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
Do you read this monthly newsletter, but you are not a PDCA member? Consider JOINING PDCA today!

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)!
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars
Industry News
Congratulations, Foundation Constructors, Inc., you are this month's winner!
Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of July to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Governmental relations:
  • GROUP Contractors was among attendees at a Louisiana construction industry breakfast at which U.S. Rep. Graves delivered the program.
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  • Sealevel Construction Inc.'s Kevin Passman was on hand for a south-central Louisiana industry lunch featuring U.S. Sen. Kennedy, who quipped that the BDM was among those in the area 'doing extraordinary work.' The two shared a greeting and a handshake.
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  • CRW Engineering Group, LLC highlights a recent meeting between associate Erica Jenson, PE, and U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (AK) as part of a larger ACEC visit to Capitol Hill.
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  • Insight Group personnel attended a presentation from U.S. Rep. Defazio of Oregon; he chairs the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
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  • S&ME, Inc., professionals leading the civil design for a new, west Tennessee veterans facility attended its groundbreaking; Arlington Mayor Wissman was among local dignitaries to speak.

Acquisitions & Expansions:
  • Liebherr enters the market of battery powered equipment. The LR 1160.1 unplugged is one of the world's first electric crawler cranes a full charge is said to bring four4 hours of lifting operation.
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  • Meever USA announces new partnership with MCE Aschersleben, a German manufacturer of thick-walled tube and pipes.
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  • TRC Companies, Inc., bolsters its engineering, environmental strength in Mid-Atlantic region through acquisition of Draper Aden Associates.

Recognitions:
Giving back:
Anniversary:
  • Pile Dynamics, Inc. (PDI), reaches 50 years providing the global pile driving industry with load testing equipment and other instrumentation critical to the installation of deep foundations. Don't miss the company's story as told by two of its three founders, Frank Rausche, PhD, PE, D.GE, and Garland Likins, PE, in their exclusive article published in the latest PileDriver magazine. PDCA thanks PDI for its ongoing commitment to pile driving industry advancement.
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Marla Storm joins Balfour Beatty US as new, Dallas-based SVP and Chief HR Officer.
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  • Mike Quadagno, PE, brings a 30-year project management record to Commerce Construction Corporation. He will lead company growth in northern New Jersey and New York.
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  • Rob Marconi elevates to CFO at Indiana-based Innovative Piering LLC.
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  • Neal Haughton named new President at Ontario-based Powell Foundations, Inc.
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  • Paven Kumar, a mechanic and Anthony Maxwell, a senior engineer, are new to the team at Bauer Equipment America.
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  • Creig Benson of Company Wrench promoted to branch manager serving the Carolinas.
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  • Eric Shiring of Equipment Corporation of America is promoted to corporate HR manager; Chris Horne elevates to service manager at ECA Canada and Sam Simon joins the team in Philly.
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  • Dan Needham, John Hollatz, and Chad Utermark all elevate at Nucor to roles as Executive Vice Presidents among various company divisions.
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  • Aaron Leopold, PE, joins at Dan Brown and Associates, based in Denver, he is a civil engineering (BS/MS) graduate of Illinois with eight years' experience in deep foundations at Shannon & Wilson.
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  • Thomas Greenspon, a Navy vet, infotech executive, tapped for seat on Dewberry BOD.
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  • Kelly Jo Anderson becomes new business development director at ECS Southeast.
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  • Brad Klausing, EIT (Ohio) and Miguel Ramon, EIT (Texas) onboard at GRL Engineers, Inc.
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  • Isabella Kennedy transitions from intern to full-time at GZA GeoEnvironmental in Massachusetts.
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  • Anant Panwalkar is new Senior Associate, New England Transportation Lead at Haley & Aldrich.
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  • Kevin Ragon, formerly E.D. at the Timber Piling Council, is seated as new Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts in StarkVegas, MS 😉.

Recognitions:
In Memoriam:
John T. Christian, PhD, PE, NAE, D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE, is said to have pioneered the use of computer methods in geotechnical engineering. Read more about his remarkable life in a UMASS Lowell release.
On the Job
Blue Iron Foundation & Shoring uses a PVE Equipment vibro to drive 4,600 LF of sheets for a cofferdam at the South San Francisco Shoreline; the USACE project has a max water retention height of 16 feet.

Cape Romain Contractors completed the Battery Park foot bridge in Charleston, SC. Now, the crew and equipment are relocated to build a new pedestrian span over a pond in Port Royal, near Hilton Head.

Clark Construction uses an RTG RG 21 from Equipment Corporation of America to drive Triad steel for a new Washington, DC, residential development. Greg Barta, Gus DelFarno and Doug Sheehan of ECA visit the jobsite to assist with the rig start-up in what will become new housing in Buzzard Point.

Farrell Brothers Marine Construction, Inc., performs waterfront excavation in advance of installing a new vinyl sheet pile bulkhead in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Richard Goettle, Inc., shares an Illinois DOT update of progress on the McClugage Bridge in Peoria, IL, as construction nears completion; Goettle was onsite early to install foundation components.

Engineered Rigging procures first Enerpac JS500 in the U.S.; it's a jack system that can lift 2,200 tons.

Universal Engineering Sciences secures $5M contract with FDOT to serve northeast Florida projects.
Media Hits
Waterwire, a NY/NJ publication, talks to Project Engineer Jessica Markel of Weeks Marine. Her appearance is in the Women on the Waterfront series. She's pictured on Ellis Island, home of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. We told you in June that Weeks and Jessica completed major modernization there.

MOVE IT magazine publishes s a cover story featuring the demolition work that Engineered Rigging performed on New Jersey's Wittpenn Bridge.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting carries a story about a forthcoming solar farm there. It is reported that the initiative of Appalachian Power will partially serve the new steel mill that Nucor is building.

California Business Journal examines community involvement and sustainability initiatives underway at Universal Engineering Sciences. In the article, UES Regional VP of California Rouzbeh Afshar and Western Division President Trent Anderson discuss unique challenges the Western region faces.
Notes from the Field
Not a typical high school reunion - Former Belleville East H.S. (IL) basketball star Yelana Melton, now a superintendent. at McCarthy, gave a project tour of a new Washington University facility in St. Louis. Among those on the tour was colleague Norm Sanders, a senior writer. He's formerly a sportswriter in Illinois' Metro East region who recalls covering Melton's games. They reunited for a jobsite photo.

Chauncey the Chanticleer spent the '21 football season posing with fans nationwide as the Coastal Carolina team turned heads with consistent, remarkable performances on the gridiron. Neither he, nor the giant-killing athletic program appears to be done! Spotted at a CCU vs. Clemson baseball game was Chauncey with Thomas & Hutton administrative assistant Tahiriah Williams who enjoyed a big win.

Gitchie, gitchie, ya-ya, da-da Eric Kussman of D.W. Kozera, Inc., was doing field work at a Maryland jobsite when he unearthed a Keiller Dundee Marmalade jar, dated 1862. That's during the Civil War! The firm has since turned the find over to an archeology team for further assessment.

New York City has a lot of nicknames, but The City of Skyscrapers best fits the perspective caught by Patrick O'Driscoll in a jobsite photo he shared to social media. The GZA GeoEnvironmental project manager installed vibration monitors in advance of a demo in West New York, NJ, as the hulking Manhattan skyline stared him down from across the Hudson River.

Cute puppy pictures were among the earliest internet fascinations. Respecting tradition, OMS Pile Driving Equipment included a cute puppy in social media about its commitment to environmental protection. ECO machine production, bio hydraulic oil use, Tier 4 and 5 motors are some examples.

Kid's corner not that we believe young people read this publication, but check out this video produced by Samuel, the son of Jeff Lindsey at S&ME, Inc. It shows company project teams (in Lego likeness), performing a variety of engineering services in the field. What a talented young man!

We're at the halfway point in a very busy 2022, thank you for your participation in PDCA. July begins a fourth consecutive year publishing 'A Pile of News.' In each edition of this publication, we strive to trumpet the hard and diverse work our members put forth around the globe. We enjoy learning about your efforts and sharing those with the driven pile industry. We also like to highlight the people in PDCA who bring diverse interests, expertise, capabilities, lifestyles, backgrounds and more, but maintain a collective understanding that 'A Driven Pile...is a Tested Pile!' Many of our readers in the U.S. and Canada are celebrating holiday weekends; to our readers in the U.S., we wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July.
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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: