Monthly Archives: November 2016

Moretrench Interns Awarded GCA Scholarships

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Moretrench congratulates former summer engineering interns Jesus Loya of the University of Delaware, Matthew Pizzico of James Madison University, and Andrew Chegwidden of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, on receiving $3,500 scholarships from the General Contractors Association of New York. GCA of NY awarded 31 scholarships this year to students at 18 different institutions. Selection of the awardees was based on recommendations from industry practitioners familiar with the applicant and the applicant’s personal responses to a questionnaire.

Scholarships such as those GCA of NY awards go a long way to allowing students to concentrate more fully on their studies during the semester which in turn opens up internship opportunities for students who achieve the grades to sample the “real world” of construction under the guidance of practicing engineers. The experience gained can be the deciding factor in a career choice. “At Moretrench I was exposed to a variety of different types of work, from landfill remediation to ground freezing” said Andrew. “I felt I was a real part of things, doing real work.” So much so, that Andrew accepted a Fall semester co-op opportunity with Moretrench and will join the company as a staff engineer on graduation.

 

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“Eager and excited to start” is how GCA of NY scholarship recipient Andrew Chegwidden, shown here in the field and in the office, describes his future job with Moretrench.

“Eager and excited to start” is how GCA of NY scholarship recipient Andrew Chegwidden, shown here in the field and in the office, describes his future job with Moretrench.

Moretrench Welcomes Jonathan Bennett, P.E.

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Moretrench is pleased to welcome Jonathan Bennett, P.E., as Business Development Manager for the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Jon has 25 years of experience focused primarily on deep foundations, earth retention and other geotechnical construction specialties, as well as extensive business development experience.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University, Masters degrees from George Washington University and West Virginia University, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Jon regularly shares his knowledge and expertise with the engineering community at large through professional organization committees and boards. A consummate professional, he brings the highest levels of dedication and service to each client, making it his mission to provide the optimal solution for the site-specific geotechnical challenges.

“We are extremely pleased to have Jon on board.  He brings a tremendous amount of experience, expertise, and relationships to Moretrench.  He can handle any responsibility, from design to estimating to project management. He is also a fantastic cultural fit: he is a team player, a real collaborator, and a pleasure to work with.  He is always concerned about doing the right thing, both for the client and the company.  With Jon’s capabilities, we can all look forward to tackling some really challenging work!”  

Paul C. Schmall, Ph. D., P.E.

Vice President, Chief Engineer

Moretrench President Art Corwin inducted into National Academy of Construction

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Moretrench is very pleased to announce that President and CEO Arthur B. Corwin, P.E.  has been inducted into the National Academy of Construction (NAC).  The ceremony took place at the Annual Meeting in Napa, CA on October 20th, 2016.  Art was one of 30 new members selected from a strong field of 300 nominees.

Founded in 1999, the NAC’s mission is “…to identify and elect leaders from business, government, academia, and connected professions who have made significant contributions to the construction industry…and for the members as a whole to provide unique perspectives and services to issues of national importance.”  The Membership Committee employs a rigorous selection process that emphasizes extraordinary leadership, exceptional achievements, and lasting improvements to the construction industry over many years and many projects.

For many NAC members, this is not their first significant honor, and Art is no exception.   A lifelong Moretrench employee, he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in 2003 and Chief Executive Officer in 2007, in which capacity he continues to provide the dynamic leadership that has placed Moretrench in the forefront of the industry.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and his contribution to the industry was further recognized by his election as President of The Moles organization in 2012 and receipt of the Moles Member Award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction in 2016.

Art has also long been committed to charitable works, particularly in his local community, and remains active in his alma mater. He was named Man of the Year by Homeless Solutions Inc. in 2013 and in 2015 he was chosen as Farmingdale State College (SUNY) Alumnus of the Year.

Please join with all of us at Moretrench in congratulating Art on his induction into the NAC.

 

New England Office Supports the 2016 Pan Mass Challenge

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The Pan Mass Challenge  is a 46-town, 192-mile cycle ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown.  The event, which drew more than 5,700 participants this year, is in support of Dana-Farber Institute in Boston, a world leader in patient care and cancer research, and Moretrench was a proud team sponsor.

“I was contacted by Ken Knowles, an old college friend who’s now the Principal of Eaglebrook Engineering out of Danvers, MA,” said New England Operations Manager  Bob Tonning.  “His company regularly participates in the challenge. He is also a long-time supporter of an Emily’s Pink Team golf event I run in support of my daughter and her work in raising awareness about Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis,  and so it was a pleasure for all of us in the Assonet office to reciprocate by becoming one of Ken’s sponsors this year.”

Although the ride took place back in early August, 2016, the fundraising totals have just been announced. The event raised a record $47,000,000 through corporate and individual support.  Since its inception in 1980, the Challenge has raised more than $500,000,000 for Dana-Farber.

To learn more about the Pan Mass Challenge and about Emily’s Pink Team, please click on the links above.

Miles to go before they sleep. Team Eaglebrook riders during the ride.

Miles to go before they sleep. Team Eaglebrook riders during the ride.

One hundred and ninety-two miles behind them, and still looking fresh at the finish line.

One hundred and ninety-two miles behind them, and still looking fresh at the finish line.