A Pile of News - May 2024

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A Pile of News: May 2024
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 May 1, 2024
Top of the Pile

Everything I love as a deep foundations construction professional will be at IFCEE 2024, beginning NEXT WEEK in Dallas, TX. Don't miss the triennial event conceived by a PDCA visionary (more on that later) who inspired a partnership among PDCA, ADSC, DFI and the G-I. IFCEE takes place May 7 - 10 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Dallas. Thanks to the sponsors who make it happen.

Sand in my boots? If you're on a plane headed to IFCEE, or just have some time to sit and relax, make sure to read the latest digital edition of PileDriver magazine Issue #2, 2024.

Thought you should know The 2024 PDCA Project of the Year Awards program brought in a large field of entries and stiff competition. Good luck to contestants, including the member who rushed in an entry so they could get to the Morgan Wallen concert in time, the night before the singer was arrested in Nashville yikes! Winners will be revealed in the August issue of PileDriver.

Spin you around: Winners of the 2023 Project of the Year Awards will be honored during a luncheon/ceremony on May 10 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. You must register for your FREE plated lunch and to help celebrate excellence in pile driving and significant industry contributors. If you're in the area, plan to attend the 90-minute event and help the honorees admire their new trophies.
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars:
News and PHOTOS from the PDCA Blog:
  • Pacific Coast Chapter is taking applications for the annual PDCA Chapter Scholarship, available to high school and college students pursuing a construction career. The deadline to return your completed application is July 1; awards will be announced in August.
  • Pacific Coast Chapter members gathered on April 26 for the annual Scholarship Shoot. The popular event at Birds Landing brought 130+ shooters and raised funds for students pursuing higher education in construction management and/or engineering.
  • Gulf Coast Chapter members met in April for business and a night at Baton Rouge TopGolf.
  • How did IFCEE begin? Read the history behind IFCEE, the event that convenes the entire deep foundations industry every three years. PDCA Technical Committee chair Mohamad Hussein of GRL Engineers/Pile Dynamics inspired its birth in 2009 and tells the story.
Winner of the #PDCADriven contest for May 2024
Congratulations, Pollyanna Cunningham, 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:
Government relations:
  • McCarthy Building Companies, through a JV, will overhaul Southern Gateway Park in the historical Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, an initiative funded through a federal grant. US-DOT Sec. Buttigieg and Mayor Johnson stood with construction teams for a photo opp. Famous Oak Cliff native and NBA legend Dennis Rodman didn't make it.
  • Atlas Tube sister company Z Modular hosted U.S. Rep. Biggs at its Arizona factory to show a proprietary technology boosting affordable housing. In 2023, Z Modular was a winning Project of the Year entry for Texas Pile, which founded its San Marcos, TX, community. Elsewhere, Arkansas Gov. Sanders led economic development stakeholders in celebrating news that Atlas Tube's Mississippi County factory gained a $120M growth investment.

  • Shannon & Wilson celebrates 70 years in business. The firm opened in Seattle, where it has impacted many high-profile piling projects. Among them is T-Mobile Park, home of the Seattle Mariners, for which it performed studies on 1,750 twenty-four-inch diameter piles driven into dense, glacial soils. Today, the firm has established a national footprint through its geotechnical engineering practice...and the Mariners host the Braves at noon.
People on the Move
  • Michael Bencaz named corporate safety director at APC Construction. The New Orleans contractor also introduced Mike Vavasseur as business development manager.
  • Dallas Weems and Jason Landry appointed new VPs at Beard Construction in Port Allen, LA. Weems will oversee corporate risk, Landry will lead BD and marketing.
  • Kristen Severs welcomed to McCarthy Southern Region as VP, Human Resources.
  • Kenneth Loper elevates to VP, Operations at Orion and its Houston concrete team.
  • Scott Williams, VP of the PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter, begins as division manager on specialty foundations at Sealevel Construction in Thibodeaux, LA.
  • Dan Winters takes a new job as a territory sales manager at Meever USA, and Emma Adams is a new addition to the steel supplier's inside sales team.
  • Kevin McLaughlin, P.E., starts as regional manager in southeast Louisiana at Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc.

Sending sympathies:
  • Junior Gonzalez (20012024) had recently earned a promotion and was approaching his fourth anniversary with Lodge Lumber in April, if not for a tragedy on March 30. Today, he is fondly remembered as "a great young man...on an upward trajectory with the company," according to CEO J.W. Lodge. Junior's surviving dad has been at the company for more than 30 years. J.W. coordinated a GoFundMe to help Junior's family with expenses, which reached its goal.
The Lodge Team
Junior Gonzalez, center, (sunglasses) standing with the Lodge team on St. Patrick's Day
  • Gregory Langford (19572024), president at Mason Forest Products near Hattiesburg, MS, passed away in March. The loving granddad was a 39-year timber piling veteran.
On the Job
ASAP Group makes more real estate in downtown Miami through construction of a seawall around a small extension off Brickell Key. ASAP was a sub on this job for a private commercial center.

Bowen Engineering Corporation installs sheet pile for a new substation under construction in Indianapolis. Crews use a Hercules Machinery Corporation SP100 hammer to drive the steel.

Commerce Construction Corporation drives more than 1,000 LF of steel sheets with an ICE hammer for rehabilitation of Pier 1 in the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Herbert F Darling Inc. is featured on YouTube showing foundation construction for Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Park pedestrian bridge. Is that 30 feet of snow on top of this job site? #Buffalo

MEB is in Yorktown, VA, preparing to install 240+ foundation piles at Tabb Pressure Reducing Station & Offline Storage Facility. Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering performed pile testing using a PDA from Pile Dynamics, Inc., while a PILECO Inc. D19 hammer does the driving.

Sealevel Construction has been awarded a $315M contract to construct the Houma Navigation Canal Lock Complex which will involve a variety of foundations. The installation will keep marine traffic moving and provide necessary conservation protections to southern Louisiana.

Tectonic Engineering Consultants, Geologists & Land Surveyors is the Special Inspector of Record on a project designed to protect flood-prone Hoboken, NJ, and nearby communities. The $480M resilience project involves installation of sheet and H-pile, performed by American Pile and FoundationJunttan and Liebherr machinery are spotted on the job site.
In the News
WMAR-TV Baltimore aired a live report from a fundraiser that several area organizations hosted in support of the families of the fallen workers who were victims of the Key Bridge collapse in late March. Shana Carroll was interviewed on camera. The D.W. Kozera, Inc. president was among the local volunteers to organize this event. Issue 3 of PileDriver magazine features an in-depth interview with Carroll about her engineering career that issue is coming your way in June.

Delaware Business Times reports on unique fortification for the Delaware Memorial Bridge, where Richard E. Pierson Construction is installing a veritable defensive line by the substructure, designed to rebuff a catastrophic collision like the Key Bridge. The $95M collision protection system should be complete in 2025. According to ENR, the contractor worked with Hartman Engineering and Nucor Skyline to design and procure sand-filled, flat steel sheet cells to defend adjacent bridge piers.

WITN-TV Greenville, NC airs a news story about safety in road construction zones. Eric Yates, a regional manager for Balfour Beatty, was among those interviewed by the reporter.

USA Today published news and pics of the Concorde jet in transit via the Hudson River. A Weeks Marine barge returned the iconic aircraft to its home at the Intrepid Museum in NYC.

Construction Briefing interviewed Bechtel's Catherine Hunt Ryan about women in the trades.
Notes from the Field
Here on the third rock from the sun Social media had no shortage of photos of PDCA members standing in parking lots wearing Max Headroom sunglasses and pointing their iPhones to the sky on April 8. It was solar eclipse mania! See links to eclipse coverage from some who were close the line of totality, including Lloyd Engineering in Houston; D.A. Collins Construction in Wilton, NY; and Hammer and Steel in Hazelwood, MO. No burnt corneas were reported.

Snoop Dogg knows about burnin' The rap legend helped Justin Bright choose the words for his LinkedIn post that starts, "Drop it like it's hot," as he described a GeoQuip D8 driving timber at Foxfire Park in Virginia Beach. The Cianbro foreman includes video, so you can see the heat for yourself.

Drop it like it's large and awkward maybe a crane barge launch is something you see every day, but you always watch the splash. Thanks to C.J. Mahan Construction, you can repeat this video of their new 400-ton vessel launching, on its way to the Chickamauga Lock & Dam project.

When the sun sinks down over the water, Naples, FL, is as good a place as any to watch it. Just look at this photo by Kena Yoke of her crane silhouetted against the glorious sunset. And if you're CCO-certified and looking to relocate, Island Piling may be looking to grow as it continues installing driven pile foundations for SW Florida, still recovering from 2022 Hurricane Ian devastation.

You can buy yourself flowers As a child, did you anonymously drop baskets of blooms on neighbors' porches on May 1? May Day is a tradition started in Europe and is also observed in the U.S. Florida might be an exception because, instead of a vibrant bouquet, someone left a large lizard at the entrance to the sheet pile yard at Meever USA in Green Cove Springs, as seen below.
A large lizard at the entrance to the sheet pile yard at Meever USA
Thanks for reading the May 2024 installment of A Pile of News. We appreciate all of you who have sent us content for this publication; remember, if you want us to consider your news for future editions, please send that to matt@piledrivers.org.

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UPDATED! Pacific Coast Shoot Draws Large Crowd, Raises Funds for Students

(L-R) Doug Ollis, Dermot Fallon, Tommy Haupt, Darren Riddle, Jeff Arkin, Mark Weisz, Ryan Turner. Not pictured, Matt Lehmann

Pile drivers in California and throughout the West Coast know to reserve the last Friday in April for the PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship Shoot, an annual fundraising event conceived to assist young people seeking higher education in pursuit of a construction management or engineering career. The annual event for 2024 was a resounding success when upwards of 130 deep foundations professionals assembled on April 26th at Birds Landing Hunting Preserve, east of Oakland, CA, on a cool, crisp Friday morning. It was the start of an eventful day that involved a clay shooting competition, a Chapter meeting, networking, a hearty lunch, and an enviable collection of raffle prizes. Most importantly, it generated $25K for the PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship Fund.

As the day wore on, the temperature warmed and the competition smoldered. Several shooters qualified for various team and individual awards, presented by Chapter President Dermot Fallon.

In addition to the competition on the shooting course, President Fallon called for a vote of the Chapter membership, to elect a new leadership team (pictured at the top of the post). Mark Weisz returns as Chapter Treasurer and Doug Ollis comes back to the leadership board. New to the board are Tommy Haupt, Matt Lehmann, Darren Riddle, Jeff Arkin, and Ryan Turner

Following the business meeting, a spirited raffle and live auction helped grow the scholarship fund that will be awarded to select student applicants in August, in advance of their first semester in an institution of higher education. The event raised around $25,000, thanks to the generosity of participants and sponsors. Those who sponsored a shooting station included: Independent Pipe, Nucor Skyline, Bay Machinery Corp. Oldcastle Infrastructure, PJ's Rebar, Northern CA Carpenters, Magna, Central Concrete, and Pile Drivers, Bridge, Wharf & Dock Builders.

Some participants went home with great prizes like an all expense paid hunting trip, bragging rights and a trophy, a new gun, fishing gear, adult beverages, new logo items, and more. But all participants left the event knowing that they contributed to the important cause of helping develop a new generation of deep foundation professionals in the west coast region.

Enjoy the following photo montage of the2024 PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship Shoot....

Posted in Chapter News.

Welcome New and Returning PDCA Members in 2024!

Jonah Micutowicz of AGM Marine Construction, Samantaa See of Corpac Steel Products,
Chester O'Leary of Archangel Development Enterprises

PDCA has begun 2024 with several new and returning members electing to support the largest organization dedicated to the advancement of the driven pile. The first quarter brought several companies and individuals into various membership categories. Notably, ongoing membership development initiatives have been boosted by the PDCA Board of Directors, which, in January, unanimously voted to extend membership at no cost to government employees and educators.

Please help us welcome, or welcome back, in some cases, the following members who have joined PDCA in the first three months of 2024:
  • Contractors: AGM Marine Contractors of Mashpee, MA; Archangel Development Enterprises of Bluffton, SC; East Coast Marine Construction and Design of Daytona Beach, FL; MEB General Contractors of Chesapeake, VA
  • Associates: Corpac Steel Products Corp. of Aventura, FL; Dark Horse Metals of Liberty Hill, TX
  • Engineering Affiliate: COWI, worldwide
  • Government employees: Dwarika Mallick of MTA-NYC Transit Authority; Gavin Gautreau of LA Transportation Research Center; Derek Paille of LA-DOTD
  • Academic employee: Dr. Alejandro Martinez of UC Davis
  • Students: Jansen Billiot from LSUBaris Elmas of University of Missouri
  • Government and academic employees may now join PDCA at NO COST; student membership is FREE

Pile Drivers to Gather May 15 at TopGolf in Edison, NJ for Annual Chapter Event

George Harms Construction Company dispatches a foursome of 'ringers' for the 2023 Northeast Chapter TopGolf event.

Show off your robust network in the Northeast pile driving community, show off your 350 yard drive, or show off both at the annual PDCA Northeast Chapter TopGolf Meet & Greet and New Member Outreach event, coming back to Edison, NJ on May 15th.

Each year, the PDCA Northeast Chapter offers the social at TopGolf with the objective to grow the organization. The networking function is open to PDCA members, as well as their guests from the deep foundation construction industry who might consider participation in Chapter membership. Your ticket gets you admission to the event, plenty of time in a TopGolf tee boxes, food, drink, and a full evening of reconnecting with industry colleagues and friends.

You must register yourself and your guest(s) to ensure entry to the reserved space at the Edison, NJ TopGolf located at 1013 US Route 1. Click the button below to purchase your tickets.  See you on May 15th!

Posted in Chapter News.

Sponsors Invited to Help PDCA Celebrate Industry Contribution and Excellence

(L-R): 2022 Association Award winners Diane Fischer and Jill Harris
pose with PDCA Executive Director Frank Peters during 2023 awards ceremony

Make sure you add the PDCA Awards Ceremony & Luncheon to your calendar on May 10th in Dallas, when IFCEE concludes. There is no cost to attend this event but registration is mandatory!

An annual function at PDCA is a formal celebration of industry contribution and excellence. PDCA recognizes excellence through the annual Project of the Year Awards program where winners are chosen through a consensus of industry veterans serving as voluntary judges who consider entries in categories of Land, Marine, Earth Retention, Associate/Engineering Affiliate, and International projects. 

Representing industry contribution are the annual Association Awards which include; Committee Chair of the Year, Associate Member of the Year, John T. Parker Industry Ambassador Award, Dr. Frank Rausche Professional Engineers Service Award, Presidential Award for Distinguished Service, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Nominations for these awards are collected and winners are ultimately determined through a consensus of PDCA leadership.

This year, the PDCA Awards Ceremony & Luncheon is scheduled to take place on May 10th, from 12:30-2 PM CDT at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, in Dallas, Texas, at the conclusion of formal programming at the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo (IFCEE). Registration is independent of IFCEE, and is offered at NO COST. Please attend and help PDCA celebrate industry contribution and excellence!

Sponsorship for the PDCA Awards Ceremony & Luncheon is available. If you and your company want to be recognized as supporting the PDCA members who voluntarily and positively impact the driven pile-based, foundation construction, and demonstrate notable levels of industry contribution and excellence as defined by the various awards, consider supporting this annual ceremony. 

To register for this FREE event in Dallas on May 10th following IFCEE and/or sponsor the luncheon, please click the registration button to secure your options. Thank you for your support of PDCA.


It Became a Big Deal, But How Did IFCEE Start? One PDCA Visionary Can Tell You

South Carolina Chapter leadership, (L-R): Board Members Jason Moore, Greg Canivan, Immediate Past President John King (standing), special guest Mohamad Hussein, President Kent Parker

In case you hadn't heard, IFCEE 2024 is right around the corner and the entirety (we hope!) of the deep foundations construction and engineering industry is finalizing travel plans to Dallas, TX to attend the triennial event at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, from May 7 - 10, 2024. Short for the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo, IFCEE dates back to 2009, and has convened every three years, since then. It is a highly successful collaboration among some of the biggest stakeholders in deep foundation construction, including PDCA, the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC), the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), and the GeoInstitute (G-I) of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Each convention features industry and technical education, exhibitors who bring the latest in foundation technologies, a massive, outdoor equipment show, inspiring presentations, unequalled networking, and plenty of memorable fun.

One might wonder, how did all this start? PDCA Technical Committee Chairman Mohamad Hussein is someone who knows the history well. The Executive Director for Global Industry Relations at GRL Engineers, Inc. and Pile Dynamics, Inc., and world-renowned civil engineer, has had decades of involvement with all the deep foundations organizations mentioned above. He conceived the idea for an 'industry-wide convention' and effectively advocated for the first event, which came to fruition a few years later. Many people may know that he was involved in the original concept of IFCEE, but we asked him to tell the story in his own words:

"The seed for the first of its kind mega-event encompassing all aspects and organizations of foundations was planted by myself and a few others in 2005 when I was Chair of the Deep Foundations Committee of the ASCE's Geo-Institute by a wishful suggestion to various industry leaders.  What became the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo (IFCEE) in 2009 was a phenomenal success. Fifteen organizations from around the world (including the then relatively young PDCA) were involved.  Over 2,500 attendees took part in the 52 technical and professional development sessions and enjoyed the unprecedented outdoors and indoors equipment exhibitions ($150-million worth of equipment, as I recall).  The technical presentations and papers were compiled in the 2,000-page, 3-volume proceedings books that represented the state-of-the-art and practice of foundations engineering.  IFCEE has since become the industry's landmark that everyone looks forward to every three years." (Mohamad Hussein, in his own words, about the origin of IFCEE.)

In March, the PDCA South Carolina Chapter hosted Mohamad for dinner the evening before he would present at the Chapter's Driven Pile Technical Seminar the next day. During that dinner, Chapter leadership held a short recognition ceremony applauding Mohamad's contributions to PDCA and celebrating his operative work that put PDCA on the stage as a key partner in IFCEE with the biggest organizations in deep foundation construction.  

Thanks to the work of Mohamad and the dozens of others that joined his campaign for IFCEE as an entity in the 2000's, and PDCA's initial inclusion in the industry marvel, the PDCA of today can enthusiastically promote the 2024 event that is almost here. As we have told you, IFCEE 2024 will include some PDCA-specific events such as the festive Texas Chapter Happy Hour on Wednesday evening (5/8), the venerable E.A.L. Smith Awards Lecture featuring a presentation from Dr. Richard Hartman on Thursday morning (5/9), and the PDCA 2023 Awards Ceremony & Luncheon taking place on Friday (5/10) where we will honor the 2023 Project of the Year Awards and Association Awards winners during a FREE, 90-minute luncheon. And just a heads-up to all PDCA members attending IFCEE next month, a special gift from PDCA will be waiting for you, so make sure to connect with someone from PDCA staff during your time in Dallas. And make sure to introduce yourself to Mohamad Hussein, he will be there! 

click to Register for IFCEE

ifcee archives
(L-R) ASCE President, Geo-Institute President, IFCEE Chairman M. Hussein,
US Army Corp of Engineers Lieutenant Commander, ADSC President, and PDCA President.

These archives about the first IFCEE in 2009 are from the collection of Mohamad Hussein

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Clark Foundations, LLC had to overcome several challenges to successfully build a temporary support of excavation (SOE) system for The Stacks, a mixed-use development in Washington, D.C., that features three 14-story buildings and a combined 300,000 sq. ft., below grade garage. Clark designed and built the SOE system for the construction of the underground garage structure, with the overall depth ranging from 32 to 42 feet.

Clark Foundations, LLC relied on a team of PDCA members including Equipment Corporation of America, Dawson Construction Plant, GeoQuip/HPSI, PILECO and Triad Metals to get the job done successfully.

Read the article


Your Friendly Columnist, Dear Darling checks in to answer a reader

Reader Question: "Dear Darling: for those on the fence about involvement in an association and its value, what are your thoughts on the tangible and intangible gains? Any advice for someone who's joined and is considering the next best step?"

Guest columnist and past president of PDCA Buck Darling responds: "In my case monetary gain had little to do with my decision to join PDCA. There are more benefits than those that are calculable!"

Read what Buck has to say about how participating in industry associations have made his life better.

Interview: Justin Lijo, Trevcon Construction

"I'm interested in marine construction... It's the uniqueness of every project and the challenges that we face working on the water. It's exciting that everything is different all the time."

This year marks Justin Lijo's 20th anniversary with Trevcon Construction. Today, he's the company's chief estimator.  Read all about his career so far in this issue's Interview column.

Solutions to Your Workforce Issues

If you missed PDCA's Value Driven Webinar that featured a panel of five PDCA contractor members discussing their current workforce challenges and what their companies are doing to combat those concerns, don't skip this Q&A article.

From corporate culture, college recruitment, employee referral programs, safety and more, the panel consisting of Warren Baker from DFI Piling; Scott Callaway from Cajun Industries, LLC; Brooke Chitwood from Bowen Engineering Corp.; Brian Heck from Goettle; and Michael Wysockey from Thatcher Foundations covered a lot of ground. Learn strategies to help you and your business with staffing.

Foundations for Tomorrow

UBC Pile Drivers & Divers is training its members to be field-ready and future-proof. Did you know that contractors can suggest training courses if they see a knowledge gap in the field?  Read more

PDCA Toolbox Talk: Exclusion Zones

Exclusion zones are critical for pile driving safety. Exclusion zones identify restricted areas where high potential hazards are more likely to occur, shielding workers and bystanders from those threats. Read the article and see the Toolbox Talk in PileDriver, and don't forget to download the PDF from PDCA's website and use it with your crews.

DON'T FORGET! Registration for IFCEE 2024 is OPEN!

Still on the fence? Don't be! Join thousands of deep foundations professionals in Dallas, May 710, 2024. Register today!

Register to Attend FREE Lunch, Awards Ceremony After IFCEE

(L-R) Ed Bisono and ASAP Group, Michael Simpson and Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering,
Clayton Signor and Texas Pile, are among 2023 Project of the Year Award winners which will be honored on May 10, 2024.

Registration is required to join PDCA in celebration of the 2023 Project of the Year Awards winners in a special ceremony and luncheon on May 10th at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, immediately following formal programming at IFCEE 2024. It is FREE to attend, but is a separate event and registration from IFCEE, so reserve your seat now! The following winning companies and projects will be recognized on stage and presented their trophies, during this special event:
  • Forefront Deep Foundations, Inc. - Mexico-U.S. Port of Entry Bridge Widening over the All-American Canal
  • Texas Pile, LLC - Z Modular San Marcos
  • Richard E. Pierson Construction Co., Inc. - Tradepoint Atlantic Inner Berth Bulkhead Improvements, East Berth
  • Cape Romain Contractors, Inc. - Noisette Creek Pedestrian Bridge
  • Pacific Pile & Marine - Port of Alaska Petroleum & Cement Terminal Phase 2
  • Richard Goettle, Inc. - Montgomery County SMART Project
  • ASAP Group - Central Everglades Planning Project New Waters EA A-2 Stormwater Treatment Area
  • Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering - Surfside Beach Pier Replacement
In addition to the 2023 Project of the Year Awards, the 2023 Association Awards will be presented to the winning individuals. There is no cost to attend this special event, however, since a lunch will be provided, you are REQUIRED to register in advance so you and your party may be accommodated. The event takes place from 12:30 - 2 PM CDT on May 10th, in the Cotton Bowl Room in the Downtown Dallas Hyatt. IFCEE participation is encouraged, but not necessary to attend. Click the button below to reserve your seat for this lunch and awards ceremony.

Sponsors are invited to support this special luncheon ceremony. There are four sponsorships available to PDCA benefactors, at $2,500.00 each. You may secure a sponsorship by clicking the registration button below.

The Project of the Year Awards program from PDCA represents the organization's most prestigious honor, and its annual winners exemplify excellence in driven pile-based, deep foundation construction. You read about the 2023 program winners in PileDriver magazine, Issue #4-2023this is your chance to network with some of the industry's leading pile drivers and help applaud their work during this live event. We hope to see you there.


Reception @ IFCEE from PDCA Texas Chapter, Open to All PDCA Members

PDCA Texas Chapter members gathering for a November 2023 happy hour event in Houston

If you are attending IFCEE 2024 in May, plan to join the PDCA Texas Chapter for a FREE networking reception on May 8th in the Hyatt Regency Dallas - Cotton Bowl Room. The event runs from 5-7 PM and is open to all PDCA members.

Thanks to the following sponsors, happy hour food and beverages will be available:
  • CPS Houston
  • Meever USA
  • Russell Marine LLC
  • Dark Horse Metals
  • PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter
  • PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter
Registration for this event is required, please click the button below to reserve your spot:

click here

Posted in Chapter News.

FREE TopGolf Fun Follows April 18, Gulf Coast Chapter Meeting

PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter leadership team (partial), L-R: Beau Haydel, Tony Sepulvado, Scott Williams. Tyler Roberts not pictured.

Phetteplace (L) attends Gulf Coast Chapter Crawfish Boil before presenting at 2024 Engineers Conference.
Don't miss an evening of professional development and golf!

Pile drivers throughout the Louisiana and beyond will gather on April 18th at TopGolf Baton Rouge for a quarterly meeting of the PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter, followed by plenty of time to show off their drives in the high-tech tee boxes. The event begins at 5:30 PM, and includes networking, food, and a technical presentation from Brandon Phetteplace of GRL Engineers, Inc. Through a generous donation of regional PSC supplier, Louisiana Concrete Products, this Chapter function is offered at no cost.

RSVP is requested for this event by April 15, 2024, to Gulf Coast Chapter President Tony Sepulvado at asepulvado@bohbros.com. Make sure and reserve your spot and ensure there is enough food and beverage for all attendees!

Advance registration is required, please click the button below:

Posted in Chapter News.

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