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For over 35 years, PCCI, Inc. has been assisting clients with their engineering and environmental problems at coastal, open ocean and inland facilities. This week, we learned more from Frank Marcinkowski, Part Owner and Vice President, Environmental Group of PCCI, Inc.
AEDP: Please tell us a little bit about your business.
Frank: PCCI, Inc. began in 1977 providing marine and environmental engineering services to the U.S. Government. Incorporated in 1981, PCCI, Inc. is now recognized as a leading firm in ocean and environmental engineering with offices and project locations throughout the United States. Government agencies, international lenders, oil companies, and commercial oil storage and transportation companies rely on PCCI for assistance with environmental and regulatory compliance; ocean facility design, installation and repair; emergency response planning; training, drills and exercises; management of emergency response operations; pollution equipment procurement support; engineering, safety and pollution prevention during salvage operations; and risk assessment. PCCI’s Reimers Systems Division is an established provider of high-quality hardware solutions for man-rated hyperbaric and hypobaric applications with special emphasis on medical hyperbaric applications. Additional information on PCCI is available at www.pccii.com, and on our Reimers Systems Division is available at www.reimerssystems.com.
AEDP: How did you get started?
Frank: PCCI got started when the original three owners merged their individual talents in maritime and intermodal transportation, marine and ocean engineering and naval architecture, and environmental engineering and pollution response together to begin providing these niche services to both commercial and government customers. Just several years after their initial founding, PCCI formed a joint venture with a company from San Ramone, California to pursue a large five-year contract with the U.S. Navy to provide oil spill response, salvage, diving, underwater ships husbandry and engineering services worldwide. PCCI’s new joint venture won their first contract in 1988, and they have subsequently won every rebid of this contract, including in 2019 for another five years.
AEDP: What would you say is the most rewarding aspect of running PCCI?
Frank: PCCI is a proud support contractor to the Department of Defense, assisting in the U.S. Navy’s critical mission to provide salvage, search and recovery, and pollution abatement services to DoD components as well as commercial entities (in the absence of capable, available commercial services and equipment) around the world.
AEDP: And how would you describe the company culture at PCCI?
Frank: PCCI, though it operates in hundreds of countries around the world on both short and long-term projects, has a culture that is very much like a close, small business. The company has a very diverse workforce of professional engineers, scientists, mapping specialists and IT support personnel who not only work exceptionally well together, but they integrate seamlessly with the large pool of skilled labor that comprises our Joint Venture to perform projects and operations around the world.
AEDP: What is the next big project or goal you’re working on at PCCI?
Frank: PCCI has a task to install new moorings offshore Wake Island in support of fuel transfers to the island. The remoteness of the island (it is 2,416 kilometers east of Guam and 3,968 kilometers west of Honolulu) makes the detailed planning now underway at PCCI especially important as we need to bring everything we might possibly need with us. It will involve the deployment of very heavy materials so safety in a primary concern as we develop our plans. Wake Island is also a National Marine Monument, so the mooring installation requires careful consideration of how to minimize environmental effects. Three of PCCI’s four divisions: engineer, environmental and operations, are involved in executing this task.
AEDP: Finally, can you share with us why PCCI chose Alexandria?
Frank: The three original owners all lived in Alexandria and our major customers were located nearby in Crystal City, the Pentagon, and Downtown DC.
To learn more about PCCI, visit their website or visit their office at 300 North Lee Street, Suite 201, Alexandria.