changes, charitable efforts and recognitions. Remember to include the hashtag #PDCADriven on all of your driven pile-related social media posts se we can follow along and share.
 
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A Pile of News - September 2019

A Pile of News September 2019

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
 
Look who we know - Cyber-bullied in Beaumont - True Patriot to deploy - #GruberStrong
Heavy hitters meet heavy machinery: Politicians like hitting the hard hat circuit; here's a look at recent VIP visits to PDCA members. Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed three bills at Cianbro's 40,000-panel solar generation project. Nucor's Darlington, SC steel mill marked 50 years of operation with an onsite celebration; Gov. Henry McMaster, Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, Sen. Hugh Leatherman and Reps. Jay Lucas and Robert Williams attended. Hawaii Gov. David Ige was at the groundbreaking for a big development involving the Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company. State Sen. Thomas H. Kean Jr. addressed staff at Hoffman Equipment in Piscataway, NJ. French President Emmanuel Macron greeted the team in the Liebherr booth at a Paris exhibition. 

History lesson: The late Missouri Congressman Champ Clark served as U.S. Speaker of the House 100 years ago. This summer, Kansas City's Massman Construction completed the new Champ Clark Bridge (ahead of schedule) connecting Louisiana, MO to Illinois via U.S. 54 over the Mighty Mississippi. Henry Massman spoke at the ceremony where Louisiana Mayor Marvin Brown cut the ribbon.

You lock your front door, right? Protecting your data is just as important as securing your office. Too often, we hear about data breaches at major companies. Cyberattacks can happen to anyone; Mason Construction in Beaumont, TX was a victim over the summer. Scammers posed as Mason employees, then solicited money and offered jobs to their social media users. This created needless headaches for the contractor. Consult an IT professional today to secure your data, a PSA from PDCA.

Not just a name, it's a culture: The entire PDCA community joins Patriot Construction and Industrial in Duson, LA in sending prayers to Civil Estimator Paul Glakler, an Army National Guard helicopter pilot, as he deploys for active duty this month.

To all our friends and colleagues at Goettle, we are thinking of you. #GruberStrong
 
Events and News from PDCA and the Chapters
Welcome CDG, LLC of Alexandria, LA, the first company to join PDCA in the New Member Drive; Sam Gassiot enrolled online within 30 minutes of the campaign launch. Invite your friends to PDCA

Sept. 6, PDCA of the Northeast Chapter holds its annual Membership Drive.  

Sept. 11-13, PDCA hosts Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing and Analysis (DFDTA) in Cleveland.

Nov. 4-6, PDCA offers the 20th Annual Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles (DICEP) Conference, also in Cleveland. Visit us online for further details and registration.

Everyone says it's better to live in the present, but PDCA wants you to think about the future! We have already confirmed dates and locations for the 2020 annual conference and the 2020 DICEP program. With all that preparation, we better see you there!


It's time for weekend tailgates; deer season and cooler weather are close behind. Get your stainless steel cup, camo hat, quarter-zip pullover and more PDCA logo merchandise at The PDCA Store.

The PDCA of South Carolina Chapter held their 3rd Quarter Dinner Meeting on August 6.

The PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter hosted its Quarterly Dinner Meeting on August 22, also, they announced the "PDCA Engineers Conference" coming up October 24.

 
 
Acquisitions, Transitions, Elevations and Recognitions...
An entry-level project engineer in 2000 is the next CEO for McCarthy Holdings, congrats Raymond Sedey on his elevation; other moves at the company, Colleen Martindale named estimating director for the Heavy Civil, Marine and Industrial Business Unit, Corey Lewis rejoins that team and Chris Kelly promoted to project director. McHugh Construction transitions Ryan Keane to VP Nashville. Meredith Keyes is the new CFO at S&ME Inc. Junttan names Demis Petridi Russia sales manager. Ronnie Browning promoted to dir. supply chain management at American Cast Iron Pipe Company in South Carolina. Bruce Riegel, PE named Hardesty & Hanover West Trenton, NJ office manager. GZA Environmental appoints Benjamin Alter co-chair of its Environmental Site Investigation technical practice.

Katie Spear of i+iconUSA receives MCA Internal Communications Merit Award from Pittsburgh SMPS.

Kiewit's female professionals in Kansas City won the Corporate Hero STEMMy Award from Central Exchange in celebration of women in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine. 

Manson Construction Co. snags two notable recognitions; winners of the 2018 AEU Safety Award and the ASBPA Award for Nation's Best Restored Beaches

Tom Abkemeier, VP at Shannon & Wilson, earns induction to Missouri S&T Academy of Civil Engineers

Myrrh Caplan of Skanska receives Volunteer Leadership Award-Member of the Year from the U.S. Green Business Council Capital Region. 

Is there room for cake? Several PDCA members celebrate significant birthdays this year, most notably Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman, Inc. in Branford, CT which marks an unrivaled 175 years in business! Also, Cianbro of Pittsfield, ME reaches 70 years in business; Spark Contractors of Dorothy, NJ celebrates 60 years; the pride of Irondale, AL Morris Shea turns the big 5-0; Sun Pile Foundations, Inc. of Frankford, DE is 45; and PND Engineers in Anchorage, AK celebrates 40 years (commemorative PND birthday art).
 
Newsmakers
The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report features a Q&A with Group Industries VP Donn Peterson.  

The Washington Post quotes Hardesty & Hanover in coverage of Potomac River bridge repairs; WPTV-5 Ft. Lauderdale features live coverage of an historic Florida bridge reopening after the firm's rehab project. 

Nevada's largest public works project ever, "Project Neon" is chronicled in the Las Vegas Review Journal; Kiewit contributed to the feat that included 2.3 million hours worked, 29 new bridges and more. 

AZ Business Magazine names McCarthy SVP Kristine Newman to Most Influential Women in Arizona list; the New York Times quotes the company's VP Safety Kevin Maitland on hot working conditions.

Headed to Chicago for DFI in October? Consider booking VU Rooftop, one of Crain's Chicago Business best new private dining spots for 2019; it's a McHugh Construction project.

Alaska Business Magazine (article 1) published a special Environmental edition which features two stories (article 2) that extensively quote Shannon & Wilson VP Matt Hemry.

 
 
Shaping our communities
Aldridge Electric volunteers in Libertyville, IL pack 31,320 meals for Feed My Starving Children.  

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. breaks an event record by raising more than $115,000 for several Central Pennsylvania non-profit organizations at their 28th Annual Charity Golf Outing

Geotechnology, Inc. in St. Louis raised $1,500 for the Children's Hospital during KIDstruction Week; their team in Memphis donated supplies to its local STEM partner elementary school.

GZA GeoEnvironmental
cyclists raise $33,000 to fight cancer in Pan-Mass Challenge.


Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction hosted the 6th Annual BBQ for the Homeless in Draper, UT. Their Colorado team joined The American Cancer Society to fight pediatric cancer at The Big Dig

Attention North Dakota artists S&B Drilling, LLC says the deadline is September 10 if you want to submit your work for potential display at the new Williston Basin International Airport.

Simpson & Brown contributed to the transformation of Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ into a 98% solar powered facility, a remarkable renewable energy effort. 

Skanska supports STEM; they hosted Girls Inc. of Lynn EUREKA! STEM at a Massachusetts seaside development. Also, they participated in Nashville's Play Like a Girl STEM Field Day.

Veit &Company in Rogers, MN conducted mock interviews for the Minnesota Trades Academy during an event designed to familiarize students with careers in construction trades.
 
Fun Facts from the Field (or are they from the
marketing office?)
Because we appreciate creative marketing, we are compelled to pass along some not-ready-for-prime-time nuggets uncovered while compiling this month's A Pile of News. Example: AET Inc. in St. Paul, MN gives AETees at golf outings. Maybe you'll win an obscure trivia contest after reading this final section. 

Flexicore of Texas manufactured and delivered the largest prestressed concrete piles in its 66-year history. The 24" x 135' piles were made in Houston and delivered to Galveston. That's a load of pile! (Sorry guys, we used the 'bigger in Texas' cliché for Lodge Lumber last month.)

Marketers are hawkish about branding efforts and "owning" a color is paramount. New Jersey-based RPI Construction Equipment is calling dibs on blue! They've already started painting the equipment; to the other "blue" wannabe's, be advised to find a different color. (Nice photobomb, MKT Manufacturing!).

According to Valard Construction, it is the 5th largest purchaser of Ford trucks in Canada. They paint them blue. (We will monitor relations between RPI and Valard for any branding color struggles.)

Finally, R.L. Wadsworth has paved more than 4,000,000 square yards of concrete in the past five years. They believe this could pave every NFL football field in America 20 times. Let's hope they don't though, football head injuries are a serious concern. With that, hope your team has a great season!
 
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A Pile of News - August 2019

 

A Pile of News August 2019

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
 
Houston, we have a BIG problem Think It, Sink It, Reef It Contractor wins high-stakes game of Jenga
Important announcements from PDCA: Congrats to awardees at the 22nd Annual PDCA Conference. Read the News Release that lists Project of the Year and other winners; it also introduces The PDCA Store, now available with branded PDCA merchandise, PDCA-produced educational materials, and other PDCA products. If you are interested in presenting at or attending DICEP 2019, November 56 in Cleveland, click here. PDCA launches a New Member Campaign this month please encourage your non-member colleagues and associates to enroll online. PDCA of South Carolina hosts its quarterly dinner meeting on August 6th, the Gulf Coast Chapter hosts its dinner meeting August 22nd. Full event list here.
Where's the smoky back room? If everything is bigger in Texas, just imagine the size of the potholes on Oates Road, the main route to Lodge Lumber in Houston. Company VP J.W. Lodge is not sitting idly; he testified about the problem before the City Council twice and has now launched a media blitz to expose what many consider municipal ineptitude. Mr. Lodge has appeared on local news and talk shows and was recently featured in a Channel 2 investigation, which concludes that the pothole-riddled road he navigates to work is the most egregious in the city. Let's hope the "squeaky wheel gets the grease"...or at least a little gravel! Watch news segment.
It was a Convoy to the Capital: Not without significant grassroots opposition, the Oregon Legislature has passed a measure aimed at reducing diesel emissions from medium heavy-duty trucks. Although, PDCA does not offer a political position, some of our Oregon members say that the law will negatively impact businesses that rely on equipment powered by diesel engines. Got hammers? See the news story.
All hands on deck: Florida frequently makes headlines for harmful algae and other waterway hazards. Two separate efforts from Florida PDCA members address growing concerns of unhealthy waters around the peninsula. Naples-based Island Piling volunteers in a regional effort to clean coastal waters by installing mini reefs. Owner Kena Yoke said it is "critical that marine contractors give back to the community" in this regard. More from the News-Press. Simultaneously in Northeast Florida, Gate Precast donated significant amounts of precast concrete to Think It, Sink It, Reef It (TISIRI), a non-profit leading an artificial reef installation project in that region. See a video from TISIRI
Can we parachute in? The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight flies Illinois Veterans of U.S. wars to Washington, D.C., for a day trip to view the national monuments. Participating in the program this year was Darin Werts of MKT Manufacturing who joined his dad, Don, a Vietnam Vet. PDCA salutes you Mr. Werts! Photo.
 
Acquisitions, Transitions, Elevations and Recognitions...
Valard Construction in Calgary, AB, becomes the operating name for sister company Northstar Sharp's.
Aldridge Electric announces new co-CEOs, Steve Aldridge and Alex Aldridge, who take the helm at the family business. Ontario-based Samuel, Son & Co., Limited names Colin Osborne president and CEO. Robert Tabb is the new VP and CFO and Austin Shanfelter is interim COO at Orion Marine Group. Mary Emily Slate becomes executive vice president at Nucor. MotoCut Ltd. names Sami Palo area sales director. Heather Kugler of Mason Construction in Texas graduated Leadership Beaumont. After 40 years with Houston-based Lodge Lumber, Joe B. Housson has retired and Eric Green is the new operations manager; also, Andrew Harris and Cory Hartman have joined the sales team. Congratulations to Sally Soper on retirement after 40 years with Link-Belt Cranes in Kentucky; Carmen Dessenko becomes the service parts supervisor. The U.S. Coast Guard recognized Brian Royak from L.B. Foster as Sailor of the Quarter and presented him a USCG Achievement Medal. Kiewit names Mike Johnson senior VP and adds Army veteran of two deployments Chris Hart to its Offshore Services Unit. Ron Smith retires from Hal Jones Contractor, Herman Edge named new field engineer. ECA promotes five in North America: Gordian Ulrich, Anthony Sciortino, Chris McCune, Peter Kassaris and Trey Carver.
The 2019 S&P Global Platts Metals Awards recognizes Nucor with the Steel Industry Leadership Award and the company's CEO John Ferriola as CEO of the Year. See the full list. Additional note from Nucor Skyline: You are invited to participate in a free webinar examining Steel Solutions for Storm Protection to be held August 8th at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Geostructures, Inc. of Purcellville, VA, earns the Gold in Construction Trade Contractor award from Virginia's Chesapeake Region Safety Council and recognition from The National Safety Council. The company was also a Project of the Year award winner from PDCA.
C.D. Perry, LLC from Troy, NY, wins a 2019 Project of the Year award from PDCA.
Great Lakes Construction Company in Ohio won Best Overall Safety Program by Business and Legal Resources (BLR) and employee William Hocevar earned the Lifetime Achievement in Safety Award. 
The City of Rogers, MN, and the Rogers Lions Club honored Veit & Company, Inc. with the 2019 Rogers Community Spirit Award, recognizing the company as a significant local employer and a generous community partner. Check out the photos here.
Cajun Industries, LLC took a 2019 PDCA Project of the Year award back to Baton Rouge.
Utah's Sunroc Corporation introduced a new logo this summer and was named Business of the Year by Dixie State University in recognition of its consistent financial support, thought leadership and employment opportunities for DSU grads.
Another prestigious award in Utah, Best of State 2019 for Heavy Construction goes to Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction. The company also takes home a PDCA Project of the Year award.
Anchorage-based PND Engineers, Inc. earns a PDCA Project of the Year award for 2019.
 
Newsmakers
CZM relocates to Georgia, brings 75 new jobs to Bryan County. More from WTOC-TV Savannah.   
The Chicago Tribune features a story on the flourishing "Field of Dreams" on the city's south side, made possible in part through 4,000 hours of donated labor from McHugh Construction.  
Ron Zornes of Canal Barge Company discussed with Accuweather how sustained high waters along the Mississippi River are impacting the marine industry and the broader economy.
Coastal Bridge helps clear a stranded barge from a Louisiana backyard. Baton Rouge TV 2 On Your Side reports on the bizarre eyesore that has obstructed one woman's river views since last August. 
Dustin Troutman of Pennsylvania-based Creative Pultrusions is featured in Composites Manufacturing Magazine and speaks to pultrusion products specific to the Infrastructure market segment.  
The Austin American-Statesman reports on the latest addition to the Texas city's skyline; a Balfour Beatty project team collaborated in the development of the new "Jenga Tower," now the tallest residential building West of Mississippi River. 
New Jersey radio staion 102.3 WSUS-FM  serving the Lafayette area helped find an adoptive family for a stray kitten that was rescued near Sparwick Contracting, Inc. They even named the spunky kitten Sparwick!
 
Shaping our communities
LG Barcus and Sons, Inc. sponsored PULL for Young Life Kaw Valley, a sporting clay shooting event that raises money for Christian-based youth programs in the Kansas City area.
In collaboration with Loma Linde University Health in Southern California, McCarthy has helped develop a safe and kid-friendly virtual reality therapy program for the region's only pediatric hospital. More.
Kiewit has donated a learning facility to Huntington Beach, CA. Wetlands Conservancy in conjunction with its work on modernizing the nearby municipal natural gas power plants. Read more.
The Urban Village at 2+U in Seattle, an office development by Skanska, will be home to The Studio, the city's first free public art space, which will offer free arts and cultural programming. Read more. 
Samuel, Son & Co. VP and treasurer Rob Stanley raised more than $14K for prostate cancer awareness as he participated in the annual Grand River Ride for Dad motorcycle tour of southern Ontario. Photo.
New Jersey-based Hoffman Equipment donated an excavator to an Eagle Scout who raised money to purchase materials and build a walkway and patio for his parish Our Lady of Consolation. See photo.
 
Sports Can someone call Kent Tekulve?
The PDCA Annual Conference featured a golf tournament. Ten foursomes participated in the "shamble" style competition at the Tranquillo Golf Course on the property of the Orlando Four Seasons Resort at Disney. Tournament and contest winners were: Closest to the Pin: Cary Hazard, Darren Werts; Longest Drive: Hunter Arrighi, Jonathan Carroll; First Place Team: Scott Webster, Hunter Arrighi, Rich Anderson, Mike Elliott; Second Place Team: Brian Land, Brian Rogers, Dennis Gleason, Steven Mathers, Tom Connor; Third Place Team: Scott Callaway, Karl Higgins, Doug Keller, Brian Heck; Women Golf Awards: Inger Darling, Tina Peters. Photo of several winners.
Thanks to Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. in State College, PA, a nearby Little League is able to expand its ballpark facilities using donated engineering, design and other site prep. More.
For every strikeout thrown by a Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher this season, Koppers Inc. is donating $100 to a local charity. In July, all donations went to JDRF International.
Edgen Murray apparently employs a versatile array of athletes; the company put forth a rodeo team in the Calgary Stampede and participated in a charitable Dodgeball Tournament in Clarksburg, WV.
The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs gripped Middle America in June as the historic baseball town, St. Louis, traded its Cardinal red for Blues blue. The unlikely 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues established a ubiquitous presence in the Gateway City; Alpha Pipe Company joined the fun by hosting "Blues Day."
 
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A Pile of News - July 2019

A Pile of News July 2019

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

 
It's not Batman, it's the "BRRT" Now to accessorize those safety vests Were platform shoes acceptable workplace footwear on day one?

Welcome to July, it's hot outside and many of you are making your way to Orlando where it's only getting hotter; in fact it will be muy Caliente (that's the band we have secured to entertain us on Thursday night at the conference). Onsite registration for the 22nd Annual PDCA Annual Conference at the Four Seasons Walt Disney World Resort opens Wed., July 10. We hope to see you there.
Looking ahead, two deadlines in July to mention: West Coast students interested in applying for a scholarship from PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter, you have until July 19 to complete and submit this application. If you would like to present at DICEP 2019 (Nov. 46), abstracts are due to PDCA by July 22 submit here.
Congrats to the PDCA Northeast Chapter, which hosted 72 shooters at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays on June 14 for the 5th Annual Clay Shoot. The event raised money for the Scholarship Fund. See photos.
The glove's gonna fit:  What's going on in the deep foundations community, you ask? Lots of headlines to share, so fasten your safety belts. Speaking of safety, SKANSKA USA has changed the game. Inspired by a 17.6% increase of women in construction trades in just a year, the New York City construction giant took the initiative to test market and inspire production of a new line of safety vests and gloves designed exclusively to fit their female employees. An interested PPE leader sees a growing demand in this space and is preparing to make the female workwear lines available across the in