A Pile of News - August 2023

A Pile of News: August 2023
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors,
associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers
who comprise PDCA.
By Matt Bisbee, PDCA

Originally sent Aug. 1, 2023
Top of the August Pile the PDCA Project of the Year Awards Program winners will be revealed in mere days. The program drew the most entries in recorded history; thanks to each of this year's entrants for your participation. Competition was fierce and you can be assured that winners in eight different categories truly represent the crème de la crème in driven pile-based deep foundations and earth retention systems. Watch your inbox for the digital edition of PileDriver magazine, coming soon. Shortly thereafter, your friendly, local mail carrier will deliver your hard copy magazine.

And on with this month's news:
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars!
Aug. 10: Value Driven Webinar Series, 2 - 3 PM EDT Aaron Budge, Ph.D., P.E., of Minnesota State University presents "Fundamentals of Driven Pile Design Principles," FREE to PDCA members

Aug. 10: South Carolina Chapter dinner meeting, 6 - 9 PM EDT
at the Town and Country Inn & Suites in Charleston, SC; Jonathan Tremmier presents on a new, low overhead attachment from Pile Hammer Equipment for use on forklifts, excavators

Aug. 11: Northeast Chapter Annual Sporting Clays Fundraiser, 8 - 3 EDT
at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay, PA

Aug. 25: Gulf Coast Chapter meeting and clay shoot, 8 - 1 PM CDT
at Bridgeview Gun Club in Port Allan, LA. Bring shotguns, shells and your appetite, lunch and membership meeting after shoot.

Sept. 12: Texas Chapter Inaugural Golf Outing, 6:30 AM - NOON
, takes place the morning before DICEP begins nearby at noon. Regional piling industry, DICEP attendees invited to participate at Hermann Park Golf Course.

Sept. 12 - 13: DICEP 2023
 at the Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria.

  Cheers to New England Pile Drivers, a FREE networking happy hour open to the industry, taking place at Copper House Tavern, Waltham, MA 

Oct. 11 - 13:
DFDTA in partnership with Pile Dynamics, Inc. (PDI) at PDI Cleveland offices

Nov. 15 - 16:
Engineers Driven Pile Institute (EDPI), a new program designed for mid-level engineers to enhance and supplement professional education as it relates specifically to driven pile foundations, Hilton Baltimore Airport

To see a list of upcoming events, including PDCA committee meetings, visit the
events calendar

News and PHOTOS from the PDCA Blog:
As we do each quarter, the Pile of News welcomes the new and returning PDCA members to recently (re)join. We gave 'em another shout-out on the PDCA blog because we value all members!

The association world thrives on relationships, and PDCA enthusiastically develops industry connections. We were proud to sponsor the Foundation & Marine Contractors Association of New England's 88th Annual Golf Outing on July 17, 2023, in Framingham, MA. Members SPOTTED.

Industry news:
National Center for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) expands testing options with the introduction of test center testing

Have you heard of the 85% rule? At face value, this may NOT be something employers advocate, but it's an interesting argument.
Congratulations, Interpipe Inc Canada, you are this month's winner! Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of the month to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
ASAP Group is among winners of a Florida Transportation Builders Association Safety Award.

Cajun Industries earns Houston Safety Excellence Award Silver Medal. Safety manager Seth Wilkins and PM Aaron Spaugh attended the May ceremony.

CS Marine Constructors gathered for lunch to celebrate winning the 2022 AEU Safety Award.

Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction and Terracon were both on the roster for the construction of a Utah bridge; the UDOT project earned an "excellence" award.

Canal Barge Company, Inc. named by the Times-Picayune as a Top Workplace in New Orleans.

Dewberry achieves NSF/ANSI 391.1 certification, enabling the firm to evaluate various aspects of professional services providers.

Giving back:

Balfour Beatty US facilitated a segway tour of Washington, DC, for its "monumental" Mid-Atlantic interns. They got a street view of job sites and famous landmarks.

Mason Construction repeats as a major benefactor for OATH Inc.'s Denim & Diamonds Gala, an annual event supporting veterans. This year's new location is in Richmond, TX.

McCarthy Building Companies lends its name to the new and innovative Construction Safety Lab at Collin College in McKinney, TX. Heralded as the "first of its kind in the country," the facility prepares students to excel in construction safety through hands-on learning.

J. Fletcher Creamer supports ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) research through a New Jersey golf outing; dock builder foreman Ryan Sprengel participated in the event.

Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. (GTA) supports Saucon Valley High athletes in Pennsylvania through sponsorship of a regional golf outing; see event photos of GTA's Quakertown staff.

GZA GeoEnvironmenal dispatched a volunteer team to Hampton Beach in Massachusetts, where they collected nearly 600 articles of trash as part of an annual Earth Day observance.

Acquisitions & expansions:

DFI Piling is the new corporate brand for the installer and supplier of piling products in North America, Australia and beyond. Formerly known as DFI, the Edmonton, AB-based company has adopted the brand and label change along with the tagline, "Driving Innovation."

Atlas Tube is rolling 145-foot steel pipes at its jumbo mill, reducing the need for field splicing.

ECA Canada announces the acquisition of Calgary-based Ridgeline Equipment, an aftermarket parts and service provider for heavy equipment.

Liebherr grows in Europe, announces a plan for a new production site in France.

Hoffman Equipment expands its Marlboro, NY, location through an upgraded showroom. Local ops manager Dan Shafer appreciates walk-in customers, wants visits to be a great experience.

Universal Engineering Sciences (UES) grows footprint in northern Alabama through addition of Huntsville-based GEO Solutions, LLC.
Governmental relations:
PND Engineers, Inc. sent EIT Alexander Li to Washington, DC, where he met Alaska U.S. Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan and U.S. Rep. Peltola. According to Li, "Engineers are agents of the public...and know the needs of the community," through report, design and inspection work.

UBC Pile Drivers and Divers representative Olaf Olson attended a New Jersey bill signing where Gov. Murphy bolstered regional job creation through offshore wind.
People on the Move
Denise Tullier promoted to lead the human resources and recruiting team at Baker GCI.

Laura Sesack, PE is new area manager serving Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia at GeoStructures, Inc.

Verdean Colburn, Gavin Zamora, Jose Naranjo, Kyle Apuya are among some of the newest faces at Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company.

Michael Cook, Mitch Sumstad, both promoted to SVP Civil Construction at Veit.

Charlie Rudderow named new safety manager at Richard E. Pierson Construction in New Jersey.

Billy Burrow transitions to regulatory compliance at Weeks Marine in Louisiana.

Rich Anderson elevates to VP at Equipment Corporation of America; the PDCA Membership Committee chair and past PDCA board member continues as Philadelphia branch manager for ECA. Also at ECA, Dave Schell becomes account manager Mid-Atlantic, Joel Ross is director of parts and service and Jason Church is BAUER Equipment products manager.

John Schwartz onboards as an inside sales rep at Bull Moose Tube in St. Louis.

Rick Kalson, PDCA Contracts & Risk Committee Chair and Partner at Benesch Law, has moved to the firm's Manhattan, NY office.


Adrian De La Cruz is a project coordinator at the Houston office of Cajun Industries; he and his wife Cierra welcome new, 9 lb., 2.4 oz baby Jovie Blake.

D.A. Collins Family of Companies applauds work anniversaries; including David Elliott, William Hayes and Kyle Perkins who all reach the quarter-century mark.

Austen Parker, CFO at Parker Marine Contracting, began pursuit of a specialized Master of Laws in intellectual property at Cardozo Law School in New York, to supplement his J.D.

Ed Cloud wraps us 26 years at Scott Bridge Company, Inc. The longtime operator was celebrated at a company luncheon.

Leon Topalian, CEO and president at Nucor, honored with steel industry's highest award.

Dan Brown, Ph.D., of Dan Brown and Associates presented "the art and science of hole digging" at the annual dinner for the Canadian Geotechnical Society Southern Ontario Section.

Nick D'Aiuto of ICE of Carolinas named Young Professional of the Year in North Carolina.

Alexandra Weidemann Holland, a marketing practice leader at S&ME, Inc., starts a new and challenging job she becomes a working mom! Congratulations from PDCA...cute baby! More from the firm, Chuck Black who leads client development, named prez for ACEC-South Carolina.

Mindy Sayres, principal at GZA GeoEnvironmental, honors her best friend (also Mindy) by participating as a rider/fundraiser in the New England Parkinson's Ride.

Rick Kushner, P.E. reaches "dirty thirty;" Universal Engineering Sciences Florida team gathered on business but took time to celebrate the North Florida region president on three decades.

Pat DiCerbo of Northwestern Mutual finished the Happy Valley Half Ironman last month; admittedly "a little undertrained," he tells us he earned some "fans!"
On the Job
Arthur R. Henry, Inc. contributed to the new Cape May Substation Reliability project for Atlantic City Electric in New Jersey. Elsewhere in the state, its crews drove sheeting and bulkhead piles for a project supporting growth in the area's wind energy sector.

Baker GCI sees the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel in Geismar, LA, where it is completing site development, civil construction and piling for Chevron's expanded renewable diesel facility.

Bowen Engineering Corp. was limited in space when it was tasked with installing 21 H-piles for a steam valve replacement near a downtown Indianapolis hospital. Crews successfully navigated around area utilities while driving the 45-foot-long piles.

McCarthy crew members in coastal Texas recognize a milestone in their work at the Port of Beaumont  the last pile for the future Main Street Terminal was DRIVEN!

PRECO-MSE drove 550 feet of sheet pile, with an additional 336 driven piles on a complex Quebec project.
  • (Readers in the South who may have the notion that Canada is perpetually cold ahem, Mr. PDCA Communications Committee Chair note that job site reports say oppressive heat burdens the province and crews are commended for their perseverance. As your safety directors preach, take precaution in excessive heat.)

Richard Goettle, Inc. was awarded a contract to participate in the stabilization of the Irishtown Bend hillside, a vital project for the Port of Cleveland and the city's economic development. 

GeoQuip, Inc. vibro equipment is SPOTTED driving sheets for a bulkhead on Florida's Daytona Beach.

Lloyd Engineering, Inc. was part of the team to successfully complete offshore sediment sampling for the USACE Galveston District. The work is prerequisite to a potential, unnamed offshore placement.
Media Hits
ABC 30/KFSN-TV, Fresno reports on fortification of vulnerable CA power infrastructure in danger of snowmelt flooding. Foundation Constructors crews are installing sheet pile walls to surround the Alpaugh, Corcoran and Angiola power substations. News video shows an active Angiola job site, where a Liebherr loader assists the team.

The Florida Times-Union reports Weeks Marine will perform beach renourishment on the Atlantic coast; the Feds will fully fund $20.2M for USACE erosion repair work near Ponte Vedra Beach. (Paywall)

North America Outlook magazine interviews Richard Shea in a wide-ranging story touching on the history of Morris Shea Bridge Company, its deep foundations projects and other notable aspects.

Marine Construction magazine publishes a feature story on the one and only Bill Ziadie, a seasoned piling professional from American Piledriving Equipment, Inc. (APE). Vintage pics included!

KMOX Radio determined the sports crew could take a break from continuous coverage of the 2023 cellar dwelling St. Louis Cardinals, for which it serves as the flagship station, and diversify its content. They originated a show called Shift Disturbers, at McCarthy headquarters, where employee-owners appeared and educated listeners about its work, its craftsmen and its influence on the city skyline.

The Seattle Times covered a King County, WA, project that should reduce the risk of flooding and enhance salmon habitats throughout 52 acres. Shannon & Wilson, Inc. engineers Brian Reznick, P.E., Genevieve S., Stephanie Wanderer and Eric Scott provided geotechnical support to the county. (Paywall) Wait! There's more!   Anchorage Daily News reports on modern attributes in the construction of the Southcentral Power Project. This time, Shannon & Wilson, Inc. performed geotechnical design and observation. (Paywall)
Notes from the Field
The 2023 FBS college football season commences in just over three weeks and members are using social media to support their teams with shirts, hats, battle cries and more. ASAP Group sent a message showing their favorite, but it was subtle since they're based in the shadows of Miami's Hard Rock Stadium, home of The U. Nice job injecting a sneaky "Go Gators" into a post about a project, Ed Bisono!

As the Tide Rolls  Dale Miller, P.E., from the Shannon & Wilson St. Louis office, was spotted using a Crimson Tide hat to provide sun relief while fishing with colleagues in Wisconsin. Like it or not, 'Bama's got marketshare!

Yes, the B1G is relevant this season And we were thrilled to see Jeff Barlow at Weeks Marine proudly display his black and gold hat and give a "Go Hawks" in a company post from a job site. The equipment and yards manager has done unique work at Weeks, such as transporting the Space Shuttle and more.

Will this be the season of the Terps?  In its 131-year history, the University of Maryland football program boasts one National Championship (1953); does that mean they are due? Nationally-ranked RB Roman Hemby is getting hyped this preseason, though the team sits in the middle of the pack. Underrated? Meantime, the local UM fanbase will be warmed-up for tailgating festivities, the GeoTechnology Associates, Inc. Abingdon, MD office held a competitive cornhole tournament.

And if football doesn't work out, there's excitement in the College Park basketball offices. Clark Construction joined school officials, mascot Testudo, ESPN celebrity and UM grad Scott Van Pelt to break ground on a new, state-of-the-art basketball performance center, coming in 2025.

The Dawgs are looking to 3-peat  Maybe you remember the old Alan Jackson song called Chattahoochee; refresher, it was a '90's country music hit which popularized the lyric 'a burger and a grape snow cone.' Many Atlanta-area Georgia fans will need to cross that river to attend home games in nearby Athens. Of note, Thomas & Hutton consulted on the rebuild of a new bridge over the Chattahoochee River, the inspiration for the song. Building partners participated in a July ribbon-cutting ceremony on the 308-foot structure.

The few and proud If you and/or a loved one was in Bluffton, SC, or at the nearby Parris Island U.S. Marine base on July 4, chances are you got to see (or at least hear) fireworks originating from an O'Quinn Marine Construction barge. Duncan O'Quinn has put on this annual show the last 15 years.

Before we shut the door on the August Pile of News, we give a nod to creative crafters Darron, Witt and Walter of D.A. Collins Companies. The trio repurposed an antique door dating back to the 1880s that was in the Glen Falls, NY, office of Jointa Lime, a present-day Collins subsidiary that provides paving mixes. It now serves as an ornate stately desk, constructed from various components of the door and frame.

As listed above in the events section, there are a lot of opportunities for PDCA participation through chapter activity around the country. Gulf Coast and Northeast will be showing off their marksman skills and South Carolina will convene for a quarterly dinner meeting. It doesn't slow down in September as the national DICEP conference debuts in Houston, kicking off with an inaugural golf outing courtesy of the Texas Chapter. To our non-member readers, you can and should support the driven pile industry through membership in PDCA; when everybody pitches in a little, we thrive as an industry. Thanks for reading!
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PDCA Sponsors Charitable Golf Outing in New England

The GZA GeoEnvironmental foursome poses by the PDCA-sponsored hole. (L-R) PDCA Board Member Brad Roberts, Kyle Szewczyk, Justin Zarella, and Ryan Coulson.

The Foundation & Marine Contractors Association of New England (F&MCA) gathered on July 17 at the Framingham Country Club in Framingham, Mass for its 88th Annual Golf Outing. The popular event was again at capacity, bringing golfers and others in deep foundations industry from throughout the Northeast to the scenic, Boston-area golf course for a full day of golf, food, and fellowship. In addition to the competition on the course, a lively reception, a bountiful, New England-style dinner, and a wide variety of prizes, the organization raised more than $6,000 for local charities. Many PDCA members who also participate with the F&MCA were on hand for annual event; PDCA Board Member Brad Roberts, a former Board Member with the F&MCA, was among them. Here are scenes from the July event:

Northeast Chapter 'Sporting Clays' Event (8/11), Open for Registration

American Pile and Foundation, LLC sends a foursome of shooters in search of braggin' rights in 2022
Plan to join the PDCA Northeast Chapter will host the 8th Annual Sporting Clays event on Friday, August 11, 2023, at the spectacular Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay, Pennsylvania.  It's a great opportunity to reconnect with your industry friends at a spectacular, remote location; somebody will walk away from the competitive event with 'braggin' rights' for posting the highest score.

The PDCA Northeast Chapter Sporting Clays is open to members and non-members. Invite your friends and colleagues in the deep foundation industry to a day of sporting clay action and networking.

Continental breakfast and registration start at 8:00 AM and lunch is served at the conclusion of the competition. 

No gun? No problem!  Gun rental and shot gun shells are included in your registration fee.  If you are bringing your own gun, it needs to be a 12GA gun with a barrel length of not less than 24". No pistol grips and no collapsible stocks.
There will be a resource table available at the event so please bring information about your company, products, and services to display and share with participants.
Here are several options for participation in this event:

Register as a shooting participant
  • $175 per person
  • The PDCA NE Chapter 8th Annual Clay Shoot is open PDCA members and non-members, to associates, employees, family and friends
  • You can register your entire team on one registration for convenience
Shooting Station Sponsor
  • $150 each
  • You can purchase more than one Shooting Station Sponsor - simply enter the quantity you want when you register
  • Purchase multiple Shooting Station Sponsors to show your support and have your company name recognized several locations
  • Please send us a copy of your company logo to be used on the Shooting Station Sponsor sign
Cigar Sponsor
  • $500
  • 1 Cigar Sponsor available
  • A great way to get recognized and provide some enjoyment for attendees
Lunch Sponsor: Equipment Corporation of America
Event Sponsor: ICE-International Construction Equipment, Inc.
PDCA Northeast Chapter Additional Donation

You decide the amount. 
All donations will be used to help pay the cost for Northeast Chapter programs.

Click the button to register or sponsor the PDCA NE Chapter Sporting Clay Shoot:

Proceeds from the PDCA NE Chapter Sporting Clay Shoot will benefit future PDCA events such as Professional Development Courses and the PDCA NE Chapter Scholarships.


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Welcome 2023 New and Returning PDCA Members (So Far...)

(L-R) New members Kelli Wilson of American Shoring, Julius Taylor of Taylor Marine Construction, Bethanne Mashburn of The Loren Group

PDCA welcomes new and returning members who have joined PDCA during the first six months of 2023. Thank you to the following companies for supporting the driven pile industry:

Contractors: Live Flyer Inc. (Carrabelle, FL); Crisson Construction Limited (Bermuda); Veit & Company, Inc. (Rogers, MN), Taylor Marine Construction, Inc. (Kemah, TX); D.A. Collins Companies, (Wilton, NY); Beard Construction Group, LLC (Port Allen, LA); C.J. Mahan Construction Company (Grove City, OH); Texas Pile LLC (Austin, TX); Richard E. Pierson Construction Co., Inc. (Woodstown, NJ); and American Shoring, Inc. (Conley, GA).

Associates: The Loren Group (Gadsden, AL); Dawson Construction Plant, Inc. (Kansas City, MO); MotoCut Ltd. (Finland), Steel Pipe Fabricators of Alabama LLC (Gadsden, AL)

Engineering Affiliates: CMK Engineering, PLLC (Brooklyn, NY); H&H (West Trenton, NJ); Terracon-Louisiana (Baton Rouge, LA), Schnabel Engineering, LLC (Glen Allen, VA) and RBM Consulting Group, Inc. (Converse, TX).

Affiliated Services: Heron Wolf (Dover, DE), USI Insurance - Janice Graziosi (Glen Allen, VA)

Student: Juan Camilo Villamizar Saenz at Georgia Institute of Technology

If you are reading this, but you are not an active PDCA member, please consider supporting the only organization that advocates exclusively for the driven pile. When you join, your PDCA membership is prorated; if you join this month (July), you will pay half the cost for your 2023 annual dues. (You will be invoiced in December for 2024 dues in full). CLICK HERE to be redirected to our membership page where you can request a membership application.

There are numerous benefits to being a member of PDCA; industry education, technical seminars, virtual programs, trade shows, PileDriver magazine, FREE marketing, industry networking, five Chapters for local participation, and many more. But don't rely on PDCA to tell you why you should join the only organization exclusively dedicated to advocacy for the driven pile. Listen to our members like Beard Construction Group, LLC which explains through social media why the Louisiana contractor enthusiastically has become involved in PDCA: 

Cabrera of Nucor Skyline Wins June #PDCADriven Contest

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A Pile of News - July 2023

A Pile of News: July 2023
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors,
associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers
who comprise PDCA.
By Matt Bisbee, PDCA

Originally sent July 5, 2023
Topping the Pile this month is a warm welcome to Q2's new and returning PDCA members. The list includes contractor members Taylor Marine Construction, Inc. (Kemah, TX); D.A. Collins Companies, (Wilton, NY); Beard Construction Group, LLC (Port Allen, LA); C.J. Mahan Construction Company (Grove City, OH); Texas Pile LLC (Austin, TX); Richard E. Pierson Construction Co., Inc. (Woodstown, NJ); and American Shoring, Inc. (Conley, GA). Also joining this spring were associate member Steel Pipe Fabricators of Alabama LLC (Gadsden, AL) and engineering affiliates Schnabel Engineering, LLC (Glen Allen, VA) and RBM Consulting Group, Inc. (Converse, TX). Special thanks to new affiliated services member Janice Graziosi of Glen Allen, VA who assumes the ongoing membership of USI Insurance Services, Inc.

 We couldn't have said it better! Ask new member Beard Construction why you should JOIN PDCA and you might get an answer similar to this social media endorsement of PDCA they posted after the Gulf Coast Chapter meeting.

An industry icon has passed. Mike Elliott began his career with Mississippi Valley Equipment in 1972, and later bought Pile Equipment, Inc., which was eventually acquired by Equipment Corporation of America in 2015. He served ECA as VP and Jacksonville branch manager until his 2021 retirement; ECA pres./CEO Roy Kern described Mike as a "dear and true friend." Throughout his career, Mike was a champion for PDCA. The August issue of PileDriver magazine will carry memories from Mike's vast network of friends. Our deepest condolences to his loving wife Suzie and two children Justin and Lindsey.
From the Association & Chapters
Don't miss the newest PileDriver magazine; the digital version is here.

Mark your calendars!
News and PHOTOS from the PDCA Blog:
  • PDCA members participate in DFI SuperPile '23; who was SPOTTED? NotableGTR, Inc. principal Seth Hamblin, P.E. co-chaired the DFI Driven Pile Committee meeting as his colleagues back home shared photos from their outing at a Yankees game they simultaneously enjoyed. Coincidence?
  • PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter hosts Q2 membership meeting at Baton Rouge Casino, PHOTOS
Congratulations, Tomas Cabera, you are this month's winner! Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of the month to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & expansions: Giving back: Recognitions: Governmental relations:
  • Cajun Industries and GROUP Contractors participated in a Louisiana builders' organization Legislative Week; those on the D.C. trip met with U.S. Sen. Cassidy and gave U.S. Rep. Scalise an LSU football. Past PDCA president Scott Callaway of Cajun will chair the ABC group next year; he was SPOTTED enthusiastically participating in the trophy presentation to U.S. Rep. Letlow.
  • Nucor CEO Leon Topalian, Bull Moose EVP Andy Annakin were among the U.S. steel industry panelists who sat before a June meeting of the Congressional Steel Caucus; chairman and Rep. Crawford, vice chair and Rep. Mrvan, and 16 other House members questioned the panel.
  • GeoEngineers Inc.'s Dr. Nafi Haque, P.E. attended an engagement between city leadership in Baton Rouge and area civil engineers; he met with Mayor Broome on development issues.
  • Haley & Aldrich congratulates staff engineer Allison Pyrch, G.E., P.E. who earned appointment by Gov. Kotek to the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission.
  • D.A. Collins Companies is the parent organization of seven subsidiaries operating from Wilton, NY, and celebrates 75 years in business this year. It began when Donald Agnew Collins graduated high school and started Collins Construction. He earned his P.E. in 1941, just as the U.S. entered World War II. By 1948, after the war ended, he founded D.A. Collins Construction Co. in Mechanicville, NY. Then a one-truck business, he transformed it into the multi-brand organization specializing in civil construction that it is today.
People on the Move
  • Jennifer Ingalls joins CS Marine Constructors as estimator in Vallejo, CA; past PDCA president Mark Weisz steps down after 22 years, takes a consulting role with an international firm.
  • Michelle Rodriguez is a new HR specialist at Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company; also, Karisma Mokofisi joins the team as office/facility administrator.
  • Cindy Liles named the new South-Central sales rep in Texas for CZM-US Foundation Equipment.
  • Joe Ittner appointed GM of tubular sales at JD Fields & Company.
  • Julia Trombetta, Carson Faulkner are new sales reps at Meever USA in Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Julie Jewett onboards as sales rep at the Pearland, TX offices of Pipe & Tube Supplies, Inc.
  • Luke Crump elevates to assistant sales manager at Trinity Products.
  • Marcus Sloniker joins GeoEngineers Inc. in Redmond, WA, as a geostructural practitioner.
  • David Cabrera, Gabriela Funes Gomez join GRL Engineers, Inc. in Florida and Texas, respectively.
  • Todd Trotman onboards at Schnabel Engineering in the Chadds Ford, PA office; elsewhere, Anna Casady, Utshree Sharma join the Seattle and Boise offices, respectively.
On the Job
APC Construction, LLC evaluated subsurface conditions by performing a 120-foot Cone Penetration Test in support of a pile foundation for an industrial marine offloading facility.

Bowen Engineering Corp. relied on analysis from GRL Engineers, Inc. and determined a Junttan USA PM-16 was the right machine to drive H-pile for a water storage tank installation in Noblesville, IN.

Clark Construction Group announces completion of Phase 1 for the highly anticipated Amazon HQ2 in Arlington, VA. Several PDCA members had a piece of this impressive project; see Amazon's photos.

Farrell Brothers Marine Construction drives H-piles, sheet piles for a small bridge in Jacksonville, FL; HPSI equipment from GeoQuip, Inc. is used for the installation.

Lynnhaven Marine and Dock used a PILECO, Inc. D8-22 from GeoQuip, Inc. to drive concrete test piles at the Ohio Creek Watershed Project in Norfolk, VA. Federal funding supplemented the $112M project.

Manson Construction Co. achieved a milestone at Seal Beach in Orange County, CA; foreman Jeff Jenson and the crew drove concrete-filled, fiberglass reinforced piles from the VALKYRIE barge.

Orion Marine Group mobilizes on the North Cargo Berth 4 Project at Florida's Port Canaveral with delivery of an A-Frame 42-inch steel pipe pile from JD Fields & Co.

Poseidon Dredge & Marine replaces a Key Largo, FL seawall at Ocean Reef Club with Nucor Skyline steel.

Apex Steel Pipe & Piling continues a unique tradition launched years ago in the spirit of classic SNL; check out the 2023 intern class, who are considered "Coneheads" for the rest of the summer.

ECA Boston branch manager Anthony Sciortino snags photos from the field showing a PileMaster 36-3000 driving timber for a waterfront installation in Chatham, MA.

Otto Fabricators, LLC beat their customer's 5.5-week deadline and produced 100 feet of leads and pin connectors in just three weeks from their open-air shop in beautiful Cut and Shoot, TX.

S&ME, Inc. secured a role to perform quality control and foundation testing for the second-busiest lock in the U.S.; a USACE project, the firm seeks techs to help build the Kentucky Lock on the Tennessee River.

Southern Earth Sciences field techs break Alabama clay with shovels as amusement rides at neighboring The Park at OWA tower over their Foley, AL job site. But the infiltrometer testing must go on!
Media Hits
Florida Today chronicles a trip Lt. Governor Nuñez made in early June across the new NASA Causeway Bridge connecting mainland Florida to Cape Canaveral, a $126M project featured in a 2022 PileDriver. Orion Marine Group was the prime contractor and GRL Engineers was the engineer of record.

Fox 21, Duluth covered the grand opening of a new Veit office in northern Minnesota; SVP Jesse Rousch goes on camera. The event attracted the masses for a day of fun, food and family entertainment.

Baton Rouge Business Report includes GROUP Contractors president Shane Kirkpatrick in the List of 500 Most Powerful and Influential Business and Community Leaders in the Capitol Region.

Apeiron Construction shows materials from GMS Piling Products in a story about New York job sites.

Petroleum News spotlights EIT Taylor Mortensen of PND Engineers; EIT Obadiah Dawson also pictured.

Riviera MM covers maritime issues in the eastern hemisphere; it published a story about the industry moving toward remote and autonomous operations. An uncrewed Fugro vessel is pictured in the coverage. Thanks, Leslie Bezdek of Lodge Lumber Co. for sharing this story.
Notes from the Field
EVERYBODY doesn't get a trophy we told you in February that PDCA past president Kevin Gourgues of Patriot Construction & Industrial harvested a big black bear in 2022. He mounted his trophy and allowed his taxidermist to display it at some trade shows. Kevin says his trophy is now home, greeting visitors in Plaquimine, LA.

Expand your vocabulary Social media users sometimes invent grammatical rules; in the case of a recent post from Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction, the company created a new noun. After he won a company photo contest, Dan Vanderlinden was said to exude "RLWness" in his great picture of an Idaho field crew.

"Robots will one day replace humans doing the jobs" A notion your elementary school teacher may have suggested. But, Atlas Tube refutes that archaic claim in the name of safety enhancements enabled by automation. "Technology and innovation...mean safer jobs," says production foreman Alexis Lopez.

Conspiracy theorists assemble mystery enveloped a NASA launch facility at Wallops Island, VA when the public learned about a June space launch, with no firm date, live stream or on-site viewing available. Fun fact, in 2015, Sun Pile Foundations, Inc. used equipment from PVE USA to drive foundation piling at the Wallops facility for the launch pad, fire station, radio tower and lightning mast.

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