A Pile of News - November 2021

A Pile of News: November 2021
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
Originally sent Nov. 1, 2021
Top Stories
Dale Biggers won industry-wide adoration and accolades as he was posthumously honored with the 2021 Distinguished Service Award at the DFI 46th Annual Conference on Oct. 14 in Las Vegas. His widow Virgene and Boh Bros. president Robert Boh accepted the award in his stead. He spent a 53-year career at Boh Bros. modernizing and advancing the pile driving industry. Dale Biggers, 1944-2021.

Joe Caliendo, PhD, was an impactful, celebrated PDCA educator whose career is recognized by his past employer, Utah State University, through an endowed scholarship in his name for civil engineering students. Interested benefactors may contribute. Caliendo is remembered at PDCA for his work with the Professor's Driven Pile Institute, among other programs. He passed in August 2019.

Inspiring news as we near Veterans Day 2021 Atlas Tube and parent company Zekelman Industries funded $1M toward a $1.1M mission to transport Americans and other lawful residents from Afghanistan following the August U.S. withdrawal from the war-torn country. READ MORE.
Association & Chapter Events
  • Nov. 11: NCCCO hosts Dir. Scott Ketcham of OSHA as keynote at Industry Forum where he will address revised crane operator certification requirements during live/Zoom event.
  • Nov. 11: South Carolina Chapter to award Nigels Scholarship to a worthy Citadel student; members elect '22 chapter board and a bestselling author present at quarterly dinner meeting.
  • Nov.18: Gulf Coast Chapter to host fourth quarter meeting at Messina's Restaurant in Kenner, LA; a reception begins at 5:45 p.m. CST and is followed by a dinner.
Northeast Chapter of PDCA annual Meet & Greet on Oct. 6 at TopGolf in Edison, NJ was a success (PHOTOS). Sponsors included George Harms Construction, International Construction Equipment, Consolidated Pipe & Supply and MT Kaye Steel Products.

SPOTTED in Vegas: As a cooperating organization, PDCA participated in the October DFI 46th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations. See PHOTOS of attendees, exhibitors and presenters at the Las Vegas event.

Houston Social Redux: PDCA has learned several members in Houston are gathering Nov. 2 at 5:30 PM at True Anomaly Brewing to network, discuss a formal TX PDCA presence; email armando@brcint.com for details. PDCA thanks area membership and supports growth efforts.
ASAP Group, you are this month's winner!
Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of November to claim your prize!
People on the Move
  • Harold Baur named new piling and marine dept. manager at Boh Bros. Construction.
  • Sean Walsh promoted to VP of engineering at Eustis Engineering in New Orleans.
  • Sean McMahon of EXP promoted to EVP; Sarah Wilkinson moves to VP of marketing.
  • Amanda Wall to lead talent acquisition team at GZA GeoEnvironmental.
  • Rob Sanders elevates to Knoxville, TN area manager at S&ME, Inc; Nikolay Boykov PG joins the firm in Charlotte, says geotechnology "is an art and science."
  • Alexandra Cormier, Jessica McBryde new sales reps at Flores Automation & Machine Control.

  • Emily Jorgenson, a division manager at Clark, named "Rising Star" by National Safety Council.
  • Tracey Turner, P.E. of ESP Associates, Inc. was elected director at large to board of Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) in South Carolina.

  • Mike Elliot says 49 years earns him consultant status at Equipment Corporation of America; thanks, "F.I.G.," for your contributions to PDCA and the foundation construction industry!
  • Joseph Khaled, of McCarthy in Texas, welcomes a baby girl; his employer has good gift game!
  • Justin Lijo of Trevcon Construction and his wife welcomed a third daughter in September.
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & expansions:
Governmental relations:
  • GZA GeoEnvironmental and Patrick DiCerbo Northwestern Mutual were among the sponsors of an engineer's meeting with New York City mayoral advisor Lorraine Grillo.

Thatcher Foundations, Inc. has earned the reputation as a premier, specialty contractor in the Midwest for business successes during all or parts of nine decades. The late Tom Wysockey, a two-term PDCA president in the 1990s was the longtime owner of the Gary, IN-based company, now run by his two sons. PDCA congratulates Thatcher on 75 years in business.

On the job:
APC Construction engaged in two JVs winning government contracts: 1) $2.7M to drive sheet pile for the USACE in Avondale, LA; and 2) an MACC for Washington Headquarters Services in DC.

ASAP Group optimizes a coffer cell in a South Florida Flow Equalization Basin, a strategic installation contributing to restored water quality in the Everglades.

Balfour Beatty US selected by Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority to construct Phase 1 of the Ultimate Urban Circulator autonomous vehicle program.

Black River Solar drives 487 piles at three forthcoming solar farms; 250 in Athens, AL; 85 in Archbold, OH; and 144 in Eldorado, IL (that's el-doh-RAY-doh). Total electricity production is estimated at 1.8MW.

Boh Bros. completes major design-build job that began with $1M savings through value engineering by the piling and marine group. Read in-depth about the new facility in the Houston Ship Channel.

DFI crews from the Houston, TX branch continue installation of driven pile for a North Dakota client.

Linde-Griffith shares time-lapse video of timber pile installation for NJ, Sisters of Charity retreat house.

Orion Marine Group selected by FDOT to replace Florida road/bridge ($125M) which crosses NASA Causeway and provides ground access to Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Space Force Center. In Texas, the contractor picked to construct berth expansion ($67M) at Port of Port Arthur.

Parker Marine drove PC/PS concrete and steel sheets while Soil Consultants Inc. provides ongoing testing at 44 Line Street, an 11-story, residential development in Charleston, SC. (h/t Taylor Johnson)

Weeks Marine, Trevcon Construction, Keller and others continue work on a transformational, waterfront overhaul in Manhattan. Coming summer 2023, the East Midtown Greenway will be a 32-mile bike and pedestrian path, complete with an elevated park.

DuroTerra supplied 145 ductile iron piles for installation adjacent to an historic Washington, DC façade; it will become the foundation for the Adele redevelopment three blocks from the White House.

Heldendfels supplies precast concrete piles and more for the rebuild of the Cole Park Fishing Pier in Corpus Christi, TX, a project likely necessitated by 2017's Hurricane Harvey.

Junttan makes a service call to replace a slewing ring on a PM25 at American Pile and Foundation.

Nucor Skyline steel and ICE, Inc. equipment is depicted in dramatic images from Tomas Cabrera at the new Howard Franklin Bridge (I-275 Tampa to St. Pete) job site.

Pile Master equipment spotted on the shores of Lake Erie in PA; a Model 36-5000 installs new sea wall.

Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering is lead design firm for JV chosen by NCDOT for a $432.7M job to widen I-95 near Lumberton; components include 250,000 sq. ft. of retaining walls, six new bridges.

Insight Group provides quality control to the contractor driving piles in the median of I-20 to construct a bridge foundation for an eventual US-1 overpass near Lexington, SC.

Shannon & Wilson performed exploration and testing for the newly operational Northgate Link, which enhances Seattle public transit with 4.3 new miles of rail from downtown to north Seattle.

Giving back:
  • Powell Foundations publicly issues a land acknowledgement in observation of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; Canada began the annual, national remembrance for Indigenous victims of decades of injustice on Sept. 30.
Media Hits
Carteret County News-Times reports on accelerated timeline from NCDOT for the Harker's Island bridge replacement in coastal NC; Balfour Beatty Infrastructure won the $60M contract in July.

Washington Business Journal profiles Clark Construction president Brian Abt for his 36-year career, which has given him oversight on several prominent, national projects. [PAYWALL].

Alaska Journal of Commerce publishes job site/equipment photos, details progress on the ongoing Port of Alaska modernization; Pacific Pile & Marine performed award-winning pile installation on Phase 1. Completion of the entire project depends in part on passage of a federal infrastructure bill.
Notes from the Field
Vintage Piles and Pigskins Geotechs a century ago listed pile load test results on billboards affixed to job site structures. Don Robertson of Applied Foundation Testing engaged on a social media post that showed an old billboard photo; the job site was at his Pittsburgh high school's crosstown football rival.

Big Pharma, Big Tech and Big Tobacco can conjure negative sentiments. But PDCA embraces "big" as it relates to the pile driving industry. Morris-Shea Bridge Company introduces us to this monster truck that carries a maximum torque of 112,000 lbs. Don't overlook Bigfoot Pipe & Piling, which dispatched a load of giant, 140' x 30" trestle piles from its Puyallup, WA yard. Dewberry also plays on the big stage; AVP Carol Holland, P.E. recently presented at the Mega Maryland Conference.

So, it's not their rap name? "T-Port" is a multipurpose, waterfront site complete with a service shop, pile splicing, steel fabrication, concrete recycling and more. Trevcon owns the Elizabeth, NJ facility.

Cosmic Kobelco apparently, they let anyone (or anything) in space... well-played, Company Wrench.

Quotable was he speaking to contractors? "It ain't as bad as you think! It will look better in the morning." Rule #1 in the late Gen. Colin L. Powell's Thirteen Rules of Leadership. RIP
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A Pile of News - October 2021

A Pile of News: October 2021
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
Originally sent Oct. 1, 2021
From the Association & Chapters
Upcoming industry events:
  • Oct. 6: The PDCA Northeast Chapter hosts the TopGolf Meet & Greet from 69 PM EDT at TopGolf in Edison, NJ. Visit the link for registration and sponsorship details.

The PDCA 2021 Houston Social brought the regional pile driving industry together for a networking happy hour and short program about the benefits of forming a PDCA Chapter. (PHOTOS)
  • Thanks to event sponsors: Antaeus Foundation Equipment, BRC International, ICE International Construction Equipment, PILECO, Inc., APE American Piledriving Equipment, Flexicore of Texas, GRL Engineers, Hammer & Steel and John Lawrie Tubulars

Event note  DICEP 2021 was originally scheduled as a live conference in New Orleans in September, however Hurricane Ida forced a venue change. PDCA moved the conference to a three-day, virtual program with the original presentation line-up. Many virtual registrants joined a PDCA-led hurricane relief effort which raised more than $7K. Recap and PHOTOS from DICEP.
Now available at The PDCA Store If you missed the PDCA 2021 Education Webinar Series #5 entitled "Vibrations in Pile Driving" by subject matter expert Dr. Cathy Martin, an archived copy is now available at no cost in The PDCA Store. Obtain your copy of this very popular presentation.

Welcome new and returning members!
  • Contractors: Coastal Pile Driving Inc., Dissen & Juhn Company, Farrell Brothers Marine Construction, Island Piling, Inc., Macro Enterprises, LTD., Mason Construction, O'Quinn Marine Construction, Southern Concrete Construction Co., Inc., Spark Contractors, Weeks Marine
  • Associates: Bigfoot Pipe & Piling, BRC International LLC, Copier, Inc., DeSoto Treated Materials, Flores Automation and Machine Control, GMS Piling Products, Heldenfels Enterprises, Radise
  • Engineers: CRW Engineering Group, LLC, Linfield, Hunter & Junius, Inc., Nagy Engineers, Soil & Materials Engineering, Inc., Southern Earth Sciences, Inc., Terra Mechanics, Inc.
  • Affiliated Services: Dafanie Financial Group LLC
  • Individual: Mississippi DOT
Pacific Pile & Marine, you are this month's winner!
Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of October to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & expansions:
  • Pileco is finishing the build-out of a new and larger facility in Conroe, TX. The building will sit on a 10-acre property near their existing three-acre location; completion expected in November.

On the job:
The ASAP Group installs JD Fields steel to enhance 129 miles of the Florida East Coast Rail line. Also, a crew advances I-10 widening in Jacksonville with a PVE vibro mounted on their patented sheet piler.

Foundation Constructors drives 36" CISS piles for the ongoing Harbor Bridge project on US-101 in Central San Rafael in California's Bay Area.

Goettle has a crew in Pittsburgh installing sheet piling, along with king piles to reconstruct a land mass to enable expansion of a treatment plant along the Ohio River.

Keller is involved in construction of a new TopGolf venue in Baltimore; D.W. Kozera, Inc. has performed PDA testing for the long-awaited entertainment center.

Manson Construction Co. drives first test pile for the modernization of a U.S. Navy, coastal installation at Seal Beach, CA.

McMullen & Pitz Construction completes 1,900 LF steel wall along Wisconsin's Fox River for the DOT.

Poseidon Dredge & Marine installs new Southeast Florida seawall. A barge-based working platform wasn't an option, so crane assembly was done onsite to drive 18 ct., 18" diameter PS pile in 36' lengths.

PRECO-MSE installs driven piling with a Junttan PM16 for a downtown Montreal shoring wall.

Weeks Marine mitigates tough conditions, installs two monopile breasting dolphins in Panama.

Company Wrench Ltd. hosted its techs from around the country at the Ohio HQ for a training with MKT Manufacturing on a piece of its pile driving equipment.

ICE, Inc. equipment helped construct the newly rebuilt Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge; the span crosses the Anacostia River and connects South Capitol St. in DC to PGC in Maryland. Junttan rigs were also onsite; Nucor Skyline supplied steel and ECS Limited was among the consultants.

Jinnings Equipment shares action video of the BSP CG240 "working out" before going to the next renter.

Junttan's PM23LC is spotted driving timber piles for a New Jersey boardwalk in Carteret.

Nucor Skyine supplies steel products for Quonset Business Park rehab in North Kingstown, RI.

Dewberry awarded contract to develop community resilience strategy along the North Carolina coast.

Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers provides geotechnical, foundation engineering for the new UBS Arena in Elmont, NY soon to be the new home of the New York Islanders.

Peirce Engineering has designed 300K square feet of excavation support to include steel sheeting for the Baxter well basin replacement of the Philadelphia Water Dept.

PND Engineers, Inc. enhanced an historic Luling, TX dam by developing an open cell sheet pile system incorporated into the bulkhead on the banks of the San Marcos River.

Giving back:
Governmental relations:
  • Shannon & Wilson teams with University of Wisconsin to research soil-based PFAS impacts on drinking water in Rhinelander, WI. Elliot Draxler (of S&W) is interviewed by local media after participating in a briefing he and others gave to U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
Arthur R. Henry, Inc is in its 75th year and continues providing a multifaceted portfolio of contracting services to clientele throughout central and southern New Jersey. Congrats to the certified Small Business Enterprise, which has brought forth large projects such as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City and the Health Science Center at Rutgers University.

Clark Foundations reaches 50 years in business. To date, it has been involved in several high-profile projects in the mid-Atlantic region such as the Museum of the Bible, the National Museum of African American History & Culture and CityCenterDC.
People on the Move
  • Brook Serafino elected to executive leadership at Foundation Constructors, Inc.; the current controller gains new fiscal and corporate governance responsibilities.
  • Christopher Dineen, P.E. joins GeoStructures, Inc. to serve the Carolinas as a project manager.
  • Bryan Binda, B.Sc. joins the Hammer & Steel regional sales team in St. Louis.
  • Matthew Koss, CSP, CHST tapped by ECS Limited to lead corporate safety from Baltimore. Elsewhere, John Hicks, P.E., Cliff Hendrickson, PG, Dave Bearce, P.E. and Joey Broussard, P.E. all promoted to regional management at ECS in Florida.
  • Christina Cruz promoted to VP regional marketing at EXP.
  • Clive Sorhaindo, P.E. elevated to group leader at S&ME, Inc. in Knoxville, TN.
  • Kathy Troost L.G., Ph.D. rejoins Shannon & Wilson as senior consultant in Seattle.

  • Shana M. Carroll, VP at D.W. Kozera, is membership director at CREW Baltimore, which provides programming to professional women.
  • Jeff Prattini, Shields Mott partner, named a Best Lawyer in construction litigation. Anthony LaPlaca of Seyfarth Shaw also makes the 2022 list. Both are PileDriver legal authors.

In memoriam
Widely regarded as one of the country's expert sales consultants for cranes that facilitate pile driving, Greg Etue, who spent the last six years as regional business manager for Tadano Mantis Cranes and Tadano America, suddenly passed away Aug. 25. PDCA joins his family and friends mourning his loss.
Notes from the Field
Is there a frequent flier program? Have you ever calculated driven pile quantity in miles? R.L. Wadsworth Construction held a clever social media contest; rather than guess the number of gumballs in a jar, you were to guess the number in miles of driven pile that were used in a foundation job at the Salt Lake City Airport. The answer was 171 miles; contestant Braden Watson won a $100 gift card.

The Heartbreak Hotel is unspecified, but may have been the venue for a science and tech program, hosted by Kevin Ragon of the Timber Piling Council. You might recall that Suspicious Minds of the 1980s made mainstream, a theory that Elvis Presley was still alive. Now, Kevin's program has produced photographic evidence of The King. (Please Return to Sender if you find this to be a poor attempt at being clever).

Do their personal clubs have wooden shafts and heads? Lodge Lumber Co. continues its partnership with other local businesses to prepare golfing grounds for the annual, 2021 Houston Open in November. It is also a supporter of the Astros Golf Foundation.

And the winner is... Drunk Bus A movie by a J.D. Fields' sister company is Best Comedic Film at 2021 Montauk Film Festival.
Media Hits
Global Trade magazine mentions Corman Kokosing for its work at the Port of Baltimore; article discusses ongoing efforts to increase berth capacity at the facility.

3 WTKR-TV airs a story entitled Piles of Progress and includes video from the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion project jobsite. Several PDCA members are involved in this, the largest-ever infrastructure project in Virginia. (h/t George Smith.)

WJCT News 89.9 updates the ongoing Hal Jones Contractor project a rebuild of the Pier at Jacksonville Beach, FL; expected complete in 2022. Herald Wattenberg at PVE Equipment enjoys his weekend work-out near the job site where he can see a PVE 55M in use on the project.

Hawaii News Now television covers state contractors' compliance with public facilities vaccination mandate. Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company is referenced through an interview with HR director Manu Bermudes and video footage of crews on job sites.

WPXI-TV Pittsburgh airs a conversation with Koppers CEO Leroy Ball in which the two discuss running a global company during a pandemic.

Thanks for reading this installment of "A Pile of News;" we will be back on Nov. 1. To close this month's report, we salute the late Norm MacDonald who frequently signed off for the SNL Weekend Update segment he anchored (199497), by saying: "And that's the way it is..." RIP.
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A Pile of News - September 2021

A Pile of News:
September 2021
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers that comprise the PDCA.
By Matt Bisbee, PDCA
Originally sent Sept. 1, 2021
From the Association & Chapters
Several PDCA Members have been impacted by Hurricane Ida. PDCA extends its gratitude to those in the region who are assisting in storm mitigation and clean-up efforts. Also, PDCA offers the best in recovery to those businesses who have sustained equipment and/or property damages. And we send our deepest condolences to the families in the region who have lost a loved one.

Industry Events
Act now - September 15 is the deadline to update your entry in The 2022 PDCA Membership Directory.

A soiree in South Texas it's nothing fancy, but join us for the PDCA 2021 Houston Social on September 23 from 5:30 7:30 PM CDT at True Anomaly Brewing in Houston, TX. The event is open to the regional pile driving industry (non-PDCA members welcome); REGISTER TODAY for this free happy hour and informational event. Sponsorships are requested and space is limited.

Coming October 5, the PDCA 2021 Education Webinar Series continues. Join us for Vibratory Pile Driving: An Installation Method with a Large Impact, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT, Gerald Verbeek, presenting. The virtual event is FREE to PDCA members, $100 for others.

Chapter and Regional Events
  • PDCA Northeast Chapter to host the TopGolf Meet & Greet on October 6 from 6-9 PM (EDT) in Edison, NJ. Register today.
  • PDCA of South Carolina hosted a dinner and program, SCDOT Low Country Projects of Interest, in August in Charleston. Next, the Chapter will award the Nigels Scholarship on November 11.
  • The Gulf Coast Chapter of PDCA gathered at L'Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge in August for a quarterly meeting. PHOTOS. Next dinner meeting is November 18 in Kenner.
  • PDCA hosted a luncheon in the Northeast Florida region in St. Augustine. It featured Contractor Wayne Waters of EWS Consulting, PDCA President Kevin Gourgues and PDCA Board Member Buck Darling sharing industry perspectives. PHOTOS. Additionally, PDCA visited member offices in South and Central Florida, and attended the FTBA Conference to support mutual members.

Congrats winners of The 2021 PDCA Project of the Year Awards as revealed in the latest PileDriver magazine; read in depth on each construction feat. Here's is the CliffsNotes version of winners:
  • Land: Less than $5 Million Ralph L. Wadsworth
  • Land: Greater than $5 Million AND Marine: Less than $5 Million Foundation Constructors, Inc.
  • Marine: Greater than $5 Million Pacific Pile & Marine
  • Earth Retention: Richard Goettle, Inc.
  • Associate/Engineering Affiliate Category: ICE-International Construction Equipment, Inc.
What current projects you're working on and might enter in 2022?
Giken America, you are this month's winner!
Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of September to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Jordan Pile Driving celebrates 75 YEARS in business! They share a notable job story about a repeat customer: in the 1960s, Jordan drove pile to support a coal power plant at Alabama's Lowman Energy Center. Today, Project Manager Charles Ernest III and crew have installed an 1100 steel HP foundation for a new, gas-fired power generator at the same site that retired the black gold. We were fortunate to visit President Don Jordan Jr., CEO Curtis Johnson (in his 44th year), office manager Stephanie Baugh (a newlywed, BTW), Charles and others at Jordan; congratulations to a great team!

Parker Marine Contracting Corp. gets a nod for reaching 70 YEARS in pile driving! Owner Kent Parker says his dad Tommy founded the company in 1951 and established what he considers its most enduring quality - the "family" culture that still exists. He says, "the average length of service from our employees is 25 years;" that's a data point that helps enable longevity and success. Oh, and we hear they're hiring!

Acquisitions & Expansions:
On the job:
APC Construction lands new contracts; an $8.9M award for steel and concrete pile at a Louisiana port and from Fuji Oil for civil and concrete foundation work at IMTT, also in Louisiana.

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure wins contract for Harkers Island bridge replacement in North Carolina, also part of JV to deliver new courts facility in Winston-Salem.

Cajun Industries installs temporary shoring with Giken Silent Piler, credits steel rep April Bennett of Samuel Roll Form Group for coordination. Test and production piles to come for Fort Myers, FL, project.

McCarthy updates progress on Port Freeport project in Texas. See dramatic images of the precast scope led by Mike Williams, using concrete from new member Heldenfels Enterprises.

Hawaiian Dredging and Construction Company is part of JV winning two Navy contracts: a $33.5M award to build a fire station and a $546M contract for enlisted residential development.

Keller installed a Nucor Skyline steel foundation for One Chicago, a transformational development in the River North neighborhood; condo construction is expected to complete in 2022.

Logan Marine, LLC shares drone video of a summer project; completed docking in Salters Haven, NC.

Morris-Shea Bridge Company completes installation of 400 DeWaal piles for the Alexa Two residential building in Corpus Christi, TX; they completed Alexa One last year.

R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors builds residential bulkhead with 16' tidewall, 50 vinyl sheets in Brick, N.J. The project is enhanced by new partnership with Mystic Safety to ensure OSHA compliance.

Scott Bridge Company works in Jupiter, FL, to install the steel foundation for a rail bridge replacement. Geoquip's HPSI Model 800 vibro is used in this caisson placement.

ESC Steel LLC supplies H-pile, steel sheeting in construction of quay wall in the United Arab Emirates.

Flexicore of Texas produced PS 20" diameter concrete piling (hurricane strength, corrosion resistant) for the re-build of Port Aransas, TX, Coast Guard Station expected online in 2022.

Dewberry is on the roster for a JV that NYSDOT selected to improve capacity on the Van Wyck Expressway; the high profile project also improves access to JFK Airport in New York City.

EXP provides services in ongoing work on a $414M cruise ship terminal at PortMiami.

Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering is the lead design firm for a JV in South Carolina tasked with reconfiguring 14 miles of the I-20/26/126 corridor, AKA, 'Malfunction Junction' in the Midlands.

Peirce Engineering designed the 21.42' high sheeting wall which held the 700' tall tower crane used in 'topping out' The Laurel Rittenhouse Square condo development in Philadelphia.

Premier Geotech and Testing contributes significant inspection, monitoring and testing in development of new, 'cutting- edge' residential community in Baton Rouge.

Governmental relations:
  • Balfour Beatty Infrastructure earns annual safety award in North Carolina.
  • Cajun Industries, GROUP Industries named to Baton Rouge Business Report list of Top 100 Private Companies. (h/t Scott Callaway
  • Kiewit Infrastructure South wins two Best in Construction 2021 awards from FTBA.

Giving back:
Socially Conscious Organization Tackling Transmissions  Scott Bridge is on offense in the fight against COVID-19. Through September 6, it is providing employees a $500 incentive with proof of vaccination. Additionally, it opted to extend out of pocket, the leave payment benefit from the now-expired, Federal CARES Act, to any employee who gets sick or quarantines. SVP Mike Terrell says the latest Delta variant surge has significantly impacted their Alabama region.
People on the Move
  • Dermot Fallon named new President/CEO at Foundation Constructors, Inc., also Osama Martel elevates to VP at award-winning California contracting firm.
  • Bryan Binda, BSc joins Midwest regional sales team at Hammer & Steel.
  • Jimmi Sue Smith named successor to retiring CFO Mike Zugay at Koppers, effective January.
  • Allison Moran, PE, Eddie McIntosh, both promoted in ECS Limited, Greenville, SC, office.
  • Frank Gioscio, PE, formerly of NCDOT, joins ESP Associates as CEI manager in North Carolina.
  • Chad Ortolano, Michael Whipkey earn promotions at Eustis Engineering in New Orleans.
  • Joe Aldridge, Deb Landi, Ammar Alkhatatbih join team at GeoEngineers.
  • Amy Cook, PE departs SCDOT to become CEI Project Manager at S&ME in Columbia.

  • Rickey Ingram at GeoQuip (FL) and his family welcomed baby daughter Raya Grace in August.
  • Tim Patchen of Atlas Foundation Company and a competitive racer, notched his second Feature win on the dirt track this season.
  • Matthew Morales intern at Cajun Deep Foundations, is part of LSU race team that competed in a Michigan Formula race event and earned its best showing to date.

In Memoriam
Gene Merlino, a former PDCA Board of Directors member (2009-2011), unexpectedly passed this summer.
Notes from the Field
Which guest of Obama's broke the cables? Mere hours following the 60th birthday party for former President Barack Obama in August, an emergency repair crew from Caldwell Marine International arrived at Martha's Vineyard to fix broken cabling that supplies power to the Massachusetts island.

The mountain GOAT? GZA GeoEnvironmental staffers go hiking/camping annually in New Hampshire's high country. You might hear debate in sports about who is the Greatest of All Time or G.O.A.T., but his colleagues at GZA say Richard Higginbotham, P.E. is the mountain GOAT. That's complimentary, right?

Are they getting royalties? When we lift news from your social media for this publication, we see Members re-post past work as 'Throwback Thursday' items. John Peirce of Peirce Engineering shared such a note about his work on the Pleasantville (NJ) Toll Plaza (ca. 2006). This prompts us to question the motivation of the construction team which continues promoting this job because tolls aren't very popular with the general public.
Media Hits!
The Gambit, a weekly publication in Louisiana, writes on Boh Bros. Construction which apparently was the subject of a reader question to a columnist. Learn more about staple of New Orleans construction.

Mainebiz chronicles multiyear upgrade of waterfront concert venue in Bangor. H.B. Fleming, which installed sheet piling for the facility, is among the constructors involved.

Engineers Quarterly carries a feature co-authored by PND Engineers President Jim Campbell about the firm's patented Open Cell technology they're using in a South American bulkhead project.

Interview with a Survivor (DFI) features Billy Camp who details his legal defense experience when employer S&ME was sued because of a South Carolina sheet pile wall claim; (Lucky Nagarajan, of Giken, co-hosts the podcast). Also Civil Engineering Magazine (excerpt) quotes Kelly Farabee of S&ME in Tampa for an ongoing series considering community needs and civil rights in infrastructure projects.

Rail Group on Air podcast explores the impacts of California's Mondo mud spring on railroading; Shannon & Wilson professionals Travis Deane and Dean Francuch from the Seattle engineering firm discuss their infrastructure protection work.

Earth Sciences Resources interviews Estela Leon Aguilar, MS, PE of Universal Engineering Sciences; she discusses geotechnics, shares advice for students pursuing careers.
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A Pile of News - July 2021

A Pile of News: July 2021
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers that comprise the PDCA
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
Originally sent July 1, 2021 (Happy Canada Day!)
From the Association & Chapters
Industry Events:
  •  The 2021 PDCA Education Webinar Series resumes July 7 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT. Register now for An Integrated Computational and Experimental Study of Driven Pile Set-Up in Soft Clay by Brent Guthrie of Cajun Industries, Chad Held of Eustis Engineering and Utilizing Soil Setup in the Chicago Metro Area by Travis Coleman, Elvis Ishimwe of GRL Engineers, Inc.
  • DICEP (Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles) conference returns as LIVE in 2021; it happens in New Orleans, Sept. 1517 registration is open.
  • PDCA was a cooperating organization at DFI SuperPile '21 in Philly who was spotted [PHOTOS]?

Chapter and Regional Events:
  • PDCA of South Carolina Chapter hosts baseball night on July 29 starting at 6:00 PM EDT. For $10/person (member or not), join the fun with a social hour (burgers and dogs provided) followed by a game between the Charleston RiverDogs who host the Columbia Fireflies a matchup between the Rays and Royals affiliates.
  • PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter holds Q3 meeting on Aug. 19 at L'Auberge Casino, Baton Rouge
  • PDCA Northeast Chapter hosted an annual clay shoot in Pennsylvania; coverage and [PHOTOS]
  • PDCA's Northeast Florida Chapter Initiative Lunch, Aug. 10, 11:30 AM1:30 PM EDT at World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine 
  • PDCA's The Houston Social, Sept. 23, 5:307:30 PM CDT at True Anomaly in Houston, TX

The 2022 PDCA Membership Directory goes to production this fall; you have until Sept. 15 to access your online PDCA account and make any service, contact or personnel adjustments or updates to your company listing from the 2021 publication. Please review your listing ASAP.

PileDriver magazine, Issue #3 2021 is now available; an IFCEE recap is within. Click for the e-mag.
  • Reader note, this issue carries a theme of QA/QC for driven pile applications and plenty of new and insightful content. See timely, related social media from Nathan Price, QA manager at ECS Limited.

Welcome New and Returning Members [JOIN PDCA TODAY]:
Contractors: Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company, Trevcon Construction Company
Associates: Bauer Equipment America, DFI Piling, Dunham Price Concrete, OTTO Fabricators, LLC, PACO Ventures, Platinum Grover Int.
Engineering Affiliates: ESP Associates, GEOKON
Labor Organizations: Stovall Foundation Systems
Affiliated Services: USI Insurance, FMI Corp., Shields Mott
Retired: Robert Lowe

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
Acquisitions & Expansions:
On the Job:
APC Construction will contribute to a massive redevelopment of Florida's Space Coast (east-central on the peninsula) to design/build facilities for the U.S. Space Force.

The ASAP Group drives H-pile for a temporary shoring system in an I-295 project in Jacksonville, FL.

Baker GCI to provide civil services for new Nutrien Ammonia Converter and Exchanger in Geismar, LA.

Coastal Contractors, Inc. is completing the rehabilitation of 70-year-old Huey P. Long Bridge on behalf of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad.

EWS Consulting spent the past year ensuring quality workmanship and contract compliance for construction of a new mega-yacht marina in the Bahamas. Owner Wayne Waters says visits during COVID were a challenge, but not insurmountable. The facility opens this summer.

H.B. Fleming is in Acton, MA (hometown of Steve Carell or "Michael Scott" to fans of The Office). They're installing pipe in Nagog Pond for a new drinking water system.

Innovative Piering installs 16-inch diameter piles to become moorings for an aeration system at a Boston, KY distillery; as they quote on social media, "It's like toothpicks in a cake."

Linde-Griffith constructs the foundation for an addition to an existing warehouse in Jersey City, NJ; their Junttan PM23 is onsite to drive 170 PDA-tested piles (16 x 500 wall PP, by 50' length).

Logan Marine performs piling replacement at Southport Ferry Terminal [video] near Wilmington, NC; it's one of several NC DOT-operated ferry facilities.

Manson uses PVE Equipment, drives 24" pile for Blount Island Terminal Wharf Rehab in Jacksonville, FL.

McCarthy beat the deadline to finish the Port Freeport levee wall stabilization in Texas.

Norwalk Marine places 4K timber piles for a solar farm at a private, Massachusetts cranberry bog.

Orion continues seven-day workweeks in a multi-faceted overhaul at the Port of New Orleans; it includes installation of precast and fender piles. Rising waters and COVID have not slowed the progress!

Piling, Inc. has completed construction on a new tank for Air Products in Texas City. The job involved installation of 1,200 pcs., 16" x 85' concrete pilings driven with their Pileco hammer.

PRECO-MSE is driving 22 HP piles for a retaining wall at Montreal's Saint Jacques Street tunnel project. The job presents challenges with space constraints, road traffic and pile maneuverability.

Powell Foundations completes 16-mile creek project for Verdi Alliance in Milton, ON.

Sealevel Construction wins the contract for $30M Airport Connector Road and Bridge Project in Galliano, LA; final product will cross Bayou Lafourche.

ESC Steel installs steel sheets into cemented sands and calcarenite at Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi.

GeoQuip, Inc. equipment installs vinyl sheets at the Savannah Convention Center.

ICE International Construction Equipment has a 66C/800 package pulling tressel pile on the High Rise Bridge project in Chesapeake, VA. Elsewhere, its equipment was spotted on job site where Nucor sheets were utilized for the "world's largest travel lift" in Bayonne, NJ.

JD Fields provided the sheet pile for a curtain wall as part of the Great Falls South Carolina Hydo-Dam decommissioning, which they proudly note was done on schedule and under budget.

ECS Limited provided construction testing for the expansion of the St. Francis Neighborhood Center in Baltimore which, when done, will facilitate a 100% increase in children it can serve.

Fugro earns contract renewal from Atlantic Shores for two years more work off New Jersey coast.

Haley & Aldrich wins funding from the U.S. Department of Defense for specialized research.

Governmental Relations:
Giving Back:
Junttan reaches 45 years in business. Once a small contractor, it has evolved into a global piling specialist and leader. To mark the anniversary, the company has launched a blog sharing stories and notable developments over four decades; piling professionals are invited to engage.
People on the Move
  • Dalton Hoffman, former intern, graduates UArk in C.E., hired full-time at Atlas Foundation
  • Justin Pescosolido, P.E. is new North Carolina-based sales engineer for GeoStructures, Inc.
  • Evan Gerrets joins Canal Barge Company as a new project manager
  • John Konwick in Pittsburgh is the new northeast sales manager for CZM Foundation Equipment
  • Dominic Osei Agyepong, Robert Follett join ECS Limited in Virginia and Pennsylvania, respectively; Isacc Cespedes promoted in Orlando
  • Stan Sadkowski, P.E. named principal at GeoEngineers in Boston; Scott Anderson, P.E. appointed to same role in Kansas City
  • Randy Daub, P.E. named manager at Geo-Technology Associates' Ohio office
  • Joel Bilodeau, PH moves to GZA GeoEnvironmental as senior consultant
  • Shawn Fiore to succeed Larry Smith as president/CEO at Haley & Aldrich in Burlington, MA, also Nick Machairas, Ph.D., noted for AI in geotech work, joins the firm in Boston
  • Gerhard Livingston, intern at S&ME, graduates Clemson, joins the Columbia, SC geotech group
  • Edward A. Bernard succeeds retiring Bill Brickey as Terracon director of facilities services

In Memoriam:
  • Sergio Gutierrez, a retired pile driver for many years at Piling, Inc., passed in June. His employer Randy Dietel spoke fondly of his former employee, whom he called '"loyal, dependable and highly competent." Notably, Randy helped Sergio gain U.S. citizenship early in his tenure.
  • Bruno Perez of Junttan passed unexpectedly in May; friends and colleagues mourn his loss
Notes from the Field
All the rowdy friends were there, did Hank Jr. stop by? According to photos, morale is high at Aggregate Technologies, which hosted a company pig roast on the beach to kick off the South Texas summer.

Uh oh! Maybe you were late for the beach party, or any obligation you had in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia or the Carolinas the other day? You can blame Morris-Shea for snarling the traffic... sorry guys, your social media made this too easy 😉!

Did they once compete against alum Ellen DeGeneres? A geotechnical exploration job on the University of New Orleans campus brought nostalgic feelings at Eustis Engineering, which employs numerous UNO grads. The work was adjacent to a campus site considered the hub for engineering students who participate in the annual ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition.

Pile Driving History Part 1 Opal gray becomes a camo when trying to identify it from a distance on a foggy waterway, or so that was the conclusion made by Manson Construction leadership in 1967. As they were building a terminal for the Port of Seattle, they couldn't see their equipment from afar. That prompted the adoption and implementation of the red and white brand.

Pile Driving History Part 2 Massman Construction led a 1966 joint venture that included Kiewit for construction of the W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam 14 on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma; to date, it provides the region commerce, hydropower and recreation. Crews installed sheet pile cofferdams for job site safety. Upon completion, a 1970 ribbon cutting attracted former president Lyndon Johnson.

Space Race 2021 Perhaps a pile hammer designed for the cosmic grade of the The Red Planet is in development because any future building on Mars would need to start with a foundation. Check out recent work at S&ME involving interplanetary innovations.

PDCA proudly represents an increasingly diverse member-base. We were humbled to catch a Facebook post from new member Black River Solar, which gives IFCEE '21 a positive endorsement thanks, guys!
Media Hits!
GBCA News spotlights American Pile and Foundation LLC in Philadelphia region.

nola.com publishes photos of APC Construction building a permanent floodwall for an $8.9M New Orleans project near the local HQ for the USACE. Job site pics show installation of sheet and H-piles to raise a nearby levee segment. To date, the overdue project has been delayed by high water.

Building Design + Construction quotes Tim Berry, SVP at Balfour Beatty US in a story about the company commitment and impressive record in hiring veterans and awarding them subcontracts.

American Journal of Transportation quotes Frederick Paup of Manson Construction in coverage of a significant agreement between the USACE and the dredging industry prioritizing safety.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch captures video of a community improvement effort that attracted numerous volunteers. Among them was McCarthy Construction, which donated equipment and personnel.

Construction Equipment Guide details a massive project nearly 10 years underway in North Carolina; identified as a "key subcontractor," R.E. Burns & Sons Co. is noted for building the sound walls and box culverts for the I-40 & I-77 Interchange in Statesville, NC, 40 miles north of Charlotte.

News Radio WTAM Cleveland reports on opening of Wendy Park Bridge, a federal initiative with a $16.45M price tag; The Great Lakes Construction Company among construction contributors.

Piling Canada profiles Kassie Davidson of ECA, the company's first female service technician. She brings an amazing story of perseverance, inspiring to all.
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A Pile of News - June 2021

A Pile of News: June 2021
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
By Matt Bisbee, PDCA
From the Association & Chapters
PDCA Events
  • The 2021 PDCA Education Webinar Series resumes July 7 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT. Register now for An Integrated Computational and Experimental Study of Driven Pile Set-Up in Soft Clay by Brent Guthrie of Cajun IndustriesChad Held of Eustis Engineering and Utilizing Soil Setup in the Chicago Metro Area by Travis Coleman, Elvis Ishimwe of GRL Engineers, Inc.
  • DICEP (Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles) conference returns as a LIVE event in 2021 it happens in New Orleans from Sept. 1517; details and registration coming soon
  • IFCEE 2021 Recap: Thanks to all PDCA members who attended either in person or virtually. We spoke with a lot of people and took a lot of photos. Don't miss a special section right after the #PDCAdriven announcement below to read about some of the interesting things we learned and saw!
From the Chapters
Wanted: Candidates to complete the Dedicated Pile Driver Operator Practical Examiner Accreditation Program (PEAP) administered through NCCCO in accordance with OSHA certification requirements for pile driver operators. NCCCO also seeks practical exam test sites. Click here to learn more.
Junntan USA Inc., you are this month's winner!
Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of June to claim your prize!
IFCEE 21 Coverage
There were several events designed for PDCA members, CLICK HERE for photos.
  • The 2021 program began with a panel discussion among leadership of the host organizations; PDCA president Kevin Gourgues and member Michael Wysockey (president at DFI) joined leadership from ADSC and GeoInstitute. Peggy Hagerty-Duffy of ADSC moderated. 
  • When asked for an elevator pitch to promote PDCA to deep foundations              professionals, Gourgues shared three simple, yet compelling points: 1) "A driven pile is a tested pile;" 2) "Because we have Dale Biggers" (a widely respected technical expert); 3) "Our toys are the coolest."
  •  Speaking of Dale Biggers, he secured the technical presentation from Dr. Cathy Aimone-Martin, who shared unique and enlightening perspectives on vibrations with a piling industry audience. Biggers had met her at a 2019 Louisiana Engineering Society technical program.
  •  Innovator and co-founder of Pile Dynamics, Inc./GRL Engineers, Dr. Frank Rausche, was selected to deliver the E.A.L. Smith Award Lecture. In his presentation, he discussed the work he and collaborators performed in developing the original Pile Driving Analyzer in 1972; per a slide he shared, it was originally known as the Pile Capacity Computer.
  •  The PDCA Board of Directors held a business meeting; among action items was acceptance of a proposal from the Associate Member Council. Co-chairs Diane Fischer and Pollyanna Cunningham are leading the development of a new course for the 2022 Annual Conference stay tuned!
  •  The GeoInstitute of ASCE, with help from Mike Venezia, developed the virtual track at IFCEE; among presenters was PDCA board member Susheel Kolwalkar, who gave his talk via Zoom from Charleston, SC 
  • PDCA welcomed attendees to its booth, which prominently acknowledged all exhibiting members. Many thanks to those who stopped by, exhibited and/or participated in IFCEE!
Some things we learned at the indoor and outdoor exhibit areas, CLICK HERE for photos:
  • Houstonian J.W. Lodge of Lodge Lumber missed IFCEE, but he had good reason. The company "veep" and his better half welcomed baby Ellie into the world on May 3. Congrats! Mike Leal, Daren Franks and Andrew Harris ably held up the bar...er... held down the company booth.
  • Allan Korte of Junttan got to Dallas on Monday but had left a new leaf blower in his truck bed at the airport. He shared this with fellow Northeast Floridian Steve Snyder of Hammer & Steel, who was leaving Tuesday. Using GPS and satellite imagery of the airport, they saw their trucks parked four spaces apart. Steve got back, secured the blower and they lived happily ever after.  
  • Taking a page from 2020, contractor Buck Darling of H.F. Darling arrived at IFCEE  - COVID-style with a fresh haircut from home! His wife, Dr. Inger Darling, does a pretty good job despite her professional training is in pharmaceutics!
  • Dr. Frank Rausche not only develops specialized geo-equipment at GRL/PDI, but he also pulls shifts in the company booth; see the honoree with staff Brandon Phetteplace and Jim Zammataro
  •  It's unclear if the logo-cornhole boards were for sale, but the PVE Equipment exhibit had room between hammers for competitive bag-tossing for Herald Wattenberg and Garrett Smith
  •  Many were asking for him, but ECA CEO Roy Kern had to miss the show to attend his son's late-week wedding. Congrats to Rod and Anna Kern!
  • When the cat's away...it was a relentless display of peer pressure, but PDCA's Kathy Harper withstood a full court press from ECA reps who were recruiting riders for a mechanical bull at their neighboring exhibit. Long story short Kathy didn't get the belt buckle for a 30-second ride.
  • Jake Palmer of APE used the exhibit area to show his new dance moves; company president Dan Collins was supportive, but an unidentified coworker couldn't bear to watch the high kick
  • True story, we strolled past the ICE, Inc. exhibit and heard "Alright stop, collaborate and listen," and saw ICE rep Sean motioning to Kevin Johnson from Group Deep Foundations. What ensued appeared to be a high-level contractor-supplier meeting, therefore we didn't interrupt.
  • PR efforts showcasing JD Fields' diversified scope to include spiral weld manufacturing, equipment dealing, real estate development, equity investment and a Drunk Bus loomed large at IFCEE akin to a Hollywood promotion (hint, hint). Make sure to read the "People" section below to learn about one of the latest products from the company.
  • Quips from PDCA board members (past and present): Doug Keller attended the first Farm Aid in 1985 in Champaign, IL; Diane Fischer thoroughly reviews all written material provided before participating in ANY meeting; Karl Higgins' favorite holiday is Memorial Day.
  • It was bittersweet to see an enthusiastic presence from CZM Foundation Equipment, which not even a week prior lost 98-year-old company co-founder Loris Clo. The staff shared that the late Mr. Clo's "ultimate dream" was to be a major player in foundation construction.
PDCA Companies on the Job
Atlas Construction swapped a stone-block retaining wall with steel sheeting at a Minnesota church.
Baker GCI installed more than 15,000 linear feet of steel pilings for Project Olive at IMTT in St. Rose, LA.
Black River Solar completes a new solar farm foundation for an Illinois monastery.
Boh Bros. named to team chosen for a $1B overhaul of 40 acres on the New Orleans riverfront
C.D. Perry & Sons spotted on Hudson River moving a crane via barge for work on new docks in Troy.
Corman Kokosing wins a $9.8M contract with Arlington, VA for design-build of a new bridge.
H.B. Fleming, Inc. put in a dorm foundation at the University of Southern Maine and subbed on the I-95 Interchange overhaul near Portland.
Logan Marine, LLC christens its newest barge as it builds a new pier in Southport, NC.
Manson Construction wins $101.4M contract to rebuild Pier 6 at Naval Base San Diego.
Morris-Shea uses a PVE Equipment Woltman rig for construction of a new water tank in Tuscaloosa.
Orion Marine Group wins a $28.5M contract to establish a new aquatic habitat in Puget Sound; elsewhere, the contractor was picked to construct a $9M private marine facility in Tampa.
Pacific Pile & Marine begins Phase 2 of the Port of Alaska project. See their barge departing Seattle.
Pile Drivers, Inc. operator Kevin King took a day off for his April wedding, but he's back on the Legacy at Patriots Point jobsite. With a Hammer & Steel rebuilt Junttan and Lodge Lumber cushions, he drives concrete from Parker Marine and Palmetto (Essve Tech tubing within), all per S&ME geotech specs.
Powell Foundations and partners continue makeover of the Toronto Transit Authority Russell Division.
PRECO-MSE and its Junttan PM16 install a 99 steel pipe foundation for a Quebec industrial building.
Sealevel Construction has a long resume of Louisiana flood control. It's been a wet May and today starts the Atlantic hurricane season fingers crossed that the Gulf Coast avoids more disasters this year.
SJ Hamill Construction, Insight Group were on hand in Beaufort, SC for the ribbon cutting on a new drainage and flood prevention project.
Governmental relations:
  • Caldwell Marine sister company hosted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a groundbreaking on the Bay Park Conveyance Project, part of a regional, coastal resiliency effort
  • Clark Construction attended an assembly to break ground for a state heavy maintenance facility in Baltimore City; Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is caught on camera operating the backhoe
Giving back:  
Cape Romain Contractors has been a key player in construction of the Hugh Leatherman Terminal in Charleston, SC. With Phase 1 now done, we hope the marine/bridge contractor finds a way to celebrate 75 years in business, congratulations! Upon opening in 1946, its business model was considered "the first of its kind in the nation."
People on the Move
  • Brian Mannix calls it a career after 41 years with Linde Griffith. Deemed a "legend in the deep foundation business," his legacy at LG carries on through his son David Mannix.
  • John Konwick named northeast sales manager for CZM Foundation Equipment
  • Ethan Eye transitions to full-time project engineer at Engineered Rigging
  • Mike Songer, a 45-year industry vet, joins JD Fields as GM of new equipment division
  • Luke Hutchinson, David Di Staulo, new graduate engineers, join Hammer & Steel sales
  • Katelyn Foster promoted to subsidiary director at ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC
  • Scott Anderson, P.E., is a 26-year veteran geotech, and joins GeoEngineers in Kansas City
  • Lisa Johanningsmeier is a new engineering technician at S&ME, Inc. in Louisville
  • Melvin Williams takes his 32 years' geotech experience to Terracon in Charleston, SC
PDCA on Amazon?!?
  • T. Richard Morris, president at ICE, Inc. published Famous Foundations, a "non-technical" book that documents 18 unique foundations. Get your copy from Amazon.
  • Jay Fields, CEO of JD Fields Company, is co-producer of Drunk Bus, a new movie production released to select theaters May 21 and is available now for streaming on Amazon Prime.
Look Who Made the News!
Business & Industry Connection magazine serving Houston and Baton Rouge published a guest column by Lance Arvel of Baker GCI entitled "Bring More Value to Every Stage of the Project Lifecycle"

ENR provides further detail on $1B New Orleans riverfront overhaul involving Boh Bros [PAYWALL]

Columbus CEO profiles Corman Kokosing and its sister companies, which all operate under Brett and Bryce Burgett and other direct descendants of the late founder Bill Burgett

Stars and Stripes reports that Hawaiian Dredging and Construction is part of a joint venture building a $45M medical-dental clinic for a new Marine Corps base on Guam

The Today Show/NBC News featured seniors in an Austin, TX home adjacent to a construction site; they sent thank you notes and posted signs for the onsite Keller crew for curing the "boredom of isolation"

Sanibel Captiva Island Reporter reports on a bid hearing for Captiva Erosion Prevention District (CEPD) project; Manson Construction is among those in contention

StMaryNow.com writes about a Louisiana flood control project at Bayou Chene near Lafayette; contractors Patriot Construction and Sealevel Construction are both referenced

Civil + Structural Engineer Media covers a Texas bridge project on which Engineered Rigging used strand jacks to effectively lower more than 100 irregular loads
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