Annual Meeting: Agenda

Annual Meeting 2019



Fees and Sponsorship

Attendee List



(Note: agenda is subject to change.
All speakers must abide by the ACEC New York Speaker Code of Conduct.)

Tuesday, June 4

1:00 PM-2:00 PM | East Side Access Tour- Sold-Out
1.5 PDHs
Meeting Location to be Provided to all Registrants
Sponsored by Wade Trim NY, PC

East Side Access provides new Long Island Rail Road service to the east side of Manhattan, supplementing existing service to Penn Station on Manhattan’s west side and Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. The East Side Access megaproject is one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States with a history that reaches back to the 1950’s when discussions were first held regarding regional transportation planning. The project encompasses work in multiple locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx and includes more than 8 miles of tunneling.

Before the tour, participants will learn about the history of the project, tunneling and excavation, the concourse and terminal construction and the reconfiguration and modernization of Harold Interlocking. This brief presentation will provide context before the tour. Then participants will visit the Manhattan Caverns worksite beneath Grand Central Terminal. Joe Christen, VP, Deputy Program Executive for MTA Capital Construction will guide participants through the worksite, speaking more about the project scope, the magnitude and complexity of the project, project challenges, milestones and the work that is currently in progress.

As an active construction site, all visitors must wear appropriate attire including footwear and full Personal Protective Equipment. Attendees are asked to bring their own boots, and any other Personal Protective Equipment will be provided.

Wednesday, June 5

Union League Club

38 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016

8:00 AM-8:30 AM
| Registration
Main Dining Room

8:30-9:20 AM | PDH Program: Practical solutions for improving building energy performance
Main Dining Room
1.0 PDH
Instructor: Tristan Schwartzman, PE, CEM, EBCP, LEED AP BD+C
This presentation will present ideas for optimizing and upgrading existing buildings that have been successful in the past, and provide ideas for capitalizing on these ideas for further improvement of performance. We will discuss sample technologies and some case studies to demonstrate how these systems can be applied throughout NYC’s built space. Finally, we will review methods by which these solutions can move buildings toward meeting the requirements of current and proposed city and state regulations.

9:30-11:15 AM | Presentation and Panel Discussion: Reimagining the Javits Center: How America’s Busiest Convention Center Transformed into a Model of Sustainability
Main Dining Room
Moderator: Vicki Arbitrio, Associate Partner | Gilsanz Murray Steficek
Alan Steel, President and CEO | Javits Center
Ken Sanchez, Senior Vice President for Facilities and Sustainability |  Javits Center

The Javits Center, widely known as the busiest convention center in the United States, has been significantly renovated in recent years, leading to major improvements in operational efficiency, customer experience and energy reduction. Now, the Javits Center is an exceptional example of sustainable building design, including updates to its façade, flooring, and HVAC systems. The iconic convention center on Manhattan’s West Side has achieved LEED Silver certification by reducing its energy consumption by 26% and creating a wildlife sanctuary atop its 6.75-acre green roof, one of the largest in the country. The facility will soon host New York City’s largest rooftop solar installation and complete an upcoming expansion that will add more than 1 million square feet of total event-related space. Learn the inside details and behind-the-scenes efforts of this sustainability success story, and hear what’s next for this New York icon.

11:30 AM-12:00 PM | Cocktail Reception

12:00-2:00 PM | Annual Awards Luncheon
Lincoln Hall

  • Leadership Institute Graduation
  • Annual Awards Presentation

Engineer of the Year
Charles Gozdziewski, PE

Chairman Emeritus
Hardesty and Hanover

New Principal of the Year
Maxine Hill

Sr. Vice President, NY Area Manager


Chairman's Award:
ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York
John Pierce, Chair, ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York
Sue Veres Royal, Executive Director, ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York

  • ACE Mentor Scholarship Presentation
    • Jaros, Baum & Bolles Scholarship - Aidan Smolar* | Cooper Union
    • Loring Scholarship - Denise Claire Calungsod* | NYC College of Technology
    • STV Group Scholarship - Michevi Dufflart* | Manhattan College
    • Thornton Tomasetti Scholarship - GinaMarie Napoli* | Manhattan College
  • Nominating Committee Report
  • Budget Committee Report
  • Swearing in of 2019-20 Officers (Professional Photo to be Taken)
  • Incoming Chair Remarks

1:15-2:00 PM | Keynote Speaker
Col. Thomas Asbery, Commander | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – NY District