Geotechnical Industry Legend Tom Richards Retires After 30 Years with Nicholson

June 10, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA

After 30 years with Nicholson Construction Company, Tom Richards, Chief Engineer, has retired to enjoy the fruits of his labor from a professional life well worked.

Tom has been nothing short of a force of engineering since the beginning of his career in 1985.

He has led the design and testing efforts for hundreds of the most technically challenging projects in the country, including multiple projects for the recovery and reconstruction of the World Trade Center, the Capitol Visitor Center, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, and several large dams, including Gilboa Dam and Lake Lynn Dam.

Tom is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states and has published numerous papers focused on helping readers develop a better understanding of difficult technical topics.

He has also been an active member of many professional organizations including the Deep Foundations Institute, the ADSC and the Post Tensioning Institute.

Through a storied career of solving geotechnical mysteries, volunteering his time and experience to industry organizations and mentoring younger generations, Tom has made an immeasurable mark on those he has worked with over the years.

When he’s not boating and skiing during his well-earned retirement, Tom will be working for Nicholson as a consultant, as needed.

His many friends at Nicholson wish him the very best in the next chapter of his life.

About Nicholson Construction Company

Nicholson has been both a leader and an innovator in the geotechnical construction industry for more than 60 years. With regional offices across the country and headquarters located in Pittsburgh, Nicholson is a nationally renowned specialty contractor, offering proven expertise in the design and installation of deep foundation elements, earth retention systems and ground treatment solutions. We pride ourselves on our ability to consistently provide our clients with innovative, high-quality design-build options for projects of varying size and complexity. Nicholson is the North American subsidiary of Soletanche Bachy, one of the world's leading geotechnical contractors, and is part of a global network of unparalleled geotechnical resources and expertise.