A Pile of News - December 2021

A Pile of News: December 2021
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
Originally sent Dec. 1, 2021
Association & Chapter Events
Dec. 7: 11 AM - 1 PM EST: PDCA 2021 Education Webinar Series #7 Innovative Technologies in Bridge Construction, by various presenters representing diverse piling equipment and supply companies who will share innovations, engineering considerations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Governmental relations:
'Tis the season of giving back:
Acquisitions & expansions:
Media Hits
Good Morning America-ABC News featured the Eastside Coastal Resiliency Project underway in NYC. This is a $1.5B coastal overhaul described as the world's "largest urban climate adaptation project." Weeks Marine is among the contractors involved, as video captures machinery in action and ABC's Ginger Zee reporting in their logo hardhat. An Equipment Corporation of America rig is also spotted in the broadcast.

WGNO-TV (ABC), New Orleans airs story about the impact of federal defense spending in Louisiana; Weeks Marine is noted as a top defense contractor in 2020 with a cumulative contract value over $300M.

KSL-TV (NBC), Salt Lake City reports from a community lunch in Bountiful, UT, where R.L. Wadsworth Construction fed frontline healthcare workers at Lakeview Hospital.

Engineering News-Record carries a story detailing $8B in DOD funds the U.S. Navy awarded for shipyard projects in Hawaii and Washington state. Among PDCA members involved in forthcoming projects: Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. and Orion through a JV and Kiewit in another JV.

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce previews a new "restaurant row" on which PND Engineers is consulting; the development is coming to Port of Everett north of Seattle.
People on the Move
  • Mike Hood counted his last bean for Birmingham-based contractor Morris-Shea. He retires as senior accountant after 28 years with the company. 
  • Tony Gonzalez retires following 19 years as a mechanic with Cape Romain Contractors.
  • David Giwosky joins the new San Diego office of Foundation Pile as senior estimator.
  • Martin Arcand promoted to Gilbert Products construction sales team.
  • Scott Poellinger appointed CFO and SVP at Braun Intertec.
  • John Schemmel, Ph.D., P.E. to lead ECS Limited expansion of materials testing in Baltimore, Mohammed Mulla, P.E., Ph.D. becomes VP in Raleigh, Mac McNeil is new business development manager in Birmingham.
  • Summer Howell, new strategic business mgr. at Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering.
  • Mary Ellen Large, the technical staple at DFI, joins Pittsburgh-based construction firm.

On the Job:
APC Construction shares its JV progress on the new ferry terminal in downtown New Orleans; crews drive 16" steel pipe for temporary pedestrian access to the banks of the Mighty Mississippi.

Cape Romain Contractors constructs Battery Park pedestrian bridge that will connect Riverfront Park and a new Noisette Creek-side development in North Charleston, SC.

GROUP Deep Foundations installed a foundation with PC concrete pilings valued at $1.4M for the new Enbridge Pipeline Metering Station in remote Cameron Parish, LA.

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. works to update Victoria Ward Park in Honolulu's urban core.

O'Quinn Marine begins Whitehall Boardwalk to connect Beaufort to Lady's Island in the SC Lowcountry.

American Pole & Timber's SVP Eric Lincoln acknowledges global challenges continue plaguing building materials markets; says gun barrel timber pilings are available, good alternative for house pilings.

Aggregate Technologies performs internal quality control on its patented, pile-cutting process; see video of a 69-second cut through a 16"x3/8" concrete-filled pipe pile. Time is money!

ECA shares Anthony Sciortino's dramatic pic of an HPSI vibro in use at 1-95 Viaduct in Providence, RI.

Engineered Rigging assists in dismantling a large-scale crane inside a tunnel, part of largest construction project in Chile at a new hydropower plant in Sane Jose de Maipo.

Flexicore of Texas produced 97,000 lb precast concrete pile caps for Dow Chemical's expansion near Port Freeport, Texas, the Hemisphere's largest chemical manufacturing complex.

GeoQuip sold the PileCo D62 package and rented the HPSI vibro to perform demo and replacement of the Queens Creek Bridge for the I-64 Capacity Improvements project in York County, VA.

ICE, Inc. has a vibro on duty for a $284M land redevelopment in Pawtucket, RI; it will assist in construction of a 15K sf American Soccer stadium, mixed-use complex along the Seekonk River.

Interpipe supplied steel for a footbridge paralleling the perimeter of Lac Des Fees, south of Montreal. Preco-MSE installed the pipe for City of Saint Constant with rig and vibro due to soil condition variance.

Nucor Skyline supplies 3K tons of steel for 16 new structures for water resource optimization in South Florida; ASAP Group among the contractors involved in the installation.

GEOKON provided a Model 4675LV water level monitoring system in use at a Brazilian dam job.

Universal Engineering Sciences is engaged for material testing, inspection services at forthcoming F1 Miami Grand Prix Track.
Notes from the Field
First (known) PDCA member to enter the NCAA NIL Era College athletes can now legally earn money for lending their name, image and likeness to a commercial interest. Per our tally-sheet, J.D. Fields' is the first piling industry player to engage NIL deals; it signed SMU wide receiver Rashee Rice and days later enlisted SMU basketball guard Kendric Davis.

Is there room in the floatin' trailer park? Weeks Marine earns a unique honor in 2021 as the proud owner of one of the year's 10 most Significant Boats, according to WorkBoat magazine. The Jack K. William O, co-designed by Weeks, learns tonight (Dec. 1) if it is the Boat of the Year.

Will the real BMOC please stand up? Justin Strong, Jesse Galligan and Jesse Kolowitz from Orion visited alma mater, Central Washington University, in November. The trio of marine constructors engaged with students in the Heavy Civil Means and Methods class to provide real-world perspectives.

Fixing the supply chain Pt. 1 At first glance, it looks like GZA GeoEnvironmental takes a utilitarian approach to addressing supply chain challenges. Looking closer, it's clear this is just the Providence, RI "jetpull" team raising $5K to combat multiple sclerosis by leashing-up a FedEx jet.

Fixing the supply chain Pt. 2 Perhaps your smaller online orders (BBs, fishhooks, Lite Brite bulbs, etc.) could be delivered by the new airplane belonging to Michael Hixson of Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering? He won the Sport Cub S2 Remote Control Plane at a recent conference.

Dumb luck or strategic marketing? Either way, Stan's Donuts' photobomb gets some prime visibility at a Chicago construction jobsite. ECS Limited is among project consultants for the Greystar build.

Beach volleyball in Chicago? There's plenty of sandy lakefront, a looming cold winter and rampant mediocrity in pro sports, so why not celebrate the playoff contending EXP beach volleyball team?

Quotable Keller shares poignant narrative defining professionalism in labor. It advocates judgements be based on the content of one's character, rather than markings on skin and other appearance details.
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