A Pile of News - April 2024


 
A Pile of News: April 2024
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors,
associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers
who comprise PDCA.
By Matt Bisbee, PDCA

Originally sent April 1, 2024
Top of the Pile

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

We're glad you're here! Q1, 2024 brings new members to PDCA; help us welcome and thank the following:
  • Contractors: AGM Marine Contractors of Mashpee, MA; Archangel Development Enterprises of Bluffton, SC; East Coast Marine Construction and Design of Daytona Beach, FL; MEB General Contractors of Chesapeake, VA
  • Associates: Corpac Steel Products Corp. of Aventura, FL; Dark Horse Metals of Liberty Hill, TX
  • Engineering Affiliate: COWI, worldwide
  • Government employees: Dwarika Mallick of MTA-NYC Transit Authority; Gavin Gautreau of LA Transportation Research Center; Derek Paille of LA-DOTD
  • Academic employee: Dr. Alejandro Martinez of UC Davis
  • Students: Jansen Billiot from LSU; Baris Elmas of University of Missouri
  • Government and academic employees may now join PDCA at NO COST; student membership is FREE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Pile of News - March 2024

A Pile of News: March 2024
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors,
associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers
who comprise PDCA.
By Matt Bisbee, PDCA

Originally sent March 1, 2024
Top of the Pile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Pile of News: February 2024
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors,
associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers
who comprise PDCA.
By Matt Bisbee, PDCA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Pile of News - January 2024

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A Pile of News: January 2024
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors,
associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers
who comprise PDCA.
By Matt Bisbee, PDCA

Originally sent Jan. 2, 2024
Top of the Pile Happy new year! We wish you success, prosperity, health, safety, professional development, market growth and security in 2024. Let's start with a few reminders:
  • Members: Please remit your annual dues today. If you didn't get an invoice, contact PDCA.
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  • ICYMI: The latest PileDriver magazine dropped in December. If you missed it, you missed a lot...
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  • Readers of PDCA publications who are not PDCA members, consider enrolling as a member to support the driven pile industry. Your dues fund collective efforts to promote the pile driving industry; when everyone pitches in a little, everyone benefits. JOIN PDCA TODAY.
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  • New in 2024 Qualified government employees and academics are eligible to join PDCA at no cost. Consider lending your important perspectives to PDCA as a new member. 
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars:
News and PHOTOS from the PDCA Blog:
You Win
News from PDCA Companies
Giving back:
Recognitions:
Acquisitions & expansions:

Anniversaries:
  • Canal Barge Company, Inc. celebrates 90 years as a family-owned, independent marine transportation company based in New Orleans. Since its 1933 founding by Joseph Merrick Jones, it has grown from one barge acquired for $10K during the Great Depression, to an international marine service provider offering over 800 tank, hopper and deck barges and 43 towboats. President Merritt Lane pledges that its people will continue to make the difference at CBC into the future.
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Ronnie Hobgood joins the Louisiana team at Omega Foundation Services as a new driver.
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  • David Fasci, Scott Langford, Colby Smith have all been elevated to assistant project managers at Houston-based Russell Marine LLC.
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  • Daren Franks is promoted to regional sales manager North America at Lodge Lumber Co., where he has served in sales for nearly 23
  • years.
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  • Justin Miller rejoins American Engineering Testing as manager of the geotech group, charged with leading the group's growth in size, depth and expertise. Also, a realignment makes president David Rettner, P.E. chief growth officer and CFO Kate Marcotte chief operations officer.
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  • Shana Carroll, P.E. is the new president at D.W. Kozera, Inc. in Baltimore. With 21 years of industry experience, she expects "continued success as an MDOT DBE/MBE/SBE certified firm."
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  • Sam Filisko joins the ECS Limited Midwest Division, Paul Hernandez, P.E. in Chesapeake, VA, Jeff Yates, P.E. as geotech manager in Moorestown, NJ, and Michael Crouse in Roanoake, VA.
Recognitions:
  • Tyler Fane from C.D. Perry & Sons, Inc. in Troy, NY, shares news of his third child. Named for his grandfathers, baby Warren Patrick was born Dec. 3, weighing 7 lbs., 1 oz. and 20 inches long.
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  • Emily Lucas, safety manager at Clark Construction, is a Virginia Young Professional of the Year.
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  • Zachary Latka, a civil engineer at New Hampshire-based NSI Contracting, received the Heroism Award, a national honor from the Boy Scouts of America. He is credited with protecting Scouts from a large bear. Click here to read an account of his experience.
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  • John Miles is the consummate sales professional at PileCo, Inc. However, until next March, he'll be moonlighting as a political campaign manager. He was spotted in rural Waller County, TX, placing campaign signs for Sandy Miles, candidate for County Constable, and his wife.
Sandy Miles for Waller County

Sending sympathies:
  • Kevin Lee Kern (66) began as a carpenter in 1981 at Corman, worked all the way up to VP, made the transition to Kokosing, retired in 2021 due to illness and passed away in November. Kevin is credited with leading a Richmond, VA, project that inspired the contractor's southern branch. He leaves behind decades worth of industry friends and protégés to carry on his rich legacy.
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  • Charles Williams, Sr., a second generation operator at Mason Construction, spent 36 years with the Beaumont contractor. A stroke cut his career short, but his influence remains at Mason with third and fourth generation Williamses employed today. He passed in December and staff celebrated his life, remembering him as a top civil superintendent and elite equipment operator.
In the News
Beard Construction Group gets profiled in the Baton Rouge-based 10/12 Business Report.

Trinity Products appeared on the cable TV show Manufacturing Marvels. It highlights the St. Louis steel manufacturer's new technologies and past projects like Boston's Big Dig and the World Trade Center.

GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. is part of a grant-funded team performing flood mitigation work in Conway, MA. Read about their work in the Greenfield Recorder.
On the Job
APC Construction is in Denham Springs, LA, where they built a circular cofferdam for a water treatment plant expansion. Supt. Scott West led the crews, which drove 35-foot sheets adjacent to a neighborhood.
 
Bechtel is the latest PDCA member enabling more space travel. It's contracted with NASA to build a new mobile launcher to interface with existing infrastructure at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. Notable, crews access the job site using the new NASA Causeway Bridge for which GRL Engineers performed testing and pile recommendations and Orion Marine teams continue the phased construction.
 
Blue Iron Foundations & Shoring completed an emergency piling job last March to protect Foothill Road in Sunol, CA, which was compromised when storms washed out the adjacent bank. Crews installed spliced, 60-foot NZ66 steel sheets from Nucor Skyline underneath overhead lines.
 
Boh Bros. Construction mobilizes for a New Orleans development, where it will install all infrastructure. The River District Neighborhood will be home to Shell's Gulf operations, TopGolf and much more.
 
CIANBRO is building a new concrete-capped, sheet pile wall in the Santee Basin at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. It's part of an upgrade initiative to protect the campus from rising waters.
 
Clark shares insights on two of its high-profile projects in its latest publication, Superstructure. Read about its delivery of the coveted Amazon H2Q in Arlington, VA, that stands on driven piling. Also, learn about its meticulous work and preservation efforts for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum remodel.
 
Foundation Constructors crews install 20-inch pipe piles to modernize the 106-year-old Sacramento Weir, part of a $350+M USACE initiative, in conjunction with local and state flood authorities.
 
Kokosing will drive vinyl sheets to fortify a failing bulkhead at Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk, VA.
 
Poseidon Dredge & Marine used vinyl sheet pile secured by steel tie-back rods to a continuous concrete footer to deliver a homeowner in West Palm Beach, FL, a brand-new seawall for Christmas!
 
Russell Marine LLC won a TX-DOT job to reshape the Port Aransas waterfront through updates to six landing slips and other infrastructure. Crews will install 45K SF of sheet pile and 8K SF of combi-wall.
 
Scott Bridge Co. crews in Savannah, GA, are installing a rail bridge over the Dundee Canal, part of a $120M connector project that will ease access from I-516 to the Port. International Construction Equipment diesel and vibro hammers are used to drive 90-foot HP and 12,810 LF of PS concrete.

Liebherr's 470 EC-B 16 tower crane has arrived in the U.S. Kiewit assembled the first stateside unit for the Omaha, NE, library project. Also, the Switzerland-based crane manufacturer made the LRB23 that GeoStructures got for Christmas. 
 
Hammer & Steel sent Tom Maxa to consult an installation contractor in Superior, WI, on using an ABI Long Reach to drive a 2,525 ft. sheet pile wall in the relocation of a shipping terminal from Duluth, MN.
 
Haley & Aldrich performed engineering, design and monitoring services for a newly opened, 10-mile stretch of I-95 near Fredericksburg, VA, a VDOT initiative. It increased peak traffic capacity by 66%.

Industry resources:
Notes from the Field
An exclusive beer creation honors GZA GeoEnvironmental founding partners Donald Goldberg and William Zoino. Founders Finest is the 5th annual Holiday offering to firm clients and friends who received a limited shipment in December. The unique label has the likeness of the co-founders in Mad Men-style imagery. Brad Roberts, Justin Zarrella and the GZA brew crew released the company tribute in advance of its 60th anniversary.
 
The '23 holiday season is over and the music it brings is done until Thanksgiving. But we enthusiastically recommend adding the new Christmas jingle from GROUP Contractors to your 2024 holiday playlist.
 
Highway to Hell Might describe your daily commute, depending on where you live. But no classic AC/DC song can capture the commute experience Timothy Vaillancourt of Tadano America made for a recent project. The Nashville-based support tech visited South Africa, en route to Antarctica to help with a crawler crane working at the South Pole, before heading home for Christmas. Amazing pics!
 
The UGA Dawgs don't get a chance to three-peat ... but a famous bridge in their flagship city is being celebrated by the geotech community. S&ME performed a subsurface investigation of the foundation under a famous railroad trestle, now part of an Athens, GA, Rails to Trails attraction. The project won an ACEC award. R.E.M. fans recall this bridge from its picture on the band's debut album, Murmur.
 
You don't pay taxes, they take taxes, said Chris Rock. It's time to start preparing your 2023 taxes to file in April. Junttan reminds you that if you bought that new rig, or any other piece of equipment for your piling business last year, make sure to file for the IRS Tax Code Section 179 deduction.
 
What smartphone filter did they use for this photo? As the story goes, Manson Construction Co. founder Peter Manson used gold nuggets that were buried in his backyard to buy his first pile driver. Check out the vintage photo of his first rig, taken in 1905, standing tall at a marine job site in Dockton, WA.
Vintage photo of his first rig, taken in 1905
You've come a long way, baby Geotechnical instrumentation from GEOKON offers cutting-edge technology. Engineer Jeff Barrett from the New Hampshire manufacture visited Krakow, Poland, to observe its products in extreme conditions. Later, he visited a nearby salt mine to see old school monitoring techniques from the 13th century.
 
Y'all come back now, ya hear? A visit to Atlanta put us in front of a composite sheet piling supplier considering PDCA membership. We hope they join! They told us that Atlanta is nicknamed "Y'allywood" due to its growing role in movie and TV production. That checks out because Civil Engineering Magazine covered a UES project that contributes to Atlanta's place in the entertainment industry.

Thanks for reading the first 'A Pile of News' of 2024, we are happy to have you. Spread the word to your coworkers and industry colleagues who might like this content; all are welcome to subscribe at piledrivers.org by entering your email address in the prompt at the bottom of the homepage. Send us your news and we will work it in to future publications. Happy 2024!

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A Pile of News - December 2023

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

Originally sent Dec. 1, 2023
Top of the Pile
New PDCA members in Q4  Dozens of new members have joined PDCA in 2023, something we enthusiastically recognize quarterly in this space. While there is still one more month to go, as this is our last publication of 2023, we will begin the December Pile of News with a warm welcome to the following new and returning members:
  • Contractors: Cianbro Corp. in Baltimore, MD; Emeca SPE/USA in Laurel, DE; Kiewit in Omaha, NE; Semper Diving & Marine Corp. in Charlestown, MA; Wren Works in Poplar, WI
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  • Associates: Energy Materials Company in Humble, TX; Foundation Equipment Services in Jacksonville, FL; Kingdom Pipe & Steel in Brenham, TX
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  • Engineering Affiliates: Omega Trestle, LLC in Clearwater, FL; Professional Service Industries in Jefferson, LA
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  • Students: N. Kalsariya of University of South Carolina and S. Biswas of Lamar University
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  • Government: Jesse G. Rauser, P.E. of Louisiana Dept. of Transportation & Development
New member Wren Works LLC
Welcome new member Wren Works, LLC, CEO/Owner Sandy Benes pictured
The PDCA Board of Directors moved to make the organization more accessible to the governmental and academic sectors to encourage their participation and unique perspectives in PDCA committees, publications, and educational offerings. Beginning Jan. 1, an Individual Membership for qualifying personnel from academia or government employment, is available at no cost. 

Congratulations to the 2024 officers and BOD members who were elected to PDCA leadership.

IFCEE 2024 registration opens today! Secure your spot at the preeminent, triennial industry event with a large equipment show, coming to Dallas, May 710, 2024, with PDCA, ADSC, DFI and GeoInstitute.
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars:
  • Dec. 14: PDCA Value Driven Webinar Series, FREE to members, 2 - 3 PM EST: An interactive presentation from Rick Marshall entitled Safe Working Platforms & Driven Pile Projects.
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  • Jan. 2: The PDCA Project of the Year Awards Program opens for entries. Complete and return the entry (coming soon) form by April 5, 2024, for your project(s) in up to 9 categories: Land (3 levels), Marine (2 levels), Earth Retention (2 levels), Associate/Engineering Affiliate (1 level) and International (1 level).
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  • Jan. 10: PDCA Libations with Leadership at Rosen Centre in Orlando, FL, 5:30 - 7:30 PM. The first regional reception of 2024, held in conjunction with the PDCA Board's annual strategic planning. The FREE event is open to members and non-members, sponsorships are available.
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  • Jan. 19: PDCA South Carolina Chapter Oyster Roast in Charleston, SC. It's a celebrated tradition for East Coast pile drivers, but all industry practitioners are encouraged to attend this FREE family event at Palmetto Pile Driving. Fresh, steamed oysters prepared on site, other food options, spirits, a bonfire, indoor/outdoor accommodations, fellowship and more, thanks to wonderful sponsors.

News and PHOTOS from the PDCA Blog:
  • The PDCA Maryland Mixer elicits sentiments about "the band getting back together." Attendees recall the days of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter during a generously sponsored reception in Odenton.
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  • The Texas Chapter picks Condon Verble as 2024 president; Mickey Thatcher succeeds Verble as VP. Members discussed developing quality educational initiatives in the final 2023 meeting.
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  • The PDCA Engineers Driven Pile Institute assembled deep foundations professionals in Baltimore to gain insights from renowned veterans Jerry DiMaggio, Pat Hannigan and Van Komurka.
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  • The South Carolina Chapter gathers to celebrate scholarship winner Cadet Leckelt from The Citadel, recognize other awardees, hear a technical program, and elect new president Kent Parker and 2024 leadership. 
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  • The Gulf Coast Chapter hosts final 2023 meeting at Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi, MS. Members pick 2024 officers, Tony Sepulvado, Scott Williams, Tyler Roberts and Beau Haydel.
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  • The Northeast Chapter had their final meeting of 2023. Members and guests enjoyed networking, dinner and a tech presentation, followed by a casino night with no-cash gaming.
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  • PDCA members played prominent roles in the DFI Annual Conference in Seattle. In addition to attendees, presenters and exhibitors, Katherine Petek was technical co-chair and Greg Canivan and Seth Hamblin chaired the Driven Pile Committee meeting.
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  • The PDCA Communications Committee updates PDCA social media protocols to enhance the organization's presence on LinkedIn. Chair Jason Moore and committee member Amy Christiani led efforts to establish a Style Guide and Submission Guidelines.
Contest winner with #PDCADriven hashtag
Congratulations, Greg B., 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:
  • Russell Marine, LLC expands to the U.S. East Coast, with a new North Charleston, SC-based office. From there, senior project manager Sean Vandedrinck will lead on delivery of marine, upland piling and rail projects from Norfolk, VA, down to Tampa, FL, to include strategic jobs in the Upper Caribbean.
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  • Foundation Constructors is strategically marketing piling and other services to grow business in Arizona and Nevada; the California contractor launched a great looking new website to help.
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  • Seismic Surveys, LLC continues transition to a new partnership with Sauls Seismic. President Patrick Hastings, Jr. updates social media users about their growing Texas presence.

Giving back:

Recognitions:

Governmental relations:
  • Nucor has broken ground for the anticipated new steel sheet mill in Apple Grove, WV. Learn about the ceremonial event, which brought political heavyweights Gov. Justice, U.S. Sens. Manchin and Capito, and other high-profile parties.
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  • Shannon & Wilson, Inc. performed subsurface exploration at an old mine and associate Matthew Grizzell was invited by the State of Colorado to contribute in a technical briefing to U.S. Interior Sec. Haaland and U.S. Rep. Peterson
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  • Tectonic crews built a new bridge traffic system on I-95 in Westport, CT; after a news conference unveiling it, company president Don Benvie, SVP Jeffrey Scala and Brian Mercure, P.E., stood for a photo with Gov. Lamont.
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  • TRC Companies, Inc. is part of a USDOE-chosen consortium working to establish a new clean hydrogen hub in Appalachia. Company VP Denise Brinley attended a Morgantown, WV, event featuring U.S. Energy Sec. Granholm and U.S. Sen. Manchinto celebrate the community's selection as a hub.
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  • Clydesdale Steel joined a small group of participants in the New Jersey capital to discuss needs and concerns in the burgeoning offshore wind industry with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and other stakeholders.

Anniversaries
  • Bechtel Corporation celebrates a big anniversary this year. However, company leadership is focused on imagining the next 125 years! Check out the company's Impact Report, a publication featuring chair/CEO Brendan Bechtel and president/COO Craig Albert, which gives an overview of the impact the global builder has made on our society, while always keeping an eye on the future.
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Will resumes his role as training and safety manager at Baker GCI in Baton Rouge, following a one-year sabbatical to Africa where he assisted native communities in developing trades programs.
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  • Cameron Sunseri is the new sales rep for Associated Pile & Fitting, replacing the recently retired Judy Pomo. He started in June this year and splits time between the Carolinas and New Jersey.
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  • Christine Fournier, a past contributor to PileDriver, joins CZM Foundation Equipment marketing.
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  • Vivian Makar is a new piling sales rep at Service Steel Warehouse, serving the U.S. West Coast.
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  • Ashleigh Hales, P.E., named new civil engineering manager at ESP Associates in Raleigh, NC.
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  • Cameron Nations, P.E., was appointed VP of special projects at Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering, PLLC.

Recognitions:
In the News

Industry resources:
  • Construction Superintendent published an October article entitled "Construction Employment Rises in 43 States & D.C." Thanks to Belin Wills at Aggregate Technologies, Inc. for the share.
On the Job
APC Construction, LLC successfully installed 12"x 55' pipes for a new Caesars hotel in downtown NOLA, completing Phase 1. The work continues in 2024, but it's unclear if it'll be before or after Mardi Gras.

Blue Iron Foundation & Shoring uses a PVE Equipment USA vibro for cofferdam sheet pile removal. The partnership between PDCA members also appeared when the contractor announced the first job for its new 170K lb., 1K+ HP, long-reach pile driving rig featuring a PVE Equipment hammer attachment.

CS Marine Constructors, Inc. has taken on a role in the Marine Improvement Project at the Port of Los Angeles. It'll bring barges and cranes to help remove and repair timber and PS concrete piling.

Dissen & Juhn and its crew replaced a bulkhead and installed a floating dock for Annapolis, MD, and earned a kind endorsement of their job site etiquette from the waterfront neighbors.

Island Piling, Inc. receives a powerful endorsement from a Ft. Myers Beach, FL, homebuilder, for its work installing piling, complete with an on-site seismologist, for a new residential development.

Omega Foundation Services wins a $2.7M sheet piling project near Boutte, LA. Teams will also perform clearing, grubbing and bank stabilization for the Primrose Canal.

PRECO-MSE partnered with Kiewit to finish an important phase of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit improvement in the Canadian capital. Fittingly, the project team celebrated at a Senators hockey game. One social media user says a T-shirt produced for the event is "The best piling shirt I've seen!!!"
Special pile driving t-shirts












Special pile driving t-shirts commemorating PRECO-MSE/Kiewit job in Ottawa, QC

SUS crews work on Sparrows Point, MD, job, where their ICE-International Construction Equipment hammer stays busy, driving and pulling. See video of their crane barge passing under the iconic Francis Scott Key Bridge as it is departs for another day on the waterfront job.

GeoQuip provided the HPSI hammer used to install JD Fields & Co. steel sheet pile for a 1,400-foot seawall at the Carbide Dock port facility in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

Tadano marketing guru Patrick Snow is supposed to make company cranes look good. He delivered in a recent LinkedIn campaign for the crawler crane, where he shows machines on job sites using mounted American Piledriving Equipment, HPSI and ICE hammers!

ESP Associates, Inc. joined City of Charleston, SC, officials to break ground on the $72.6M Ashley River Crossing Project. The highly unique initiative features a 4,100-foot-long bridge helping connect Florida to Maine, in the East Coast Greenway. All of that is beyond its significant impact on local infrastructure.

GRL Engineers, Inc. is on the construction roster for the Downtown Tampa Interchange Project in Florida. The contractor shares photos of an ICE-International Construction Equipment hammer installing H-pile from JD Fields & Co.
Planes, Trains, Automobiles...Drones and Horses?
If a visit to the world-famous Flora-Bama is a holiday tradition in your family, your future holds a new and improved drive across the State Route 161 bridge in Orange Beach. Through a contract with ALDOT, Scott Bridge Co. will begin rebuilding the bridge once it is through the procurement process.

London Calling  Drone imagery is valuable to construction. Dawson Construction Plant in the UK shares an aerial view of its Milton Keynes factory. The drone pilot avoids flying 54 miles southeast, and clear of Buckingham Palace airspace because Dave Brown doesn't want an angry call from King Charles.

Razing Arizona  Haley & Aldrich will lead a big clean-up under the tarmac at Arizona's Kingman Municipal Airport. It involves evacuating 40,000 cubic yards of hazardous waste consisting of smelted airplanes that were decommissioned after aerial combat in WWII. H&A promises updates on this job. 

Can this train take you to where the puck is going to be? The City of Edmonton has a new option for transportation to Oilers games. Bechtel president Darren Mort says a new transit system it built through a partnership "rivals other world-class cities." The new development is worthy of a celly!

Let's go bowling! AAC leader SMU plays tomorrow for a conference title and awaits its bowl game assignment. The Mustangs have dominated behind stars like JD Fields-sponsored WR Roderick Daniels, Jr.

Thanks for reading the final installment of A Pile of News for 2023, we will be back with more musings about members in January. Remember, keep sharing your news with us! We appreciate your support and participation in PDCA. Until January 2, 2024, we wish you a happy and safe Holiday Season.
 

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A Pile of News - November 2023

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

Originally sent Nov. 1, 2023
Top of the Pile PileDriver magazine, Issue 5 2023 dropped in October. C.J. Mahan Construction Co. graces the cover for a story about a job in Brandenburg, KY, where they installed nearly 84K linear feet of driven piles to found a new steel mill for Nucor. Last month, leadership at the steel giant hosted Gov. Beshear, State Sen. Meredith, and many others to formally open the new facility.

Voting opens today for the 2024 PDCA Board of Directors. Ballots are en route to eligible members' inboxes, and due back to PDCA by Nov. 30.

IFCEE 2024 is May 7 - 10, and sponsors/exhibitors may secure space now; attendee registration opens Dec. 1.
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars:
Nov. 8: Northeast Chapter Dinner, Casino Night at Campino Restaurant, Newark, NJ, 6 PM Event includes a piling technology presentation by Matt Eastburn of Junttan USA, then non-cash gambling.

Nov. 9: Gulf Coast Chapter Q4 Meeting, Golden Nugget Casino, Biloxi, MS, 5:45 - 8 PM Chapter members hold a networking reception, then meet to elect the leadership team for 2024.

Nov. 9: South Carolina Chapter Q4 Dinner Meeting, Town & Country, Charleston, 6 PM Be there for the annual 'Mac' Nigels Scholarship presentation to a worthy student at The Citadel.

Nov. 15 - 16: Engineers Driven Pile Institute (EDPI), Hilton Baltimore (MD) Airport This two-day program strives to enhance pile driving education for mid-level engineers. 15.5 PDH available.

Nov. 16: The Maryland Mixer PDCA reception, Crooked Crab Brewing, Odenton, MD, 5:30 - 7:30 PM  A FREE industry event for PDCA members, non-members, with networking, food, drink and a short program. EDPI attendees welcome, so are pregamers for Ravens v. Bengals TNF!

Nov. 16: Texas Chapter Q4 Meeting, Spindletap Brewery, Houston, 4 PM Agenda to include officer elections, chapter updates, sharing in success of inaugural golf tournament.

News and PHOTOS from the PDCA Blog:
New chair takes the reins to the PDCA Technical Committee: Mohamad Hussein of GRL Engineers, Inc. aspires to lead the panel "with state-of-the-art technical work to help advance the state of the practice."

Dynamic Testing & Analysis Taught in Cleveland: The Biannual DFDTA took place Oct. 11 - 13 at the offices of Pile Dynamics, Inc. in Cleveland, PDCA's partner in this repeating educational seminar and workshopIf you missed it, watch your inbox for spring and fall dates in 2024.

Cheers! To New England Pile Drivers (PHOTOS) was a lively and productive PDCA reception in Massachusetts. Brad Roberts of GZA GeoEnvironmental said at the night's end, "That was so good, how do I join again?" A non-profit should be able to make this happen, right?
#PileDriven winner
Congratulations, Keith Meitzler, you are this month's winner! Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of the month to claim your prize!