A Pile of News - January 2023

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

Originally sent Jan. 3, 2022
A Top of the Pile Happy New Year, and welcome to 2023! First, some final notes on 2022:
  • December brought 2022's last PileDriver magazine Issue #6; don't miss this themed publication which examines driven pile foundations mitigating natural disasters.
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  • PDCA welcomes new Associate Members in Q4: Scott Equipment Company, THI Pipe & Piling.
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  • Not a Member? JOIN PDCA TODAY and begin the new year supporting driven pile advocacy for the entire industry. Thank you to existing members who have already paid 2023 dues.
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars!
News and PHOTOS from the PDCA Blog:
  • As noted above, PDCA is now accepting your entries for the 2023 Project of the Year Awards. As inspiration to participate in the premier recognition program for driven pile projects, check out the trophy case on display at the Baltimore office of Kokosing Industrial
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  • Several PDCA Members in New England attended the annual Holiday Social hosted by the regional, Foundation & Marine Contractors Association. The event included a charity drive for Boston-area shelters and food banks; PDCA contributed $250 to the cause. EVENT PHOTOS
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  • South Carolina Chapter promotes a technical education event at The Citadel in 2023.
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  • They need to hire a publicist! Tallying-up the '22 media exposure for South Shore
  • Pile Driving.

Industry News:

In Alabama
Stakeholders in years-long discussions about a replacement bridge for the current I-10 structure connecting Mobile, AL, to points eastward gained a significant ally when ALDOT went on record in December to state that the $2.7B project is 'financially viable.'
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!
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & Expansions:
  • Atlas Tube parent company completes acquisition of EXLTUBE from SPS Companies, Inc., availing it to new manufacturing and warehousing space in the Kansas City region.
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  • Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) is underway with an expansion at corporate HQ in Pittsburgh. The larger space will accommodate a new, inside shop for techs to work on larger models in the ECA portfolio.
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  • Junttan, through a new partnership, has begun offering piling equipment with the factory option of built-in groundworks machine controls.
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  • Haley & Aldrich expands its California footprint through purchase of Cal Engineering & Geology, a regional expert in geotechnical water infrastructure.
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  • Universal Engineering Sciences welcomes Dan Brown and Associates into its growing family of companies. The high-profile, Tennessee firm brings more 'depth,' according to an UES statement.
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  • GEOKON becomes 100% employee-owned. President Chuck Chamley says the move for the Lebanon, NH, instrumentation specialist 'resists this trend' of venture capitalist consolidation.
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  • ASAP Group closes on a new Giken Silent Piler. We like to promote members doing business together, especially when they credit PDCA events for connecting them! Join PDCA today.

Governmental relations:
Giving back:
Recognitions:
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Cameron Toups promoted to senior project manager at Russell Marine in Channelview, TX.
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  • Jordan Adams elevated to President of SJ Hamill Construction, in 2022; it was a strong finish to his first year leading the Charleston, SC, contractor, capped-off with procuring an upgraded fleet of trucks.
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  • Jose Gonzalez retires after 43 years at Bull Moose Tube in Chicago Heights. Company staff celebrated his well-earned exit and recognized him with a plaque, cake and a fond farewell.
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  • Barrett Rahn becomes Director of Sales and Marketing North America at CZM USA Foundation Equipment, where he most recently was Factory Sales Manager.
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  • Chris Ellison has joined the Florida office of Equipment Corporation of America while Kevin Sharp has begun a new role at ECA Canada.
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  • Alexandre Guy elevates from parts sales rep to the planer team at Gilbert Products; in his new role, he will coordinate with customers on machine upgrades.
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  • Stephen Scott and Tom Ponnwitz onboard with the outside sales team at GMS Piling Products.
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  • Herald Wattenberg transitions to Meever to start the new year as strategic director for the steel supplier. A longtime friend to PDCA, he spent the past 17 years in piling machinery.
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  • Darin Werts takes his nearly 30 years' experience at MKT Manufacturing to an exciting new role outside of the driven pile industry, we wish him the best. The St. Louis equipment manufacturer taps VP of Engineering Nick Whisler to assume Darin's former oversight role.
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  • Amy Blomeke, Nikki Landry, Christina Colman, Alex Ong, Stephen Williams, Michael Platz, and Catherine Sobchuk are among the newest faces at the various offices of GeoEngineers, Inc.
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  • Alexandra West Jeffries, PE, Corey Roche, PE, SE, Tyler Bradshaw, PE, and Sean Sjostedt, PE, are all promoted from senior engineers to principals at Alaskan offices of PND Engineers, Inc.
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  • Philip Erbland, PE, and Aaron Goldberg PE, D.GE, earn promotion to technical principals at S&ME, Inc. Also, Glenn Raybon retired after 42 years as a Charlotte-based tech at the firm; coworkers celebrated him for leaving a legacy of 'leadership, humor and wisdom.'
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  • Carolyn Wright reaches 30 years at Universal Engineering Sciences in Gainesville, FL.

Recognitions:
On the Job
Blue Iron Foundations and Shoring uses Hammer & Steel equipment to drive PZC 26 60' steel sheets from Meever for a new intake and pump station in Northeast Florida.

Farrell Brothers Marine Construction shares another case where a driven pile foundation has maintained its integrity through coastal storms. Check out the Jacksonville Beach dock/bulkhead.

Foundation Constructors, Inc., shares a vibrant view from the air of ongoing construction at the Mokelumne Bridge on Interstate 5 in Sacramento County, CA. Crews install 48" and 24" pipe piles using a land-based LBC.

H.B. Fleming, Inc. crews drive 41K linear feet of steel piling for a new waterfront, residential community in Revere, MA. The job includes a permanent sheet pile bulkhead and two cofferdams.

Hal Jones Contractor refurbishes moorings at the Jacksonville, FL, shipyards to accommodate a docking home for the historical Navy destroyer, the USS Orleck. The ship is a new museum in the city.

J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc., is underway with construction of a new wastewater treatment plant in Plainsboro, NJ. The $56M upgrade is expected online in late 2024. We love to see PDCA members get strategic media coverage, look at the backhoe in the photo on NJ.com from the Dec. '21 groundbreaking.

Kokosing is part of a JV retained to build a $3.5B plant in Fayette County, OH; automaker Honda commissioned the project to build a facility that will manufacture batteries for electric vehicles.
Media Hits
The Cape Gazette of coastal Delaware publishes an article and photos showing the Sun Pile Foundations crew and machinery on a residential job in Rehoboth Beach. A PVE Equipment hammer is spotted in the pics; the contractor installed 29 steel I-beams, 20 feet into the ground.

The Day newspaper serving southeastern Connecticut mentions Weeks Marine for building the $70M Pier 32 at the Naval Submarine Base near Groton. A host of Navy brass and U.S. Rep. Courtney attended to celebrate a 'climate resilient' modernization for the base waterfront.

Charleston Regional Business Journal spotlights Ken Henegar, the newest member of the design team at the Thomas & Hutton Civil Department in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

The Zweig Letter Podcast examines Colleen Martindale's 'non-traditional path into construction.' She says it was several 'happy accidents' that led her to a thriving career at McCarthyWe want to know if Colleen's phrasing pays homage to a song lyric from The Turnpike Troubadours?

The Taft Bulletin profiles notable alumni of the Connecticut school; in her feature, Lysandra Reed, PE, of Haley & Aldrich states that geotechs 'are essentially the first step' in building a major structure.
Notes from the Field
Possible necktie scandal, EXPOSED! Word's out, revered geotech and longtime PDCA technical contributor Billy Camp is a free agent. After 34 years at a South Carolina firm, he is pursuing new challenges. His LinkedIn announcement shared some old photos, prompting friends and admirers to offer glowing comments. A post from Duane Bents of Morris-Shea raised our eyebrows: he claims that years ago, he lost a paisley necktie identical to the one Billy was wearing in a circa 1991 picture. Is this a coincidence??? 😉 Wishing you the best, Billy we hope you maintain connection with PDCA!

What's in a name? Perhaps 'Drop it Like It's Hops' was inspired by an old drop hammer, or maybe rapper Snoop Dogg's similarly-titled, hit single; only Brad Roberts knows. He and Boston brewmasters at GZA GeoEnvironmental create an annual, exclusive, uniquely-named beer for limited client distribution. The 2022 version is a carbon neutral beverage with 7% ABV in 16 oz. cans. Please drink responsibly!

Will the real green monster please stand up?  Baseball fans, check out the social media post from International Construction Equipment showing pics from a Boston jobsite outside Fenway Park. You will notice the green, ICE 44 vibro installing H-pile against a backdrop of the street-side view of the famous Green Monster. Great photo, ICE!

An observation that likely has no real relevance to your workday four different PDCA member representatives share the same name, phonetically speaking that is. John Peirce is the founder/owner of Pennsylvania-based Peirce Engineering and his son John Peirce III is the VP. In Virginia, John Pierce coordinates manufacturing at Atlantic Metrocast and in New York, John Pierce is a manager at Contractor Member C.D. Perry, Inc. Anybody else?

What's new on the web? Your online presence builds this monthly summary of PDCA news and info, so we really like to visit your web and social sites. At least two Contractor Members have recently unveiled sharp-looking, redesigned websites American Pile and Foundation and Weeks Marine.

Shout it from the rooftops if you install driven piles, and don't make a liar out of this classic meme, from Island Piling. We need your voices loud and proud to advocate pile driving. If you aren't a current member, JOIN PDCA today and support the only organization that coalesces industry voices and exclusively promotes the driven pile. Thanks for reading 'A Pile of News,' and Happy New Year!
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A Pile of News - December 2022

A Pile of News: December 2022
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 Dec. 1, 2022
From the Association & Chapters
Was it the power of incumbency? The votes are tallied, and we share with you, the elected industry leaders who will serve as the 2023 PDCA Officers and Board of Directors. You will notice many (if not all) familiar faces from the 2022 slate; that's because none drew an opponent, none has yet met the term limits threshold as outlined in the PDCA by-laws, AND each has chosen to commit to another year of service. Thank you, BOD!

Mark your calendars!
Dec. 8: PDCA Value Driven Webinar Series, 2-3 PM EST. Join this virtual education event for a presentation on Steel Durability in Marine Construction. FREE to members, $50 for non-members.

Jan. 3 - May 5:
The PDCA Project of the Year Awards will be open for entries. Start considering your submissions for completed 2022 jobs; entry link is coming in January.

Jan. 20: South Carolina Chapter Oyster Roast
This can't miss annual event is open to the industry thanks to valued sponsors. Festivities take place at Palmetto Pile Driving in Charleston.

Feb. 7 - 9: PDCA 24th Annual Conference, San Diego Mission Bay Resort
, Golf at Torrey Pines! Early registration, open for attendees until Dec. 16. Exhibitors can secure space now.

News and PHOTOS from the PDCA Blog:
Gulf Coast Chapter elects 2023 officers, with Dylan André at the helm, Tony Sepulvado, Jr. as VP, Brent Guthrie as treasurer and Heath Stevens as secretary. The chapter also heard a technical presentation at its fourth quarter dinner meeting in November.

South Carolina Chapter
presents Cadet Mary Coastal Watkins of The Citadel with prestigious "Mac" Nigels Scholarship; several PDCA past presidents were in attendance. PHOTOS

Pacific Coast Chapter
partnered with JD Fields & Company for two technical seminars; around 30 attendees each joined the Seattle and Huntington Beach events.


Texas Chapter
held a November lunch & learn in Houston, providing attendees with a four-part technical program.

Palm Trees and Pile Driving
brought a cross-section of South Florida's driven pile market together in November for a happy hour reception and industry update. PHOTOS

Industry News
NCCCO reminds the deep foundation industry that testing for operating dedicated pile driving rigs goes ONLINE beginning Jan. 1.
Congratulations, Service Steel Warehouse Co., L.P, 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:
Baker GCI supported Gulf region charities by participating in the Hargrove Foundation Baton Rouge Fishing Rodeo; staff member Brandon earned second place in the In-Shore Bull Red category.

Clark Construction
named a Top Corporate Philanthropist for 2022 by Washington Business Journal.


Conti Civil
helps Share the Table raise more than $20K at a recent golf fundraiser.

Kokosing
hosts an internal auction among its locations each year, all proceeds raised are donated to ensure families in need can enjoy the holiday season. Zachary Jones, an engineer for the company, created a unique woodcraft sign that he is donating for the charity auction.

McCarthy
raised funds to support Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist and We'll Get This Foundation through the annual charity golf tournament at The Clubs at Houston Oaks.

Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction
helps Utah's West Bountiful Police Department restart its K-9 program; unit member Goose participates in a photo op with officers and Wadsworth team.

Atlas Tube
and its travelling "grill of steel" was spotted at a November fundraiser in Birmingham, participating in the 26th Annual Pig Iron BBQ Tailgate. The event supports Children's Harbor.

Lodge Lumber
sponsored the 12th annual charity golf tournament benefitting Houston's Combat Marine Outdoors organization; it provides unique rehabilitation to combat veterans.

Recognitions:
Keller tops the 2022 ENR list, named number one firm for Excavation and Foundation.

Canal Barge Company, Inc.
can add to its service line, "facilitates missions to the moon." NASA's November launch of Artemis I, an initiative to reestablish a human presence on the moon, got an assist from the New Orleans mariners who provided transport of the spacecraft.

GRL Engineers, Inc.
 is part of the team that earned an ACEC-FL Honor Award for a major reconfiguration of the Central Florida Expressway. Hop on a plane, train or automobile and take the fam to Disney this project had many major stakeholders from the air, rail and highway sectors.

Nucor Skyline
parent company joins the UN 24/7 Carbon Free Energy Compact. President & CEO Leon Topalian announced Nucor is the first major industrial manufacturing company to do so.

ECS Southeast
earns ENR Firm of the Year; Wes Jacques, Raul Peralta accept honor in Atlanta.

Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering, PLLC
shares that the SC-DOT US 21 Over Harbor River Bridge Replacement has won again. Those paying attention know this project won a PDCA Project of the Year Award in 2021 as entered by ICE® International Construction Equipment.

The Citadel Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
is one of seven programs around the country to win a $10K NCEES Engineering Education Award.


Governmental relations:
Bowen Engineering Corp. begins construction on a new water treatment plant in Oak Ridge, TN; among dignitaries who addressed the ceremonial groundbreaking was U.S. Rep. Fleischmann.

Mason Construction
's VP Le Short was at a November Legislative Update in Southeast Texas; Speaker Phelan of the Texas House of Representatives gave perspectives on current issues.

McCarthy Building Co.
, Tolunay-Wong Engineers were among sponsors for the Gulf Coast Industry Forum this fall in Pasadena, TX. Gov. Abbott, former Gov./U.S. Energy Secretary Perry addressed the topic Global Geopolitical Energy Landscape and Texas.

Sealevel Construction Inc.
is the GC for a new $96M pump station at Bayou Lafourche near Donaldson, LA. Gov. Edwards and U.S. Reps. Carter and Graves helped break the ground for the project, which will protect the drinking water supply for four nearby parishes.

Koppers
leadership joined with the American Chemistry Council to host U.S. Rep. Miller for a tour of the company's rail joints facility in Huntington, WV.

Nucor
lauded for transparency in governmental/political affairs; it is one of 89 companies in the S&P 500 designated as Trendsetter in political disclosure and accountability for 2022.

ECS Limited, S&ME, Inc.
participate in annual ACEC Capitol Hill reception with members of the North Carolina congressional delegation.

Terracon
is geotech of record on the I-26 widening project in South Carolina; Gov. McMaster and other elected officials attended an October groundbreaking to start construction.

Acquisitions & expansions:
Russell Marine, LLC announces expansion into Texas Coastal Bend Region through acquisition of marine branch at JM Davidson, Inc.

Bull Moose Tube
updates social media followers on construction of its new mill in Sinton, TX.

CPS Houston
adds field splicing capability to its service line; the new double-joint, welding rack system can splice pipe pile 175 feet and longer, points/shoes, full length connectors at a job site.

John Lawrie Tubulars
becomes a U.S.-based steel supplier, rather than a U.K.-based operation, following the November acquisition of the company by Center Rock Capital Partners, LP.

Thomas & Hutton
arrives in North Carolina's Research Triangle market with the purchase of CJT, P.A., Preston Royster, P.E. is named principal/civil manager for the office.
People on the Move
Transitions:
Michael Blaylock named new project engineer at Dissen & Juhn Company in Stevensville, MD.

Matthew Knight
rejoins Aggregate Technologies, Inc. Formerly an estimator with the company, he has been appointed VP business development for the A-team.

Hollie Miles
joins the sales team at Flores Automation & Machine Control; she will serve clientele in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia.

Audrey Gilbert
 appointed strategic advisor and corporate secretary at GILBERT Products. The Quebec-based supplier also names Frank Gilbert as CEO.

Nam Nguyen
onboards at JD Fields & Company as new regional manager in Pacific Northwest.

Recognitions:
Mike Hiatt wraps up a 41-year career with Bowen Engineering Corp. Calling him a "legend" who contributed to the Indianapolis company's evolution into a major, self-performing GC, colleagues past and present celebrated Mike and sent him off for hunting season.

Jason Cardenosa
of J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. served as a panelist at a forum at Rowan College of South Jersey that explored aligning education and workforce preparation.

Kimberly Martin, Ph.D., P.E.
of Keller named ENR Top Young Professional and Top 20 Under 40.

Paul Giroux
, a senior manager at Kiewit, elected to the National Academy of Construction.

Melissa Benitez
started as an apprentice at McCarthy; now project safety coordinator, she recalled her experience on a panel at the Women in Apprenticeship Summit in Houston.

Steven Mathers
of Interpipe, Inc. becomes new VP Eastern Region at NASPD in 2023; the Ontario-based pile supplier north of Buffalo was in the region that endured a massive November snowstorm and said of the winter blast, "But you can still drive piles until it's below 23°!"

Abigail Haneke
from Haley & Aldrich in Hawaii was tapped to lead the National Society of Professional Engineers Maui Chapter. STEM education support is a priority of the group.

Louis Greco, P.E.
from Tectonic competed in the NYC Marathon; he raised charitable funds for Comfort Zone Camp and his employer matched all inner-office donations up to $5K.

In sympathy:
Brian Rogers, the longtime piling division manager at Consolidated Pipe & Supply, has passed away in Birmingham, AL. PDCA sends heartfelt condolences to the friends, colleagues and family of Brian, who has been a consummate industry professional and supporter.
On the Job
Blue Iron Foundation and Shoring completed the Huntington Beach repair project, which involved installation of a new, 16K+ foot seawall on the California coast. Smith Welsh starred in the promo video that shows action footage of the team using Giken equipment to install 3,700 AZ 52-700 series sheets.

Bowen Engineering Corp. drives 60-foot sheets for a new lift station, an initiative of Evansville Water & Sewer Utility in Indiana. Spotted on the job is an ICE®  International Construction Equipment vibro.

Clark Construction finishes its scope for Southwestern Washington, DC's Waterfront Station II, a 420,000 square foot, mixed-use development. Early on, driven concrete piles were installed for the support of excavation phase in what is now a new 12-story structure with two levels of below-grade parking.

Foundation Constructors, Inc. crews installed more than 2,000 piles for a wastewater treatment plant in San Mateo City, CA; an asst. professor uses timelapse video of this job as an educational resource.

George Harms Construction Co. is GC for the Raritan River Bridge Replacement; the New Jersey job received federal funding as a resiliency project. Nucor provides sheet piling and other steel, and Dan Brown and Associates is on the consulting roster for the replacement, expected to be complete in 2024.

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. replaced two spans of the historic Kapaa Steam Bridge on Kauai.

Pacific Pile and Marine, SPOTTED driving 30-inch steel pipe piles from JD Fields with PACO equipment on Seattle's festive waterfront.

Parker Marine Contracting treks down I-95 to Savannah, GA to install piling in a historic district with a Junttan PM 23.

R.J. Gorman Marine Construction will rebuild Panama City's Sun Harbor Marina; the job includes a full redesign and doubled boat slip capacity. Hurricane Michael in 2018 imposed significant facility damage.

Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction is a top contractor in Utah and other mountain states, and a repeat winner of the PDCA Project of the Year Award. Its crew on a bridge replacement had difficulty placing the 1,300-ton precast span, so they used an unlikely tool dish soap! See the "slick" video.

SJ Hamill Construction, LLC has its crane, Geoquip/HPSI hammer and other equipment on the barge to install 14" x 55' concrete piles as it constructs a pier on John's Island, SC.

Trevcon Construction updates its project for the New York Ferry System; crews continue working to build the new Homeport II location in Atlantic Basin, which will increase capacity at the growing facility.

Triad Metals supplies the USACE seven miles of Gerdau PZC steel sheet piling to integrate into coastal storm risk management improvements on the Rockaway peninsula in New York City.
Media Hits
The New York Times quotes Paul Armstrong, owner of South Shore Pile Driving in Marshfield, MA, in a November story about a growing national trend in waterfront house-moving, due to persistent beach erosion. Paul installed house piles for a home at Cape Cod National Seashore in 2015; it was the lone surviving structure there, after a massive January 2022 storm. It has since been relocated (again).

Paper City Magazine, covering Texas culture, calls Jay Fields and his wife Allie "adorable" in a story about a successful, charity pickleball tournament the couple and their company JD Fields sponsored in Houston. The event attracted nearly 100 participants who raised money for A Shelter for Cancer Families.

YouTube: DFI's Rumble proves it's not the critic who counts, when two professionals deemed legends go head-to-head. Greg Canivan of S&ME, Inc. and Paul Axtell of Dan Brown & Associates debate Dynamic Pile Testing: Fiction or Reality. Lucky Nagarajan of Giken hosts and Sebastian Lobo-Guererro referees.
Notes from the Field
It wasn't rainin' fire in the sky the day the Keller pile driving crew from North Carolina was photographed on a Colorado job site, but the mast on their Junttan rig was Rocky Mountain High while driving the steel.

Oh, the places you will go it was interesting to see the sister company of Smart Structures on a residential job site next to historic Mar-a-Lago in Florida; Mike Muchard, P.E. proclaimed that his team was there '"making static load testing great again."

Equally Committed and Adventurous is the takeaway from David Crawford's LinkedIn post about a post-BAUMA 2022 challenge he and ECA colleagues Greg Barta and Rob Likens accomplished before leaving Germany. They hiked up Zugspitze, Germany's highest peak. Did Rob wear his trusty Crocs?

Coffee is for closers digital marketing lead Marissa Charles at Kiewit HQ got the message in her coffee that the in Omaha, NE, powerhouse has a big closing soon as it welcomes Weeks Marine into the fold.

If you ain't first, you're last Look, if your company president goes on camera as Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights, you'll be a Note from the Field. Period. We applaud Darren Sparks of Bigfoot Pipe & Piling, who, in costume, strolled the company yard on Halloween and gave tips for trick-or-treaters.

Call him DANta Claus We knew Dan Collins is chief swagmaster at APE while on the trade show circuit. But, he doesn't limit gift-giving to industry events, as noted by this grateful logo-hat recipient.

As 2022 wraps up, many of you will be getting away from the job site, yard, office, home office or wherever you conduct your important work in the deep foundations industry. This reminded us about a social media post from Robert Griggs, president at Trinity Products, with two timely suggestions: 1) have some fun at work, and 2) occasionally go into "low power mode." The second suggestion indicates it's okay to power yourself down and rip away from your business tethers so you can enjoy family, friends and celebration! When he encourages you to have fun, go ahead and attend that office holiday party...but you don't want to be that person who has too much fun! 😉

We wish you a happy holiday season and will see you back here in 2023!
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A Pile of News - October 2022

A Pile of News: October 2022
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 Oct. 3, 2022
HUGE news tops the Pile! Kiewit is acquiring Weeks Marineper an agreement between the two construction leaders and PDCA Contractor Members. A Jan. 1, 2023 closing is expected. More below in Acquisitions & Expansions.
 
PDCA welcomes new and returning members Join us in thanking the following driven pile advocates:
  • Contractors Arcola Building Company of Madison, OH; CS Marine Constructors of Vallejo, CA; Lynnhaven Marine & Dock, Inc. of Suffolk, VA
  • Associates Bull Moose Tube Co. of Chesterfield, MO; Elite Tubular in Houston, TX
  • Engineering Affiliates BSM Engineering of Portland, OR; Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. in Oak Brook, IL; William Kruse, P.E. in Clark, NJ
  • Affiliated Services: Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC; Mystic Safety LLC
  • Student: Sergio Alejandro Marin Savatier
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars!
News and photos from the PDCA blog:
  • DICEP 2022 in New Orleans concluded Sept. 14; PHOTOS of the annual technical event.
  • PDCA members were among organizers and the South Carolina Chapter was a sponsor for the successful GeoCarolinas conference in September; see who was SPOTTED.
  • No fancy rims, custom lighting or flashy wraps  the exhaust system is original, and this pick-up isn't even lifted. But the odometer read makes this 1997 F-250 an attention-grabber. 
  • Gulf Coast Chapter blasts into Labor Day with its annual sporting clay shoot: PHOTOS
  • Precast Piling Technology, Gulf Coast Pre-Stress Partners, RJ Gorman Contracting, American Equipment & Fabricating among those included in summer 2022 PDCA PHOTOS display.
Congratulations, Garrett Hogencamp, 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:
  • Leadership statements on Kiewit/Weeks merger: "Weeks (Marine) offers valued, specialized construction experience where we see great opportunity," says Kiewit CEO Rick Lanoha's internal note to employees about the pending deal. Rich and Dick Weeks said of their five-generation, family-owned business: this is "in the long-term best interest of our employees and clients." 
  • Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. (GTA) opens second Virginia office in Richmond; Eric Church, P.E. (not the singer) is designated as the office leader for contractor and geotech clientele.
  • Seismic Surveys broadens market reach, increases regional service through partnership with Sauls Seismic and Nomis Seismographs, now operating under Argus Monitoring Solutions, LLC.

Giving back:
Recognitions:
Governmental relations:
  • McCarthy Building Co. secured an energy sector partnership to build Illinois' largest solar farm, and one of the biggest in the U.S. Gov. Pritzker attended an event with stakeholders announcing that the $535M project will break ground this fall near Springfield.

Anniversary:
  • Bowen Engineering Corp. reached 55 years in business in September. The Indianapolis-based, self-performing GC has grown from a single office with a sewage treatment plant contract in 1968, to a diversified corporation operating in utility, industrial and more markets nationwide.
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Jon Rodriguez is new CFO at Manson Construction Co., based at company HQ in Seattle; also Kyle Allen becomes ERP manager in Houma, LA, after 14 years in company engineering roles.
  • Scott Thanisch joins the executive team at Orion as EVP and CFO.
  • Greg Black moves to the helm at Arcola Building Company in northeastern Ohio; he fills the role of longtime leader John Selwyn.
  • Kenneth Lawler, an Army vet and Iowa State Cyclone, promoted to project manager at Russell Marine.
  • Trey Hendrick, P.E. elevates at ECS Limited. Other promotions are Laura Hill, P.E., Josh Bradshaw, P.E., Trey Landis, P.E. and Brennen Thomas, E.I. Tom Goldsbury joins the firm in Florida.
  • John Liautad, Joshua Stevens are new technicians for Southern Earth Sciences in New Orleans.

Recognitions:
  • Lt. Cdr. Lindsey Darling, daughter of Buck Darling of New York's HF Darling, Inc., achieves her first merit-based promotion as a U.S. Naval officer. Mom (Inger) and Dad attended the Labor Day weekend ceremony to see their first-born formally elevate to Lieutenant Commander. Congrats!
  • JC Clark at Pacific Pile & Marine led company efforts in Ghana for the Well Constructed program that strives to ensure the availability of clean drinking water in the western African nation.
  • Tanner Credeur, Steam Fitch of Sealevel Construction in Louisiana earn new crane certification.
  • Gwen Sanders, P.E. named Outstanding Civil Engineer and James Williams, P.E. is Outstanding Young Civil Engineer; they were among several professionals from Eustis Engineering, LLC who were celebrated at a recent ASCE New Orleans Branch program.
  • Jennifer Borges, P.E., Miguel Lockward, P.E. are named to leadership roles at ASCE Miami-Dade; the EXP professionals are joined on the board by several colleagues from the firm.
  • Michael Derr, P.E. of Geo-Technology Associates to reprise in ASCE Lehigh Valley leadership.
  • Dino Fiscaletti, P.E., D.PE achieves post-licensure certification in port engineering. The Rhode Island senior consultant at GZA GeoEnvironmental has a considerable geotechnical resume.
  • Kenny Meyn, P.E. reaches 37 years as district manager in New Orleans for Southern Earth Sciences.
  • Gina Cruz, Mickey Pickett earn Employee of the Month accolades from Tectonic in New York.
  • Thomas Smoak, P.E. of Terracon graduates Leadership Charleston in South Carolina.
  • Patrick DiCerbo Northwestern Mutual overcame a flat tire and pouring rain to complete what he calls "the most demanding challenge I have faced," at Ironman Wisconsin on Sept. 11.
  • George Pallas, partner at Cohen Seglias, named 2023 Philadelphia Construction Lawyer of the Year.

In sympathy:
On the Job
Black River Solar crews enjoy a beautiful Illinois sunrise in Villa Grove, near Champaign-Urbana, as they begin pile installation for a new solar farm on behalf of BTB Energy.
 
Cape Romain Contractors Inc. starts construction of one of two new bridges it is building for the Clements Ferry Road widening project North of Charleston, SC.
 
Commerce Construction Corporation drives steel pilings along the Schuylkill River near Philadelphia using a Dawson HPH2500 that Keith Meitzler at Equipment Corporation of America facilitated.
 
GeoStructures, Inc. installed ductile iron piles from DuroTerra to help support a new four-level, 26,000 sq. ft. parking garage for the Center for Technology & Innovation at NC State University.
 
Kiewit contributed to what was calculated as an average of 1,025 workers onsite per day during the recently completed construction of a new South Terminal C at Orlando International Airport.
 
Morris-Shea Bridge Co. is up with the sun as it begins Stage 3 foundation work on a new LNG terminal for Cheniere Energy in Corpus Christi, TX; it involves installation for 27,000 piles and five rigs for 16 months.
 
Orion Marine Group built the combi-wall, among other components of a Port Arthur, TX, marine installation due for completion in 2024.
 
Scott Bridge Company Inc. makes progress on a commuter rail project serving South Florida.
 
Engineered Rigging performed relocation for an historic South Florida structure; see time-lapse video and a case study for the move of Surfside's first apartment building constructed in 1936.
 
GeoQuip and HPSI machinery was brought to an Oklahoma job site to extract 18-inch diameter, 40-foot long concrete piles. This, after alternative extraction methods were unsuccessful pulling the foundation from the red dirt. #PDCADriven winner!
 
Liebherr shares footage of three maritime cranes travelling by boat to the Maher Terminals; watch them clear New York City bridges by less than 60 cm. To the video producer: nice touch with dramatic music!
 
Meever USA supplied steel piling for a replacement bulkhead at a Venice, LA, oil & gas facility; 60-foot long, 42-inch OD pipes and ESZ 19-700 sheets were installed to form the new combi wall.
 
Service Steel Warehouse pulled steel sheeting totalling more than 2,600 wall feet of 19-700s from its Houston stock for a $50M flood protection wall at a Galveston, TX, residential redevelopment. Equipment from Pileco Inc. and ICE, Inc. was used for the steel installation to design specs by Tolunay-Wong Engineers.

ECS Limited joins the roster to build a new, $2.5B, 1.5M sq. ft. data center campus in Illinois. The CloudHQ facility will combine new construction and a repurposed United Airlines former HQ.
 
GZA GeoEnvironmental principal Douglas Roy, P.E. and Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers senior engineer Joel Volterra, P.E. publish Abstract: City Required Instrumentation and How it Impacts Engineering Practice, a study on monitoring requirements in the NYC Building Code.
Media Hits
Smithsonian Channel program How Did They Build That? features another project that included work from a PDCA member. While not a driven pile job, the Gov. Albert D. Rosellini Bridge in Seattle is a 7,710-foot floating bridge designed by the geotech team at Haley & Aldrich.
 
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce updates progress on the city's Colman Dock project, which just reached 1M total labor hours; Pacific Pile & Marine is part of the JV leading the $467M job.
 
Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine includes PDCA members in recent articles. One details rapid port expansion on the Texas Gulf Coast and focuses on Project 11 from McCarthy's Marine & Industrial Unit. Photos show crews using hammers from American Piledriving Equipment. Another article introduces seven new shareholders at Thomas & Hutton.
Notes from the Field
Surely you've seen the commercials aimed at those who may have been at U.S. Marine base Camp Lejeune between 19531987, thus may qualify to join a lawsuit. We wondered if Nelson Henriquez of Conti Civil had a hard time cutting through droves of personal injury attorneys staking out the base entrance as he arrived to recruit future construction professionals

From the history books We share a Facebook post from MKT Manufacturing showing old photos of an MKT #7. The sepia tone and graininess of the pictures obscure the person shown, but we are guessing it is a young Chris Cayce, on the job and tending to the air hammer.

Don't look at this in dashboard, or any other lights As if a reference to a Meat Loaf song wasn't bad enough, Premier Geotech & Testing fouled up LinkedIn feeds by not only quoting the iconic rock balladeer, but also using a photo of something resembling meatloaf prepared from head cheese. The post includes #IYKYK but we didn't know and had to investigate. Apparently, it is a photo of soil for a landfill cap.

Steel, sports and entertainment J.D. Fields & Company takes diversification to new levels. In 2020, it was movie production. Last year brought NIL deals with NCAA athletes (by the way, congrats to SMU WR Rashee Rice, who earned Player of the Week honors in September). As if the recent exclusive distribution agreement with ArcelorMittal wasn't enough this year, Fields just entered the NASCAR Cup Series and added its logo to a Camaro ZL1, which driver Corey LaJoie raced to 14th place in Texas in September.
Thanks to our readers; members or not, your attention to the driven pile sector is important. While we humbly thank current PDCA members for ongoing support, the remainder of this narrative is to those who have not yet joined. Maybe you have been thinking about joining PDCA but determined it wouldn't make sense to start this late in the year? Well, we counter that argument and tell you that Membership dues are prorated. So, if you were to join today, we would calculate your dues to be 1/4th of the annual cost and that would activate you through the end of this year. Of course, we would then invoice you for the full year 2023 in January, but it is an ideal way to get started immediately. Your dues ensure that we can continue to bring you publication resources like 'A Pile of News,' PileDriver magazine, blog posts, social media, and more. Additionally, those dues help support PDCA's very active education and professional development programming. And there's so much more available through PDCA membership. We work hard attain high visibility for driven piles in the deep foundations sector, we just ask you to pitch in a little bit each year to support the cause. Thanks for your time, we will see you November 1st!
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A Pile of News - September 2022

A Pile of News: September 2022
Good morning to the 3,989 pile driving professionals reading this email right now! Welcome to your monthly briefing of news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise PDCA.
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA

Originally sent Sept. 1, 2022
BREAKING NEWS! Cajun Industries, GeoStructures, Richard Goettle, Inc., PND Engineers, Inc., Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction and Russell Marine, LLC have all won 2022 PDCA Project of the Year Awards! Each project is featured in the latest PileDriver; read the digital edition to see photos and learn about the amazing work your fellow PDCA members are doing around the country. Congratulations!
  • Now is a good time to remind you that the pile driving project you're finishing may be worth submitting for a 2023 PDCA Project of the Year Award think about it. The program opens for entries in January.
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars!
  • Sept. 2: PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter Sporting Clay Shoot, 8 AM3 PM CDT. This biennial gathering is at Bridgeview Gun Club in Port Allen, LA.
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  • Sept. 8: The Use of FRP Composites in Piling Applications, 23 PM EDT, part of the 2022 Value Driven Webinar Series.
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  • Sept. 12 - 14: DICEP is in New Orleans; you still have time to register but act quickly!
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  • Sept. 30: PDCA Membership Directory modifications are due. Visit and update your account.
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  • Oct. 12 - 14: Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing & Analysis, a twice-per-year seminar, workshop and exam, in partnership with PDI, Inc., is at the Cleveland Marriott East in Ohio.
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  • Oct. 26: PDCA Northeast Chapter Dinner Meeting, 69 PM EDT at Bocelli's Restaurant in Staten Island, NY. This PDCA members only event will feature a technical program.
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  • Nov. 1: PDCA Texas Chapter Lunch & Learn. 11 AM2 PM CDT at Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center. Registration is $35 and includes lunch. Sponsorships are encouraged.
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  • Nov. 3: South Florida Social, 5:307:30 PM EDT; a FREE networking happy hour at Bokampers in Miramar, FL. PDCA members and non-members are invited, will receive a short industry update. Sponsorship appreciated!

Chapter/Regional News:
  • Networking in Norfolk brought pile driving professionals to coastal Virginia on Aug.11. PDCA members and non-members gathered at Benchtop Brewing for a happy hour. PHOTOS
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  • PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter met at the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi, MS on Aug. 18; following a reception, attendees enjoyed a buffet dinner and a program on PS concrete piling. PHOTOS
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  • PDCA South Carolina Chapter met in Charleston on Aug. 18; it included a social hour, dinner, ceremony recognizing industry retirees and a presentation about PDCA education. PHOTOS

Industry News
Congratulations, Ronald Hoefeld with Meever USA, Inc.,
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
Governmental relations:
  • Boh Bros. Construction Co. hosted U.S. Sen. Cassidy at their New Orleans offices; he discussed the benefits to Louisiana that are possible through the new federal infrastructure law.
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  • Heldenfels Enterprises president Fred Heldenfels IV is board chair at the Austin Chamber, which enabled him to join Texas U.S. Sen. Cornyn and U.S. Rep. McCaul for the announcement of a new federal initiative. Previously, he hosted U.S. Rep. Doggett at the Chairman's Circle Lunch.
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  • UBC Pile Drivers and Divers-EASRCC and others effectively advocated for grant funding of nearly $23M coming to Maryland. Members of the group joined Gov. Hogan and others to celebrate the award that will assist the Maryland Works for Wind apprenticeship program.
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  • Nucor joined Lowes, State Farm, GAP and others as Grand Slam Sponsors for the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. It raised over $1.5M for local charities. This author salutes the GOP's catcher for the past decade, Rep. Davis (IL), who hangs up his cleats.
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  • GZA GeoEnvironmental is designing a stabilization on the North Nashua River in Massachusetts; a consortium of local, state and federal officials, including FEMA Region Director Ehrlich, State Sen. Cronin and State Rep. Higgins, featured the project during a Leominster news conference.

Expansions & acquisitions:
  • BAUER Equipment America hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking at its Conroe, TX HQ to build a home for a new division that will increase its services across all product lines; CEO Ruediger Kaub and Mayor Czajkoski were among the "shovelers."
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  • ECS Limited continues a westward expansion and hangs a shingle in Salt Lake City. The office is led by Salt Lake native Matt Olson, P.E., who relocates from the Raleigh, NC office.
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  • Haley & Aldrich taps senior client leader Alicia Shull to lead its new Cincinnati location. The Massachusetts-based engineering firm announced in August it was opening a third Ohio office.

Recognitions:
Giving back:
Anniversary:
  • From what began as a collaboration in 1946 between a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officers in Savannah, GA, Thomas & Hutton has grown into "one of the most well-respected and established multidisciplinary firms in the Southeastern U.S." Congratulations to the firm, which now operates 13 offices in four states as it celebrates 75 years in business!
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Robert S. Boh moves to chairman/CEO at Boh Bros. Construction, handing off the presidency to Stephen Boh, the fifth family member to helm the New Orleans powerhouse contractor. Also, Edward A. Scheuermann, P.E. becomes COO after 35 years, Robert Senior, P.E. rises to CFO and G.J. Schexnayder, P.E. is the new manager of heavy construction.
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  • Travis Boone, a 23 year veteran in foundation construction who started as a bridge engineer, transitions to Orion Marine Group to assume the role of president/CEO.
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  • Daniel J. Shiwinger becomes the new North Carolina-based safety engineer at Conti Civil, LLC.
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  • Amy Andrews, Jon Fountain join Russell Marine, LLC as project managers; Jon transitions to the role following his summer internship and Amy is a recent SHSU grad from the Houston area.
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  • John Hayes is promoted to Director of Business Development at Equipment Corporation of America, Mike Roberts succeeds him as Branch Manager in Jacksonville, FL. Elsewhere, Chris Horne elevates to service manager at ECA Canada.
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  • Shane Pass joins Hammer & Steel as sales engineer for Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa; meantime at St. Louis HQ, Thillini Coldagelli, CPA onboards as new assistant corporate controller.
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  • Jebb Stone is appointed new director of business development at JD Fields & Company, Inc. Also, Aaron Bunting named new regional manager Pacific Northwest for the steel supplier.
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  • Dee Powers, SHRM-SCP named new VP of HR at American Engineering Testing (AET).
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  • Oscar Merida onboards at ECS Limited in Virginia, elsewhere Jared Pitts and Dave Atteberry take positions in the firm's Florida offices.
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  • Mark H. Westra, a principal at GZA GeoEnvironmental, is elected to its board of directors while associate principal Margaret A. Panatera wins a second three-year term.
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  • Sarvesh Khanna and Mayank Jeswani bring new marine and ports experience to the team at Houston-based Lloyd Engineering, Inc.
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  • Lori Cathcart is new director of corporate responsibility at Terracon, responsible for developing and implementing internal corporate sustainability strategies, policies and procedures.

Recognitions:
  • Sherri Pearson, training coordinator at Cajun Industries, LLC, led instruction at the Construction Site Safety Technician course in Baton Rouge; Cajun sponsored 12 graduates. Elsewhere, company pile driver foremen Austin Thompson, Jeremy Quibodeaux complete a leadership course.
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  • Daniel Fowler, VP at J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc., was a panelist at an Aug. 4 discussion on offshore wind, coordinated by the New Jersey Alliance For Action.
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  • Charles Ernest of Jordan Pile Driving in Mobile, AL, and his wife Shelbey welcomed twins Collins and Carson Ernest on July 29, 2022, congratulations!
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  • Delfino Perez and Ethan Bonilla of McCarthy Building Co. have been integral to major Houston-area pile driving projects. The company named them Craft Professionals of the Year.
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  • Julia LaRochelle (Scott), E.I.T. is committed to sustainable engineering; the Haley & Aldrich associate was elected president of the N.H. chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
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  • Daniel Fowler, VP at J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc., was a panelist at an Aug. 4 discussion on offshore wind, coordinated by the New Jersey Alliance For Action.
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  • Michael Weekley, P.E. of Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering, PLLC contributed photography to illustrate a story about South Carolina infrastructure in APWA magazine.
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  • Tammie Berry reaches 33 years at the Panama City offices and Lewis Copeland makes 31 years in the corporate headquarters in Mobile at Southern Earth Sciences.
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  • Mark DeSouza, a South Carolina project manager at Thomas & Hutton, earns promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.

In sympathy:
  • Dennis "Bo" Dean, a pile driver for more than 40 years at Foundation Constructors in Fontana, CA, has passed. He installed piles for some of Southern California's iconic buildings and bridges. His colleagues consider Bo, along with his trademark mustache and suspenders, as an inspiration to generations of pile drivers.
On the Job
Media Hits
Jacksonville Daily Record covers the grand re-opening of the Jacksonville Beach Pier, which was put out of service following two hurricanes dating back to 2016. Area mayors and other municipal officials cut the ribbon on the $11.6M Hal Jones Contractor project, a staple of North Florida tourism.

Construction Equipment Guide carries coverage of Company Wrench and the Operator for a Day event.

Engineering News Record-Southeast recognizes ECS Southeast, LLP as Design Firm of the Year, profiles recent growth and expanding national prominence of the firm.
Notes from the Field
School's back and students everywhere are reporting summer break highlights. Heidi Danbrook's daughters may be talking about their trip to Colorado, where they joined mom as she exhibited for Gilbert Products at a trade show. Hey, mom, if you take them to San Diego in February for the PDCA Annual Conference, they'll learn A LOT about pile driving and even get to miss some days of school!

You know it's all about those boats in the marine construction sector. McCarthy Building Companies grew its marine fleet with an unmanned survey vessel to enhance underwater operations; they debuted it on social media with this photo near some PC/PS concrete piles. In other waters, the Navy's newly commissioned USS Fort Lauderdale hitched a ride from a Poseidon Dredge & Marine tug boat, to make its way to Port Everglades for a summer commissioning. Ahoy!

Once for equines, now it's fine wines Matt Bullinger at Company Wrench launched a side hustle with his 1970s-era horse trailer. Now called The Rustic Trotter, the double-axle cart has been tastefully retrofitted into a mobile bar, available for weddings or other events that beverages might enhance. PDCA Chapters get a quote from Matt for your next event!

PDCA thanks the numerous company spokespeople and other personnel who helped provide us the news you've just read. We do our best to glean the information we distribute directly from your web or social media sites, but there are times when we need a little more detail to develop the most concise notes found in A Pile of News. This distribution required us to do more outreach than usual. Thanks for taking our calls and responding to our emails!

The unofficial end of summer is upon us and many of you are gearing up for a long Labor Day weekend. PDCA salutes its many laborers and wishes all of you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
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A Pile of News - August 2022

A Pile of News: August 2022
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
Originally sent August 1, 2022
Topping the Pile this month...August is HUGE at PDCA as the 2022 Project of the Year Award winners will be revealed in Issue 4 of PileDriver magazine, coming to your inbox and mailbox in mere weeks. Sorry, but this publication contains NO leaks...gotta wait for PileDriver!

Speaking of awards The highly decorated Little Island Park off Midtown Manhattan was not entered into the POY Awards, but PDCA members on the job like Trevcon Construction, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers and Weeks Marine prove to be key ambassadors for the industry. The Smithsonian Channel features an insightful analysis of the pile driving for this project on How Did They Build That? Through this program, we found a connection between pile driving and blockbuster movie 'Top Gun: Maverick'!
 
With her COVID-postponed wedding complete, join us in congratulating PileDriver and A Pile of News publisher Jill Harris, who finally married Erik Hansen on June 30...PHOTOS. Not sure how Erik likes it, but based on her endorsement deal, it'll be A&W Whistle Dogs for supper the whole first year!
From the Association & Chapters
Mark Your Calendars:
Chapter/Regional News:
  • PDCA Northeast Chapter 7th Annual Sporting Clays took place July 22 at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay, PA. The competitive shooting event attracted dozens from the region and Danielle Chiolo of Nucor Skyline won a special award as announced in the PHOTO coverage. 
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  • The PDCA Texas Chapter and other partners joined J.D. Fields & Company to provide a free technical seminar in Houston in July. It explored design, construction and production of geostructures, unique to ports. PDCA member-presenters were J.D. Fields, Lloyd Engineering, McCarthy Builders and GeoQuip/HPSI. Attendees received 3.5 PDHs and a piling data packet.
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  • The PDCA Texas Chapter also hosted a mixer at Weights and Measures in Houston on July 28. The networking event featured a presentation from Brandon Phetteplace of GRL Engineers about load testing and quality control of pile foundations. PHOTOS
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  • The Foundation and Marine Contractors of New England held their 87th Annual golf outing in July in Framingham, MA. Brad Roberts of GZA GeoEnvironmental and Drew Floyd of Keller each stepped away from long-held officer positions with the organization. PDCA was proud to be an event sponsor and join the group for the golf, banquet and awards. PHOTOS.

Industry News:
  • NCCCO announces faster scoring for practical examination administrators by moving the existing paper recording system to a tablet. The transition is expected by the end of 2022.
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  • South Carolina Ports, a big source of pile driving work for PDCA shops like Cape Romain Contractors, Palmetto Pile Driving, Parker Marine Contracting, S.J. Hamill Construction, Soil Consultants, Inc., Insight Group, Terracon, ICE, Inc. and others makes news. Barbara Melvin elevates from COO to president/CEO, becoming the first woman to lead a top 10 U.S. container port. Said Taylor Johnson of SCI, "SC Ports will continue to flourish under her leadership."
Congratulations, Keith Meitzler with Equipment Corporation of America,
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:
Governmental Relations:
Recognitions:
Giving Back:
  • Bowen Engineering Corporation dispatched a team to Windsor Village Park in Indianapolis to volunteer on a park restoration project, part of the company's Day of Service.
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  • Weeks Marine, Inc. staff participated in a beach cleanup at New Jersey's Sandy Hook, which coincides with a new sustainability program they've adopted. In addition, beach protection compliments a nearby maintenance project they're performing on a federal navigation channel.
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  • GeoEngineers, Inc. Day of Giving program inspired staffers Bailey DuPont, Virginia Trudel, Matt McGavick, Sue Bator and Ally Suding to donate expertise to a Chelsea, MA park development.
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Larry Moore ascends to the helm at GeoStructures, Inc. Moore is a past president of PDCA when he served a one-year term in 2018. At GeoStructures, he succeeds Mike Cowell as president/CEO; Cowell joins the board of the parent company. Meantime, Ben Lay, P.E. and Stewart Staton are promoted to regional vice presidents at the Terratest subsidiary. Valerie Merida, P.E., ENV SP, and Tom Prozinski also elevate.
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  • Scott Webster, P.E. rises to president at GRL Engineers. The treasurer for the PDCA Board of Directors succeeds Pat Hannigan, P.E., who opts for a part-time role with the firm.
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  • Fred Fuchs retires after 40 years with Boh Bros. in New Orleans. The outgoing VP did some math on his way out and calculated $10B in projects reviewed and 225 personnel supervised. Impressive stats for an impressive career, thanks for advancing the driven pile, Fred!
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  • Steve Fike is a new grade foreman at Conti Civil, LLC in North Carolina.
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  • Keith P. Nelson promoted to senior principal at ECS Mid-Atlantic and Matthew Sloan named assistant regional manager at ECS Limited in Florida. Victor McDuffee, P.E. also joins the firm. Licensed in seven states, the Illinois grad will operate from Raleigh, NC.
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  • Reynaldo Abreu, Carmen Olazabal, Roberto Vasquez named South Florida office of EXP. The veteran consultants bring extensive port, marine, rail, bridge and more experience to the firm.
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  • Kristen Daly, Matthew Jennette, Robert Magyar all promoted to associate at Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. Wayne Gibbs joins the firm as licensed P.E.
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  • Lucas Miller tapped to fill the role of health and safety manager at GeoEngineers in Spokane.
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  • Jemel Thompson to join the Grand Rapids, MI office of GZA GeoEnvironmental.
  • Clarence Droze onboards at S&ME, Inc. in Charleston, SC; Alexandria Smith in Chattanooga.
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  • John Hall joins Southern Earth Sciences' Florida team in Tallahassee, while Joseph McLemore and Howell Logan onboard with the Panama City office.

Recognitions:
In Sympathy:
  • Sidney O. Dewberry passed away in July. The founder of Dewberry, the highly respected consulting firm bearing his name, is remembered for starting a "single-office, six-person civil engineering and surveying practice in Virginia" in 1956. The firm became a nationwide consulting enterprise with more than 2,000 employees and 50 offices from coast to coast.
On the Job
ASAP Group installs sheet piling to form a cutoff wall for an intake/discharge structure at the west basin storage reservoir near Lake Okeechobee, all part of Florida's plan for Everglades restoration.
 
Blue Iron Foundation and Shoring breaks out the Giken to assist a rehabilitation and installation project in Huntington Beach, CA for a new flood wall on the Talbert Canal.
 
Foundation Constructors was "driving the piles all the way to bedrock" for Tidal House, a residential high-rise that will be just one component of a brand-new San Francisco neighborhood.
 
Kokosing leads a JV on Phase 3 of the new lock in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The USACE awarded the initial contract at $1.068B. Construction begins this summer on a new lock chamber and wall rehab.
 
RJ Gorman Marine Construction has a piling crew on the calm waters of Florida's Gulf Coast; the team uses an ICE® International Construction Equipment hammer to drive a steel H-pile.
 
Sealevel Construction completed one of the largest flood control structures in the U.S. The Bayou Chene installation brings flood protection to six south Louisiana parishes. The $80M structure will combat backwater flooding from the Atchafalaya River and safeguards approximately 30K residents.
 
GeoEngineers, Inc. had a team performing geotechnical services at the former Suffolk Downs in Boston.
 
J.D. Fields & Company, Inc. dispatched 50K lineal feet of U.S., 8.625" x .500w steel pipe for installation on the jobsite of the Nome, AK airport rehabilitation.
 
Triad Metals International supplied 60K square feet of PZC 26 sheet pile from existing stock for installation at the Fort Wayne, IN Deep Dewatering Pump Station and tunnel project.
 
GEOKON fulfilled a unique job involving Egypt's wonderous pyramids; the instrumentation developer sent a large order of devices for Metro Line project linking Cairo to the Giza Pyramid Complex.
 
Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. (GTA) contributes to the newest iteration of the Great Wolf Lodge, an expansive indoor waterpark brand popping up around U.S. markets. The firm provides geotechnical engineering, testing and construction observation for the forthcoming, Perryville, MD location. 
Media Hits
Bloomberg Law features a contractor trend toward chin straps for hard hats. Safety head at Clark Construction Kris Manning says it has been their standard since 2017, and estimates 25% of subs voluntarily use them. SVP Keith McCoy at Balfour Beatty says they move to mandatory chin straps this summer.
 
News2-TV, Charleston, SC follows the lead of the most recent PileDriver magazine and features its version of the cover story on Conti Civil, LLC's job. The Spring/Fishburne Drainage Project in the historic city eliminates flooding at a major intersection, which, according to Charleston Mayor Tecklenburg, is a "world class drainage project." 
 
Signal Soundings carries an article authored by Russ Morris, the VP of risk management at Russell Marine LLC, that takes an in-depth look at Safety Management Systems (SMS). Extra, extra! There's more! The Vindicator of Liberty, TX puts the company on the front page, above the fold in its coverage of construction for the new Union Pacific Railroad Bridge northeast of Houston.
Notes from the Field
Put a ring on it A suggestion that J. Fletcher Creamer & Sons has embraced. As part of its program that provides lunches for employees during summer months, a company office in Maryland had onion rings on their menu. A social media post designed for employee recruitment shows a happy group posing with the shiny rings (which likely shine because of grease 😉).

Not ready for prime-time players (but they're close!) Apex Steel Pipe & Piling runs a unique internship program that incorporates a vintage SNL theme, a black-tie-only dress code, onsite golf practice and a masterful TikTok campaign, among other things. Check out Coneheads, which has a webpage, guest speaker series and short social media videos by executive producer Blake Barineau.

So Biff wants to be a Buff History enthusiasts might be interested to learn that Canal Barge Company recently transported a very special relic from WWII. The patrol-torpedo boat PT-305 has been fully restored to its original specs and brought back to life as an initiative of the WWII Museum in New Orleans. The marine transporter delivered the vessel back to the museum for permanent display.

What sells and what is sold to us is youth Regarded as the first planned city in the U.S., New Haven, CT thought it was time for new billboards. Crews obtained an ICE® International Construction Equipment vibro to install dozens of 48" x 108' columns to display the ads along I-95. Being the birthplace of hamburgers, lollipops, frisbees,and more, New Haven has plenty of homegrown goods for the marketplace.

With July 2022 and the All-Star Break in the books, we want to throw a little more love at a fun and productive summer month. Did you know that the home of the AL East-leading Yankees (at the time of this writing), Yankee Stadium contains pipe piles from Atlas Tube's parent company? Another note, the month started with a couple big holidays for the U.S. and Canada, which we referenced in this space on July 1. But Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction played the TikTok Taught Me game to inform us about a big holiday in Utah on July 24, which we missed...so Happy Belated Pioneer Day!

Now we are in the dog days of summer. If you're a Georgia fan and anticipating a repeat championship, you may call them the Dawg Days, since football kicks off in late August. (For good measure, David Price at Linde-Griffith calls for Delaware in the FCS).  Before you get too comfortable in front of your TV or at your tailgate parties, don't forget to update your PDCA account so that your company appears as you intend in the 2023 PDCA Membership Directory. We need any employee, contact or other revisions completed at your earliest convenience, but by Sept. 30 at the latest.
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A Pile of News - July 2022

A Pile of News: July 2022
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
Originally sent July 1, 2022
It's a big, top-of-the-Pile welcome to PDCA's Q2 new and returning members we are glad you're here!
  • Contractors: Commerce Construction Corporation, Conti Civil, LLC, Cyr's Marine, LLC, J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc.
  • Associates: Apex Steel Pipe & Piling, CPS Houston, Inc., Hoffman Equipment, Kahn Steel Co. Inc., Meever USA Inc., Waskey Bridges
  • Engineering Affiliates: Lloyd Engineering, Inc., LMW Engineering Group
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And speaking of PDCA productions, make sure to check out the latest PileDriver magazine, published by PDCA's valued, Canadian-based partner, Lester Publications. On that note, Happy Canada Day (7/1)!
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