Monthly Archives: March 2009

At the 38th Annual ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet held at Rutgers University, W.J. Castle, P.E & Associates, P.C. was presented with the Distinguished Award for the Pedestrian Bridge Design/Build category for their project at Girl Scout Camp Laughing Waters located in Gilbertsville, PA.

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania planned to re-design the camp site at Camp Laughing Waters located in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania to include a new route for pedestrians to cross Swamp Creek. W.J. Castle, P.E. & Associates, P.C., was responsible for all engineering and construction management of the bridge and foundations. This 140’-0” steel bridge was provided by “Eagle Bridge” of Canada and pre-fabricated into two modules and shipped to the site, ready for installation. The bridge is 8 feet wide and was designed for both pedestrian (85#/S.F.) and small vehicle (10, 000 lbs). The total weight of the bridge is approximately 60,000 lbs.

Hydro-Marine Construction Co., Inc. was responsible for the construction from the start of the project to final installation. A foundation system using “Chance” Helical Piles was used in order to eliminate large spread footings. The construction of the bridge was started in April of 2008 and completed by June 2008 at a cost of $421,000.00.

billMarch 2009 – Bill Castle elected East Coast Chapter Chairman of the Association of Diving Contractors International at the elections for officers’ meeting at UI ‘09 on Monday, March 2, 2009. Prior to being elected Chapter Chair Bill served as a General Member of the ADC-I Board of Directors representing his company, W.J. Castle & Associates and hosted two inland symposiums in Philadelphia. Bill was also re-elected to serve a second term as a General Member.

Bill would like to thank the membership for the opportunity to serve on the Board and acknowledge Tom Eason for his excellent service. As we move forward, we hope to represent the Chapter and uphold its interests as well as bolster membership growth and support. We look forward to working with all members to continue to make this an organization that provides a strong community for its members. We look to give the members increased opportunities to improve safety standards within the industry.

For the most up to date information, we encourage members to visit the ADC-I website, and click on the SAFETY NOTICE link for ADCI Industry Updates.