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!
Thanks for reading 2020's ninth 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 logo merchandise from The PDCA Store.
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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 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.
 
People on the Move
After 52 years, Bruce Gilbert steps away from Ohio-based The Great Lakes Construction Company. More than a half-century ago, he began as an entry level engineer with an MBA from Harvard and quickly rose in the ranks to eventually become president and CEO. By the late '90s, he had handed off the presidency to George Palko, however remained chairman of the board until May 1, 2020 (President Palko is now the new CEO). Congratulations to Bruce on a storied career.

Mark Haley, son of the Haley & Aldrich co-founder bearing his name, reached 45 years with the company. He challenged colleagues to give to food programs for the disadvantaged around the country. Staff donated more than $15,000, which H&A matched.

Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) promotions include David Spangler and Christopher Egan, both in Florida; David Huggins elevates in Virginia; new hires include Walid Sobh in Charlotte, Robert Haney and Che-Hung Tsai in Dallas. Also, Michael Batuna of ECS in Dallas named 2020 Texas Engineer of the Year, Katelyn Foster, account manager at ECS Mid-Atlantic earns community recognition for commitment to volunteerism.
 
GeoStructures, Inc., along with partner Geopier, announces new regional support through engineers Steve Maher in South Carolina and Steve Yassem and Mat Klucina in West Virginia. Also, GeoStructures names Justin Smith the new sales engineer serving the Philadelphia region.
 
S&ME, Inc. announces changes to its geotechnical leadership team: Angela Musselwhite is director of geotechnical services and new member of the board of directors; Kasey McWhorter is the client development leader; Adam Browning, Jeff Doubrava, Matt Moler, Bethanie Meek and Kyle Murrell are all designated area managers and Timothy Cleary leads all field exploration.
 
Elsewhere Emily Kay promoted to VP at Balfour Beatty in California; Todd Parkington joins Haley & Aldrich in Denver; and Forrest Savel onboards at PND Engineers in Anchorage, AK.
 
Tiffany Harrod is promoted to shareholder at Texas law firm Munsch Hardt. The contributing legal author to PileDriver magazine is also the chair-elect of the Construction Law Section of the Houston Bar.
 
Other notes of interest:
 
David Harwood, SVP at Terracon, was named by Governor Kelly to the taskforce leading Kansas economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Also, Cale Wilson is recognized in Ingram's 40 Under Forty list of Kansas City young professionals.
 
J.W. Lodge at Lodge Lumber encourages support for those displaced by the health crisis; donors of $100 to this GoFundMe get a limited edition print from a Houston photo studio's popular "Astrodome Series."
 
Nigel Desert, an estimator at California-based Foundation Constructors, struck the pose on the winner's podium following a race that he won during an employee appreciation event.
 
Julia Cadman, an incoming graduate engineer at Dewberry, has been named "first in class" for the Virginia Tech Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

Stephanie Calhoun of Clark Construction named to list of Notable Women in Construction and Design. Also, Emma Farrell soon begins her career as an engineer at Clark. She recently represented Carnegie Mellon University on Jeopardy! Read her story and see the pic with icon Alex Trebek.
 
Who is John James Audubon? Apparently Michael Garvey of Universal Engineering Sciences in Charlotte favors the famed, 19th century ornithologist with his knack for capturing a bird picture.
 
News from PDCA Companies
J.D. Fields & Company, Inc. acquires California-based Alameda Pipe & Fab, positioning the company into the steel manufacturing sector; read the announcement from president Jay Fields.
 
Junttan opens Helsinki, Finland office.
 
Universal Engineering Sciences based in Orlando forms new partnership with Nevada firm NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services.
 
Atlas Tube created some industry "buzz" when it announced the new Electric Resistance Welded (ERW) tube mill it is building in Blytheville, AR. The company created a blog post to address some of the FAQs they've received since the July 2019 announcement.
 
Shannon & Wilson, Inc. project teams involved in two award-winning projects in Washington state.
 
The Great Lakes Construction Company awarded the 15th Annual Vince Strazzo Scholarship to students interested in pursuing a career in heavy civil construction; the 2020 winners are Danny Groudle from THE Ohio State University and Justin Thomas from Case Western Reserve University.
 
The new intranet system at Samuel Roll Form Group is also an extensive case-study for the web developer; take a look "under the hood" at Samuel's internal operations.
 
Several PDCA member companies appear in recent multi-media productions. If you have some time between your Zoom meetings, you can check out project and work site videos from the following:
  • With some impressive time-lapse videography, check out this great footage of Powell Foundations replacing an Ontario bridge
  • Pile Driving 101: check out new PDCA member Premier Geotech and Testing giving an online video tutorial on how to drive a pile
  • Sealevel Construction gets some love from Friends of Bayou Lafourche, a non-profit dedicated to beautification efforts in the Louisiana region; see the dramatic construction video
  • Shannon & Wilson shares video footage of the Colman Tunnel Rehabilitation project in Colorado on which they collaborated with Dewberry
 
Public Service Announcements
For our readers who live and work in coastal and/or southern regions of the U.S., today begins the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Sunbelt Rentals provides a hurricane preparedness checklist. Further, Orlando-based Ardaman and Associates has developed a set of safety guidelines for working in alligator habits.
 
Look who's in the news
The Charleston Post and Courier covers a seawall modification project in the historic South Carolina city on which Soil Consultants, Inc. is collaborating.
 
Composites Manufacturing quotes Dustin Troutman of Creative Pultrusions on an expanding market.
 
ENR quotes president Robert Boh of Boh Brothers Construction in story about potential economic stimulus for Louisiana through infrastructure projects [subscriber content].
 
The Enterprise: Utah's Business Journal gives an overview of significant development taking place in the St. George area (locally known as Dixie). Sunroc Corporation is involved in several of the listed projects and the article quotes company vice president Russell Leslie.
 
The Flathead Beacon writes about a Shannon & Wilson, Inc. study for the Montana Department of Transportation which is working to optimize travel to Glacier National Park.
 
The National Law Review includes a story about safety considerations for companies as employees return to work; Brett Cox and Brian Godfrey of TRC Companies appear in the article.
 
New Pittsburgh Courier highlights partnership between Koppers and the Urban League; quotes CEO Leroy Ball and director Lance Hyde on campaign to help underserved neighborhoods amid health crisis.

Balfour Beatty media hits include The Charlotte Business Journal coverage of a project in Downtown Charlotte [subscriber content] and a D Magazine interview with Executive VP Eric Krueger on COVID-19 in Dallas.
 
Dewberry media hits; South Jersey Biz depicts a volunteer effort, Civil + Structural Engineer prints article from Leslie Barksdale on Virginia project and SNJDC's The Chronicle talks ports with Ken Spahn.
 
Nucor media hits include an annual Fortune Magazine list, CEO Leon Topalian talking "state of steel" on CNBC Mad Money and CFO Jim Frias on impact of pandemic in the Wall Street Journal [subscription].
 
COVID-19...more notes from the field
Calsak Plastics inside sales rep Peuv Lalani at the Los Angeles headquarters was contacted by a longtime friend who worked in a hospital within the Yale New Haven health system and who said their PPE was insufficient to protect them from the high-risk COVID patients; after sharing the issue with company leadership, Calsak crafted several face shields to donate to the group on the frontlines of the pandemic.
 
Corman Kokosing Construction proudly contributed $3,500 to the Community Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia fundraiser to provide 1,000 meals to area families challenged by the health crisis.
 
GeoStructures, Inc. gets new wellness support through senior project manager Stewart Staton's kids.
 
Seyfarth Shaw law offers a Return to Business and Post-Pandemic Planning Checklist for download.
 
You might recall that both the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds performed flyovers of several U.S. regions in early May to show support for health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic. Several PDCA companies captured dramatic imagery of the event, including:
 
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A Pile of News - May 2020

A Pile of News: May 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
 
The coronavirus pandemic continued to significantly impact humanity throughout April. In too many instances, it has resulted in illnesses, fatalities, furloughs and job losses. PDCA proudly and resiliently stands together as a united community. The following section is dedicated to the ongoing health crisis and highlights several examples of PDCA member companies contributing to easing the burdens that society has endured. We collectively tip our hard-hats to you.
 
COVID-19
Calsak Plastics manufactures aggregates for construction, but quickly pivoted in response to the health crisis. It launched production of a key safeguard for essential businesses like grocery stores.
 
CBS-2 Chicago carried an exclusive that quotes Dave Trolian and Ryan Jennings of Clark Construction, which is retrofitting a shuttered hospital in Chicagoland to house COVID-19 patients.
 
Nucor engineers in Seattle set an admirable example by repurposing company 3D printers to make face shields. Inspired volunteers from the community joined the effort to dramatically increase output.
 
Koppers, Inc. lab tech Siw Kruse whipped up a batch of hand sanitizer to replenish dwindling company supplies. The Stickney, IL office coordinated with a local hospital to donate more than 1,500 pieces of PPE.
 
Golder associates helped replenish blood banks in hard-hit New Jersey.
 
Derek Clyburn of ECS Limited leads advocacy in North Carolina to encourage designation of engineers as "essential" during the COVID-19 lockdown. Tectonic also lends support to this ASCE movement.
 
International Construction Equipment (ICE®) in Charlotte, NC compiled a web-based resource page with continually updated material related to COVID-19 impacts on the manufacturing sector and American infrastructure construction projects; it includes state by state public project breakdowns.
 
Maury Gaston from AMERICAN SpiralWeld Pipe in Birmingham submitted a commentary about the coronavirus disease and its impact on the manufacturing sector in Business Alabama.
 
Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal published an advisory on best practices for facility cleaning and disinfecting practices by Mark Hudock, SVP at GZA Environmental. Heather Shoemaker and Marianne Payne of GZA in Philadelphia discuss how facility managers can begin adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic for InSite Newsletter.
 
New member shout-out! A proud small business itself, Premier Geotech and Testing, makes a point to encourage everyone to support Louisiana small businesses during the health crisis. Or maybe they were just hopeful to get a selfie with Drew Brees?
 
John King of Pile Drivers, Inc. is a known PDCA prankster. The South Carolina contractor also quietly epitomizes association goodwill, solidarity and loyalty. He recently spearheaded an intercontinental caper to send needed assistance to Jill Harris, publisher of PileDriver magazine, who was unable to obtain critical supplies for her toddler due to presumed consumer hoarding. Read Jill's touching account of John's gesture.
 
A Coronavirus Commentary...
In our "new normal," we can expect things will be hoarded. Also, our kids will be home schooling, (thanks ECS who shares these free and fun home-based engineering activities). In many cases, you are working remotely which means video web-conferences with colleagues, clients and customers. But you've gotten creative and tested the boundaries of Zoom and others; the folks at GZA Environmental experimented at home by combining beer and Zoom. TRC Companies, Inc. also embraced the morale boosting value of a Zoom #virtualhappyhour.
 
On a break, you might watch something on Netflix or Amazon Prime; Atlas Tube shares what they consider a collection of "binge-worthy" documentaries on architecture and design if you are seeking enriching entertainment during quarantine. Finally, our wardrobes have been modified with the addition of face masks and rubber gloves. But Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) reached back into company archives and found evidence of their employees who overcame the homemade clothes pandemic of 1919; PDCA concurs with ECA's sentiment that together, we can survive COVID-19.
 
From the Association & Chapters
Remember January when coronavirus was just a mention in an occasional news report? That's when PDCA past president Scott Callaway of Cajun Industries in Baton Rouge recorded Between 2 Piles [WATCH 5:14], a multi-media, interview transcribed in PileDriver magazine Issue #1 2020. The video contains material not in print, like when Scott accidently disrespects country music legend Garth Brooks. Production credits: set design by Scott Nigels who crafted the makeshift studio in the South Carolina yard of Palmetto Pile Driving, videography by Emmett Waggenspack of Coastal Contractors in Baton Rouge who operated the i-Phone camera, and post-production by The Ranch studios in New Orleans.

The PDCA COVID-19 Resource Center now includes a full list of Executive Orders for each U.S. State.

Save the Date: PDCA will host the webinar, Steel Sheet Pile Guides Review on May 19th at 2 P.M. EDT. Two of the co-authors, Gerry McShane of Service Steel Warehouse and Dick Hartman of Hartman Engineering will present a review of all three guides; Installation Guide, Corrosion Guide and Retaining Wall Cost Comparison Guide. Forthcoming registration is free to PDCA members; non-members can join for $50. All attendees will receive 1.0 Hour PDH and direct download access to all three publications.
 
People on the Move
Engineering Consulting Services, Inc. (ECS) promotes Tony Fiorillo to President as Henry Lucas steps down, he will finish 2020 as CEO and Chair the Board through 2022; ECS also names Evan Landis, P.E. to the Chantilly, VA office. Nucor Executive Vice President Ladd Hall sets a June retirement date after 39 years on the job; Alan Behr of Nucor Steel Texas will succeed him. Dan Brown and Associates announces recent transitions; Dan Brown, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, assumes the role of Chief Engineer, Tim Siegel, P.E., G.E., D.GE elevates to Chief Executive Officer, Paul Axtell, P.E., D.GE becomes Chief Operating Officer,Robert Thompson, P.E., D.GE has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer, and both David Graham, P.E., and Ben Turner, Ph.D., P.E., ascend to Senior Engineers. 
 
Jeremy Cox, named AET, Inc. West Region Manager, will oversee operations in Wyoming, North Dakota, and western South Dakota; Robert Temme, becomes West Region Director of Business Development. AMERICAN SpiralWeld Pipe has placed four new sales professionals: Dustin Covington, Zach Miller, Wyatt Robinson and Stu Sanders. Dewberry elevates Ben Revette in Boston, adds Siamak Esfandiary in Virginia and Wael Youssef in New York. Haley & Aldrich, Inc. names Lynn Gresock to the Boston office, Athena DeNivo to the New York office. Gary Mang joins Holland LP as new Northeast Regional Sales Manager. Kirt Jackson is a new Project Manager at Patriot Construction & Industrial in Duson, LA.
 
Other notes of interest:
Happy Retirement to Larry Brewer who departs Holland LP after 40 years with the company.
 
Marvin Barker at Duson, LA-based Patriot Construction and Industrial named 'Safety Champion.'
 
"I never said most of the things I said." Noting his quotable nature, Junttan must consider John King of Pile Drivers, Inc. as the Yogi Berra of the pile driving world. We can think of less flattering comparisons!
 
Pro sports have been deemed non-essential, but moving pile and other goods is critical. When Captain John Lowery of Canal Barge Company, Inc. in New Orleans saw the NFL pass by 12 years ago, he embarked on a career trajectory in river transportation. Today, he regularly visits with students from his old high school to advocate exploring careers on the water.
 
Holes, Inc. in Houston hit the jackpot four years ago when they hired equipment operator Brandon Mullens; unbeknownst to HR at the time, they also secured their very own visual marketer. Brandon has been doing photography and videograpy for years; he owns Texas Style Photography. While he is comfortable with many subjects, his passion is construction project photography. Check him out!
 
 
News from PDCA Companies
Tectonic Engineering Consultants establishes Mountainside, NJ office to replace Short Hills location; adds East Brunswick, NJ office.
 
Lodge Lumber Co. in Houston reaches 80 years in business; it offers a philosophical sentiment about the ongoing health crisis. Congrats to the company and thanks for the optimism.
 
Atlas Foundation celebrates an end to dial-up Internet; that should improve the download speed of the electronic version of the next PileDriver magazine. 
 
Cape Romain Contractors subcontracted and Insight Group consulted on the award-winning Drum Island restoration project in Charleston, SC.
 
Clark Construction earns three 'Build America' Awards.
 
CZM-US Foundation Equipment UPDATE: we shared video of the groundbreaking last year when they began construction on the new Savannah, GA corporate office. Fast forward to today, move-in is complete and production is underway in the factory; congratulations... By the way, Happy 97th Birthday (4/26) Loris Clo, Founder of CZM!
 
Deep South Construction is armoring a ridge to mitigate pending damage from sea level rise and erosion; a delegation of local officials visited the jobsite near Delacroix, LA for a progress update.
 
Same issue, different waterfront Dewberry will lead resilience planning for the City of Virginia Beach as it battles sea level rise. In a different agreement, the firm continues to assist City adaptation efforts.
 
GeoEngineers, Inc. of Redmond, WA participated in an award-winning coastal restoration project.
 
Giken earns international recognition.
 
Group Industries snags hardware; a safety award and an excellence award head to the trophy case.
 
Haley & Aldrich, Inc. helps rehabilitate Navy's oldest, operational ship USS Constitution in Boston.
 
The John Lawrie Group steps up to support youth golf development in Scotland.
 
Service Steel Warehouse in Houston is a proud sponsor of the Sweet Heat Elite Mont Belvieu, a premier youth softball league for girls.
 
Newsmakers
Geostrata Magazine features an article co-authored by Ross McGillivray, P.E. of Orlando-based Ardaman & Associates which discusses controlling foundation risk in design-build projects.
 
New Orleans City Business newspaper includes Canal Barge Company, Inc. CEO Merrit Lane as one of the city's "Driving Forces," a compilation of 40 influential business leaders in the Crescent City.
 
Construction Dive published a Q&A with Monique Holley of Clark Construction, the project superintendent on Arlington, VA's highly anticipated HQ2 for Amazon.
 
Construction in Focus highlights Golder's 60-year history in consulting.
 
Albany Business Review names Tectonic to its list of top engineering firms in the New York region.


That's all for this installment of 'A Pile of News;' PDCA wishes all Members health, safety and prosperity.
 
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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