The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) and the DFI Educational Trust have established an award to honor professionals that have made significant contributions and advancements to the research, design, construction, manufacturing and use of deep foundations. The Legends Program recognizes three awardees — an engineer, contractor and manufacturer/supplier — who have shown steadfast professionalism, character and integrity, and have made a broad impact on the industry with contributions that are pivotal today.

The first recipients of this prestigious award are:

Contractor Legend

Charles Berkel, chairman of the board of Berkel & Company Contractors Inc.: Berkel started the company in 1959, and grew it to become one of the largest piling contractors in the U.S. He was a charter member of DFI, a recipient of the 2007 DFI Distinguished Service Award and a major donor to the DFI Educational Trust Scholarship Program.  

Engineering Legend

George J. Tamaro, consultant with Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers:A structural engineer with more than 50 years of experience in foundation engineering, he is an innovator in the field of difficult foundation problems and slurry wall construction. He is a noted expert on slurry wall and tieback technology.

Manufacturer/Supplier Legend

Davide Trevisani, president and founder of TREVI Group:Trevisani established Trevi SpA in 1957, one of the leading specialty foundations engineering companies in the world. In 1969, he formed Soilmec, a world leader in the design and manufacturing of plants and equipment used for special foundations and drilling work. 

The first recipients will be honored at the inaugural Legends Award Ceremony at the DFI 40th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, which will take place Oct. 14,from 4:05 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Oakland Marriott City Center in Oakland, Calif. There will be a presentation of each recipient’s life and career followed by an interview of each Legend by moderator and an opportunity for the audience to ask the Legends questions.

The DFI is an international association of contractors, engineers, academics and suppliers in the deep foundations industry with more than 3,300 members worldwide. For more information about the Deep Foundations Institute, visit