NEWS Online - April 2018



51st Engineering Excellence: Recognizing Exceptional Projects. On Saturday, April 7, over 700 consulting engineers and clients attended the ACEC New York 51st annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala at the New York Midtown Hilton. That evening, ACEC New York honored two exceptional Awards of Merit honorees: Ali Chaudhry, Deputy Secretary for Transportation (NYS Governor’s Office) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation for their commitment to improving the infrastructure of New York through their policies and programs. Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (NY 4th District) and Congressman Dan Donovan (NY 11th District) acted as the masters of ceremony for the Diamond Award presentations.The Empire Award, the top-rated project designed and built entirely within New York State, was announced that night and presented to AECOM and Arup for the 2nd Avenue Subway, Phase 1 project. Photos from the event will be available to order this week - an email will be sent to all project liaisons, and a link will be provided on our website.

A final thank you to our 2018 sponsors:

Diamond: Hardesty & Hanover; HDR; Jaros, Baum & Bolles; STV Group; WSP USA

Gold: AECOM; Arup; Cameron Engineering; CHA; Dagher Engineering; DeSimone Consulting Engineers; H2M architects + engineers; HAKS; Hazen and Sawyer; KS Engineers, P.C.; NV5; Stantec; Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.; Thornton Tomasetti; VHB Engineering

Silver: Cerami;Langan Engineering; L.K. Mclean;P.W. Grosser;SI Engineering

Annual Awards 2018 – Nominations Due April 13. The Recognition Awards Committee is soliciting applications for New Principal of the Year (nominee must be a principal at a member firm less than 5 years) and the Engineer of the Year (nominee must be current or retired ACEC New York Member). As a reminder, nominations are by FIRM and NOT by region. Help us reach our goal of a record number of applications this year! The awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting on June 6, 2018. Visit our website for more information, to download the forms, and to view a list of past awardees. Applications are due by April 13, 2018. Send completed applications to or mail to ACEC New York, 6 Airline Drive, Albany, NY 12205.

Conquering the Energy Code for Engineers and Architects. Urban Green Council is offering classes throughout New York State to review the many requirements in the 2015 NYS Energy Conservation Construction Code and design more energy-efficient buildings in the process. All classes are 9:00am-5:00pm. Upcoming dates include: Five Star Bank - Rochester April 24; NYSSPE Albany May 3; Urban Green Council - Manhattan May 9; USGBC Long Island - Hauppauge May 22, 2018. Please note: this is not an ACEC New York event. For more information on these trainings, visit the Urban Green Council website.

Updates to Membership Listing Due May 25. We have updated our membership renewal process to accommodate changes in both our print and electronic directories through our website. The main contact for each firm should review their firm’s listing in our online directory, and any changes should be submitted via each firm's online directory login by May 25. An email with detailed instructions will be sent to all main contacts. Reminder: ONLY the main contact for each firm/branch can make changes to directory entries - other logins do not have this feature. On May 25, your listing will be considered current and will be printed in the directory.

Committee Participation Form to be Released this Month. The electronic Committee Participation Form will be issued to the ACEC New York main contact for each firm. Each firm should submit only ONE form for committee nominations. Assignments are made by the Chair-elect and are announced in July (term is August 1-July 30). Should anyone leave his/her firm, the committee spot reverts back to the member firm, and they can designate another individual to take on this role. To view the current 2017-18 Committees, visit our website. All requests must be received no later than May 25, 2018. Requests received after this date may not be accommodated for the 2018-2019 operating year.

DEP Stormwater Management Plan Issued for Public Review and Comment. NYCDEP has released the Draft NYC Stormwater Management Plan. Comments on the draft plan can be submitted to until May 15, 2018. DEP will also present the draft plan at two public meetings: Tuesday, April 24 RSVP and Wednesday, May 2 RSVP.


Continuing Education

ACEC New York PDH Webinars

April 26, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | PDH Webinar #110: Straw Bale Homes - A Sustainable Solution in Residential Construction (1.0 PDH)

May 24, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | PDH Webinar #111: It's a Matter of Ethics (1.0 PDH)

Call for Submissions! ACEC New York is looking for both technical and business programs to present as webinars. PDH webinars should be about one hour and should be technical in nature. Presenters earn 3 PDHs per 1-hour technical class the first time they present. Business webinars should also be about 1 hour and should provide information relevant to our membership (no sales pitches). Contact Erica Lavigne at

ACEC New York in the News

April 3, 2018, "ACEC New York Releases Position: Design-Build Done Right” New York Real Estate Journal.

April 9, 2018, "ACEC New York Presents 51st Annual Engineering Excellence Awards" Press Release.
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