Was it the power of incumbency? The votes are tallied, and we share with you, the elected industry leaders who will serve as the 2023 PDCA Officers and Board of Directors. You will notice many (if not all) familiar faces from the 2022 slate; that’s because none drew an opponent, none has yet met the term limits threshold as outlined in the PDCA by-laws, AND each has chosen to commit to another year of service. Thank you, BOD!
Gulf Coast Chapterelects 2023 officers, with Dylan André at the helm, Tony Sepulvado, Jr. as VP, Brent Guthrie as treasurer and Heath Stevens as secretary. The chapter also heard a technical presentation at its fourth quarter dinner meeting in November.
South Carolina Chapter presents Cadet Mary Coastal Watkins of The Citadel with prestigious “Mac” Nigels Scholarship; several PDCA past presidents were in attendance. PHOTOS
Pacific Coast Chapter partnered with JD Fields & Company for two technical seminars; around 30 attendees each joined the Seattle and Huntington Beach events.
Kokosing hosts an internal auction among its locations each year, all proceeds raised are donated to ensure families in need can enjoy the holiday season. Zachary Jones, an engineer for the company, created a unique woodcraft sign that he is donating for the charity auction.
McCarthy raised funds to support Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist and We’ll Get This Foundation through the annual charity golf tournament at The Clubs at Houston Oaks.
GRL Engineers, Inc. is part of the team that earned an ACEC-FL Honor Award for a major reconfiguration of the Central Florida Expressway. Hop on a plane, train or automobile and take the fam to Disney – this project had many major stakeholders from the air, rail and highway sectors.
Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering, PLLC shares that the SC-DOT US 21 Over Harbor River Bridge Replacement has won again. Those paying attention know this project won a PDCA Project of the Year Award in 2021 as entered by ICE® – International Construction Equipment.
McCarthy Building Co., Tolunay-Wong Engineers were among sponsors for the Gulf Coast Industry Forum this fall in Pasadena, TX. Gov. Abbott, former Gov./U.S. Energy Secretary Perry addressed the topic Global Geopolitical Energy Landscape and Texas.
Sealevel Construction Inc. is the GC for a new $96M pump station at Bayou Lafourche near Donaldson, LA. Gov. Edwards and U.S. Reps. Carter and Graveshelped break the ground for the project, which will protect the drinking water supply for four nearby parishes.
Michael Blaylock named new project engineer at Dissen & Juhn Company in Stevensville, MD.
Matthew Knight rejoins Aggregate Technologies, Inc. Formerly an estimator with the company, he has been appointed VP business development for the A-team.
Hollie Miles joins the sales team at Flores Automation & Machine Control; she will serve clientele in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia.
Audrey Gilbert appointed strategic advisor and corporate secretary at GILBERT Products. The Quebec-based supplier also names Frank Gilbert as CEO.
Nam Nguyen onboards at JD Fields & Company as new regional manager in Pacific Northwest.
Mike Hiattwraps up a 41-year career with Bowen Engineering Corp. Calling him a “legend” who contributed to the Indianapolis company’s evolution into a major, self-performing GC, colleagues past and present celebrated Mike and sent him off for hunting season.
Jason Cardenosaof J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc.served as a panelist at a forum at Rowan College of South Jersey that explored aligning education and workforce preparation.
Melissa Benitez started as an apprentice at McCarthy; now project safety coordinator, she recalled her experience on a panel at the Women in Apprenticeship Summit in Houston.
Steven Mathersof Interpipe, Inc. becomes new VP Eastern Region at NASPD in 2023; the Ontario-based pile supplier north of Buffalo was in the region that endured a massive November snowstorm and said of the winter blast, “But you can still drive piles until it’s below 23°!”
Louis Greco, P.E. from Tectoniccompeted in the NYC Marathon; he raised charitable funds for Comfort Zone Camp and his employer matched all inner-office donations up to $5K.
Brian Rogers, the longtime piling division manager at Consolidated Pipe & Supply, has passed away in Birmingham, AL. PDCA sends heartfelt condolences to the friends, colleagues and family of Brian, who has been a consummate industry professional and supporter.
On the Job
Blue Iron Foundation and Shoring completed the Huntington Beach repair project, which involved installation of a new, 16K+ foot seawall on the California coast. Smith Welshstarred in the promo video that shows action footage of the team using Giken equipment to install 3,700 AZ 52-700 series sheets.
George Harms Construction Co. is GC for the Raritan River Bridge Replacement; the New Jersey job received federal funding as a resiliency project. Nucorprovides sheet piling and other steel, and Dan Brown and Associates is on the consulting roster for the replacement, expected to be complete in 2024.
R.J. Gorman Marine Construction will rebuild Panama City’s Sun Harbor Marina; the job includes a full redesign and doubled boat slip capacity. Hurricane Michael in 2018 imposed significant facility damage.
Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction is a top contractor in Utah and other mountain states, and a repeat winner of the PDCA Project of the Year Award. Its crew on a bridge replacement had difficulty placing the 1,300-ton precast span, so they used an unlikely tool – dish soap! See the “slick” video.
Triad Metals supplies the USACE seven miles of Gerdau PZC steel sheet piling to integrate into coastal storm risk management improvements on the Rockaway peninsula in New York City.
The New York Times quotes Paul Armstrong, owner of South Shore Pile Driving in Marshfield, MA, in a November story about a growing national trend in waterfront house-moving, due to persistent beach erosion. Paul installed house piles for a home at Cape Cod National Seashore in 2015; it was the lone surviving structure there, after a massive January 2022 storm. It has since been relocated (again).
Paper City Magazine, covering Texas culture, calls Jay Fields and his wife Allie “adorable” in a story about a successful, charity pickleball tournament the couple and their company JD Fields sponsored in Houston. The event attracted nearly 100 participants who raised money for A Shelter for Cancer Families.
YouTube: DFI’s Rumble proves it’s not the critic who counts, when two professionals deemed legends go head-to-head. Greg Canivan of S&ME, Inc. and Paul Axtell of Dan Brown & Associates debate Dynamic Pile Testing: Fiction or Reality. Lucky Nagarajan of Giken hosts and Sebastian Lobo-Guererro referees.
Notes from the Field
It wasn’t rainin’ fire in the sky the day the Keller pile driving crew from North Carolina was photographed on a Colorado job site, but the mast on their Junttan rig was Rocky Mountain High while driving the steel.
Oh, the places you will go – it was interesting to see the sister company of Smart Structures on a residential job site next to historic Mar-a-Lago in Florida; Mike Muchard, P.E. proclaimed that his team was there ‘”making static load testing great again.”
Equally Committed and Adventurous – is the takeaway from David Crawford’s LinkedIn post about a post-BAUMA 2022 challenge he and ECA colleagues Greg Barta and Rob Likens accomplished before leaving Germany. They hiked up Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak. Did Rob wear his trusty Crocs?
Coffee is for closers – digital marketing lead Marissa Charles at Kiewit HQ got the message in her coffee that the in Omaha, NE, powerhouse has a big closing soon as it welcomes Weeks Marine into the fold.
If you ain’t first, you’re last – Look, if your company president goes on camera as Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights, you’ll be a Note from the Field. Period. We applaud Darren Sparks of Bigfoot Pipe & Piling, who, in costume, strolled the company yard on Halloween and gave tips for trick-or-treaters.
As 2022 wraps up, many of you will be getting away from the job site, yard, office, home office or wherever you conduct your important work in the deep foundations industry. This reminded us about a social media post from Robert Griggs, president at Trinity Products, with two timely suggestions: 1) have some fun at work, and 2) occasionally go into “low power mode.” The second suggestion indicates it’s okay to power yourself down and rip away from your business tethers so you can enjoy family, friends and celebration! When he encourages you to have fun, go ahead and attend that office holiday party…but you don’t want to be that person who has too much fun! 😉
We wish you a happy holiday season and will see you back here in 2023!