Doing Business with the NYSDOT
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As part of our continuing "Doing Business with..." series of programs, "Doing Business with the NYSDOT" is the perfect opportunity to increase visibility for your firm while supporting the efforts of professionals attempting to improve relations with the New York State Department of Transportation. Full agenda at the bottom of the page.

When: Thursday, September 27, 2018
8:00 AM
Where: The Century House
997 New Loudon Rd
Latham,, New York  12110
United States
Contact: Erica Lavigne

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Register online, or download and complete the registration form, and return to with payment to: ACEC New York, 6 Airline Drive, Albany, NY 12205 or email to, or fax to (518) 452-1710. Make checks payable to ACEC New York. Questions? Please call (518) 452-8611.

All registrations must be received by September 24, 2018. Cancellations must be received three (3) days prior to the event. No-shows will be charged.

Registration Fees Per Attendee: Member* Rate $100 | Non-Member Rate $185
(Note: membership in ACEC New York is by firm—all employees of member firms receive the member rate)

Sponsorship: Member* Rate $1,500 | Non-Member Rate $3,000
(includes acknowledgement from podium, name on signage and registration for two [2] individuals)

Thank You Sponsor

Please note: agenda below is preliminary—schedule subject to change.

7:45 – 8:30am

Registration and Networking

8:30 – 8:45am


  • Jay Simson, ACEC New York President & CEO
  • Charles Manning, P.E., ACEC New York NYSDOT Chair
  • Paul Karas, NYSDOT Acting Commissioner

8:45 – 9:30am

Overview: NYSDOT Capital Program (short term and long term) and consultant opportunities

  • Design vs Design-Build program opportunities
  • Regional breakdowns for opportunities

9:30 – 10:15am

DOT Processes: Getting familiar with procurement methods

  • How to apply, get on teams or build resume to qualify
  • Selection Process, ratings and rankings
  • Debriefs/information if not selected
  • Once selected, following all guidelines, rules for meeting DOT timelines, submitting for payments

10:15 – 10:35am


10:35 – 11:35am

Industry Panel: Best practices for delivering high quality projects

Moderator: Charles Manning, P.E., ACEC New York NYSDOT Committee Chair

Panelists: Wahid Albert, Assistant Commissioner and Chief Engineer | NYSDOT
Ron Epstein, Executive Deputy Commissioner/CFO | NYSDOT
Chris Sklavounakis P.E., Deputy Transportation Program Manager | HDR
Lee Ecker, P.E., Vice President | CHA

  • Understanding the consultant rating system better
  • Federal update
  • Qualification challenges for PM and key leads for DB Projects
  • Lump sum contracting

11:35 – 11:45am





Presenters from the New York State Department of Transportation:

Paul A. Karas, NYSDOT Acting Commissioner

For nearly 40 years Mr. Karas has been involved with the development and management of civil works infrastructure. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering he joined the Chicago office of Greeley and Hansen consulting engineers. Starting as project engineer and eventually becoming project manager he worked on design and construction of very large urban wastewater treatment and storm water collection systems, primarily in New York State.

Wahid Albert, Assistant Commissioner and Chief Engineer

In June 2016, Wahid Albert was named the Assistant Commissioner and Chief Engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).  He is directly responsible for overseeing more than $4.6 billion in annual on-going design and construction projects, and assuring the safety of the over 17,000 publicly owned bridges in New York State. 

Ron Epstein, Executive Deputy Commissioner/CFO

In December 2017, Ronald L. Epstein was named the Executive Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Department of Transportation. Prior to his current position, Mr. Epstein served as both the Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Planning and Chief Financial Officer. During his tenure with the Department, Mr. Epstein has provided overall leadership for the development and implementation of integrated multi-modal transportation policies, planning and financing strategies. As CFO, Mr. Epstein is responsible for developing, directing and implementing the Department’s $10 billion annual budget; developing resource estimates in support of multi-year capital financing plans; and providing financial and policy advice to the Commissioner of Transportation.