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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