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Hayward Baker Expands its Florida Footprint

Hayward Baker LogoHayward Baker Inc., expanded its operations in Florida with the relocation of its Tampa office and a new South Florida office in Hollywood.

Hayward Baker’s new Tampa office is a larger facility and both offices support customers and projects in the state of Florida, coastal regions of other Southern States, as well as the countries of the Caribbean Basin and Central America. Hayward Baker’s Tampa-based vice president, Curtis Cook, oversees operations for both offices.

Hayward Baker Tampa

The Tampa Office management team of Hayward Baker Inc. (from left): Residential – Angela Melendez (senior sales manager), Lee Singletary (field operations, compaction grouting); Ground Improvement – Dustin Hatch (project manager – Central Florida vibro), Dr. Ghassan Akrouch (design engineering); Mike Smith (division manager); Dean Elliot (operations manager); Curtis Cook (vice president); Structures – Vince Hull (division manager), Trey Davis (assistant project manager – anchors & micropiles), Mike Gillis (project manager – soil mixing, rigid inclusions), Dustin Walkenhorst (design engineering), Jeremiah Filjones (project manager – excavation support).

Tampa Office

The Tampa office is the design center for Florida, Caribbean and Central America work. Design engineers Dustin Walkenhorst and Dr. Ghassan Akrouch, with oversight from Bob Scott, Hayward Baker’s Southern Region chief engineer, staff the office.

Division managers Mike Smith and Vince Hull handle inquiries for projects pertaining to ground improvement (vibro systems and compaction grout) and structures (micropiles/anchors, soil mixing, jet grouting, rigid inclusions and excavation support), respectively. Clients seeking the best solutions to geotechnical challenges benefit from Smith and Hull’s extensive geotechnical construction backgrounds.

According to Cook, the relocation of the Tampa office represents a significant step forward in Hayward Baker’s commitment to the region.

“The construction market is very active today and this is an exciting time for our company. We fiercely compete in the Florida market. After 30 years and multiple remodels at our Benjamin Road location, we simply outgrew it,” he said. “Moving our Tampa team to a larger facility nearby gives us the space needed to better serve our clients. The new 17,000 sq. ft. office is double the size, giving us room as we continue to grow. Our Tampa heavy equipment shop and equipment yard remain at the original location.”

Recent geotechnical construction projects illustrate the important work Hayward Baker’s Tampa office is undertaking in the region. These include mass soil mixing on the Hidden Harbor residential subdivision project for Stock Development in Fort Myers, foundation support for a new FPL Flex Storage Facility in St. Lucie, and excavation support using sheet piles, twin axis soil mixing and mass soil mixing at Paradise Plaza in Miami.

In addition to other ongoing work across the state, Hayward Baker will soon perform mass soil mixing and rigid inclusions at the FPL Combustion Turbine project in Broward County, plus micropiles and vibro-replacement stone columns at the College Town mixed-use facility in Tallahassee. The company will also be performing vibro-replacement stone columns at Tampa International Airport.

Hayward Baker South Florida Hollywood

Hayward Baker Inc.’s South Florida management team (from left): Carlos Rosand (specialty grouting, micropiles, anchor, soil mixing); Nick Syriopoulos (business development); Colin Cilladi (vibro systems); and Dan Bole (grouting, special projects).

South Florida Office

Hayward Baker’s experienced staff at the new South Florida office includes Nick Syriopoulos, business development manager; Carlos Rosand, project manager; Colin Cilladi, project engineer; and Dan Bole, a project manager who recently transferred from Hayward Baker’s Denver office.

“The strength of our staff sets us up for continued growth and the ability to effectively serve our clients in this area,” Cook said about the South Florida team. “The addition of Dan Bole allows us to continue to respond to strong customer demand with quality, customer-focused service.”

Among the company’s high-profile projects in South Florida are vibro replacement stone columns and soil mixing to support a runway expansion at Ft. Lauderdale airport. In a joint venture with sister Keller company HJ Foundation, Hayward Baker has also performed soil mixing to create a bottom seal and excavation support for construction of a new 28-story luxury oceanfront condominium in Bal Harbour.

In addition, the company recently completed jet grouting and permeation grouting work at Sun Life Stadium. Vibro replacement is underway in Trinidad for an infrastructure project. Recently awarded projects include the Biosolids Improvement Project in West Palm Beach involving vibro replacement, plus the Riva project in Fort Lauderdale that involves sheet piling and twin axis soil mixing.

Office Contacts

The new Tampa office is located at 5461 West Waters Ave., Suite 900. For more information on the services offered by this office, contact Cook at 813-884-3441.

The South Florida office is located in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beach metroplex at 1909 Tyler Street, Suite 305, Hollywood. For more information on the services offered by this office, contact Syriopoulos at 954-977-8117.
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