Recognizing Project of the Year Winners

This issue of PileDriver is one I look forward to each year because PDCA has the privilege of announcing the winning projects for the 2018 "Project of the Year Awards" (POY) program. When PDCA announces this annual award program, we always add the tag line, "Putting Excellence to the Test." This tag line has a double meaning. First, any pile driving contractor, or those involved in a pile driving project, knows that each project requires a great deal of knowledge, skill, trained personnel, a sharp eye and pencil and the ability to overcome a multitude of other critical factors in order to successfully complete a project. Oftentimes, projects aren't straightforward, but typically present a variety of challenges that must be overcome with experience and an innovative approach. With all a pile driving project's complexities, excellence in the contractor's approach is always put to the test. 
"Putting excellence to the test" is also the criteria used by the PDCA POY judges to determine which project rises to the top and is designated the PDCA Project of the Year. Each judge for the POY has a Judge's Form that contains seven distinct categories: Meeting the challenges of a difficult job; innovation in construction techniques, equipment and/or materials; unique application of piles or design considerations; construction problems and solutions; cost-saving measures; and management or mitigation of environmental considerations. The first five categories have award points up to 10 and the remaining two categories have award points up to five, for a total of 50 points.
PDCA had a great group of judges this year and, on behalf of PDCA, I want to thank all of them for volunteering to help judge this year's POY entries. Their job is not easy. They have to take an unbiased look at each project and grade it accordingly. This year, many of the judges commented on the quality of the entries and how impressed they were with the overall projects.
I have always thought the actual POY award is quite impressive and probably more so when prominently displayed in the offices of the winning company. However, winning project or not, I have rarely, if ever, received a project entry that could not be considered a winner. The PDCA Project of the Year Award provides PDCA with the distinguished opportunity to continue its long-standing and consistent commitment in recognizing those PDCA members who demonstrate excellence in providing solutions to the deep foundation and earth retention environment through their projects. The award is dedicated to acknowledging the hard work, ingenuity and commitment that goes into each project and, as mentioned, all are worthy of a PDCA Project of the Year Award. Congratulations to all the companies who submitted an entry this year congratulations to their employees and everyone who participated in providing an owner with another quality driven pile foundation. 
And now, it is time for me to congratulate the winning companies not only in my Executive Director's message, but also as a feature in this edition of PileDriver.
In the category of project submitted under "Contractor Land," PDCA acknowledges the following:
Projects Less than $500,000 Minto Island Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge and Path Legacy Contracting, Inc.
Projects $500,000 to $2,000,000 Silver Sands State Park Phase 1B Improvements Blakeslee, Arpaia, Chapman, Inc.
Projects $2,000,000 to $5,000,000 Naval Academy Cyber Security Studies Building Concrete Piles Corman Kokosing Construction

In the category of project submitted under "Contractor Marine," PDCA acknowledges the following:
Projects Less than $500,000 Terminal 3 Headline Dolphin Legacy Contracting, Inc.
Projects $500,000 to $2,000,000 Topsail Island Bridge Replacement in Surf City, North Carolina Balfour Beatty US

As for the other projects submitted, when all of the judges submitted their final scores, the difference between one project and the next was as little as two points. Once again, I congratulate all of you in my opinion, you are all worthy of a Project of the Year award, so celebrate your good work and be assured your work will not go unrecognized. For our readers, look for Issue 6 of PileDriver to read more about these great PDCA member projects.
For all of you who attended the recent PDCA 19th Annual Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles (DICEP) conference, I want to thank you for your support and participation. I want to thank our DICEP Sponsors: Consolidated Pipe and Supply, Equipment Corp. of America, International Construction Equipment, Geo-Technology Associates, Inc., Lally Pipe and Tube, Liebherr and R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors, Inc.
I also want to thank all of our exhibitors, who provided the latest in technology, equipment, materials and services to all of our attendees. Your role in the industry cannot be understated.
This year's DICEP conference, "The Benefits of Driven Piles In Infrastructure An Engineer's Perspective" contained significant, interesting and great educational presentations which dealt with infrastructure projects that tested design and construction challenges, along with other relevant topics such as risk mitigation, research, cost-savings in design and design in LRFD. 
Engineers who needed PDH for license renewal received 12 for attending DICEP. Can you get PDH elsewhere? Sure! But if you are a designing or consulting engineer in the foundation industry, you could not have found a better venue than DICEP to pick up some hours, not to mention walking away with information and knowledge that could directly influence your design ideas on future projects. 
PDCA is very excited about the launch of our new website, still found at www.piledrivers.org. The PDCA Communications Committee and Committee Chair, Pollyanna Cunningham, have worked tirelessly with the PDCA webmaster, Sean Stewart of Digital Trooper, to design and launch the new PDCA website. A few months after the Board's approval and establishment of a budget during the PDCA 2018 Strategic Planning meeting this past January, the PDCA team has been working hard on developing the new website. The new website has a brand new look, is more robust and provides PDCA members and guests with a more dynamic website than previously available. Check it out, www.piledrivers.org.
The PDCA 22nd Annual International Conference and Expo 2019 will be held at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort from July 912, 2019. PDCA has secured a great rate for this amazing property of only $219 per night, with no resort fees. Mark this date on your calendar and expect to hear brilliant speakers, fresh ideas, continuous inspiration; all while enjoying countless opportunities to connect with your peers and network with some of the greatest people in the foundation industry pile drivers. 
Finally, a quick update on my status as executive director. Most of you know that I will be retiring sometime next year. The PDCA Executive Committee contracted with the TJC group out of Baton Rouge, La., to help with the search for a new executive director. I am pleased to announce that they came up with a four-person shortlist that was submitted to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee and TJC reviewed all four candidates together, with detailed information on each provided to the Executive Committee by the TJC Group. All four candidates were interviewed prior to the DICEP conference with a decision presented to the Board on Tuesday, September 18, during the DICEP Board of Directors meeting. After reviewing the resumes of each candidate and discussing each with TJC, I am confident the selected candidate will be very successful as your new executive director.

Posted in PileDriver Magazine. Tagged as Issue 5, 2018.

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