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A Pile of News - June 2024

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A Pile of News: June 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 June 3, 2024
Top of the Pile

IFCEE 2024 is in the books! Thanks to all who attended the triennial celebration made possible through a partnership of PDCA, ADSC, DFI and G-I. Nearly 3,000 deep foundations pros spent May 710 in Dallas to participate in the technical programs, equipment expo and more.     
All hands on deck A marine crew from Manson Construction is lauded for its response to a major San Diego pier fire that became national news and caused $17M in damage in late April. The contractor explains. Commendations go to Max Oviedo, Jon Hook, Brian Sauck and Gavin Slavens, who are credited with gaining control of the blaze after three hours. The Coast Guard broadcasted its appreciation.
 
Highway heroics a three-vehicle crash on I-95 in May resulted in a tanker fire that halted traffic for days in Norwalk, CT. There were no fatalities, but ConnDOT demanded immediate demo of a compromised overpass. Tectonic Engineering and three other civil firms working nearby mobilized for demolition and oversight the next day, worked around the clock over the weekend and easily met expected completion by Monday morning.
 
Pile drivers brace for the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season From now till Dec. 1, conditions are more favorable to the development of dangerous storms spawned by warm ocean waters. 2024 NOAA forecast. PDCA members are often on the frontlines of catastrophe, aiding victims and rebuilding communities. Resilience is a necessary societal priority, and puts to work many PDCA members like Weeks Marine, seen here fortifying the eroding coast in North Florida. 
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars:
Today to July 1: Pacific Coast Chapter scholarship application period is open for entries

June 12 - 14: DFI SuperPile, San Francisco Marriott Marquis; PDCA is a cooperating organization

June 13: Value Driven Webinar Series Presents "Proper Equipment Maintenance," 2 - 3 pm EDT, FREE to PDCA members, non-members can register for a nominal fee

Ongoing: Various PDCA standing committees meet in June, July; see events calendar for info 

News and PHOTOS from the PDCA Blog:
South Carolina Chapter holds quarterly dinner meeting; two members celebrated for awards

Northeast Chapter "drives" member growth through annual TopGolf social, outreach event
Graphic containing a screenshot of #PDCADriven Winner for June 2024.
Congratulations, Hydraulic Power Systems, 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:
Hercules Machinery Corporation (HMC) grows its solar pile driving product line with a new remote-controlled rig. Pres. Tom Dame says the STR20-RC increases safety and productivity.

John Lawrie Tubulars USA has earned Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) verification for its secondary pipe, enabling end-users to confidently use the CO2 emissions data from the EPD to report to project owners the carbon footprint of the foundation.

Koppers expands in the utilities sector with the purchase of Brown Wood Preservers; sales director Randy Kelly says this "opens the door to more opportunity for driven timber pilings."

Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. (GTA) opened a new office in Triad, NC. Sr. geotech Jacob Prout, P.E., will manage the location and VP Shawn Sullivan will be acting principal in charge.

Government relations:
Bechtel Corporation, a demonstrated partner delivering construction services to the U.S. DOE, hosted U.S. Reps. Fleischmann and Foster at a Capitol Hill event that convened stakeholders in the modernization and security of nuclear installations across the country.

Clark Construction mobilized at Chicago's iconic Thompson Center, home to much of Illinois state government, and will retrofit it to make room for new tenant, Google. ABC7 Chicago covered the kickoff featuring reps from the tech giant as well as Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Johnson.

Kokosing was at the Soo Locks in Michigan's UP to greet the First Lady and Second Gentlemen during a May visit. See The Sault News. The contractor is in a JV, building a new USACE lock.

Veit hosted Minnesota legislators Sen. Hoffman and Rep. Kraft at various functions this year. The two sponsored a bill, which passed with bipartisan support, that dramatically improves ground construction in the state. Advocate John Hass, a director at Veit, says the measure requires GPS on excavations, which enables more accuracy in contracts and better project planning. He anticipates future federal action will follow. Gov. Walz signed the law in May.

Koppers external relations director Kevin Washington was part of a small delegation that visited The Hill to advocate rail construction issues before various legislators. Among his other visits were with U.S. Sen. Hyde-Smith and U.S. Reps. Cole, Lesko and Graves.

Nucor hosted U.S. Sen. Schumer, majority leader, at its Auburn, NY, steel mill. Elsewhere, Gov. McMaster headlined a groundbreaking for a new mill in South Carolina

Giving back:
Mason Construction held Mason Ranger Academy to provide crews supplemental education through classroom and hands-on learning from industry professionals. Armando Gomez, Jr., P.E., Patrick Kenney, P.E., and Tyler Henneke, P.E., from Tolunay-Wong Engineers served as trainers.

ORION staff raised more than $13K at a charitable bike ride in Texas to fight multiple sclerosis.

JD Fields & Co. was presenting sponsor at a Houston fundraiser supporting the fight against pediatric cancer; Erica Ferens co-chaired Better in Boots, a gala that brought 500 attendees and $1.1M.
Photo of Houston fundraiser, Better in Boots, supporting the fight against pediatric cancer.
Lodge Lumber held a blood drive that attracted 21 donors, who donated enough blood to potentially save and/or sustain 84 lives.

THI Pipe & Piling
supported May benefits for charities, including the Eddie Sutton Foundation.


ECS Limited
helps educators adopt/expand STEM practices in curricula through a partnership with Cognia, an NFP organization. They hope to grow the pool of aspiring engineers.


Eustis Engineering
contributed to St. Matthews school in New Orleans through participation in an annual crawfish cookoff. Chad Held and his fellow chef teammates won second place.

Recognitions:
Russell Marine LLC was awarded for safety and excellence by an international client.

Gerdau North America, Northwestern Mutual (represented at PDCA by Pat DiCerbo), were named winners of Rally Awards which recognize leading companies for staff recruitment.

S&ME provided geotechnical services and materials testing for the Great Falls-Dearborn Diversion Dam Bypasses, a South Carolina initiative that won a national award.

TRC Companies, Inc. demonstrates success with its diversified business model when you see how it fared in the annual listings of top performers from ENR
People on the Move
Transitions:
Larry Toner is welcomed at APC Construction in New Orleans as senior construction scheduler.

Jason Phillips is the new area manager of the central/western Carolinas for GeoStructures, Inc.

William Varn, who was previously an intern, onboards in a FT role at SJ Hamill Construction in Charleston, SC, following his graduation with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from The Citadel.

Jim Skare hangs up his hard hat after a nearly 28-year career as an equipment operator at Veit.

Dale Bradtmueller earns promotion to production supt. at HMC in Ft. Wayne, IN.

Horacio Rubio joins JD Fields & Co. in human resources at the HDM Spiralweld Mill in Houston.

Jesse Edwards onboards at John Lawrie Tubulars USA in Houston as new operations manager.

Marco Lessard becomes CEO of Stealth Pipe and Steel. The Quebec supplier cites "strategic vision," "international relationships" among the top qualities of the 30-year foundations veteran.

Chris Calhoun, P.E. is the new Houston office geotech manager at ECS Limited, Andrew Ptak, P.E. takes the same role in Chicago, and new graduate Gracie Floyd joins the Greenville, SC, office.

Mindy Sayres elevates to district office manager at GZA GeoEnvironmental in Fairfield, NY.

Catherine Ellis, MBA, P.E., G.E., is the new Shannon & Wilson VP in its California Bay Area office. She brings nearly 30 years' experience in geotechnical engineering.


Thomas Smoak elevates to sr. associate/Charleston, SC, office manager at Terracon.

Recognitions:
Lane Grigsby, Cajun Industries founder, earns first-ever Medalion for Advocacy from AGC.

Henry Massman, CEO of Massman Construction, retains a seat on the executive committee for the Construction Industry Roundtable as immediate past chairman.

Scott Canada, EVP of renewable energy at McCarthy "leads by example" and rides his bike to work. According to the picture, it looks like a long, hot ride!

Ty Disberry reaches 40 years at Bull Moose Tube, prompting celebration at the Missouri office.

Jeff Harmston from ECA celebrates a second place finish in the Pro Am Shag Amateur Division, part of a national dance championship in Atlanta, where his team competed in various categories.

Arturo Rodriguez hits the 45-year mark at Lodge Lumber, where he provides steadfast service. We told you above how the supplier hosted a blood drive, but Arturo and a handful of other Lodge employees celebrating anniversaries were identified as "bleeding green."

David Key, P.E., of ESP Associates, was lauded for 14 years of board service at the N.C. Association of Floodplain Managers.

Ernie Nillen in New Orleans reaches 40 years of employment with Southern Earth Sciences, Inc.

Sharon Krock elevates to presidency at Society of American Military Engineers. The Philadelphia branch leader at Schnabel Engineering takes the helm following 11 years of involvement.

Matthew Kiker, P.E., Jason Seaman, P.E., with Thomas & Hutton provided support to UNC-Charlotte students who contributed geotechnical assistance on a roadway design project. Also, Ceclia Arango, CPSM, earned a spot on the 100 Most Influential Women in Georgia list.

Second Lt. Grant Bisbee commissioned in the U.S.M.C. in May, days after his graduation from University of Florida. He is this proud author's son, and his achievements spawned #FlatMatt

Sending sympathies:
Dan Stack, the incoming safety manager for the Pittsburgh office at Richard Goettle, Inc., unexpectedly passed away at age 51. He leaves behind a wife, three children and three dogs.

Irene Mason, a matriarch at Mason Construction in Beaumont, TX, passed away at age 95. Remembered as Grand I, she has a legacy as the backbone of the company. Read a sweet eulogy to the late Ms. Mason by one of many proteges who carry on her commitment to excellence. 
On the Job
Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman Inc. has a crew at a southeastern Connecticut marine piling project installing 76-foot long steel sheets using an ICE vibro.
 
Boh Bros. Construction Co. crews install driven piles for a replacement bridge on U.S.-190 in Covington, LA, part of a LA-DOTD highway widening project that is expected to complete in 2025.
 
East Coast Marine Construction & Design installs sheet and vinyl piling to fortify four oceanfront properties near Daytona Beach, FL. Crews used an ICE vibro to drive steel from JD Fields & Co..
 
Kokosing, through a JV with The Walsh Group, begins work on a companion bridge to supplement Cincinnati's Brent Spence span (I-71/75) connecting Ohio and Kentucky. The Deputy PM explains.
 
Legacy Contracting of Stayton, OR, will install a new, FEMA-funded pedestrian bridge in Umatilla. Considered a key piece of city infrastructure, officials say it will reopen at year's end.
 
Morris-Shea Bridge Co. reports a construction milestone from Corpus Christi, TX, where work continues on the Cheniere Energy Liquifaction project that has involved critical coordination with Bechtel.
 
O'Quinn Marine Construction used FRP products to build the Whitehall Boat Landing near Beaufort, SC; the supplier is out with a new promotional video showing the "jewel of the Sea Islands."
 
ORION was successful in designing and implementing a steel pipe pile-supported system for the Golden Pass LNG Flood Gate in Sabine, TX. Steel sheets will form a protective curtain on the installation. Elsewhere, the company won a contract for a bulkhead replacement at Port Everglades near Miami.
 
Palmetto Pile Driving reports on the successful installation of 2,478 PSC piles for a South Carolina power plant, accident free. Contributing professionals for the job included John King of Pile Drivers Inc., Tim Dutton of Junttan USA, Daren Franks of Lodge Lumber, and Greg Canivan, P.E., of S&ME, Inc.
 
R.E. Pierson Construction employs the top down construction method for the North Millsboro Bypass, a new connector coming to Delaware in 2025. Pile driving and cofferdam construction are in progress.

Russell Marine LLC is installing a toe wall for the Wando Welch Terminal at the port in Charleston, SC. This project enables significantly greater volume potential for the facility. Crews are using ICE machinery to install 47 feet sheet piles from Nucor Skyline, 50 feet underwater.
 
The Walsh Group is half of the JV building the I-90/I-95 interchange over the Charles River west of Boston; an ICE hammer drives the H-pile.
 
COWI wins a five-year, continuing services contract with FDOT for consultation on active bridges. North American leadership is proud to "contribute to the safety and longevity of Florida's bridge infrastructure."
 
Gerhart Cole Inc. is among the consultants contributing to the replacement of the historic Portal North Bridge that connects upwards of 200K daily rail passengers between New Jersey and New York.
 
Schnabel Engineering is among many PDCA members on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project. A promo video shows a Liebherr heavy lift crane poised to facilitate the first monopile installation.
Notes from the Field
Callin' Baton Rouge What better way to attract interns than to give them an up-close-and-personal look at Death Valley? (Clemson folk, read: "the other death valley") Cajun Industries hosted prospective interns for a private tour of LSU's famed-football stadium along with a raffle for two lucky winners to win helmets signed by A-list D-1 Coach Brian Kelly. The event brought 60 interested students.
 
Classic high school prank grows up in the pics, it looks like masked bandits occupied and ransacked the Manson Construction Jacksonville, FL, offices. But it was just a creative Safety Week exercise promoting PPE where Hannah Huezo and James Fowler developed a game using toilet paper, among other things.
 
Was Taylor Swift there? Perhaps she's a fair weather fan of KC sports since she wasn't seen at the Royals baseball game in May, when Kahn Steel Co. attended for their company outing at the ballpark
 
Move over Bears Beets Battlestar Galactica now there's Beers Bees Brad's Side Hustles. PDCA board member Brad Roberts, who leads the Contractor Services office at GZA GeoEnvironmental, enthusiastically joined his team to launch a beekeeping and hive management initiative in observance of Earth Day. The initiative seeks to grow declining bee populations that are critical to sustainability in food production and more. We remind you that during the holidays, Brad makes GZA beer.
Photo of people gathered around a beehive for a beekeeping and hive management initiative.
Thanks for reading the June 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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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.
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  • 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.
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  • Gulf Coast Chapter members met in April for business and a night at Baton Rouge TopGolf.
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  • 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:
Recognitions:
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.
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  • 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.

Anniversaries:
  • 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
Transitions:
  • Michael Bencaz named corporate safety director at APC Construction. The New Orleans contractor also introduced Mike Vavasseur as business development manager.
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  • 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.
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  • Kristen Severs welcomed to McCarthy Southern Region as VP, Human Resources.
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  • Kenneth Loper elevates to VP, Operations at Orion and its Houston concrete team.
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  • Scott Williams, VP of the PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter, begins as division manager on specialty foundations at Sealevel Construction in Thibodeaux, LA.
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  • 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.
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  • Kevin McLaughlin, P.E., starts as regional manager in southeast Louisiana at Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc.

Recognitions:
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.

Appearances in PDCA publications like this newsletter or PileDriver magazine are exclusive to members. If you are not a member, AND you've read this far, why not consider joining PDCA, even if it's just to get your name in print? Trust us, there are FAR MORE benefits. Enroll today.
 
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A Pile of News - April 2024


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

Time is running out - The PDCA Project of the Year Awards program entry period closes FRIDAY. Submit Land, Marine, Earth Retention, Associate/Engineer, International pile driving project(s) to PDCA through e-file share, ASAP!

We're glad you're here! Q1, 2024 brings new members to PDCA; help us welcome and thank the following:
  • 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 LSU; Baris Elmas of University of Missouri
  • Government and academic employees may now join PDCA at NO COST; student membership is FREE

It's almost here  IFCEE 2024 The International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo comes to Dallas May 7 - 10. Registration is open, but rooms at The Hyatt Regency Dallas are SOLD OUT other nearby options are available. Don't miss the triennial collaboration from PDCA, ADSC, DFI and the Geo-Institute, featuring insightful programs and a huge equipment show.
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars:
News and PHOTOS from the PDCA Blog:
Winner of the PDCA Driven contest
Congratulations, Interpipe 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
Giving back:
A man showing school children construction tools
  • Aggregate Technologies, Inc. sponsors The Water Cycle, a campaign of the Auburn University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders that will bring water solutions to developing countries.
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  • Atlas Tube donates steel tubing to Mobility Worldwide, a charity that builds mobility carts for people in need. Steel is used in the frame and brake handles, giving a user the gift of movement.
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  • Bottom Line Equipment introduces the American Hero program in which it donates 25% of rental revenue on certain heavy machinery and attachments to military and first responders.
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  • Lodge Lumber Co. commends its employees who spent a Saturday morning supporting a charitable initiative in Houston that provides beds to children who need them.
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  • Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. applauds its staff members in Somerset, NJ, who volunteered at the Franklin Food Bank to help with stocking and cleaning at the facility.

Recognitions:
Acquisitions & expansions:
  • Cajun Industries, LLC expects construction of a 20K sq. ft. expansion at its equipment services facility in Port Allen, LA, to be completed this summer.
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  • Kiewit grows its Lenexa, KS, campus with a new six-story, 177K sq. ft. building. It also gets a new common space, solar panels on the four buildings and EV chargers in the garages.

Government relations:
  • McCarthy Building Cos. expanded the Phoenix-Gateway Airport with a new 5-gate terminal, through federal funding. Officials from the Presidential Administration, along with U.S. Reps. Stanton and Gallego, and Mesa Mayor Giles participated with the builder in the widely publicized ribbon-cutting.
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  • Bull Moose Tube sent engineering manager Richard Morales to Washington, D.C., to assist ASCE efforts to advocate for issues pertaining to infrastructure, resilience and Buy America. The Georgian met with his congressman, U.S. Rep. McCormick, who gave him a commander coin. He also met U.S. Sen. Warnock and staff for Sen. Ossoff.
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  • S&ME, Inc. staff from South Carolina visited Washington, D.C., with ASCE to advocate for more U.S. infrastructure investment. Jonathan T. says the delegation met with U.S. Rep. Wilson, along with staff from the offices of U.S. Sens. Graham and Scott, and Reps. Clyburn and Duncan.

Anniversaries:
  • Pile Drivers, Inc. of Hollywood, SC, has been installing driven piles in and around Charleston for 50 years. The small, family-owned business has swum against a tide of consolidations and buy-outs, which have changed the face of the industry significantly, over the past two decades. Proprietor John King says that maintaining a fluid business model and adjusting to constant changes in the market, workforce and regulatory environment are the keys to survival.
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Rod Kern, representing the Kern family's fourth generation at Equipment Corporation of America (ECA), earns promotion to vice president at the company. Also, foundation construction machinery veteran John Zito onboards as ECA's newest business development manager.
  • Onur Uzun elevates to GM at Copier Machinery, based in The Netherlands with U.S. offices.
  • Coleman Kitchens joins the Texas sales team at John Lawrie Tubulars.
  • Michael Muniz is the newest addition to the THI Pipe & Piling sales team and will manage a northeastern U.S. clientele from his Ohio base.
  • Nick Harrington named manager at American Engineering Testing, Inc.'s Sioux Falls, SD office.
  • Eric Hohmann will lead construction management for CRW Engineering Group, Inc. in Alaska.
  • Gerard Drohan, Jetinder Minhas, James Brickman, Sal D'Amico, Kyle Sidle, Cristos Zoupantis, Shawn Barca and JP Binard promoted to associate at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers in NYC.

Recognitions:
  • Aislinn Nagy of Balfour Beatty makes Engineering-News Record's National Top 20 Under 40 list. It notes her resume reflects $1.3B of commercial construction work across 10 market sectors.
  • Rob Soriano won the Unsung Hero award at a maritime industry gathering hosted by the Propeller Club-Port of Tampa. The port engineer for Orion Marine is a decorated USAF veteran who served in three foreign tours of duty and actively supports many maritime causes.
  • Marquia Wooten, a project engineer at Pacific Pile & Marine, has published a coloring book under the penname M. DeVonne. It highlights the contributions of black women in construction and is now available on Amazon. Her work on this and other volunteer initiatives caught the eye of city officials in Seattle who publicized her story.
  • Leon Topalian who helms Nucor Corp. takes a seat on the board of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation. He also pledges to donate $2.5M in monetary support and steel.
  • Brad Roberts has raised more than $30K in charitable funds over several years of getting sponsored participation in the Boston Marathon. While Brad is sitting out this year, he is helping his GZA GeoEnvironmental colleague Kyle Szewczyk raise money for running this year's race.
  • Kathryn Petek, Sam Sideras and James Walters won the Shannon & Wilson Best Technical Publications contest for their presentation detailing a bridge retrofit in Oregon. Dr. Petek was the solo runner-up for her work outlining pile failure for large diameter open-ended piles.
  • Kevin Kundla became a retiree last Friday, with eyes on the Jersey Shore and Florida. This follows his 40+ year piling industry career which began as a dock builder apprentice and ended as BDM at Commerce Construction Corporation. His employer shares this warm farewell.
  • Jason Hunsberger retired after 29 years in fabrication and welding at Foundation. According to the boss, he always turned "crazy designs" from engineers into reality.
  • Tony Simmonds is retiring from GEOKON following a nearly 40-year career of positive contributions to the geotechnical instrumentation industry and successful development of leaders at the company. The outgoing EVP retains a board advisory role.
  • Linda Navin Murray helps families access grief therapy and other resources through the Cassidy Murray Foundation, inspired by a tragedy on the water. The Haley & Aldrich business systems analyst told her devastating story at a staff safety meeting, the firm stresses water safety.

Sending sympathies:
On the Job
Bechtel gives a shout-out to its partner Morris - Shea Bridge Company for its ES&H commitment, as their coordinated foundation work continues on the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project.

Cianbro strengthened its place in American and military history with completion of the new Senator John Warner Maritime Heritage Center in Alexandria, VA. Named for the late statesman and former Navy secretary, the waterfront learning facility is now home to artifacts like a replica of the 18th century ship Providence

East Coast Marine Construction & Design delivers a stunning sunrise in this job site photo as it breaks ground on another Daytona Beach, FL, seawall, to mitigate rising waters.

Pacific Pile & Marine is the low bidder for a $76M redevelopment of two berths on Terminal 91 at the Seattle Port, according to reports in the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction crews are in Salt Lake City suburb, Sandy City, where they are building a new interchange with a bridge to ease congestion on Bangerter Highway. Nucor Skyline steel is being installed with a piling hammer from International Construction Equipment.

Russell Marine LLC assists erosion control in Sugarland, TX. Colby Smith and crew install weir structures on the Brazos River. Also, East Coast crews expand the Wando terminal for South Carolina Ports with pile extraction and construction of a new pier for the Coast Guard, which involves a sheet pile bulkhead.

Junttan hosted professionals from PRECO-MSE at its Finland factory for a tour and meetings with its teams in PDA and engineering. This, after the contractor installed piles from Interpipe Inc. Canada at a Montreal jobsite where it used its PM16 rig.

Professional Service Industries is on a Bossier City, LA, job site performing dynamic monitoring using Pile Dynamics, Inc. instrumentation for a Boh Bros. Construction crew while it drives steel H-piles.

TRC Companies, Inc. is assisting the City of Lockhart, TX, with infrastructure needs, including the development of a master plan to address needs of the water and wastewater systems.
A group of people having fun in a bowling alley
Employee morale is a priority at Foundation in Oakley, CA. Staff recently went bowling event and the annual Horseshoe Tournament is coming back on June 1.
Notes from the Virtual Field
Do you like to see explosions? Minnesota contractor Veit often performs demolitions before pile installations. It recently pulverized an old power plant in Wisconsin and a local videographer caught the event with multiple camera angles. See the 60 second clip  it's better than CGI-enhanced scenes in modern movies!

We're Manson Construction... of course we'll produce a trendy social media video to celebrate our exceptional women in construction!

Technology is wonderful, except when it's not: ChatGPT can be useful in construction but should stay in its lane. Shana Opdyke-Carroll calls the foul when the software generated this image of a fake geotech performing a test. She and the real geotechs at D.W. Kozera, Inc. can dispel the mythologies.

Texas Hold 'Em  If this social media post from Eustis Engineering were set to music, we would hear the new country song by Houston native Beyoncé accompanying the field crew as they tested soils from the Texas cattle ranch.

College student co-ops and interns at construction companies gain real-world experience and keep a talent pipeline flowing into the industry. But sometimes, they can teach the ole dogs some new tricks. Richard E. Pierson Construction Co. commends co-op Shane from Drexel University for his insights to PM's about HCSS civil construction software.

It's no secret that pile drivers often hear references to pro wrestling (among other things), however, a unique comparison came in a February blog post from the Greater North Dakota Chamber. The author writes about her childhood and her dad, who was a big WWE fan. She ties that to complimenting PDCA for its work on behalf of members and concludes the column proclaiming that Frank Peters is a far better executive director than Macho Man Randy Savage ever could be. You gotta read it!

Thanks for reading 'All the piling news that's fit to print.' PDCA commends its members for the work you do, both in and outside of the industry. If you have something you would like to share with the thousands who receive this publication each month, please send in your news tips to matt@piledrivers.org. Meantime, submit your Project of the Year entries, ASAP. Register today to attend IFCEE. And if you're reading this early on April 1, go saran wrap the toilet at your office before your colleagues arrive...it's April Fool's Day, after all!
   

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A Pile of News - March 2024

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

Lainey said it best: YOU know a few things a man oughtta know - wishing you a happy Women in Construction Week, March 3 - 9 

March Madness is more than NCAA basketball in 2024; PDCA Chapters offer a variety of March professional development events

Join PDCA this month; 2024 dues are prorated for 10 months, AND you can still enter Project of the Year Awards. Call today! (904) 215-4771

Going to IFCEE? Register by March 31st to secure early bird pricing for the LANDMARK event
 
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars:
  1. Today - April 5: The PDCA Project of the Year Awards program entry period closes in about a month. Submit your Land, Marine, Earth Retention, Associate/Engineer, International pile driving project(s) completed by 12/31/23 to PDCA through electronic file share.
  2. March 4 - 6: Deep Foundations Dynamic Testing & Analysis Seminar and Workshop educational collaboration with Pile Dynamics, Inc. gets new central Florida location, Lake Nona Wave Hotel Orlando. It's a one-day seminar, two-day workshop, with optional proficiency test at the end.
  3. March 6: Northeast Chapter Professional Development Course, 8A - 4P annual education event at sponsor George Harms Construction in Howell, NJ. Clydesdale Steel to host a Meet & Greet nearby at The Cabin, following the technical presentations.
  4. March 14: Gulf Coast Chapter Engineers Conference, L'Auberge Casino & Hotel, Baton Rouge biennial event features up to seven PDHs, kicks off with a Crawfish Boil on March 13 at Pointe Marie.
  5. March 14: South Carolina Chapter Driven Pile Technical Seminar, 9A - 3:30P The Citadel, Holliday Alumni Center, Charleston. Breakfast, lunch, PDH included.
  6. March 19: Texas Chapter Lunch & Learn, Hyatt Regency Baytown, 10:30A - 1:30P education event near Houston open to the industry, lunch is $50. Jody Singletary of Dunham Price and Gerry McShane of Service Steel Warehouse presenting. 
  7. April 18 - 20: Geoprofessional Business Assn Annual Conference, JW Marriott Anaheim Resort PDCA is a cooperating organization. Registration is now open.
  8. April 26: Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship Shoot, Birds Landing, CA, 8A-2P Watch for details!
  9. May 7 - 10: International Foundations Congress & Equipment Expo (IFCEE) March 31 is the deadline for early bird registration. The event brought to you by PDCA, ADSC, DFI and G-I is at Hyatt Regency Downtown Dallas. Don't miss insightful professional development, valuable industry networking, a HUGE indoor/outdoor trade show, and more.
  10. May 10: Ceremony, 2023 Project of the Year Award winners, Hyatt Regency Dallas, 12:30P

News and PHOTOS from the PDCA Blog:
Congratulations Bill Ziadie, you are this month's winner!
Congratulations, Bill Ziadie, 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
Giving Back:
  • CNT Foundations installed piling for the Emanuel Nine Memorial in Charleston, SC, the location of deadly racial violence in 2015. It honors the nine slain church clergy members. A non-profit is developing the remembrance facility for education and healing. Other PDCA members on the job are Balfour Beatty which donated construction services and Thomas & Hutton which assisted the design team. 
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  • JD Fields and Co. sponsors the Sky High For Kids, Better in Boots fundraiser for pediatric cancer research; event is a clay shoot and gala in Houston, March 7-8. Erica Ferens is co-chair. 
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  • Nucor reports that the severely wounded U.S. Army veteran it sponsored has now moved into his 'forever home,' made possible through company support of the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Government Relations:
  • Orion Marine was presented a plaque from U.S. Rep. Carter as an official welcome to New Orleans, a city where the contractor has worked since 1906, and has opened its newest office.
Welcome to New Orleans, Orion Marine

Recognitions:
Acquisitions & Expansions:
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Jonathan Schmaltz elevates to director, southern region yard at McCarthy Building Co.
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  • Pete Adams is the new director of operations at Palmetto Pile Driving. Also, Kelsy Nigels joins as office manager. She's granddaughter of the late Charleston civil engineering legend, Mac Nigels.
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  • Caleb Michael earns promotion to field engineer at Charleston, SC-based SJ Hamill Construction.
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  • David Jansinski is named new director of engineering at ESC Steel LLC.
  • Jill Bramblett joins the sales team in the northeastern U.S. for John Lawrie Tubulars.
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  • Craig Bradshaw is a new addition to inside sales at Kahn Steel Co. in Kansas City, MO.
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  • Edward Clark, EI, is named lead engineer at Houston-based Mammoth Carbon Products.
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  • Allan Korte returns to northeast Florida to become equipment manager at Meever USA.
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  • Frank Celli takes a sales position in the Gulf Coast region for Service Steel Warehouse while 30-year industry veteran Jimbo McKnight has been promoted to oversee the Midwest region.
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  • Amr Sallam, PhD, PE, a recognized expert in wind turbine foundations and adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, becomes a new principal at Ardaman & Associates.
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  • Joon Park, Jay Dave named new geotechnical staff scientists at GeoEngineers, Inc., elsewhere, Chad Kean is the new health and safety manager.
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  • James Tantalla, Srinivas Yenamandra and Renzo Verastegui, all elevate to associate principals at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers in New York City. New senior associates are Andrew Klaetsch, Sung Kong, Coleen Liddy, Adam Dyer and Alex Ciamei.
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  • Stephen Diem, Kristen Freiburger, Oliver Hoopes, Jason Buenker, PhD, PE, are promoted to senior associates at Shannon & Wilson; moving into associate roles at the firm are Ryan Collins, Shoshana Howard, PE, James Walters.
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  • Carlos Ramirez is a new CMT in New Orleans for Southern Earth Sciences, and Dylan Sauce onboards in that position in the Mobile, AL, office. Jaren Cook is a new engineer in Mobile.

Recognitions:
  • Tina Wolff, business development engineer at Kokosing, guest lectured graduate students at Notre Dame, examining Indiana codes and project communication.
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  • Belin Wills, a former teacher, returned to the classroom with Ronnie Wills where the Aggregate Technologies team presented to Auburn University students in the American Concrete Institute.
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  • Mark Gwynn retires from American Spiralweld Pipe after 37 years; Missy Hicks in inside sales assumes his PDCA membership.
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  • Amy Cristiani from THI Pipe and Piling completed the 13.1 mile, Katy Half Marathon in Texas.
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  • Rai Mehdiratta, PhD, celebrated 50 years at Fugro in its new Houston office, during Engineers Week; Richard Shea of Morris-Shea was among the well-wishers at the gathering.
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  • Russell Nipper marked 40 years at Southern Earth Sciences in Mobile, AL, and Dennis Mitchell in Tampa, FL, secured licensure as Professional Engineer.
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  • Rich Anderson, Rod Kern, Anthony Sciortino and Gordian Ulrich, all of Equipment Corporation of America get a Pile of special recognition. They showered, put on clean clothes (fancy ones, at that), combed their hair, and shined their work boots. Meet the new glitteratti!
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  • Lloyd Engineering in Houston tells ECA, hold my beer. Staff stood for a photo with shiny boots on Go Texan Day, a local tradition that kicks off the Houston Rodeo. It's the glitterati, Texas style!
On the Job
Black River Solar shows a jobsite with a high number of installed piles (1,200) and LOW temperatures on a Danville, IL, winter day. The frigid solar farm is reportedly a project for the green crypto industry.
 
Blue Iron Foundations & Shoring installed a sheet pile shoring system with a PVE Equipment vibro for the emergency stabilization of a rail line along a segment of a public canal in San Diego, CA.
 
Farrell Brothers Marine Construction notched a couple 'firsts.' See photos of its new dock built in Ponte Vedra, FL; its first with a submerged bulkhead around the slip, and the first in a hammock.
 
Herbert F. Darling, Inc. has begun steel sheet pile installation for a new fire station coming to Ithaca, NY. Crews operate ICE, Inc. equipment to drive the sheets from both Nucor Skyline and Triad Metals.
 
Island Piling, Inc. teams up with UES to develop the foundation for a new custom home in SW Florida.
 
R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors was in the minority of New Jersey residents to be found on a local golf course this winter; their crew installed an old wood style bulkhead at Manasquan River Golf Club.
 
Sealevel Construction built a railcar scale blending silo at a Garyville, LA, industrial facility. The project included the installation of a sheeted cofferdam and concrete and timber pilings.
 
Trevcon Construction wins a contract to drive piles for an initiative of the NYC EDC; crews will build the first and largest phase of the proposed Manhattan Greenway along the Harlem River.
 
Weeks Marine, Inc. lands two new projects in New York; crews will be mobilizing for the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal and the Hudson River Ground Stabilization.
 
Junttan supplied a flying leader and hydraulic hammer for installation of PSC piling for components in the construction of a marine oil terminal in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
Geo-Technology Associates preps the jobsite for a future, five-building warehouse complex in York County, PA. The 220-acre parcel reportedly lies atop limestone bedrock, hard quartzite, phyllite and schist.
 
PACO Ventures supplies the new, No Shock Vibration Dampener from Antaeus. We noticed that the marketing sent in February subtly pays homage to the late Toby Keith, who country music lost last month. #RedSoloCup.
PACO Ventures No Shock Vibration Dampener from Antaeus
In the News
Engineering News Record tells the story about a surprise crews encountered in the construction of a new dock at the Port of Beaumont (TX). McCarthy Building Cos. senior project manager Robert Wood is quoted in an article about how the crew managed removal of two old docks in the way of the new build.
 
The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce publishes an aerial photo of progress at the city's Pier 58 where Pacific Pile & Marine has installed decking, part of its scope as it constructs the new waterfront park.
 
Industry Notes:
Notes from the Field Sports Edition
Leading Off New to PDCA in 2023, Kingdom Pipe & Steel named Blake Brannon president for the Texas-based piling supplier. He has an impressive resume including Entrepreneur of the Year and 40 Under 40 honors. Digging deeper, you learn he played baseball for the L.A. Dodgers who you can watch on Opening Day (March 20), when they play the Padres in MLB's first-ever game in South Korea.
 
Not an international incident Favorite team day is fun in a workplace. Interpipe, Inc.-Canada staff took a day to wear their sports team gear, and they weren't all hockey or Canadian. Yes, the Maple Leafs, Capitals and Blue Jays were there, but the NBA's LA Lakers and Super Bowl champion KC Chiefs also made the cut. 

Speaking of the NFL social media delivered reminders that several PDCA members have a connection to Allegiant Stadium, the Las Vegas venue for the city's first Super Bowl which pitted the Chiefs against the 49ers. For instance, Kiewit crews have been there reworking the roads to the stadium for NDOT. Also, McCarthy was in the JV that built Allegiant Stadium, which opened in 2020. They also constructed a neighboring solar installation, which now powers the arena with renewable energy. 
 
You might remember we covered the college career of Rashee Rice, who just finished his rookie season for the champs from Kansas City. The former SMU Mustang (a past NIL partner of J.D. Fields & Co.) proved to be one of many offensive weapons in the OT victory; he had six receptions and two carries, to total 44 yards.
 
Teamwork is a key to victory Both Texas NFL teams bowed out in the playoffs, still the state produced a great story about teamwork featuring two PDCA members which worked together to serve a mutual client. Let's give a nod to Mason Construction and American Piledriving Equipment
 
Strange bedfellows March brings basketball fans the NCAA men's and women's tournaments. If you pick brackets, you often cheer for a team you may not like, but need the 'wins'. Strange things like this happen in pile driving, too. Charleston, SC, contractor Palmetto Pile Driving, Inc. issued public appreciation to crosstown competitor Pile Drivers, Inc. for assisting on a PSC installation job. In this case, the customer and the driven pile got the win.
 
And there's more friendly adversaries John King of Pile Drivers and Jason Moore of Palmetto Pile Driving were spotted in the arena for a February basketball game between powerhouse NCAA women's teams, No. 1 South Carolina and (then) No. 11 UCONN, teams with a combined 13 national championships. For those wondering, the home team Gamecocks kept the perfect season going that day.
Palmetto Pile Driving watching the Gamecocks stay perfect
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A Pile of News - February 2024

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A Pile of News: February 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 Feb. 1, 2024
Top of the Pile
BREAKING NEWS: In 2024, PDCA is revolutionizing your member experience. Details coming soon.
 
And the winner is: A special award ceremony and lunch after IFCEE concludes on May 10 will honor 2023 PDCA Project of the Year Awardees. Registration is required, watch for details.  BTW, April 5 is the deadline to enter this year's contest!
 
Thanks for the social media shout-out! PDCA received an endorsement from Leo Keegan of Professional Service Industries, Inc., after he saw his photo in PileDriver magazine last year. Fortuitously, PSI appears again, this time in a profile in 2024's first issue. Hot off the presses, READ PileDriver magazine, Issue #1 2024.
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars:
News and PHOTOS from the PDCA Blog:
  • The 18th Annual Oyster Roast, courtesy of the PDCA South Carolina Chapter and its generous sponsors, was a big success on a cold January night. See who was SPOTTED.
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  • Board sets 2024 priorities In its annual strategic planning meeting, returning pres. Brian Heck gaveled-in proceedings where PDCA leadership established organizational priorities for the new year ranging from financial, educational and growth. All "signs" pointed to achievable success!
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  • Libations With Leadership on Jan. 10 was the first FREE PDCA regional reception in 2024, a networking event for area industry members and PDCA board members. Who was SPOTTED?
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  • Attention civil engineering undergrads Industry staffing firm and PDCA member Heron Wolf has launched a new scholarship opportunity, good for $1,000. Apply by April 15.
Congratulations Rick Sadler, you win!
Congratulations, Rick Sadler, you are this month's winner! Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of the month to claim your prize!
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Tyler Henson, Lucas Salzano are new additions in quality control at C.J. Mahan Construction in Grove City, OH.
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  • Billy Naylor will implement the national safety program in his new role as SVP, National Safety at McCarthy Building Co. Also, Scott Lawrence moves up to SVP operations Southern Region. 
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  • Cameron Toups, a 10-year veteran in the Gulf Coast piling industry, has been elevated to VP operations at Houston-based Russell Marine, LLC.
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  • Michelle Aseltine joins business development at Aggregate Technologies, Inc. in Houston. The new lead for hydro-demolition at ATI, she was previously a membership director for ABC.
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  • Brian Mondello has been named Florida office manager for GRL Engineers, Inc. The 20-plus year veteran in deep foundation testing is based in Orlando.
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  • Phil Thompson, P.E., was appointed office manager at H&H in Hamilton, NJ. Elsewhere, Sean Oroho, P.E., S.E., returns to the firm as a principal associate and West District manager.
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  • Chad Bruorton, P.E., Nate Buffum, P.E., Jarod Ford, Julie Robertson, PG, and Joe Young, P.E., have been promoted to VP at S&ME, Inc. Elsewhere, Adrian Jones, MBA, BSCE, PMP, joins the Memphis office as principal, contributing 23 years of experience in municipal construction.
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  • James Thomas, P.E., Brian Riley rise to civil group leaders at Thomas & Hutton in Charleston, SC.
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  • Rick Kalson, a PDCA committee chair and periodic contributing legal author to PileDriver magazine, was tapped to build a NYC-based construction law practice at Cozen O'Connor.
Recognitions:
  • Dex Falgoust from Cajun Industries' Deep Foundations team bested his colleagues in an ugly sweater contest. Per the group photo, his coworker Brent Guthrie didn't bother risking his GQ reputation.
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  • Andy Murdock, a field mechanic, was honored by his employer Cianbro for his action during a traffic pileup. His service truck was rammed by a driver whose door became wedged shut. Andy pried open the door and let the driver into his warm truck to wait for the scene to get cleared.
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  • Chelsey Rodrigue completed a professional development class and earned a public "congratulations" from her employer, Baton Rouge-based GROUP Contractors.
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  • David Price, CEO at Linde-Griffith Construction Co. in New Jersey, celebrated a unique New Year's Eve to ring in 2024. He and his wife Kristin hosted the marriage celebration for their daughter Sarah Price, who wedded Justin Strickland.
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  • Cody Starr won a $100 gift card and public shout-out from his employer Morris-Shea Bridge Co. for helping a stranded motorist change a "tricky" flat tire.
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  • Kent Parker, of Parker Marine Contracting in Charleston, SC, found his inner Mark Twain, adopted a penname (Julius Parker) and published an historical novel chronicling the journey of a young woman who discovers generations of ancestral secrets. Pre-order Beneath the Draper Moon.
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  • Marvin Dilks (pictured) took a job with Richard E. Pierson Construction in 1980, becoming its first employee. Now in 2024, the new retiree gets a warm farewell from his longtime Pilesgrove, NJ-based employer
Marvin Dilks
  • Allie Brady, a PM/estimator in the foundations division at Veit, won election to the board of the Minnesota Builders Exchange where she will serve a three-year term.
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  • Dan Hickmott reaches 37 years with Atlas Tube in Harrow, ON. Other notable milestones from the facility are Murray Brimner at 32 years, and Steve Shaw and Jarrod Bonyai at 30 years.
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  • John Devine, Dave Johnston, Ben Riches and Al Ellerington are celebrated as inaugural winners of Sales Excellence Awards, an initiative for employees of Equipment Corporation of America.
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  • David Lee, PLS, from ESP Associates spoke to NC State students on engineering project surveys.
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  • Gwen Sanders, president at Eustis Engineering, supports the engineering department at University of New Orleans, her alma mater. She mentored students on an assigned geotechnical project report
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  • John DeMuth, P.E., S.E., is a VP at PND Engineers and reaches 35 years, becoming the firm's second longest tenured employee. The Alaska principal has a robust resume in pile construction design.

Sending sympathies:
News from PDCA Companies
Giving back:
Recognitions:
Acquisitions & expansions:
  • DFI Piling announces market growth through its purchase of Alberta-based Carter's Piling Ltd.
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  • Foundation Constructors, Inc. of Stockton, CA, updated its digital presence with a new website and domain, striving to give visitors a more intuitive and user-friendly experience. Check it out!
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  • Kokosing formed Kokosing Solar after acquiring assets from a 22-year-old Ohio solar installation company. Brady Phillips leads the new division from Westerville, OH.
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  • Parker Marine Contracting has expanded and reorganized operations. Central offices moved within Charleston, SC, there's new pile manufacturing in Summerville, and yard in Hollywood.
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  • Bull Moose Tube won California DOT certification for steel piling made at its new mill in Texas. It credits Michael Bernitt, Richard Morales, and the team, which completed the Caltrans audit.
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  • Haley & Aldrich announces a second location in Montana; geotechnical engineering is among the services provided at the new Helena office, led by principal Dustin Wasley, PE.

Government relations:
  • Gerdau pursues greater knowledge and influence on global issues impacting the steel industry. In January, CEO Gustavo Werneck attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the world's largest conclave of political and business leaders. It was their first appearance.
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  • Nucor hosted prominent policymakers at various mills around the U.S. In Columbia, SC, Congressional Steel Caucus member, U.S. Rep. Fry toured a manufacturing facility. In Arkansas, Gov. Sanders visited one mill, and a legislative committee met with company leaders at another.
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  • Schnabel Engineering partnered in the delivery of the Cooper Lake Dam, enhancing water management and its supply resiliency, for the city of Kingston, NY. Stakeholders in the project, including Kingston Mayor Noble, gathered for a winter ribbon cutting ceremony.
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  • Tolunay-Wong Engineers provided geotechnical and testing services for the recently completed St. Francis Parkway Extension for the City of Gonzales, LA. Mayor Arceneaux joined representatives of all project partners to formally open the new piece of infrastructure.

Anniversaries:
  • Boh Bros. Construction, a heavy civil contractor in New Orleans since 1909, is in its third generation of family owners. Robert and Stephen Boh begin a 115th year of continuous operation. Notable, PDCA BOD member Harold Baur and Gulf Coast Chapter pres. Tony Sepulvado are employees.
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  • PND Engineers recalls trademarking a development that "revolutionized pile construction techniques" 40 years ago. Read a short history about the SPIN FIN.
In the News
Balfour Beatty finished ahead of schedule in an NCDOT replacement of the Harker's Island Bridge. Construction Equipment Guide updates a PileDriver story about the span built with carbon fiber strand.
 
Clark is featured in a cover story in the winter edition of Building Washington magazine. 
 
CS Marine Constructors is spotted in a State of California Facebook video. The Vallejo-based contractor had equipment visible in an informercial about a BAFF it installed in the Sacramento River.
 
Hoffman Equipment has a demo machine that appeared on News12 New Jersey. Video footage shows it pulling off the roof of Karma in Seaside Heights. Karma was a club made famous on MTV's Jersey Shore.
 
GTR provides design, testing and instrumentation services for replacing the $1B Walk Bridge in Norwalk, CT. Cianbro is in a JV on the rebuild. The Hour recaps the span's history.
 
Industry notes:
Jason Moore at Palmetto Pile Driving in Charleston, SC, suggests a refresher on completing OSHA logs
 
Flexifloat shares news projecting global marine/port construction to reach a $45.74B market size
On the Job
Foundation Constructors Inc. installed 369 total, 16 inch octagonal precast piles produced by an area Kiewit subsidiary, as part of the construction for a new TopGolf coming to Burlingame, CA, by year's end.

Lynnhaven Marine and Dock has a crew in Virginia Beach using a Pileco D8 from GeoQuip to install timber piling for the long-awaited Foxfire Trail, a VDOT grant funded, regional attraction.

Sealevel Construction completes dock repair at the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District. Within the scope for the Louisiana contractor was installation of 300 linear feet of sheet pile and 122 concrete piles.

Trevcon won a design-build job from NYC for construction/development at Throgs Neck Bridge. With the design, it will deliver security fencing, fender systems, mooring platforms and more.
 
DuroTerra supplied 114 ductile iron piles for a 1.5-day foundation installation. After load testing, the work was done in three days. The Sioux Falls, SD, project will become Jacobson Plaza at Falls Park.
 
Foundation Equipment Services drives 60-foot, 14-inch PSC in coastal Georgia for Georgia Pacific with a Junttan.
 
Hammer & Steel has a VDH MP 70, its newest piling rig, and a Junttan rig at the Santee Cooper power station in South Carolina. See regional manager Steve Snyder's photos. Parker Marine Contracting uses the equipment to install 2,500 HP from Nucor Skyline. Meantime, S&ME, Inc. is the geotech on record.
 
OTTO Farbricators, LLC owner George Cerda continues growing the south Texas piling industry supplier. He reports having manufactured 1,500 feet of leads U32"- U26", during the last six months of 2023.
Notes from the Field
It doesn't snow in South Florida, but Island Piling and Naples area customers were inconvenienced by a snowstorm in January. They patiently waited for a crane to depart Iowa in a blizzard. We learned that it arrived late and weathered.
 
Can you ice fish in there, too? That's the first thing that comes to mind when envisioning the custom "huts" Clydesdale Steel uses for its welders to stay highly productive during extreme cold.
 
Yoga pants are in aisle 2, next to the HSS For one shopper, the local Lululemon store appeared to offer more than just yoga pants, when branded structural steel was spotted on the sales floor. A photo shows a steel beam from Atlas Tube in full display. Put the retailer's visual marketers on the payroll!
 
Imitation is the highest form of flattery Music fans may know Wu Tang Clan, a NYC-based hip hop group, cofounded by Gary Grice in the 1990s. Grice, also known as GZA, does solo work, too. His branding on solo albums adopts the Boston-based GZA GeoEnvironmental logo.
 
NASCAR looms large in North Carolina culture can hockey follow its lead? There's a NASCAR Hall of Fame, legends' hometowns and big race events full of corporate branding. Hockey culture is more prevalent up north, but the NHL has adopted a NASCAR staple of uniform sponsorships. New this season, the Carolina Hurricanes are the 11th team to make those available, and are now brought to you by Nucor
The Carolina Hurricanes
Don't skate past the deadline! Several members are already preparing submissions for the 2024 PDCA Project of the Year Awards program. All entries are due to PDCA no later than close of business on April 5. This is one month sooner than previous years. Entries must be provided to PDCA by electronic file share, if you need one, email matt@piledrivers.org.

A Project of the Year Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a PDCA member. For that reason, and because of the significant levels of interest the program has received in recent years, PDCA is excited to hold a special awards ceremony after IFCEE in May to honor last year's winners. If you are going to IFCEE, and you should, plan to stick around on the closing day (May 10) to help us celebrate the 2023 winners.

Posted in A Pile of News PDCA Monthly e-newsletter.

A Pile of News - January 2024

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A Pile of News: January 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 Jan. 2, 2024
Top of the Pile Happy new year! We wish you success, prosperity, health, safety, professional development, market growth and security in 2024. Let's start with a few reminders:
  • Members: Please remit your annual dues today. If you didn't get an invoice, contact PDCA.
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  • ICYMI: The latest PileDriver magazine dropped in December. If you missed it, you missed a lot...
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  • New in 2024 Qualified government employees and academics are eligible to join PDCA at no cost. Consider lending your important perspectives to PDCA as a new member. 
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