It’s here! The PDCA 24th Annual Conferencestarts next week, will we see you in San Diego at Mission Bay Resort? There’s the golf tourney, committee meetings, Project of the Year ceremony, exhibit hall, keynote presentations, elective courses, receptions and much more. Have you registered as an exhibitor or attendee? If not, there’s still time. Serial procrastinators can even show up at the door (not ideal), and we will try to accommodate you on the spot. We want you there!
JUST RELEASED: The first 2023 issue of PileDriver magazinecan make for good reading while you travel so check out the digital edition.
Feb. 9: Value Driven Webinar Series, 2–3 PM EST. Past PDCA presidents will sit on a panel for a keynote presentation to Annual Conference attendees in San Diego. It will be simulcast as a webinar. If you can’t be at the Conference, you are encouraged to remotely attend the event. It is FREE to members, $50 for non-members.
Feb. 16: South Carolina Chapter dinner meeting, 6:30 PM at Town & Country Inn, Charleston.
New Statutory Payment Regime for Public and Private Works in Virginia – PDCA legal author Anthony LaPlaca, who recently made partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, updates a new Virginia law which nullifies the “pay-if-paid” defense; subs must be paid, regardless of timely payments by project owners to GCs. It took effect Jan. 1, and varies slightly for public and private contracts.
Bowen Engineering Corporation is prime contractor for a job at the U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Center near Crane, IN; it’s developing an Underwater Launch Test Project. Gov. Holcomb visited in January to learn about the new capabilities of the base and stand for some photos.
Trevcon Constructioncontributes to Billion Oyster Project, a nonprofit initiative working in tandem with New York Harbor School, to revitalize the oyster population and enhance the marine habitat off Hudson River Park’s Gansevoort Peninsula.
Harold Baurpromoted to VP of piling and marine construction at Boh Bros. in New Orleans.
Eric Stenman assumes the role president/CEO for Building & Civil at Balfour Betty US in April; Mark Konchar steps into the role of president, Civil.
Elizabeth Brownelevates to sr. project manager at ASAP Group, which announced a series of promotions in January. Others include Jonathan Barreto, who becomes pre-construction manager, Luisana DeSousa to lead estimator and Jessica Daza to estimating manager.
Gordian Ulrichpromoted atEquipment Corporation of Americato VP, BAUER Product Sales.
Peter Gustavomoves from metals recycling to director business development at Gerdau Next.
Marco Lessard, CPA, CMA is new VP at Interpipe Inc., after five years at PRECO-MSE in Montreal.
Anna Sellountou-Rausche, Ph.D., P.E. becomes the new director of global sales at Pile Dynamics, Inc., following more than a decade with the company, where she has championed global R&D.
Marisa Weber elevates to VP environmental services team at Lloyd Engineering in Houston.
Tony Canale, P.E. named principal at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers. Other promotions are Aaron Saks, P.E. to sr. associate, Leszek Czajkowski, P.E. and Mike McMaster, P.E. to associate.
Bennett Dulaney, P.E. rises to principal at S&ME, Inc. Huntsville, AL, office.
John Liautaud, Russell Perez, Charles Purvis, Daniel Jones, Dante Piccini are among the newest hires at New Orleans and Mobile, AL, offices of Southern Earth Sciences, Inc.
Mark Harrison earns promotion to principal at the Chattanooga, TN, offices of Terracon.
Don Suplicki retires from Flexicore of Texas, caps a 30+ year career in concrete manufacturing.
Eddie Heredia, a barge foreman for Manson, earned a compliment from Manson project sponsor Matt LaRue, who said, “Eddie and the VALKYRIE crew [Tony Diaz, Vincent Diaz, Ricky Sanchez] are one of the best pile driving crews in the industry,” in an inspiring company story.
Universal Engineering Sciences is providing geotechnical exploration, vibration monitoring, materials testing, among other services for a forthcoming, new town hall in Jupiter, FL.
14 News, TV – Evansville, IN aired a story about career day at a southern Indiana high school. Students learned about construction and other industries. Notably, the B-roll shows personnel from Bowen Engineering Corporation (logo shirts and all) presenting to the teenagers.
Marine Construction Magazine publishes a wide-ranging interview with longtime friend to PDCA and recognized steel piling expert, Dean Abbondanza of JD Fields &Company.
KTTU-TV, Alaska’s News Source, carries coverage of a recent transportation fair in Anchorage; making a cameo on the video footage were CReW members from local firm CRW Engineering Group, Inc.
ENR Midwestupdates construction of a replacement lock for two of the decommissioned Soo Locks in the Great Lakes. Kokosing is part of the JV that is starting the final, $1.9B phase of the federal project.
Georgia Trend magazinequotes Caroline Smith,Caroline Whitehead of Dewberry and Sam McCachern of Thomas & Hutton in an article that gives perspectives from the building sector on anticipated federal funding that will address current, “much needed” infrastructure optimization throughout the state.
Notes from the Field – Annual Conference Edition
Seen at the Dallas Safari Club convention in January was this beautifully mounted black bear exhibit. Outdoor-enthusiast Kevin Gourgues, president at Louisiana-based Patriot Construction & Industrial, harvested the 430-pounder in Ontario last June. He let his proud taxidermist display it at industry shows, including one in Nashville this month. Ask Kevin about the experience when you see him at the Annual Conference.
As you pack your bags for San Diego,one of your carry-ons should be a Murph’s. This new line of tote bags is made from recycled materials.Business New Hampshire Magazinetells the story of Liam Murphy, son ofGZA GeoEnvironmentalCOOJohn Murphy, who founded the start-up as a college student while coping with COVID interruptions to his engineering studies.
Need a good book to pass time on your flight? Check out Foundational Leadership by Robert L. Griggs. The Trinity Products chairman of the board published the manuscript chronicling the company’s journey over 44 years. He shares fascinating business perspectives and a resulting report of 118% annual growth.
A three-time NCAA golf champ at Yale who later won five amateur titles in Texas and a spot on the 1923 Ryder Cup Team is the late, George V. Rotan, great-great-grandfather of Mac Rotan, a steel salesman at Apex Steel Pipe & Piling in Houston. The Texas Golf Hall of Fame is producing a documentary about the elder Rotan, one of the most accomplished golfers. To Texans playing in the PDCA golf tourney next Tuesday, bring your game – your state has a proud golf tradition!
We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Conference next week in San Diego; your March 1 “A Pile of News” will contain more news and information from the industry (thanks to your tips and social media), as well as coverage from the conference. As always, thanks for reading. If you have any colleagues or friends who may like to receive this publication, they can subscribe at THIS LINK. You should also invite them to JOIN PDCA!