PileDriver Magazine - Issue #4, 2023

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We've kept you waiting, and it's finally time to find out who won a PDCA Project of the Year Award! Read about this year's winning projects in Issue 4 of PileDriver magazine, available NOW!

Keep scrolling in this newsletter to see the winning companies at a glance. Congratulations to all winners and thank you to everyone who took time to submit an entry. This year saw a record-breaking number of entries and competition was fierce.
The submission period for next year's Project of the Year Awards opens on Jan. 2, 2024, with all entries due to PDCA on April 5, 2024! Start planning now!
Congratulations to the following recipients of this year's PDCA Project of the Year Awards!
Forefront Deep Foundations
Land: Less than $1 Million
MexicoU.S. Port of Entry Bridge Widening over the All-American Canal

Winning PDCA member: Forefront Deep Foundations, Inc.

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Texas Pile, LLC
Land: $1 Million to $5 Million
Z Modular San Marcos

Winning PDCA member: Texas Pile, LLC

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Richard E. Pierson Construction Co., Inc.
Land: Over $5 Million
Tradepoint Atlantic Inner Berth Bulkhead Improvements East Berth

Winning PDCA member: Richard E. Pierson Construction Co., Inc.

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Cape Romain Contractors
Marine: Less than $5 Million
Noisette Creek Pedestrian Bridge

Winning PDCA member: Cape Romain Contractors, Inc.

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Pacific Pile & Marine
Marine: Over $5 Million
Port of Alaska Petroleum & Cement Terminal Phase 2

Winning PDCA member: Pacific Pile & Marine

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Richard Goettle, Inc.
Earth Retention: Less than
$5 Million
Montgomery County SMART Project

Winning PDCA member: Richard Goettle, Inc.

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ASAP Group
Earth Retention: Over $5 Million
Central Everglades Planning Project New Waters EA A-2 Stormwater Treatment Area

Winning PDCA member: ASAP Group

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Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering, PLLC
Affiliate Category
Surfside Beach Pier Replacement

Winning PDCA member: Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering, PLLC

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Mike Elliott

"Fun is Good"
This issue of PileDriver magazine also includes a tribute to Mile Elliott, who passed on June 9, 2023. Elliott generously gave his time, expertise and friendship to PDCA throughout his career, and he will be missed by many in our industry.
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LEGAL: Key Contractual Payment Provisions and State Laws


Making Dollars and "Cents" of Key Contractual Payment Provisions and How State Law Can Impact your rights

Clauses that can affect your right to payment in different U.S. states

By Ashley Sherwood and Dan W. Ballesteros, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

In contracts that can sometimes be hundreds of pages, the provisions that contractors (and their attorneys) scrutinize the most concern payment. But it is not just the obvious payment application or interest clauses that can impact a contractor's right to payment. Indemnity, no-damages-for-delay and pay-if-paid clauses can drastically impact when a con- tractor sees the money. Adding another layer of complexity are statutory nuances about which contractors need to be aware. Construction laws vary from state to state and can, in some cases, invalidate what would otherwise be enforceable contract language. Subcontractors, in particular, should safeguard themselves, as state-law protections do not always trickle down past the prime contractor level.

Most statutory payment provisions fall into three categories (1) timing of pay- ment; (2) conditions of payment; and (3) 
bases for non-payment. This article discuss- es typical contractual clauses impacted by statute and provides examples on how state law may apply to your project and impact your rights. While not every payment-relat- ed issue or state law is covered in this article, contractors and subcontractors of all sizes and specialties should come away with a better understanding of what to look for in their existing contracts, and what to push back on during their next negotiation.



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PileDriver Magazine - Issue #2, 2023

In Issue 2 2023 of PileDriver, Brandon Bicknell, president of Russell Marine LLC, talks about how the company has tackled a range of challenging projects along the Gulf Coast since the company's inception in 2010.
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Don't miss these articles:
Mission Rock Parcel B:
A tight urban site, a demanding schedule, logistical conflicts and underground obstructions but Foundation Constructors, Inc. makes it work

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It's Never One Job
In this project spotlight about an apartment complex in Charleston, S.C., John King with Pile Drivers, Inc. shares some history with an important lesson: pile driving contractors need to fight for their market share. Read this story about persistence and value engineering.

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How to Hire: It's Similar to Dating
PDCA member Greg Belpomme with Heron Wolf walks us through the challenges of the modern hiring landscape here are some strategies to help you find your next employee.

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Differing Site Conditions
What you need to think about before signing a contract this is how to ensure you're protected

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Overhead Power Lines
The newest Toolbox Talk from PDCA reminds contractors how to stay safe when working around overhead power lines

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Read the Latest PileDriver Magazine, Digital Edition Available Here

In Issue 1 2023 of PileDriver, we learn how Foundation Constructors, Inc. worked around challenging logistics to complete a remote project in California.
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Free resources from PDCA to help keep your team safe and informed

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Ignacio-Mare Island Electrical Towers
Foundation Constructors, Inc. had
to solve some tough challenges
on this remote California job
here's how they did it

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IMTT Project Olive Piling Package
Baker Gulf Coast Industrial, LLC completes a tough job on time and within budget

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Thatcher Foundations
Engineered geo-structural solutions since 1946

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"Buy American" Provisions
Present Opportunities, Challenges
for Infrastructure Act Projects

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PileDriver Magazine - Issue #6, 2022

In Issue 6 2022 of PileDriver, we learn about Shannon & Wilson's Alaskan case study for designing foundations in areas of high seismicity.
Don't miss these articles:
New Orleans to Venice Woodpark Floodwall: Providing critical flood protection in Louisiana

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JD Fields & Company: A steep growth
trajectory and a diverse strategy

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Still Standing: If you like your house, put it on driven piles

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Did You Win? Project of the Year Awards Winner, REVEALED!

PDCA is finally revealing the winners of the PDCA 2022 Project of the Year Awards with the latest issue of PileDriver magazine!

Did your company take home a top prize? After a record-setting year of project submissions, competition was fierce. The judge's panel has issued it's verdicts in the several, contested categories and we extend a sincere CONGRATULATIONS to the 2022 winning companies. Make sure to read the newest PileDriver magazine which includes descriptive narratives about each project, as well as striking photography chronicling various stages of the progress. The pile driving industry celebrates these projects which demonstrate innovation, problem-solving, work capacity and resilience of your fellow PDCA members.

Entries for next year's Project of the Year Awards program for projects completed by December 31, 2022, will open in January. Start planning your submissions now!

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PileDriver Magazine: Issue #2, 2022

The Digital Edition is Available

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PDCA and publishing partner Lester Publications proudly announce that the PileDriver magazine Issue #2-2022 is now available in digital format; watch your mailbox in coming days for your hard copy edition.

There is plenty of new content available in Issue #2; PDCA President Brian Heck leads off the publication with his observations on a very active start to the year for the Association. Executive Director Frank Peters follows with his insightful column about strides the organization is making on behalf of the driven pile industry.

You will find fascinating project content when you read the cover story about Seattle's Pier 62, a dramatic pile driving feat performed by Pacific Pile & Marine. It creates a brand-new facade for the waterfront side of Downtown Seattle.

Don't miss a large section summarizing the PDCA Annual Conference which concluded in February. You will find plenty of photos from the various activities that took place throughout the week at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix. Among them, PDCA Committee Meetings, Awards presentations and the golf outing.

It's been a remarkable career for Mike Elliott who recently retired from Equipment Corporation of America. A longtime friend to PDCA, Mike sat down with us to share his observations from a 50-year career in the pile driving industry. You will see some of the special photos taken at a recent company event honoring his contributions.

Check in on the PDCA Chapter news, notable headlines from the industry and a Business contribution from Harris May of the Dafanie Financial Group submits an article that provides guidance to employers on Worker's Compensation.

And don't miss Member profiles on Farrell Brothers Marine Construction, South Shore Pile Driving and McMullen & Pitz. California attorney Mark J. Rice (pictured) submits this issue's legal column. 

South Shore Pile Driving LLC

McMullen & Pitz Construction Company

Farrell Brothers Marine Construction, Inc.

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PileDriver Magazine: Issue #6-2021

In Issue 6 2021 of PileDriver, PDCA is taking a winter trip to Canada! In this issue, we look to our northern
"neighbour" to feature Canadian PDCA members, influential individuals, projects, business considerations and more.

Don't miss these articles:
The Canadian driven pile
industry achieves new depths with the Kitimat LNG Plant. Innovation and coordination allowed for installation some of the longest single-length driven land piles in North America.
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Bengt Fellenius, Dr. Tech,
P. Eng., M. ACSE
a legend in foundation design.
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Powell Foundations Inc. helps keep Ontario business traffic moving.
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Transcending international borders
Samuel Roll Form employees work together for success.
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PileDriver: Protect your company image, build trust in the community

Noise and Vibration: Protect your company's image and build trust in the community

The latest PileDriver magazine, Issue #5 - 2021 includes two article submissions from public relations professionals who address various considerations for contractors who are building in populated areas. 

The first article is entitled "Public Relations and Communications Guidance for the Construction Industry," by Lisa Joselove (pictured, right) and Christine Fournier (left) of Joselove-Filson Advertising, Inc. It acknowledges that noise and vibration concerns can become a problem of public perception for driven pile contractors. The authors share a few important tips about public relations as a means to build trust in the communities where your company works in order to create more tolerance and goodwill from community members. Read more, starting on Page 91.

Offering another perspective in "Stay Ahead of Noise and Vibration Complaints," author Kelly Nettleton Kennedy of the Kennedy Consulting Firm addresses the issue and encourages contractors to employ community relations and strategic communications components for jobs that are vulnerable to public scrutiny. Read more, starting on Page 94.

Aside from public relations issues surrounding noise and vibrations in pile driving, this issue of PileDriver also includes content about solutions for contractors to consider such as testing and monitoring programs as well as equipment developments and alternatives available in the marketplace.

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PileDriver magazine - noise & vibration considerations

Don't miss Issue #5-2021 of PileDriver magazine, you will find fresh content on noise and vibrations in the industry that we have collected for pile drivers to consider.

The following five articles were obtained exclusively for the purpose of publishing in this special edition:
  • Remote Vibration and Noise Monitoring for Construction (page 72)
  • Changes to Piling Equipment (page 78)
  • What if You Really Have to Mitigate Noise and Vibration? (page 82)
  • Pubic Relations and Communications Guidance for the Construction Industry (page 91)
  • Stay Ahead of Noise and Vibration Complaints (page 94)
Also in Issue #5, you will find Career Stories on Don Robertson of Applied Foundation Testing (page 37) and Joel McLain of APC Construction (page 39).

Plus, Jeff Prattini of PDCA Member law firm Shields & Mott presents some sound legal guidance for subcontractors who face payment delays (page 97).

If you are seeking project stories, there is no shortage of those in Issue #5; read about he New Orleans Municipal Yacht Harbor Project (page 49), the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium  in Connecticut (page 54), the Matson Mill Multi-Family Condominium in Pennsylvania (page 58), the Continuous Galvanizing Line - Nucor Specialty Cold Mill Complex in Arkansas (page 62) and a cover story on Metropolitan Park 6, 7,8 in Virginia.

Of course Issue #5 brings you recurring content such as messages from PDCA President Kevin Gourgues (page 5) and PDCA Executive Director Frank Peters (page 11). You will find the latest from our Chapters, a full list of members and upcoming events, including a sneak peak at the upcoming PDCA 23rd Annual International Conference & Expo set for February 2022 in Phoenix.

Read the digital edition of the magazine here - just click the image above. Then read it again in hard copy when it arrives in your office; you're certain to find something you missed on the first review! PDCA thanks all PileDriver magazine advertisers, content contributors, members who help put the pages together and our publications partner Lester Publications.

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