A Pile of News - May 2022

A Pile of News: May 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 May 2, 2022
This Friday is the DEADLINE to submit to the 2022 PDCA Project of the Year Awards program. Judges will promptly begin reviewing the land, marine, earth retention and associate/engineering affiliate entries; winners to be featured in the August PileDriver magazine. Please submit your completed entries via electronic file share by close of business on May 6. Contact PDCA with questions. Good luck!
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars! Contractors Foundation Institute The Driven Pile Academy
The first-of-its-kind program sold out; it brought 85 students, 25 professional industry instructors and $10M in piling equipment to a 20-acre construction facility in Duson, LA in April. Attendees engaged in onsite classroom instruction and hands-on equipment training in the field. More coverage below:  
Chapter news:
  • PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter Engineers Conference with crawfish boil (March 31): PHOTOS
  • PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship Shoot (April 29): PHOTOS COMING IN JUNE EDITION
  • PDCA Texas Chapter Business meeting May 10 at 15415 Market St. in Channelview, TX. Chapter dues must be paid to attend. Contact PDCA at info@piledrivers.org.
 PDCA past president Michael Justason, P.Eng. earns appointment to the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, recognizing his work in geotechnical and foundation engineering. His career spans years as a private sector consultant on driven pile projects across four continents with an affinity for statnamic testing to more recently a professor shaping the minds of future engineers at McMaster University.

In other news:
  • Federal agency (SEC) proposes mandated, climate-related regulation; Haley & Aldrich updates.
  • Supreme Court decision on construction permitting elicits diverging reactions; from ENR.
Jordan Pile Driving Inc., you are this month's winner!
Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of May to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & expansions:
Governmental relations:
Recognitions:
Giving back:
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Austin Shanfelter moves from board chairman to interim CEO at Orion Marine Group. He follows Mark Stauffer, who has served the company since 1999, most recently as president/CEO.
  • Colin Percy is new VP of business development at Patriot Construction & Industrial in Louisiana.
  • Kristine Newman elevates to CFO at McCarthy, replacing Doug Audiffred, who retires. Calling her "an inspirational and trustworthy leader," the company issued a public welcome.
  • David Witsken is new CEO at Universal Engineering Sciences (UES); he is based in Orlando.
  • Stephen Borgmann named northeast sales engineer at GeoStructures, serving NJ, NY, PA.
  • Tim Dittmeier returns to Hammer & Steel; based in North Florida, the 15-year industry veteran will oversee sales activity throughout the Southeast.
  • Jacob Tackett is new parts manager for Company Wrench at Ohio HQ; Brian Baum joins the team as North Florida sales manager.
  • Sierra Ponvelle is new to Louisiana-based Ardaman & Associates as proposal coordinator.
  • Cody Wallace, P.E. named new branch manager to Tallahassee, FL office of ECS, Limited.
  • Kenlon Wells named new staff engineer at Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. 
  • Haley Puntin joins GZA GeoEnvironmental as an engineer in Bedford, NH office.
  • Noel Morales becomes certification coordinator at Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.
  • Monty McGreevy hangs up the hard hat at JD Fields after 27 years.

Recognitions:
In memoriam:
  • Dennis Nottingham, co-founder of PND Engineers, Inc., has passed away. He leaves a legacy as designer of several noteworthy bridges in Alaska, among other regional distinctions. He earned worldwide acclaim for developing the proprietary OPEN CELL SHEET PILETM bulkhead technology.
On the Job
AXIOM Foundations completed installation of retaining walls comprised of Junttan-driven steel sheets from JD Fields for an $8M, public stormwater relief installation in SC.
 
Baker GCI continues work expanding a renewable diesel production facility for REG in Geismar, LA; elsewhere, its team completes the piling scope, which involved installation of both timber and concrete, for Diamond Green Diesel in Port Arthur.
 
Balfour Beatty wins a $697.8-million design-build contract from the USACE to build new office/parking facility at Fort Meade in Maryland; it will serve the NSA, U.S. Cyber Command operations.
 
Cape Romain Contractors is on the construction roster of Avian Commons, a "next-gen" industrial park facility bringing work-life balance to employees at Camp Hall in Charleston, SC. Soil Consultants, Inc. performs testing/inspection for the site foundation. See drone imagery of progress.
 
Kokosing Construction Company has begun work on the southward expansion of Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC; Jinnings Equipment provides a hydraulic impact hammer for the crew that is driving 48-inch pipe pilings in the project's current phase.
 
Manson Construction operations in Jacksonville, FL hosted corporate legal and insurance personnel for a visit to job sites in the Florida-Georgia region, providing ground-level perspective on projects.
 
RJ Gorman Marine Construction is installing two timber fixed/floating marinas in Florida's Panhandle, one with 135 wet slips and one with 65. Both are for the same private sector client.
 
Russell Marine works to reshape and improve the deteriorating Berth 10 at the Port of Galveston.
 
Copier Machinery writes about technology-driven improvements to manufacturing. The steel pipe fabricator addresses new technologies it incorporates, such as M2M solutions and IoT connectivity.

Equipment Corporation of America provided the capping system so crews could finish a steel sheet pile wall that Parker Marine installed for a new waterfront hotel in Charleston, SC.
 
Eustis Engineering shapes a new attraction on the lower Mississippi River. Its geotechnical explorations at ports from Vicksburg, MS, to New Orleans help prepare for the launch of a new tourism vessel.
 
Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. performed cone penetration testing and vibration monitoring during pile installation for the Big Chill Beach Club, a 200-seat oceanfront restaurant on Delaware's seashore.
 
Thomas & Hutton shares drone photography from construction partner Cape Romain Contractors on progress of the new Battery Park Pedestrian Bridge, soon to open in North Charleston, SC.
 
UES is among contributors to a recently completed interchange between Florida's Turnpike and I-4 in Orlando; the firm's Jacksonville deep foundations team is singled out for critical support on the project.
Media Hits
ENR carries a comprehensive article on the $25M ferry terminal nearing completion in New Orleans. As we've noted, APC Construction is part of the JV working to build the public facility. Joel McLain gives thoughtful quotes about the unique conditions that the Mississippi River can present to a contractor.
 
FFJournal interviews Kim Olson, technical initiatives manager at Nucor, on the company's commitment to sustainability; it's a special Q&A in the publication chronicling technology in manufacturing.
 
MAREJ publishes a perspective from ECS Limited LLC VP Michael J. Sladki, P.E., who provides safety considerations for waterfront deck and dock builders.
 
Timber Processing features a cover photo of Gilbert Products' high-speed planer on the April publication.
Notes from the Field
Can't find 'em?...create 'em! The Home Builders Institute (HBI) is a collaboration of Buildstrong Academy, The Home Depot Foundation and The Drew Brees Foundaton. The group aims to develop a construction-trained workforce in New Orleans. The concept has caught on; a team from McCarthy recently visited HBI (and the Super Bowl MVP), as it prepares to launch a program chapter in Houston.
 
Throwing Axe You've likely noticed that axe throwing is a popular modern pastime. PDCA members join the masses in flocking to this social activity and we want to share a couple notable examples. First, RJ Gorman Marine hosted a staff retreat at Axe Throwing PCB. Lodge Lumber promotes Abilene Axe Company, which uses its pine for target-backs. Then, S&ME, Inc. project manager Heath Forbes and his wife own and operate Lumber Jill's Axe Throwing Lounge near Charleston, SC.
 
Instant gratification We applaud Pinnacle Drilling Products R&D for pursuing the unimaginable. With a pending patent, instant holes are apparently loaded on their truck for distribution. Buyers who own appropriate tool-less equipment are presumably lining up to schedule deliveries. Thanks, LinkedIn, for obscuring posting dates; the "April 1" on this was not readily available to this reader.
 
If you have read all the way to the end, thank you. Also, congratulations you get to read our FOURTH reminder to submit your entry to the 2022 PDCA Project of the Year Awards by close of business Friday. To date, we have a number of entries, many from companies who haven't previously taken advantage of this benefit of membership. PDCA looks forward to receiving the winning entries from the Judge's Panel this summer so we can begin work on the highly anticipated PileDriver magazine Project of the Year Edition, coming your way in August. That is, if you get your entries to us! We leave you with an early Happy Mother's Day to the moms out there.
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A Pile of News - April 2022

A Pile of News: April 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 April 1, 2022
If you haven't secured your spot, it's too late to attend the sold-out 2022 PDCA Contractors Foundation Institute: The Driven Pile Academy opening Monday (4/4) in Duson, LA. The four-day program features industry-leading equipment professionals providing classroom and practical instruction on equipment use. See progress photos of site prep and set-up. If you missed the 2022 event, watch for future event announcements...then register early! Non-members should join PDCA for discounted registrations.
From the Association & Chapters
Welcome to new and returning members that joined in the first quarter of 2022!
Contractors: Blue Iron Foundation & Shoring, Bowen Engineering Corporation, Coastal Construction & Engineering, Mohawk Northeast and RJ Gorman Contracting
Associates: Bottom Line Equipment, Clydesdale Steel, Contractor's Steel Co., Hercules Machinery Corporation and OMS Vibro Ozkanlar Grup Makina AS
Engineering Affiliates: Soil and Materials Engineering, Terracon VA and Thomas & Hutton

Mark your calendars!
See photos and coverage of recent events:
The geo-congressional record:
  • Proud to be a cooperating organization with the Geo-Institute, PDCA participated in the 2022 Geo-Congress event in Charlotte, NC. Several PDCA members attended; see who we spotted.
  • Van Komurka, PE., D.GE, F.ASCE is a senior engineer at GRL Engineers who has a long record of guiding PDCA technical activity through his committee work, technical writings and live presentations. As we announced in an earlier edition, Komurka earned the 2022 Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award, which was presented at Geo-Congress. Another technical leader at PDCA, William M. Camp, III, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE of S&ME, Inc. served as the congress chair.

News items of interest:
  • Site Selection Magazine shares new data depicting top U.S. cities' construction investment. Measured growth reveals a surging Rust Belt/Middle America, reversing recent trends.
Timothy Dutton of Junttan USA Inc., you are this month's winner!
Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of April to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & expansions:
Governmental relations:
  • The Nucor steel mills in Utah, Texas, Florida and Missouri were destinations for elected officials in March; U.S. Sen. Romney, U.S. Reps. Sessions and Foxx and Lt. Gov. Kehoe met with Nucor personnel and toured facilities in those states.

Recognitions:
Giving back:
Anniversary:
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Leonard Braud retires as project superintendent at GROUP Contractors after 20 years with the Baton Rouge-based company, and more than 40 in the industry.
  • Jim Frias to retire in June as CFO/EVP at NucorSteve Laxton  named successor in March. 
  • Blake Burley joins the team at APC Construction, LLC as senior project manager.
  • Tyler Scott has begun as a Denver-based senior engineering recruiter for Kiewit.
  • Jacob Chaparro joins Weeks Marine in the rotational accelerated development program.
  • Kelsey Gunter departs her marketing post serving Bauer/ECA; best of luck on new challenges!
  • Nick Darlage named new director of projects at Engineered Rigging.
  • Sarah Marshman elevates to service manager at Equipment Corporation of America in Boston.
  • Chris Barberi, Noel Gibbings move into sales roles at Flexicore of Texas following industry departure of long-time sales rep Cary Hazard.
  • Stephen Geraci, P.E., CHMM elevates to SVP, subsidiary manager at ECS Limited in the Southwest.
  • AJ Davis, Jr., Brian Awckland, Randy Daub (PA offices) and Matthew Hartman (Laurel, MD office) promoted to associates at Geo-Technology Associates, Inc.
  • Danny Hines reaches 21 years at Southern Earth Sciences in Mobile; Brad Bertucci rejoins the firm in New Orleans.

Recognitions:
Congratulations!
In memoriam:
  • Tim McGowan, a transformational figure in deep foundation construction and a past member of the PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter, passed away in January. He leaves a giant footprint of recognizable work on an international level; click here to learn about his impressive life.
  • David Pierce, P.E., S.E., was a veteran engineer and mentor to colleagues throughout the Pacific Northwest. A past president at PND Engineers, he lost a year-long cancer battle in February.
On the Job
ASAP Group installs sheet piling from Samuel Roll Form Group for the Miami International Airport Taxiway Apron; notably, an American Airlines employee recorded video of ASAP's vibro at work!

Boh Bros. Construction conducts an assembly line at their waterfront yard to fabricate a dock for a Mississippi River industrial facility. See video of the assembly process.

Caldwell Marine International is among several contractors in the North Atlantic that have become involved in the burgeoning offshore wind industry. Here, they work with other stakeholders to transport cabling.

Orion Marine Group wins largest contract ever ($125M) in the Tampa division for demolition and replacement of two bascule bridges spanning the NASA Causeway in Titusville, FL. The new construction will include installation of 113,000 linear feet of 30-inch prestressed high moment capacity concrete piles.

Pile Drivers, Inc. completed the Legacy Apartments in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Many PDCA members assisted: Parker Marine; Palmetto Pile Driving; Essve Tech; S&ME, Inc.; Lodge Lumber; APE; ICE; and Junttan. 

Poseidon Dredge & Marine Inc. continues shaping the infrastructure in Florida's coastal communities; the team recently completed a driven sheet pile installation for the Jacksonville Port.

PRECO-MSE has a team on a northern Quebec waterway installing H-pile for a hydroelectric line between the Micoua and Saguenay stations. Pile depths exceed 30 meters.

Weeks Marine has a crew in New York City replacing bridge fenders at the Spuyten Duyvil over the Harlem River. A Junttan hammer is among the equipment on the job. FYI the railroad bridge's name is Dutch for "in spite of the devil;" not to be confused with Mötley Crüe's 1983 metal hit, "Shout at the Devil."

Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) shows a Pile Master 36-5000 performing installation of timber pilings, part of a dock replacement in Philadelphia.

ICE-International Construction Equipment supplied various pieces of deep foundation machinery to assist a contractor in Puerto Rico to control future flooding at the Rio De La Plata in the territory.

Pileco Inc. recently opened the doors to its new Conroe, TX headquarters; rightfully proud of the facility, the team hosted a crew from the Coast Guard for annual diesel hammer training.

Dewberry secures fifth consecutive contract with UVA where it has been the on-call engineering and design firm for 25 years. We note Dewberry branding favors team colors at Va-Tech.
Media Hits
The Herald-Dispatch serving the Huntington, W.V. region tags along with U.S. Rep Carol Miller and John Musgrave of the local Economic Development Authority during a site visit to the future Nucor Corp. steel mill in Apple Grove. The story shares expected positive developments the area could realize.

North America Outlook magazine profiles Engineered Rigging president Christopher Cox.

Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal recognizes ECS Limited as Best of 2021 Engineering Winner for designing the replacement of a Maryland elementary school.

The Nashville Business Journal talked to local engineers about new development opportunities materializing in the growing city. Among them was Alicia Sellers, a geotech at GeoEngineers, Inc.
Notes from the Field
Because we can't get enough basketball We take a minute to share an update from Dallas; Kendric Davis is the college hoops standout that J.D. Fields Company signed to an NIL deal this season. The SMU point guard finished the regular season as top scorer in the AAC with 19.5 points per game!

When you have 10,000 lakes and it's winter why not host an ice fishing expedition? Atlas Foundation Company in Osseo, MN did just that; it was an employee appreciation event.

Crawfish, cornhole and canned beverages Canal Barge Company kicked off the Vessel's Officer Workshop, a key business meeting, with an evening employee/family social.

Louisiana members get plenty of attention for Cajun cooking but Geotechnology Associates in Maryland brings chili to the "Pile of Food." Alex won a gold medal at the staff cookoff; his venison/bacon recipe secured it.

With potential foreign conflict on American minds a Fun Fact Friday social media post from Alexandra Cormier of Flores Automation & Machine Control may bring nostalgic comfort. FAMC provides Leica products that can help a pile driver understand subterranean conditions. Leica is also responsible for the photography equipment used to capture the famous WWII-era photo of the V-J Day celebrations in Times Square.

Despite what your calendar might say, nothing noted above is a joke in the spirit of April Fool's Day; at least as far as we know. We appreciate you taking a few moments to browse through this month's Pile of News and look forward to bringing you another one in May. Please share your company news with us if you would like for it to appear in this publication. And many thanks to our growing list of advertisers! If you are interested in advertising, please contact PDCA today.
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A Pile of News - March 2022

A Pile of News: March 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 March 1, 2022
From the Association & Chapters
Who was SPOTTED? Thanks to attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, presenters and all others who helped make the 23rd PDCA Annual Conference in Phoenix a success. There is plenty of event coverage available on the PDCA blog, found at the bottom of piledrivers.org. To make it easier for you, use the key below to visit the photo collections available from various conference activities:
  • Board of directors meeting and past president's dinner [PHOTOS]
  • Golf tournament [PHOTOS]
  • Arriving in Phoenix, PDCA committee meetings and opening reception [PHOTOS]
  • Scenes from the exhibit hall [PHOTOS]
  • Project of the Year Awards presentation [PHOTOS]
  • Educational and professional development sessions [PHOTOS]
  • Day 2 reception in exhibit hall [PHOTOS]
  • Sessions on the final day, PDCA awards [PHOTOS]
  • Bonus PHOTOS (because everyone was having fun and the official photographer captured it!)
Congratulations! 2021 PDCA award winners who were recognized at the Annual Conference:
  • Dale Biggers posthumously honored with John T. Parker Industry Ambassador Award
  • Mohamad Hussein named Dr. Frank Rausche Professional Engineers Service awardee
  • Dr. Richard Hartman recognized with Presidential Award for Distinguished Service
  • Garland Likins named Lifetime Achievement Award winner
  • Diane Fischer wins the Committee Chair of the Year
  • Rich Anderson is Associate Member of the Year awardee
Hot off the presses PileDriver magazine, Issue #1 2022; read the digital edition.

Open for entries The PDCA 2022 Project of the Year Awards program is now taking entries for land, marine, earth retention and engineering/associate projects completed in 2021; submit by May 6.

DYK PDCA membership lets you list up to five company reps as PDCA members, regardless of their location? We removed the additional charge for multi-office listings. A per-person cost after your initial five applies for contractors, associates and engineers. Not a member? Join PDCA.

Upcoming association events:
  • March 7-9: DFDTA-Orlando is a collaboration between PDCA and Pile Dynamics, Inc. The three-day program includes a seminar and a dynamic testing proficiency test.
  • April 4-7: PDCA Contractors Foundation Institute: The Driven Pile Academy is a NEW and innovative program including both in-classroom and outdoor interactive experiences. Industry leading equipment professionals are retained to teach participants real-world applications.
Chapter events: A visionary Harry Robbins (retired PDCA member) is widely credited for launching the South Carolina Chapter in 2003. During its 75th consecutive dinner meeting, he was presented a special award.

Relevant news and opinions:
Rich Anderson with Equipment Corporation of America, you are this month's winner!
Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of March to claim your prize!
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Scott Slaughter, P.E. brings APC Construction 31 years of deep foundations experience.
  • Darren Day named VP foundations at Patriot Construction & Industrial in Louisiana.
  • Josh Hochradel promoted to branch development manager at Company Wrench in Carrol, OH.
  • Kayla Munn joins Engineered Rigging as product specialist in Russellville, AR.
  • Amy Dowdy is new to Flores Automation & Machine Control in inside sales.
  • Matthew Eastman is the newest rep at Junttan USA; he's based in the Delaware office.
  • Madeline Murray joins ECS Limited in Atlanta as business development specialist.
  • Shana Opdyke-Carroll, P.E., LEED AP BDC elevates to president at D.W. Kozera, Inc. in Baltimore.
  • Michael Flynn, P.E. onboards to the Boston office at GeoEngineers.
  • Mitul Sisodiya, Ph.D., Jeremy Weremeichik, Megan Elwell, Wesley Swanson, Angela Kop, EIT, Isabel Gleckner and Daniel Watt, all new team members at GZA GeoEnvironmental.
  • Jesse Richens, P.E. promoted to senior associate at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers in NYC.
  • Lionel Francois is new to the team at Southern Earth Sciences in Baton Rouge; meantime, officemate Patty Williams reaches 21 years, while Russell Nipper in Mobile, AL makes 38 years!
  • Michael Dear appointed new CFO at Orlando-based Universal Engineering Sciences.
  • Matthew Glisson departs Braun Intertec Corp. to lead technical activities at DFI.
  • Timothy Cullen joins the team at PCI to lead technical activities on PC/PS concrete.
Recognitions: Is it Father's Day?
  • Emmett and Kelsey Waggenspack assume new names dad and mom! Baby Pierce Warren was born Feb. 20 at 9 lbs, 3 oz, 22.25 inches long. Emmett, a past PDCA board member from Coastal Contractors, says mom and son are home and healthy in Baton Rouge.
  • Joshua Moore, son of Palmetto Pile Driving GM Jason Moore, repeats as qualifier in the S.C. state wrestling tourney; he finished the season as Region 7A champ in the 152 lbs. class.
  • Landon Blanco (12), son of Sealevel Construction supt. Tory Blanco, repped dad's employer in the Louisiana Motocross State Championship and placed fourth on his Sealevel-adorned dirtbike.
In memoriam:
  • Longtime Nucor partner Raymond B. Johnson III, owner of Raymond Piling Products supplying New England and New York, has passed. PDCA extends condolences to friends and family.
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & expansions: Governmental relations: Recognitions: Giving back:
  • R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors will sponsor the Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club's Bluefin Open in June; it supports sport fishing and waterway conservation in New Jersey.
Anniversary:
On the Job
APC Construction value engineered repairs for the flood protection system at a southeast Louisiana refinery that suffered damage from Hurricane Ida; now they're sheet piling to fix the levee breach.

Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC installs temporary sheeting for I-10 westbound bridge construction on the I-10/I-12 College Drive Flyover project in Baton Rouge. Does this mean less postgame congestion after Bayou Bengal games?

Dissen & Juhn Company completed Phase 1 of a public works project for a new amphitheater and boardwalk at the Seaford River Walk in central Delaware. As GC, crews installed composite sheets for a bulkhead and engaged an American Piledriving Equipment drop hammer on boardwalk timber pilings.

Foundation Constructors, Inc. installed steel H-piles from Nucor at Mission Rock, adjacent to Oracle Park in San Francisco. New high-rises will bring commercial, residential and retail to the ballpark district. Perhaps retired Giants great Buster Posey will snag a penthouse to watch over his former teammates?

Mohawk Northeast replaces the pier at the Narragansett Bay Campus at the University of Rhode Island, a critical resource for graduate students in oceanography at URI. The driven pipe pile foundation is installed with a vibro and a diesel impact hammers from ICE-International Construction Equipment.

South Shore Pile Driving in coastal Massachusetts used Koppers' timber and Hercules machinery to perform fortification for a Truro home that has stood just steps from land's end since 1850; pending relocation, the house survived a major winter blast that prompted widespread news coverage.

PVE Equipment USA supplied a 40VM vibro used for test piling in Rochester, NY as a hospital expansion gets underway. A PDI Pile Driving Analyzer is spotted assisting crews gathering test data.
Media Hits
Constructor magazine interviews project manager T.J. Colombatto of Massman Construction Company about the most recent award the new structure spanning the Mississippi River between Illinois and St. Louis has received The 2021 Build America Grand Award.

The Florida Times-Union reports that a $49 million contract has been executed for Balfour Beatty to begin the first phase of a plan that, by 2023, would bring driverless, electric people movers to a portion of Downtown Jacksonville, FL. [Paywall]

Spectrum News 1 serving Columbus, OH and vicinity, profiles Company Wrench owner Brad Hutchinson. The inspirational story focuses on Brad's generosity as an employer and a Fairfield County, OH resident. He lives by the words, "Success is never owned, it's rented; and the rent is due every day."

The Tribune Chronicle of Northeastern Ohio publishes an interview with Barry Zekelman, CEO of the Atlas Tube parent company. He compares his business philosophy to that of farmers who rotate crops, stating that, "To bleed it dry by not sacrificing some short-term profits is irresponsible."

RBC Economics provides an analysis of the Canadian economy transitioning to Net Zero. As part of its series called Green Collar Jobs, the Royal Bank of Canada publication quotes Colin Osborne, president and CEO of the Samuel Roll Form Group parent company.
Notes from the Field
"The most magical moment of your career" is how one former Olympian describes her participation in the games. In the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, aspiring civil engineer Hailey Swirbul experienced magical moments in February when she competed in three cross-country skiing events for the USA. Congrats to the University of Alaska student and PND Engineers, Inc. intern for representing excellence in a chosen discipline; just wait till she joins the ranks of American PEs!

A bad day fishing is better that a good day working Logan Parks is an aspiring pro fisherman pursuing the Bassmaster and MLF tours next year. Meantime, the recent Auburn grad has Morris-Shea Bridge Company sponsorship as he hustles on the amateur circuit. He's already won Tundra and a Nitro!

Can they trick an F-150 too? Nice job to the shop on this PM23LC pile driving rig, now on a four-week, trans-Atlantic barge ride from the Finland factory to its new Quebec home. PRECO-MSE awaits its new Junttan rig adorned in bright orange with slate trim; it sure brightens a snowy landscape

There was an Outlaw in attendance when Louisiana Attorney General Landry spoke to the Baton Rouge Industrial Group. We earmarked this story for a Governmental Relations entry until we saw irony that Jerry Outlaw (note the last name) of Ardaman & Associates was among attendees for the A.G.'s briefing. We wonder if the state's top law enforcement officer raised an eyebrow upon seeing his name tag?

Thank you for reading the March edition of "A Pile of News." Check back in April when we will reveal all the new PDCA members who have joined the effort to advance the driven pile. If you or your colleague(s) are interested in receiving this publication from PDCA on the first working day of each month, please visit piledrivers.org and provide your email address in the prompt at the bottom of the home page.
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A Pile of News - February 2022

A Pile of News: February 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 Feb. 1, 2022
From the Association & Chapters
It's here! The PDCA 23rd Annual International Conference & Expo begins next week and runs Feb. 1012 at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix. We look forward to delivering unique educational and professional development programming, 33 trade show exhibits and ample industry networking. Also, help celebrate pile driving at the Project of the Year Awards ceremony and bring your mobile hammers for some driving at the spectacular golf outing. There's still time to register!

Open for entries The PDCA 2022 Project of the Year Awards program is now taking entries for land, marine, earth retention and engineering/associate projects completed in 2021; submit by May 6.

Read: PileDriver magazine, Issue #6-2021, for a special, in-depth look at pile driving in Canada.

Don't mess with 'em! The PDCA Board of Directors unanimously approved affiliation with the new PDCA of Texas Chapter; we extend them a warm welcome! Meet the new officers and consider joining the regional industry group.

Upcoming association events:
  • March 79: DFDTA-Orlando is a collaboration between PDCA and Pile Dynamics, Inc. The three-day program includes a seminar and a dynamic testing proficiency exam.
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  • April 47: PDCA Contractors Foundation Institute: The Driven Pile Academy is a NEW and innovative program including both an in-classroom and outdoor interactive experience. Industry leading equipment professionals are retained to teach participants real-world applications.

Chapter events:
   
South Carolina Chapter  Feb. 17, 6:30 PM EST; First quarter meeting in Charleston  Chapter news:
  • South Carolina Chapter Who was SPOTTED at the 2022 Oyster Roast?
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  • Pacific Coast Chapter 2021 Scholarship winners [PHOTOS]: Sophie Robinson, Zhixiang Jesse Chen, Karen Siqueiros, Erick Medina, Andrew Ballinger. Application for '22 award now open!

Industry notes:
  • NCCCO revises mobile crane operator written exam fee structure, LEARN MORE
Jason Moore of Palmetto Pile Driving, Inc., you are this month's winner!
Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of February to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Governmental relations:
  • ICE-International Construction Equipment, Inc. shares interactive, online resource from USDOT Federal Highway Administration detailing a state-by-state formula for new bridge spending through the recently passed, federal infrastructure law.
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  • Dr. Sergio Guerra of Braun Intertec Corp. earns appointment from Gov. Polis to Colorado Air Quality Control Commission.
Giving back:
Acquisitions & expansions:
  • Forefront Deep Foundations of Newport Beach, CA, awarded as Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by the US-DOT, a competitive distinction.
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  • Kokosing Construction Company, Inc. is the re-branded name for the six wholly-owned subsidiaries serving the Midwest and East Coast; the former Corman Kokosing among them.
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  • Eustis Engineering introduces sUAS or drone services into its portfolio.
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  • Geo-Technology Associates moves Nashville office to downtown Trademark Business Center II; VP Dan Terranova, P.E., manages the larger office and serves clients in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.
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  • Terracon introduces new branding to signify integrity, curiosity and service excellence.
Anniversaries: If your company is celebrating 40 years or more in business (on the 5s 45, 50, 55, 60 and up), please drop us a note at matt@piledrivers.org. We will recognize you in this space.
On the Job
H.B. Fleming, Inc. pulls and re-installs sheet piling to facilitate construction of new underground tanks; part of an improvement project at the scenic Back Cove Trail recreation area in Portland, ME.

McCarthy helps the City of Houston add 320 million gallons-per-day, clean drinking water through construction of a new water plant. This award-winning project involved installation of 193 pipe piles; Braun Intertec did field testing for piles, averaging 120 inches in diameter and 30 feet long.

Pacific Pile & Marine performs a pier installation in Antarctica for the National Science Foundation.

Poseidon Dredge & Marine installed steel sheet pile supplied by Nucor in the construction of a new bulkhead in Highland Beach, FL.

Russell Marine completed work on the FEMA-funded reconstruction of the hurricane damaged Lighthouse Beach Pier in Port Lavaca, TX; city leaders held a grand reopening in January.

Orion Marine wins a $28.3M DOD contract to repair and update a Navy installation in the Bahamas; also it is awarded a private contract for $4.4M to rehabilitate an existing barge dock in coastal Texas.

Forefront Deep Foundations won a public bid to drive steel pipe and sheeting for a vehicular bridge over the All-American Canal at the U.S./Mexico border crossing in Calexico, CA.

Foundation Constructors, Inc. installs ZZ-14-77 sheet piling supplied by J.D. Fields & Co. for a City of Temecula (CA) installation that will mitigate flooding-caused erosion impacting a local park.

Island Piling, Inc. does a lot of residential construction in Southwest Florida; they provide a PSA by sharing statistics from local media warning of a spike in jobsite theft.

American Piledriving Equipment provided diesel and vibro hammers for construction at the Merchant's Bridge in St. Louis; service tech Rob Gordon gets a nod for facilitating the equipment.

Giken press-in piling technology is utilized in a private, Brazilian barrier wall installation designed to safeguard the City of Itabira from potential disasters.

ICE, Inc. is spotted in Nebraska; a 508 vibro is used to drive steel sheets for a temporary cofferdam in Lake Ogallala as part of a dam repair on behalf of the Public Power District.

Junttan USA shows action shots of a PM23 at Saw Mill River Parkway in Westchester County, NY as timber and steel sheet pile driving continues.

Nucor NZ 38 steel coordinated by Tomas Cabrera replaces a tattered seawall at St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands; the National Park Service commissioned the project to protect an historic landmark.

Samuel Roll Form Group supplied all foundational steel for the County Road 119 bridge over the Canisteo River in Cameron, NY.

GZA GeoEnvironmental provides dynamic pile testing, automated vibration and settlement monitoring for a NJ housing development; it involves more than 270 ea. 9.625-inch closed-end pipes with 80-ton capacity and up to 120-foot depth.

Universal Engineering Sciences, along with new hire Mahmoud Algaznli, provides PDA, other consultation on new Tampa Bay bridge; photos depict installation of 1,000th PC/PS concrete pile.
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Eric Droof named president and successor to retiring James Hind at Keller North America.
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  • Loretta Murrell CSP, CHST concludes a 24-year career at Manson Construction.
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  • Peyton Parker is a new project engineer at McCarthy after her December graduation from Purdue.
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  • Asa Weise named new Tulsa-based, U.S. sales rep for Copier, Inc.
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  • Jennah Price appointed regional sales rep (AZ, NM) for Flores Automation & Machine Control.
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  • Pasi Poranen to pursue new challenges after eight years as CEO at Junttan; he's credited with exceptional growth, establishment of the international brand.
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  • Alex Burt appointed new UK sales manager for foundation equipment at Liebherr.
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  • John Weber, 40-year construction industry veteran, is a new account manager at Lodge Lumber.
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  • Jason B. Lloyd, Ph.D., P.E. joins Nucor, Tabitha Stine promoted to general manager.
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  • Dan Hannan, CSP, a construction health & safety vet, joins American Engineering Testing.
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  • Nathan McKinney, P.E., Julie Moore named to Board of Directors for Braun Intertec.
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  • Adam Blazejowski and Frank Russell join Knoxville, TN office of Dan Brown and Associates.
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  • Walter Clark, PMP, P.E. brought on at EXP as New York-based VP of infrastructure.
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  • Daniel Schwicht onboards in Seattle office, Farhad Ali in Boston for GeoEngineers, Inc.
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  • Shawn Sullivan promoted to vice president at Geo-Technology Associates, Inc.
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  • Aaron Goldberg, Bethanie Meek, (geotechs), Kelly Simons (comms) and five others promoted to VP at S&ME, Inc. Albert Neumann named practice leader, Eric Lang joins Nashville office.
Congratulations!
In memoriam
  • Sending comfort to family, friends and Parker Marine staff in Charleston, SC as they begin a new year without George Roper, considered "a legend," embodiment of a "true gentleman."
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  • Ted Pennington, Jr. was a dedicated and loyal employee who spent a 20+ year career doing many tasks, but became a very good crane operator at Piling, Inc. in Texas City, TX. The longtime resident of nearby Alvin, passed away in Fall 2021.
Media Hits
Hawai'I Today magazine features a story about how Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. donated $10K toward a scholarship program for students in Honolulu Community College's Apprenticeship and Journey Worker Training after one of their projects reached a milestone.

WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge reports on a new industrial training initiative, free to qualifying students through the local community college. Cajun Industries is listed as a program benefactor.

Industry Era profiles Joel Showalter, CPA as a Top 10 Influential CFO of 2021. Citing a "steel strong" work ethic, the article examines his pivotal role at growing/diversifying JD Fields & Company. Also, Houston Business Journal publishes Fields' announcement of new engineer, Arjin Dogan; she was also recently named treasurer of PDCA Texas Chapter.

The State publishes op-ed by Melvin Williams of Terracon, in which he articulates benefits to South Carolina infrastructure because of federal investment in the Port of Charleston and other projects.

Geotechnical Engineering Podcast features Keller's Hannah Iezzoni, P.E.

ENR MidAtlantic does a deep dive into the developing, Amazon's H2Q in Washington, DC. Learn about the P.R. campaign at the onset of the project; also EC reductions, logistics and subcontractors involved.

Sealevel Construction had two 2021 projects highlighted as "accomplishments" in a news release from The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
Notes from the Field
Don't get touched by your opponents' balls" is clearly stated in the official dodgeball rules. Apparently, Hunter Landry, Travis Parker, Chris Normand, Jordan Romero, Daniel Sprunk, Tommy Trussell and Brent Guthrie, who constituted the Deep Foundations Unit team for Cajun Industries, avoided enough ball contact to win a company dodgeball tourney. This team building initiative [VIDEO] was hosted in January by Cajun's young professional's group.

The story of the Duke's dory Salvagers at Orion Marine dispatched on a unique job in 2021. The final charter for the Norwester, once a WWII patrol boat and later John Wayne's yacht, sunk last April. Orion provided crane and barge support as authorities deemed the vessel a loss. Read a brief history from the Washington state's San Juan Islands where maritime operations meet pop culture.

Jurassic geotechs The Today Show aired The Dinosaur Cowboy, which introduces a rancher who found bones of a T-rex and a triceratops that were possibly dueling when they died, then were frozen in time for 67 million years. S&ME, Inc. provides testing/inspection for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, which features these remains in a forthcoming exhibit called Dueling Dinosaurs.

Our eyes are on March The NIL partner that JD Fields engaged earlier this basketball season stands out for the SMU Mustangs, but Kendric Davis is also gaining national notice for his impact on college hoops.

You've reached the end of the February '22 'A Pile of News,' thanks for allowing us to share this content from PDCA and its members. We are pleased to report that the January '22 edition was the most-read distribution of this publication, to-date (and by a good margin). So, you want to be included in upcoming newsletters? Members are encouraged to make company news available on social media or send it directly to PDCA. Non-member readers, first you need to JOIN PDCA, then follow the instructions to the members. We thank you for this opportunity to help inform the pile driving industry about the matters that are pertinent to your role in deep foundation construction.
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A Pile of News - January 2022

A Pile of News: January 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 Jan. 3, 2022
From the Association & Chapters
A new PDCA Board of Directors was seated Jan. 1. Meet the 2022 leadership that you elected: president Brian Heck; VP Kustaa Mansfield; secretary Buck Darling; treasurer Scott Webster; and past-president Kevin Gourgues. At-large members are Harold Baur, Greg Canivan, Jim Dempsey, Diane Fischer, Mike Juneau, Doug Keller, and Bruce Langan. New to the board are Randy Kelly and David Price.
  • Departing the board following a completed three-year term is Emmett Waggenspack.
 
The PDCA 2022 Project of the Year Awards program is open; enter your 2021 project(s) by May 6.
 
A Pile of Pictures? Last year was a big year at PDCA; revisit some notable moments through these PHOTOS.
 
Welcome 2021-Q4 new members: Russell Marine, Precast Piling Technology, Pinnacle Drilling Products and Pipe Market. Not a PDCA member? JOIN TODAY and start a full year of membership benefits.
 
Through generosity of PDCA members, 2021 president Kevin Gourgues delivered $7,500 in donated funds to Hurricane Ida relief; impacted Louisiana families realized benefits during the holidays.
 
Upcoming association events:
  • Feb. 9 - 12, 2022: PDCA 23rd Annual International Conference & Expo is at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Educational and professional development programming, industry awards, trade show and networking among the features. Register today!
   
PDCA South Carolina Chapter events:
  • Jan. 21, 5 - 9 PM EST: 16th Annual Oyster Roast at Palmetto Pile Driving, Inc., Charleston, SC. This is a must attend event each year; don't miss the opportunity to network and socialize with friends and associates in the piling industry while enjoying fresh oysters, drinks and more!
  • Feb. 17, 6:30 PM EST: First Quarter Meeting at Town & Country Inn and Suites, Charleston.
  • Mar. 17: 2022 Driven Pile Technical Seminar, The Citadel Holliday Alumni Center, Charleston.
 
Texas PDCA members organize, establish leadership. Meet the new slate of officers.
  • President: Brandon Bicknell, Russell Marine LLC
  • Vice president: Condon Verble, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  • Treasurer: Arjin Dogan, JD Fields & Company, Inc.
  • Secretary: Armando Guajardo, BRC International LLC
*Special thanks to December "guest editor" Derek Brodnax of Service Steel Warehouse in Texas! #IYKYK
Phongsaphon Suwansukho at Fugro, you are this month's winner!
Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of January to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Governmental relations:  
Giving back:  
Recognitions:  
Acquisitions & expansions:  
Anniversary:
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Brandon Bicknell elevates to president at Russell Marine in Channelview, TX; Joe Pena promoted to survey manager.
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  • Amir Pasha Marvastian retained FT as field engineer at Clark in DC following internship.
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  • David Crawford named new account manager at Equipment Corporation of America Florida.
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  • Steve Toombs retires from Ardaman & Associates after 29 years as a lab tech in Orlando.
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  • Kevin Russ in Boise and Jason Edwards in Seattle, join the team at GeoEngineers.
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  • Shawn Dedeker, PG named representative of GEOKON in Minn.; Greg Dutson in Tennessee.
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  • Mikaelah Hill, recent EIT, secures full-time role at S&ME after May graduation at NC State.
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  • Austin Poppleton, Jude Courtney newly named to team at Southern Earth Sciences.  
 
Recognitions:  
Congratulations!
  • IIkka Brotherus, owner of Junttan USA parent company, was presented the Finnish Lion Commander's medal from Finland's president Sauli Niinistol on Dec. 6.
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  • Jordana Paker of ECS Limited is celebrated as the Highest Individual Fundraiser by the Houston American Heart Association for exceeding the goal of $125K in the CycleNation event.
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  • Pat DiCerbo, Northwestern Mutual completed 16 Iron Man competitions, most recently in November. He heads to the World Championship this May in Utah. Good luck, Pat!

In memoriam
  • Jack E. Perrylongtime president of C.D. Perry & Sons, Inc. in Troy, NY, passed at age 96 on Dec. 22nd. A triumph of his rich life was to see completion of the much-heralded Troy Seawall Stabilization. The WW II vet and diversified businessman is survived by his wife Cynthia.
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  • Vernon Bump retired from SD-DOT after 40 years, then finished his career as P.E. at American Engineering Testing. recognized regional expert in landslides, he passed in late 2021..
Media Hits
The ENR 2021 Top 600 Specialty Contractors (PAYWALL) list is out and PDCA members earn spots. Congratulations to Keller, Baker Construction Enterprises (BCE), Richard Goettle, Inc., Foundation Constructors and Clark Foundations.
 
ENR examines supply-chain, inflation challenges to construction; David Alford, a McCarthy VP in California, is quoted (paywall). Elsewhere, St. Louis Construction News and Review profiles McCarthy senior estimator Teresa Fechtel, who shares thoughts on an increasingly inclusive construction sector.
 
Construction Dive prints interview with Andree Yaap, a precon exec at Clark in the mid-Atlantic region; she encourages a younger workforce to view their career climb as a "jungle gym instead of a ladder."
 
Business & Industry Connection magazine serving Louisiana and Texas, publishes an op-ed by personnel manager Ryan Galiano of BCE who addresses the skilled labor shortage many contractors are feeling.
  • *Many PDCA members advertise jobs and we share this one from Poseidon Dredge & Marine; they need a pile driver. (After all, it's January and a beach gig might sound good to you!)
 
The Tribune Chronicle serving Northeast Ohio, publishes an interview with Barry Zekelman, CEO of Atlas Tube's parent company. Later, he appeared on the Thomas Industry Update Podcast.
 
Geostrata has a construction history of Washington, DC, by Karl Higgins of ECS Limited; it's an engineer's perspective juxtaposing Pierre L'Enfant's original work, as commissioned by Pres. George Washington, to today's evolving Capitol City hardscape. Also, Maryland Construction Network publishes an article by Alexis Herr entitled Combatting Delays Due to Geostructures.
 
FES Journal publishes The Use of Advanced Technology to Supplement Bridge Inspections and Asset Management Programs; EXP experts Julie Vers, Carmine Borea, Eugene Collings-Bonfill co-author.
 
Alaska Business Magazine quotes Shannon & Wilson, Anchorage office manager Kyle Brennan in a feature article summarizing local construction over the course of 2021.
 
Boston Business Journal (paywall) profiles Sue Bator, veteran environmental scientist at GeoEngineers.
On the Job
APC Construction wins $4.5M contract for design/build of Coast Guard boathouse in Grand Isle, LA.
 
ASAP Group drives steel sheets at Stormwater Treatment Area 1 West as part of continued efforts to refurbish the Florida Everglades and enhance area agriculture, recreation trails and hunting.
 
Balfour Beatty production piling begins on a "first-of-its-kind bridge in the U.S." A 3,200 ft., NC-DOT span will feature precast pilings (24" 75-130') with carbon fiber strand and reinforcing no steel! It's expected to be complete in 2025, and replace existing bridges from Harker's Island, NC to the mainland.
 
Clark joins administrators from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, for a ceremonial ground-breaking of a new 102,000 square foot nursing school.
 
Farrell Brothers Marine completes a piling replacement for a Jacksonville, FL, residential dock.
 
Foundation Constructors has a crew at Bird's Landing, east of San Francisco; they're driving pipe pilings for a 600-foot tower for PG&E. It's believed it will be the largest in the power company's portfolio.
 
Goettle drives 108 king piles to expand the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority near Pittsburgh.  
 
PRECO-MSE completes a foundation in the frozen ground of St-Philippe, south of Montreal; a Junttan rig was spotted on the job that's considered one of the contractor's largest 2021 projects.
 
Walters Marine Construction drives Nucor Skyline NZ 26 steel with GeoQuip-HPSI equipment to form a bulkhead at Gardner's Basin Back Bay in Atlantic City and fortify the area against tropical storm surge.
 
Weeks Marine is at work on historic Ellis Island in NYC. The $30.8M repair/replacement of nearly 7K feet of seawall uses a diesel hammer and vibro from ICE USA; the job is expected to complete in February 2023.
 
GeoSciences Testing and Research completed static load and dynamic pile testing on steel pipe and sheets for a Newark, NJ, floodwall.
 
S&ME partners with Greater Bethel AME Church and Habitat for Humanity in Charlotte to provide due diligence services for development of a new, affordable housing community.
 
EAS Regional Council of Carpenters forecasts an "influx of work" in New Jersey from a burgeoning offshore wind industry. Pile driver trainees prepare using an American Piledriving Equipment hammer.
Notes from the Field
Did you see this reality TV contestant from a PDCA member company? Congrats Quincey Walker of Nucor in South Carolina. The diesel mechanic competed in season three of Tough as Nails on CBS. He finished second! See his priceless reaction when he wins a battle completing a plumbing fix.

There's no tear in this beer Hoptimistic Times is a beer that the GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. "brew crew" developed in 2021 for select distribution. This carbon neutral, hybrid IPA comes in four-packs of 16 oz cans, each 7% alcohol by volume. Unique labels incorporate a QR code that links the drinker to info and a contest for a Yeti cooler. GZA senior principal Bradford Roberts says he and colleagues have partnered with Castle Island Brewing in Norwood, MA, on the last three years' production. What will 2022 bring?

Death and taxes Without fail each year, at least one PDCA associate member will don a temporary CPA hat and remind contractors about Section 179 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code; it allows for expensing business equipment/property on your income taxes. Thanks to Pile Master for offering the first (that we saw) such social media post, reminding readers that air hammer purchases qualify.

Yep, basement bands still rock! Eddy Kitchen of Engineered Rigging and manager of The JackWagons band treats music enthusiasts on his social media to three acoustic covers from his Virginia home.

"Save the neck for me, Clark" It's rumored (not confirmed) this is how John King of Pile Drivers, Inc. placed his order at a Charleston, SC, restaurant in December. Guest drive-thru clerk Chevy Chase, in town for a special screening of Christmas Vacation, didn't include the neck with the order; however, he instructed his guest (who he confused for Cousin Eddie), "Don't forget the rubber sheets and gerbils!"
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A Pile of News - December 2021

A Pile of News: December 2021
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 Dec. 1, 2021
Association & Chapter Events
Dec. 7: 11 AM - 1 PM EST: PDCA 2021 Education Webinar Series #7 Innovative Technologies in Bridge Construction, by various presenters representing diverse piling equipment and supply companies who will share innovations, engineering considerations.

Jan. 3, 2022: The PDCA 2022 Project of the Year Awards Program opens for entries. The time is now to start identifying which projects you will submit to this annual recognition of excellence in pile driving. This FREE program is exclusive to PDCA members.

Feb. 9 - 12, 2022: PDCA 23rd Annual International Conference & Expo is at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Educational and professional development programming, industry awards, trade show and networking among the features. Early bird registration is open NOW!

April 4 - 7, 2022: PDCA Contractors Foundation Institute: The Driven Pile Academy is a NEW and innovative program including both an in-classroom and outdoor interactive experience. Industry leading equipment professionals are retained to teach participants real world applications.

Thinking about joining PDCA? Complete a membership application today, in time for 2022!

PDCA South Carolina Chapter presented Citadel student Cadet Richard Milling the prestigious "Mac" Nigels Scholarship during November's quarterly dinner meeting. PHOTOS.
  • Members elected chapter leadership for 2022: president John King, VP Susheel Kohlwalkar, sec./treas. Andrea Edwards, asst. sec./treas. Jason Moore. Directors are Jim Challenger, Jordan Houston, Greg Canivan, Scott Nigels, Peter Adams and Simon Ghanat.

PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter met for a quarterly dinner Nov. 18th in Kenner, LA.
  • Chapter leadership was elected at the event; congrats to president Gerard Chenevert, VP Dylan Andre, treasurer Brent Guthrie and secretary Tony Sepulvado.

PDCA members in Houston are gathering Dec. 16 at 5:30 PM at True Anomaly Brewing to network, discuss a formal TX PDCA presence; email armando@brcint.com for details. PDCA supports the Texas growth efforts.

PDCA sends season's greetings; remember to shop The PDCA Store for industry gift items!
Foundation Constructors, Inc., you are this month's winner!
Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of December to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Anniversary:
CD Perry and Sons, LLC started in upstate New York in 1936 when a new home cost $4K, a gallon of gas was 10 cents and the Yankees edged the NY Giants in the World Series. Fast-forward 85 years, the Troy-based contractor has established a big footprint across the Empire State's land and waterscapes. Over the years, it has expanded services; it even snagged a PDCA 2019 Project of the Year Award! Congrats!

Governmental relations:
'Tis the season of giving back:
  • Group Industries contributes to