Coleman Named 2012 DFI Distinguished Service Award Recipient

DFI President Jim Morrison presents the DFI Distinguished Service Award to David B. Coleman

DFI President Jim Morrison presents the DFI Distinguished Service Award to David B. Coleman

Hawthorne, NJ (December 1, 2012): David B. Coleman received one of the Deep Foundations Institute’s (DFI) highest honors, the Distinguished Service Award, in October during the DFI’s 37th Annual Conference in Houston. He was the 32nd recipient of the award, designated for individuals or companies chosen by their peers for exceptionally valuable contributions to the deep foundations industry.

Coleman served as president of DFI in 1999-2000 and has been a member of the Board of Trustees. He is one of the founding members of the DFI Educational Trust and currently serves as the chairman of the Educational Trust. Among his many accomplishments so far was the donor drive for the Stanley Merjan CCNY (City College of New York) Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund.

Coleman is drilling operations manager with Underpinning & Foundations Skanska, New York. He has been actively involved in specialty foundation construction involving deep foundation construction throughout the U.S. for more than 30 years, and has worked in over 35 states involving deep foundation projects for both land and marine works. He holds a B.S. in urban studies from Michigan State University and completed his graduate studies at Harvard University and the Conway School. Coleman has co-authored several papers on the subject of deep foundation design and construction and has been a speaker and presenter for numerous ADSC and DFI conferences and seminars.

About the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)

DFI ( is an international association of contractors, engineers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multi-disciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 3,300 members worldwide.