Coronavirus Safety Best Practices



Coronavirus Safety Best Practices

PDCA members could be our best resource to determine what is working on the jobsite and in the office to combat the potential spread of the COVID 19 virus.

Please take the time to list your Coronavirus Safety Best Practices and post them to this blog.  We are hoping this will serve as a resource for all PDCA members.

This blog is intended to provide PDCA members an opportunity to share their thoughts with their fellow members and is NOT intended to provide legal advice or serve as a fiinal source.  In all cases where safety is involved employers must use their best efforts to provide for the safety and health of their employees.

Thank you for your interest and support.  Please contact the PDCA office if you need any assistance.

 

Scholarship Shoot a Big Success at PDCA Pacific Coast


Birds Landing, CA (April 30, 2021): The PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter hosted the 10th Annual Scholarship Shoot at Birds Landing Hunting Reserve. Shooters gathered for a competitive clay shooting event, followed by a luncheon and several great prizes. The Pacific Coast Chapter thanks all sponsors, donors and participants. The annual event benefits the Chapter's Scholarship Fund which assists student applicants who are pursuing careers in deep foundations construction.

A Pile of News - May 2021

A Pile of News: May 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
DEADLINE IS FRIDAY to enter the 2021 Project of the Year Program. Submissions in land, marine, earth retention, engineering/associate, international categories are all welcome. Issue 4 2021 of PileDriver magazine will announce winners. Entry is FREE for PDCA members; non-members JOIN PDCA and submit!

Industry Events IFCEE is here!
  • IFCEE/International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo, May 1014 in Dallas, TX
    • The triennial collaboration of the deep foundations partner organizations ADSC, DFI, Geo-Institute and PDCA; includes technical conference, equipment show
    • Don't miss the following IFCEE programs for pile drivers and PDCA members:
      • LIVE meetings of ALL standing committees
      • Short courses on May 11 "Working Platforms" and "Deep Foundations QA/QC for Engineers, Contractors and Inspectors"
      • E.A.L. Smith Award Lecture honoring Dr. Frank Rausche May 12 at 10 a.m.
      • PDCA member reception, meeting on May 12 from 5:00-6:30 p.m., see you there!
      • Invited Session "Vibrations" by subject matter expert, Dr. Cathy Aimone-Martin on May 13 at 10:30 a.m.
      • Visit PDCA's booth in the Exhibit Hall, we recognize all exhibiting members!
  • The Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles (DICEP) conference returns as a LIVE event in 2021; it happens in New Orleans, Sept. 1517 details and registration coming soon

The PDCA Store offers many new logo clothing items; ask us how to get 40% off when you shop today.

PileDriver magazine, Issue 2 2021 is now available, full IFCEE preview within; click for the e-mag.

PDCA of South Carolina Chapter will be meeting on May 20; details coming soon.
American Piledriving Equipment Inc., you are this month's winner!
Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of May to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & expansions:
On the job:
ASAP Group drives JD Fields sheeting to expand a stormwater treatment in South Florida; nearby, their crew used a PVE vibro to put in temporary shoring for the Port Everglades Parking Garage project.

Balfour Beatty breaks ground on Icon Marina Village, a South Florida luxury development.

Cajun Industries, LLC installed 4,423 concrete piles, then the crew posed for a photo before finishing the job with the "money pile" at Valero's new Port Arthur, TX renewable diesel facility.

Foundation Constructors Inc. dedicated two crews for 55 straight hours to complete the safe installation of 25 CISS piles for a San Raphael, CA road improvement.

The Great Lakes Construction Company installed GRL Engineers-tested H-pile from Trinity Products for a new bridge in Cleveland. See video from Cleveland.com showing cranes placing 75 tons of arches.

Hal Jones Contractor puts in Jacksonville, FL floating dock; a hammer from ICE-International Construction Equipment drives the H-pile.

Massman Construction is among the contractors on the Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel Replacement, the first public-private project of the Louisiana DOT. WATCH the virtual ground-breaking.

H.B. Fleming installs the foundation for 60 Penhallow at Brick Market, the forthcoming "greatest public access location" in Portsmouth, NH. The owner is excited for the steel; she likens it to "bling."

Linde Griffith drives 118 H-piles for what will become the third tallest tower in Newark, NJ 33 stories!

Parker Marine gave an aerial assist to Insight Group by moving their adoringly named CPT during construction of the The Cooper waterfront hotel in Charleston, SC.

Poseidon Dredge & Marine installs Nucor sheeting with PVE hammer power as it works to fix a bridge that services the Port and Carnival Cruise line in Jacksonville, FL.

Richard Goettle Inc. uses an American Piledriving Equipment (APE) vibro to drive permanent casings from Trinity Products in the reconfiguration of the McCluggage Bridge over the Illinois River in Peoria.

Duroterra supplied the ductile iron piles which replaced the micropiles (1:1), originally slated for use in the Beekman Avenue Bridge project in historic Sleepy Hollow, NY.

APE has a vibro offshore and fully submerged driving anchor piles in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hammer and Steel, Inc. provided a self-performing owner with Junttan power to install closed bottom pipe for reconstruction of an active rail car bridge in Memphis.

Pile Master developed a new air hammer, the 18-650; distributor Equipment Corporation of America shares action video from the Green Cove Springs, FL HQ.

Nucor Skyline sheet piling fortifies the boardwalk at New Jersey's Point Pleasant Beach; which is still recovering from a 2012 hurricane. Elsewhere, the steel maker produced 4K tons of foundation piling for transmission towers across Maryland's Patapsco River.

ECS Limited consults on the conversion of suburban D.C. golf course into a residential community.

Doing business...better:
Explore new markets  As U.S. demand for renewables increases, wind and solar energy sources need pile driving. Black River Solar in Missouri converts grain farms to solar "It's a growing trend in Middle America," says owner Jason Balesa Brownfield News report concurs. In Massachusetts, South Shore Pile Driving sets "hundreds of piles along canals," essentially creating canopies among the cranberries at Eldredge Bogs; owner Paul Armstrong says a "huge solar job" is next that requires 4,000 Koppers timbers
Protect the bottom line A PDCA member law firm in Florida shares the educational presentation Critical Construction Contract Provisions: What Subcontractors Should Know to Protect Bottom Line. Jimmerson Birr partner and PileDriver legal author Ryan Maloney is among the presenters.

Collaboration is critical An enduring theme at DICEP: "Contractors should be involved early and often in foundation construction." PDCA board member Buck Darling says this ENR story reinforces the message.

Incorporate sensible technologies Pile Dynamics, Inc. offers new pile driving simulation software and Samuel Roll Form Group aids estimators with industry's first online quoting tool for rental steel.

Follow market fluctuations Lodge Lumber Co. launches a new Monday Market Report by sales mgr. Andrew Harris; in its first distribution, he analyzes rising prices on lumber products.

Keep marketing fresh APC Construction unveiled a new website. Its pile driving section opens with a photo of their crew on the New Orleans Municipal Yacht Harbor job using an ICE hammer to drive pipe.

Governmental relations:
Recognitions:
Giving back:
Anniversaries:
Soil is older! Soil Consultants, Inc. is a new septuagenarian; the 70-year-old engineer firm in Charleston, SC also had a significant role in a big new addition to the city's port. SCI has performed various testing services at the new Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal since 2013; the first vessel arrived last month.
 
 
People on the Move
The monthly round-up:
  • Tony Rontella, Daniel Deer, Ryan O'Rourke become new superintendents at HF Darling
  • Stephen Chang joins east coast operations as engineer at Manson Construction
  • Antonya Williams, Pat Devero, Steve Miller earn promotions at McCarthy Building Co.
  • Barton Folse named to business development team at Canal Barge Company in Houston
  • Chris Gabuzda becomes new geostructural product manager at JD Fields in Houston
  • Wes GibsonJosh Jenkins join CZM Foundation Equipment
  • Luke Karr, Justin Salter join Junttan USA; Henry Cornell, James Massey earn promotions
  • Jeff Wojtala, CHMM named to ECS Mid-Atlantic environmental department
  • Philips Aby, M.Eng. begins new role with Golder geotech team in Canada
  • Bennett Dulaney, P.E. moves to S&ME in AL, Bradley Hedgecock joins firm in N.C.

Congratulations!
Henry Gerrets concludes an "incredible 24-year career" with Canal Barge. The customary, cake, cards and staff party accompanied his send-off. But you gotta read his farewell letter (get a tissue). It's an enviable endorsement of his cherished, now former employer.

Recognitions:
In memoriam:
Sending sympathies to the family and former ICE, Inc. colleagues of Richard Sadler, a longtime sales manager. He is remembered as a friend, mentor and colleague to many in the industry.

Heartbreaking news from Caldwell Marine/JAG Companies which has displayed a wreath and her PPE in memory of valued "co-worker and company ambassador" Liz who was victim to violent crime.
Notes from the Field
Can you perceive depth? It's unclear by the photo if the Thatcher Foundations' crew getting Chicago's Burnham Harbor "ready for boating season" means an aesthetic overhaul, complete with removal of the controversial spaceship addition to Soldier Field. The crane appears poised to begin the lift. If so, it would signify a notable reversal by the contractor, which drove 2K+ piles as part of the 2003 renovation.

A Boat Named Sue A shipwright, in his own right, John Spring of C. D. Perry unveiled his latest creation at company HQ its the Sweet Sue. Check out the red, white and blue (and company yellow) steel crew boat honoring Sue Martin, the widely cherished and longest-serving employee.

Can we call it a P3? We hear a lot about public-private partnerships, or P3s, but Manson Construction expands the idea through an ongoing, safety-inspired relationship with the Seattle Fire Dept.

Here's a P2, Playoff Putt-off Baker GCI's golf team Garrett Sheehan, Lance Arvel, Shane Wilkenson, Steve Fleury posed with green jackets and trophies as if it were Augusta, but it's Louisiana. Congrats to the winners of a sudden death putt-off at the golf event for the Construction Industry Advisory Council supporting the LSU Dept. of Construction Management. * h/t Cajun Industries, board member for CIAC.

Is it a free drop from the ZZ hazard? JD Fields was at Denver Country Club where its sheeting was used for a golf course modification. The ranger stood by the crew to ensure proper divot repairs.

Apparently Oscar viewership was LOW... so would you believe that Patrick Snow of Tadano won for Best Creative Marketing on Social Media?
Look Who Made the News!
Albany Business Review quotes Tyler Fane of C.D. Perry about a proposed increase to construction spending in the New York state budget; he says there's "reason to be optimistic." [PAYWALL]

Columbia Daily Tribune reports on Missouri DOT progress in selecting builders for a new I-70 bridge over the Missouri River near Rocheport. Three of the four construction teams competing for an RFP include PDCA members. Good luck Dan Brown & Associates, Massman Construction and Terracon!

Construction Equipment Guide covers an ongoing, major New Jersey bridge reconstruction; George Harms Construction among contractors singled out in updates on project phases.

ENR has a feature on a completed a NYC park improvement involving Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers; (headline writer cleverly alliterates "Pilings" in title). Great pics of the unique, river-side park.

Maui Now carries an update of ongoing infrastructure improvements on the island, Hawaiian Dredging and Construction is finishing prep work in Stage 1 of the new municipal parking structure.

Resident News describes a new floating dock expected to provide "quality of life" and expand accessibility to riverside communities near downtown Jacksonville, FL. Hal Jones Contractor, a division of Vecillio & Grogran, has secured the construction contract and could start later in 2021.

The Houston Chronicle profiles The Fields Companies, formerly JD Fields. A vertical integration and rebrand are underway for the family-owned company in Texas; the article notes the aspirational infrastructure investment and the U.S. political climate compliment the changes. *Learn more about this corporate reorganization and grab a beer on Jay D. Fields himself at their IFCEE booth.
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PileDriver magazine - Attorneys examine vax in workplace

COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace

Eight considerations for employers

By: Lisa Griffin-Hodgdon and Jason Lambert, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
(Full article, originally published in PileDriver magazine, Issue #2-2020)

Three vaccines, one from Moderna Inc., one from Pfizer Inc., and one from Johnson & Johnson have been approved for emergency use in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration [as of February 2021], and there are other vaccines in late-stage clinical trial phases. Employers across the country are contemplating whether to mandate their employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment and evaluating the risks associated with mandating or not mandating the vaccine.

On Dec. 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidance to assist employers considering mandating COVID-19 vaccines. The guidance addressed some of the risks employers must weigh in evaluating a mandate. In particular, it warned employers their COVID-19 vaccination policy could be impacted by other EEOC laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).


Below are common questions facing employers contemplating a COVID-19 vaccine requirement: [Click to keep reading]


PileDriver magazine - Issue #2, 2021

Check out the latest issue of PileDriver magazine

The latest news and information for professionals in the pile driving industry is now available in the digital edition of PileDriver magazine, Issue 2 - 2021. Check out the cover story which details a major, coastal project just completed in Florida. Poseidon Dredge & Marine recalls its experiences building the new Daytona Beach Riverfront Park Seawall Replacement using composite sheet piles. Read the full story starting on Page 106.

Other highlights include an all-inclusive guide to the International Foundations Congress & Equipment Expo, or IFCEE-2021, coming up May 10-14 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Dallas. Preview the more than 50 technical presentations, learn times for all PDCA standing committee meetings and see which of your friends will be onsite in either the indoor or outdoor exhibit areas. The full brochure starts on Page 43.

Norwalk Marine Contractors provides a fascinating account of a unique method it employed for foundation construction of a new condominium development in Connecticut. This technical story takes a deep-dive into the innovative construction method known as Timber Inclusion Systems, beginning on Page 102.

Past PDCA President Buck Darling brings a revealing commentary entitled Reputation Matters on Page 111. In it, the longtime president at Herbert F. Darling Engineering Contractors buttresses a narrative previously disseminated by Joe Hogan, CDT, VP of Building Services at AGCNYS.

On Page 115, Keller shares an in-depth look at its diversifying workforce through their story about a thriving employee resource group at Keller North America, designed exclusively to encourage women to build their careers with the geotechnical specialty contractor. Read KWIC Connections.

And a very timely, legal perspective is available on Page 120, it explores the pros and cons for employers to consider in regard to COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees. The authors Lisa Griffin Hodgdon and Jason Lambert are both partners in the Tampa, FL offices of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP; they provide valuable guidance through eight different considerations for employers in COVID-19 - Vaccines in the Workplace.

Don't miss the Career Stories of John Skinner of Parker Marine Contracting Corp. and Wystan Carswell of Haley & Aldrich. You can also read Member Profiles on GeoQuip, JD Fields & Company, Koppers Utility & Industrial Products and SJL Consulting.  Several other regular sections are also all part of PileDriver magazine, Issue #2 - 2021; click here to read it now!



 

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Join PDCA at IFCEE, May 10-14 in Dallas

In less than one month, the deep foundations industry will descend upon Dallas, TX for the triennial International Foundations Congress & Equipment Expo, commonly known as IFCEE. This is a LIVE, week-long technical conference and trade show which takes place at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Dallas where more than 125 exhibitors will be spread across both indoor and outdoor exhibition areas. Meantime, there are more than 50 technical presentations at the various, designated meeting rooms and auditoriums within the conference facility available to conference participants. IFCEE happens only once, every three years; it is a collaboration of deep foundations construction association partners, the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA), the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors (ADSC), the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) and the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Registration is underway; enroll in IFCEE 2021 today, and don't forget to reserve your room!

While the event will feature a large variety of content directed at deep foundation construction, don't miss the following programs designed exclusively for PDCA members:

Live meetings of all PDCA standing committees at various times throughout the week

  • - A Tuesday morning short course on Working Platforms
  • - A Tuesday afternoon short course entitled PDCA Deep Foundations QC/QA for Engineers, Contractors and Inspectors
  • - The E.A.L. Smith Award Lecture honoring Dr. Frank Rausche
  • - A Thursday Invited Session on Vibrations featuring a presentation from highly regarded subject matter expert Dr. Cathy Aimone-Martin

Please contact PDCA if you have any questions about IFCEE 2021, please visit the show's website at www.IFCEExpo.com or call PDCA at (904) 215-4771. We look forward to seeing you next month in Dallas!

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FREE Industry Update Webinar April 15th


A crew from Hal Jones Contractor finishes lunch break atop the construction barge on the St. Johns River; using an ICE-International Construction Equipment hammer, the contractor installs steel H-pile to support a new Jacksonville, FL floating dock.

UPDATE: This event has completed. Thanks to those of you who joined us April 15th for a FREE Industry Update webinar for PDCA members and other professionals in the pile driving industry. Please follow PDCA publications and watch your inbox for announcements of future events.

Do you need a break from that big project? Consider spending 30 minutes with PDCA for a FREE webinar that will provide important, timely information for deep foundations construction professionals. Plan to join us April 15, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. EDT for this Industry Update on considerations for pile driving contractors, equipment manufacturers, industry suppliers and affiliated engineers. This event is scheduled as a webinar presentation originating live from PDCA's Jacksonville-area offices. The prepared content will be limited to one-half hour, however PDCA staff will remain available for Q&A with participants after the webinar as-needed. This event is FREE for PDCA members and non-members.


The Industry Update will address the following:
•            New OSHA rule - piling rig operators face fine without certification
•            IFCEE - LIVE trade show, technical conference in Dallas May 10-14
•            Project of the Year - annual PDCA program entries due May 7

There is no registration necessary for the Industry Update. Please use the Zoom link below on April 15th at 1:30 p.m. EDT to Join this Webinar.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81706133210?pwd=dGM3VWo5L1ZRSzRackNXVitldkxpQT09

 

Project of the Year Entries Due May 7th

The 2021 version of annual program looks a little different, expands industry visibility


                      (Above: C.D. Perry and Sons, Inc. of Troy, N.Y., among the winners in the 2019 PDCA Project of the Year Program)

Jacksonville, FL (April 7, 2021): Time is running out if you intend to enter your work in the 2021 PDCA Project of the Year Program. Member companies are encouraged to submit projects in any of the following categories: land, marine, earth retention, engineering/associate and international. New in 2021, entry is FREE for PDCA members. If you are not a member, JOIN PDCA today. All entries are due to the PDCA offices by May 7th.

For more information on the the 2021 PDCA Project of the Year Program, see the graphic below. And for full instruction on all program terms and conditions, as well the ENTRY FORM, click the graphic to begin. The esteemed panel of PDCA judges eagerly awaits your submissions! 


 

A Pile of News - April 2021

A Pile of News: April 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 staff attended a March industry event where we met a New York-based contractor. He suggested OSHA has increased patrols for violators there, who operate LBCs and pile driving rigs without certification. Yes, certification for pile driving rig operators EVERYWHERE is now required (it'll be costly if you fail to provide it.) PDCA partners with NCCCO to administer written and practical exams; get certified today.


Industry events:
  • JOIN PDCA for a 30-minute webinar on April 15, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. EDT; it will deliver an industry update for pile driving professionals (use this link for access). PDCA members and non-members are encouraged to attend, no cost or registration necessary.

The PDCA Store now has select, archived PDCA conference sessions and educational webinars. Most are FREE to members; a nominal cost may apply to non-members. Visit today to see what is available.

Welcome (back) new PDCA members!
Contractors Black River Solar, Manson Construction Company, R. Kremer and Son Marine Contractors, Thatcher Foundations; Associates Buildbasematic, Favor Steel & Fabricating, John B. Wright Insurance, Sheet Pile, LLC, Sun Pile Foundations; Engineering Affiliates Applied Foundation Testing, RACE Coastal Engineering; Other affiliates McNeil, Silveira, Rice & Wiley, Timber Piling Council
JOIN PDCA

Chapter news:
The PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter is hosting a VIRTUAL 2nd quarter meeting on April 15.

The PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter is hosting its Annual Scholarship Shoot on April 30.

From the 'Wing T to the B-O-D: Veteran New Jersey contractor David Price, CEO at Linde-Griffith Construction Company, is the new Northeast Chapter representative on the PDCA Board of Directors. Meet the former NCAA All-American football player and 27-year pile driving veteran.

Ping-Pong, anyone? His road to Charleston had many stops, but Susheel Kolwalkar, Insight Group senior geotech, embraces it as home. Known for southern charm, he favors the unique geologic attributes for driven piles. Meet the table tennis aficionado and new South Carolina Chapter representative.
  • The South Carolina Chapter hosted its 2021 Oyster Roast on March 26, see event photos.

PileDriver magazine "Sales Ninja" Louise Peterson celebrates 20 years with PDCA publications partner!
Foundation Constructors, Inc., you are this month's winner!
Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of April to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & expansions:
On the job:
Atlas Foundation Co. installs a steel pipe foundation for a job in North Dakota; the photo depicts true "frozen tundra," a name often limited to Lambeau Field.

Baker GCI deep foundations staff perform test, production piling for Port Arthur, TX Valero refinery.

Black River Solar pokes holes in the Heartland; the crew installs foundation for Missouri solar farm.

Ciport & Tecnac installs foundations throughout Ecuador (see dramatic piling photos from South America); PDCA thanks the international contractor member for ongoing support.

Innovative Piering uses diesel hammer on 54 production piles for a northern Kentucky silo foundation.

Kiewit is brought into partnership for a study on concrete foundation installation on the sea floor near New York City for the planned Empire Wind project.

Logan Marine puts a test pile in the salt marsh, prepping for a new Shallotte, NC boardwalk. Fun fact the old Hardee's nearby was used for a robbery scene in the 2014 Melissa McCarthy movie Tammy.

Manson Construction Co. completed pile driving at Naval Base San Diego; they credit foreman Jeff Jenson for finishing installation of 216 concrete and 240 FRP piles a week early.

Massman Construction secures moorings in the Missouri River near Blencoe, IA as part of a new port terminal expected to accommodate 240,000 tons of ag products.

Pacific Pile & Marine can "pound it in," but diversifies like many contractors. In March, they "lifted it out" of Washington waters to assist the delivery of a new U.S. Navy tug that is headed east.

Palmetto Pile Driving has begun installing the PC/PS concrete pile foundation for a $71M, 12-story office building Morrison Yard in Charleston, SC; Insight Group is retained for geotechnical services.

Powell Foundations, Inc. drives H-pile for substation expansion and improvement of Hydro One in Ontario, a major electricity supplier to 1.4M people in the Canadian province.

Orion Marine Group engineers "take five" from ongoing work on the Maydell Bridge replacement in Tampa.

American Piledriving Equipment (APE) vibro is used to install sheet pile from Creative Pultrisions, Inc. for the Beaufort, SC Yacht and Sail Club.

ECA shows its Pileco D125-32 driving pipe at Woods Hole Ferry Terminal in Massachusetts; the final product should simplify your next trip to Martha's Vineyard.

GeoQuip, Inc. shares video of its Pileco D160-32 driving concrete cylinder piles for a VDOT bridge replacement in Franklin, VA.

PVE Equipment USA modifies the 120M to maximize the vibro's cooling while running 24/7; originally custom-built for a client, it'll soon be part of the rental fleet.

ECS Limited is the geotech of record for the forthcoming "jewel of Lake County" in Illinois; meanwhile, the firm's Orlando team consulted on construction of the new Pulse Nightclub Memorial.

Premier Geotech and Testing gassed-up the marshbuggy and dusted off the ATV; not for ol' fashioned, south Louisiana fun (this time), but for a complex testing job at a new compressor station.

Governmental relations:
  • Nucor CEO Leon Topalian repped manufacturing at reveal of ASCE Infrastructure Report Card on March 3. ICYMI, the U.S. earned a C-, equating to a need for $2.59 trillion public investment over 10 years. Congressional T&I leaders, Reps. Capito, Clyburn, Defazio, USDOT Secretary Buttigieg and a host of ASCE past and present brass appeared at the virtual event.
  • S&ME, Inc. client development leader and seasoned infrastructure advocate Sarah Martin provides analysis on the 2021 Report Card. Related, S&ME engineers Jonathan Thrasher and Melvin Williams presented Report Card findings to professionals in front of the South Carolina Capitol Building with George Washington looking on.
  • Do you live in one of 11 states with legislatures reportedly pursuing changes to fuel tax rates?

Recognitions:
Giving back:
Anniversaries:
65 and counting The Interstate highway system was born by President Eisenhower's pen when he signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act in 1956. That year, PDCA engineering members Dewberry of Fairfax, VA and Robishaw Engineering Inc. of Houston established operations. In case you were curious, others celebrating 65 years in 2021 are The Hick from French Lick, Joe Cool, Arsenio! and Marcia Brady.
People on the Move
The monthly round-up:
  • Richard Rizzo retires as SVP at Clark Construction Group "after 40 years and 50 projects"
  • Nicholas Wendell begins as new EIT at Keller New Jersey office
  • Jose Gregorio Rodriguez is a new quality control coordinator for Powell Foundations
  • Susie Ingerson named HR director at American Engineering Testing, Inc.
  • Justin Castro joins Braun Intertec as CMT operations manager in Houston.
  • Ben Gramling new in client development, Talecia Dyson joins geotech unit at S&ME, Nashville
  • James Walsh appointed new president at Universal Engineering Sciences (UES); will oversee all 37 offices around U.S. from Orlando headquarters

Congratulations!
  • Marry me, I'm a pile driver Kevin King, operator at Pile Drivers, Inc., weds Leanne Houston of Charleston, SC this month. A highlight of their engagement came in March when they modeled limited edition t-shirts from Kevin's employer in observance of St. Patrick's Day.

Recognitions:
Generations quotable: "I asked my crane operator, Anthony, 'What's the longest pile you've ever driven?' He said, 'This one!' (Fun fact: Anthony has been a crane operator longer than I've been alive.)" said McCarthy assistant superintendent Brenton Hemp while onsite at Texas' Port Freeport with Anthony and a Liebherr crane, which are installing sheet piling from JD Fields and concrete piers.
Look Who Made the News!
ABC News 4 Charleston video shows Cape Romain Contractors onsite at the New Folly Beach Pier in the South Carolina city. Also, PostandCourier.com reports on their $8M pedestrian bridge project.

The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge quotes local Congressman Garret Graves scrutinizing the USACE, which stated that construction of the Comite River Diversion Canal may take an extra year. In March, we told you Coastal Contractors secured a part of this project to build a $9.5M bridge.

The Daily Aztec, student newspaper at San Diego State University, quotes Clark Construction VP Albert Valdivia reminiscing on the demolished football stadium; Clark won the contract to build a new one.

ENR updates progress on the new $187M Mulkiteo Ferry Terminal for the Washington DOT; an environmentally and culturally sensitive project on Puget Sound. Orion Marine Group completed pile driving early. Manson handled later-phase foundation work. It opened in December.
  • MORE: The Daily Herald chronicles Manson's removal of 275 old pilings, calls them "Lincoln Logs"

The Geotechnical Engineering Podcast (2/25) carries an interview with Tony Canale, P.E. of Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers; it focuses on engineers interfacing in society.

Hawaii Business Magazine quotes Gerry Majkut of Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company who previews 2021 construction; Honolulu Star Advertiser highlights the company's intern program.
Notes from the Field
Patriots past and present April 18 marks 246 years since Paul Revere rode horseback at midnight in Massachusetts to warn colonists of hostile British forces approaching. Fast-forward to now, a crew from Patriot Construction & Industrial worked through the night to complete a time sensitive project as hostile Louisiana storms were approaching, a demonstration of commitment to a client.

Burning the midnight oil  March Madness keeps us up late and the Cougars' Final Four berth busted this author's bracket. Speaking of UH, we send appreciation and encouragement to Brian Hancock, a purchaser at Flexicore of Texas. The 12-year Coast Guard veteran and current reservist is also working on his degree in construction management at the University of Houston. With that kind of load, it's a good bet he stays up late!

Field and Stream Check out this video of New Jersey wildlife in action at the Manasquan Reservoir; nice capture by crews at R. Kremer and Son Marine Contractors.

Watch for wannabe space pirates! Retired deep sea oil rig foundations are repurposed to accommodate space exploration. While advocating recycling, Eustis Engineering shares the fascinating news report.

Channeling The Man in Black As part of an ongoing improvement project for the El Dorado Irrigation District in California, Vortex Marine Construction has installed new freshwater intakes at Folsom Lake. Fans of Johnny Cash might be familiar with his legendary 1968 visit to the famous nearby prison, also called Folsom. It still sits just off the lake's southern shore. "Keep on movin'," people!
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Gulf Coast Chapter Sets Virtual Membership Meeting

Chapter to Host Virtual Meeting in April


PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter President Kirt Jackson announces that the Second Quarter Membership Meeting will be available in April as a virtual event.  The ongoing health concerns due to COVID 19 have necessitated taking this step to provide members an opportunity to meet.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM CDT. CLICK HERE to register for this meeting and receive your Zoom login credentials. You can register up to three additional colleagues.


The agenda for this this meeting will include the following business items:
  • An update regarding the PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter
  • Discussion on planning for future in-person meetings and events
  • An update on local and national programs and events
  • An open forum for members in the meeting to provide your thoughts
CLICK HERE to register for this meeting and receive your Zoom login credentials. See you April 15th!