Nicholson Acquires Advanced Foundation Systems

PITTSBURGH, PA - January 3, 2011 - Nicholson Construction Company has acquired Advanced Foundation
Systems, Inc., a geotechnical contractor located in Denver, Colorado. The acquisition strengthens Nicholson's
position in the Western United States, where Advanced Foundation Systems has completed numerous of earth
retention, piling, and ground improvement projects.

"This acquisition of a sister company from within the Soletanche Freyssinet Group carrying out similar techniques to
Nicholson better aligns our resources and continues our geographical expansion across the country," said Nicholson
President Andrew Walker.

Throughout the Rocky Mountains, Advanced Foundation Systems has established a reputation for developing
innovative geotechnicalsolutions related to earth retention, piling, and ground improvement. Noted projects include
the Beartooth Highway in Montana, Keystone Climbing Lane near Telluride, CO, and the RTD Fastracks project in

"Operating as Nicholson's new Denver office will allow us to broaden our technical capabilities, and offer our existing
and new clients a full range of geotechnical construction techniques," says Pat West, President of Advanced
Foundation Systems.

The Denver office becomes the third office in Nicholson's expanding Western District. The district also includes
offices in Salt Lake City and Austin, TX. The Denver office can be contacted at:

Nicholson Construction Company
7108 S. Alton Way, Bldg. D
Centennial, Colorado 80112

Pat West, Branch Manager
Phone: (303) 926-0411
Fax: (303) 926-0413

About Nicholson Construction Company:
Nicholson is a versatile geotechnical contractor specializing in deep foundations, earth retention, ground treatment,
and ground improvement. As the North American business unit of Soletanche Bachy, one of the world's leading
geotechnical contractors, we are part of a global network of geotechnical resources and expertise. We work in a wide
range of industries and environments, from power plants and dams, to bridges and skyscrapers. Headquartered in
Pittsburgh, Nicholson has offices around the country to address each region's unique geotechnical construction needs.

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