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By Rowan O'Grady, President, Hays Canada

The construction industry is a tough business. It’s highly competitive with razor thin margins. And while that aspect of this sector isn’t new, the pressure to find talent in a candidate-short market means today’s construction leaders must develop a new skill set to retain staff and motivate employees to maximize profits. They need soft skills – empathy, clear

By Brian M. Fraley, Fraley AEC Solutions, LLC

The streets on the barrier island of Mantoloking, N.J. are alive with construction activity on an unseasonably warm day in November 2014. Heavy equipment is rolling and crawling. Hammers are pounding on lumber. Hard hats and safety vests dot the landscape. Progress is underway, but it came at a price.

The Borough of Mantoloking was among the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. The powerful imagery was witnessed around the world as this post-tropical cyclone pounded the New Jersey coastline, leaving in its wake fatalities, stranded residents, mangled homes, crumbling infrastructure and felled telephone poles. The ocean met the bay in up to five breach areas, forcing first responders to navigate the town in boats.

To protect critical infrastructure
As the 2014 hurricane season rolled in, a crew of workers from Springfield, N.J.-based EIC Associates was working feverishly to reduce, if not completely eliminate, the possibility that future superstorms would repeat history by installing just over 3.5 miles of steel sheet pile wall along the beach for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) Bureau of Coastal Engineering. The keystone of the project was a pair of German-manufactured RTG Rammtechnik GmbH pile drivers rented from the Aldan, Pa. office of Equipment Corporation of America (ECA). The scope of this $23.5-million project – part of a much larger beachfill project by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – entails driving the sheet piles, and installing bent plate caps and geotextile anti-scour aprons. Project manager Derek Serpe and project engineer John Caya are leading the team.

By Brian M. Fraley, Fraley AEC Solutions, LLC

The streets on the barrier island of Mantoloking, N.J. are alive with construction activity on an unseasonably warm day in November 2014. Heavy equipment is rolling and crawling. Hammers are pounding on lumber. Hard hats and safety vests dot the landscape. Progress is underway, but it came at a price.

The Borough of Mantoloking was among the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. The powerful imagery was witnessed around the world as this post-tropical cyclone pounded the New Jersey coastline, leaving in its wake fatalities, stranded residents, mangled homes, crumbling infrastructure and felled telephone poles. The ocean met the bay in up to five breach areas, forcing first responders to navigate the town in boats.

To protect critical infrastructure
As the 2014 hurricane season rolled in, a crew of workers from Springfield, N.J.-based EIC Associates was working feverishly to reduce, if not completely eliminate, the possibility that future superstorms would repeat history by installing just over 3.5 miles of steel sheet pile wall along the beach for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) Bureau of Coastal Engineering. The keystone of the project was a pair of German-manufactured RTG Rammtechnik GmbH pile drivers rented from the Aldan, Pa. office of Equipment Corporation of America (ECA). The scope of this $23.5-million project – part of a much larger beachfill project by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – entails driving the sheet piles, and installing bent plate caps and geotextile anti-scour aprons. Project manager Derek Serpe and project engineer John Caya are leading the team.

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