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Still Time to Register for the ACEC New York Fall Conference. Registration is still available for the 2013 Fall Conference, held at Turning Stone Resort, September 22-24. Highlights include the Infrastructure Legislative Panel with three New York Senators (see legislative section below) and the Monday Golf Tournament at Shenendoah Golf Course. For more information and to see the full agenda, visit the 2013 Conference website today. See you at Turning Stone!

ACEC New York is now on social media!
Members will be able to get the latest engineering news, ACEC New York photos and event announcements, legislative policy updates, and more on their favorite social media platform. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook. Connect with us on LinkedIn. Great conversations don’t just happen; they’re engineered that way. Build a conversation with ACEC New York today.

“Doing Business with the Port Authority,” September 10. The Port Authority of New York and NJ (PANYNJ) offers opportunities for all types of firms, and their extensive portfolio indicates continued investments. Working with any agency requires an understanding of their processes, from solicitation to procurement, through the completion of a project. ACEC New York and ACEC New Jersey have collaborated to bring this unique opportunity as part of the "Doing Business With..." program series. On September 10, meet key people, and learn the processes of the PANYNJ, including selection of a design firm, best practices for working with the Port, and matters of compliance. Click here for more information and to register today!

ACEC New York continues the “Doing Business With…” series with two more programs in October:
Doing Business with the EFC, October 3, 2013 |Hilton DoubleTree, Syracuse, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM, Download the Registration Form
Doing Business with the MTA, October 22, 2013 | The offices of Anchin, Block & Anchin, New York City, 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Download the Registration Form

These programs foster better business relationships and help our firms and public partners share best practices. Information on these and other programs are available on our events calendar.

Attention Firms: Webinars are Needed! The Continuing Education Committee is asking firms to help provide webinars for the coming year. ACEC New York provides two webinars a month, and these must be technical in nature or deal with the health, safety and welfare of New York State. All courses will be approved for Professional Development Hours (PDH) by ACEC New York without cost to the firm. Webinar presenters get double PDH credit for presenting, as well as a cost-free connection for their firm. Webinars are done over the lunch hour, and can be from 1 to 1.5 hours in length. For more information or to offer programming, contact Gina Potfora at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (518) 452-8611.

Be a Moderator for EEA. Over 100 preliminary entries have been received for the 2014 Engineering Excellence competition. The judging program is scheduled for October 23 in New York City at the Roosevelt Hotel. The Engineering Excellence Committee is seeking licensed design professionals to act as Moderators for the competition. In advance of the judging, the Moderator receives copies of the entrant’s written and visual materials. Moderators prepare a presentation 5-7 minutes in length about the project to present to the judges. Each moderator receives 4-8 projects. Moderators receive PDH credit for their work. If you would like to serve as a moderator, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and indicate the category you are interested in moderating: (a) Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services, (b) Building/Technology Systems, (c) Structural Systems, (d) Surveying and Mapping Technology, (e) Environmental (f) Waste and Storm Water (g) Water Resources (h) Transportation (k) Energy and (l) Industrial and Manufacturing Processes and Facilities.

Engineering Excellence Awards Final Entries Due September 13th. Final Entries for the EEA 2014 competition are due on September 13 or by the 20th with a $100 late fee. New this year: participants will submit all materials electronically, either via upload at or via CD. EEA Chair Erich Arcement presented a webinar on best practices for submitting a final entry, a recording of which can be viewed online. For more information, visit the EEA website page or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The 2014 ACEC New York Scholarship program is underway! Members of the ACEC New York Scholarship Committee will be visiting colleges and universities this fall to present the program to students in their junior year. If you interested in supporting the scholarship program, please click here for additional information or to submit your online donation form. Payments for the scholarship program should be made no later than January 10, 2014. If you have any questions regarding participation in this year’s program, please contact Erin Fitzgerald, (518) 452-8611 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

**CANCELLED** | Thomas Prendergast to address Metro Region. Join ACEC New York Metro Region to hear from the recently appointed Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Thomas F. Prendergast, at the October 10 Membership Meeting at the Union League Club, NYC, 8:00am to 9:30am.

2014 ACEC Young Professional of the Year: Now Accepting Nominations. The American Council of Engineering Companies' Committee of Fellows is soliciting candidates for the 2014 ACEC Young Professional of the Year Award. This award recognizes the accomplishments of our young engineers by highlighting their interesting and unique work, and the resulting impact on society. The 2014 recipients will be honored at ACEC's Fall Conference in Waikoloa, Hawaii. For more information, including guidelines and the nomination form, visit the ACEC National website.

Columbia University Consortium Career Fair. The largest NYS career fair is the STEM Consortium Career Fair at Columbia University, Friday, October 25, 10am-4pm. Last year, over 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students and alumni were in attendance as well as over 130 leading national and international engineering firms. Currently registered schools include: Brown University, Dartmouth University, Hofstra University, Johns Hopkins University, Lehigh University, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, University of Buffalo, University of Rochester and Yale University. The cost is $750 per employer table. To register your firm for the Columbia STEM Career Fair, please log in to Columbia’s LionSHARE. A full list of NYS career fairs is currently being compiled and will be issued to all member firms in September.


New York State

ACEC New York will be hosting a legislative panel at our 2013 Fall Conference entitled, “New York State’s Infrastructure: A Public Policy Discussion.” Panelists include Senator John DeFrancisco, Senator David Valesky and Senator Joseph Robach. This panel will focus on New York’s infrastructure needs and the role government and industry will play as the state looks to rebuild its aging infrastructure. Online registration available.



New York City

ACEC New York’s NYC Political Action Committee endorsed the following candidates in the upcoming Democratic Party primary: Scott Stringer, Comptroller; Margaret Chin, City Council District 1; Marc Landis, City Council District 6; Costa Constantinides, City Council District 22; Manuel Caughman, City Council District 27; and Brad Lander, City Council District 39. Download the official press release here.


August has been quiet in DC during the congressional recess. When Congress returns in September they will have to deal with the end of the fiscal year and the prospect of a government shutdown.


ACEC New York’s Mid-Hudson Region is hosting its Second Annual Day of Golf in support of ACEC/PAC. For more information click here.
ACEC/PAC’s Fall Sweepstakes are also available. Please fill out the form and email it back to Kent Sopris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Finally, we are looking for silent auction items for our fall conference being held at Turning Stone on September 22-24, 2013. If you have any items to donate, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Ammann & Whitney is pleased to announce the following promotions: Joseph Riley, PE to Senior Vice President; Irene Eels, PE and Stuart Rankin, PE to Senior Associate; Alexander Levin, PE to Associate; Thomas Kulesher, EIT to Senior Structural Designer; John J. Csanadi, PE to Senior Civil Engineer.

Aztech Technologies Inc. appointed Jim Tucci as Project Manager of Environmental Remediation and Drilling Services.

Beardsley Design Associates Architecture, Engineering & Landscape Architecture, P.C., is pleased to announce that Brandon W. Blumer and Mark P. Scholeno have passed the written exam from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) for Level 1 Fire Alarm Systems Certification.

The Chazen Companies is proud to announce Paul Cummings, AICP and Andy Rymph, RLA, key members of the Planning and Landscape Architecture staff have been awarded the National Charrette Institutes (NCI) Charrette System™ Certification.

Friedman LLP announces Laura Kucera as new Chief Marketing Officer. Laura is responsible for the marketing, communication and business development efforts of the firm.

Maser Consulting P.A., headquartered in Red Bank, NJ, has been recognized as one of the 100 fastest-growing firms by The Zweig Letter 2013 Hot Firm List for the third consecutive year.

Sam Schwartz Engineering (SSE) played an integral role in the development and opening of the Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center (CIC), a one-stop shop where visitors can learn about the project’s construction and history.

VHB Engineering, Surveying, and Landscape Architecture P.C. announced that Robert T. Kohler has joined the firm as a Project Manager in its Newark, New Jersey office.


ACEC New York Sponsored Webinars

  • PDH Webinar # 67: “Ethics and Board of Regents Requirements,” September 12, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM (1 PDH)
  • PDH Webinar # 68: “Design for Fatigue in Structural Steel According to AISC,” September 19, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (1 PDH)
  • PDH Webinar # 69: “Excavations & Underpinning in NYC,” October 3, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (2 PDH)
  • PDH Webinar # 70: “Seismic Steel Design Alternatives,” October 17, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (1 PDH) (details will be available soon)
  • PDH Webinar # 71: “Health & Safety Considerations for Consulting Engineers,” October 31st, 1130 AM – 1:30 PM (2 PDH)

Self-Study Courses

Other Industry Events and Programs

  • H209 Forum, September 9-10, Downtown NYC. For more information, visit the H209 website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • 37th Annual March of Dimes Transportation & Construction Luncheon, September 18, Cipriani 42nd Street, 11:45am – 2:00pm. Honorees include Steven Plate of The Port Authority of NY and NJ, Tommy Craig, Hines, and Richard Anderson, New York Building Congress. For questions and information, visit the event website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 212 353 1143.
  • SMPS NY Emergency Preparedness: Client Panel, September 19, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, 8:00 AM – 10:00AM. Featuring Matthew Duthie, Managing Director, Jones Lang Lasalle, Robert Schubert, Senior Vice President – Construction, Boston Properties, Inc. For questions and information, visit the event website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Anchin’s Eight Annual Building the Future: State of the Construction Industry Event, Wednesday, September 25, Club 101, 101 Park Avenue, 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM. Featuring Charles F. Murphy, Senior Vice President, Turner Construction Company; Mitchel W. Simpler, Partner, Jaros, Baum & Bolles; National Director, ACEC New York; Carter H. Strickland, Jr., Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection. For more information, visit the event website.
  • Concrete Industry Board Morning Seminar, Wednesday, September 25, New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM. For more information and registration, visit the CIB website.
  • NYSSPE is offering an array of courses at Club Quarters, 52 William Street, NYC this fall: September 28, Plan Review & Inspection of Firestop Systems (7 PDHs); October 5 & 19, 2013, Structural Masonry Inspection (14 PDHs); October 26th & November 2nd, Structural Steel and Bolting Special Inspection (14 PDHs). For information on additional courses and registration, please visit The NYSSPE website.
  • The institute for design professionals, LLC is offering courses across NYS this fall. Early registration ends September 15. For more information on courses and registration, please visit the idp website.
  • Urban Green Council Fall Conference: Sea Change, September 30, Bloomberg LP, 731 Lexington Ave, 7th Floor, 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Featuring Aine Brazil, Thornton Tomasetti and Peter Busby, Perkins + Will. For more information, visit the UGC website.


August 13, 2013, “ACEC New York Supports the NY Emergency Responder Act,” New York Real Estate Journal.


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