NEWS Online - February 2018



2018 Winter Conference: New Venue, New Opportunities. On January 28-30, the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) held their annual Winter Conference at their new location in the Capital Center and Renaissance Hotel in downtown Albany. This event is the largest conference on the ACEC New York calendar, and it is usually exceptionally well-attended. This year’s attendance exceeded all expectations, with almost 400 engineering professionals, as well as agency and authority personnel. The conference also offered parallel tracks for CFOs/Business Managers and Emerging Leaders (engineering professionals preparing to take on top leadership roles in engineering firms). Photos of the event are available for viewing on our website. This year, the theme of the conference was “Engineering a Sustainable Future,” and many NYS and NYC agencies/authorities presented their capital programs, as well as their efforts in pursuit of sustainable solutions.

Infrastructure was also the theme of Monday night’s networking event, which took place in the DeWitt Ballroom in the Renaissance hotel. Over 30 legislators and key personnel were in attendance, including new NYSDOT Acting Commissioner Paul Karas. Two key legislators were honored that evening with the Legislator of the Year Award for their efforts on behalf of the built environment: Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Michael Benedetto.

A special feature of this year’s conference benefitted a good cause: ACEC New York partnered with the Capital Region CANstruction to showcase at the conference. The can sculpture was not only a fun addition to the conference but also highlighted an organization supported by many ACEC New York member firms. All told, over $1,500 in cans were donated to the Food Pantries for the Capital District.

Overall, the newly revamped 2018 Winter Conference was a great success, and ACEC New York looks forward to continuing to improve and expand this event in years to come. A final thank you to all our sponsors to date!

EEA 2018: Tickets, Tables and Sponsorship Now Available. Sponsorship and tickets/tables are now available for the 2018 Engineering Excellence Gala, which will take place on April 7, 2018 at the Hilton Midtown in NYC. Sponsorship is available. Tickets, tables and sponsorship can be purchased through the sponsor guide or final invitation. Questions? Contact Gina Potfora at or call (518) 452-8611. Thank you to our current sponsors:

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

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

Silver: Langan Engineering, SI Engineering

Annual Meeting: Call for PDH Session. ACEC New York is looking for a one hour PDH-worthy program to be presented as part of the morning program at the Annual Meeting on June 6 at the Union League Club in New York City. The session would run from approximately 8:30 to 9:30 AM. Content must be technical in nature and must appeal to all disciplines. No sales pitches. Contact Erica Lavigne at or call 518-452-8611 for more information or to submit your program.


Continuing Education

ACEC New York Building a Better Business Webinars*

February 8, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Building a Better Business Webinar: Updates on New Tax Laws

*Please note: this webinar does NOT qualify for PDH credit in New York State. However, it may meet requirements for other professional development programs. Check with the administrator of your professional program for more information.

ACEC New York PDH Webinars

March 22, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Save the Date! Special PDH Webinar: How to “green up” your CWSRF project: EFC’s Integrated Solutions Construction Grant (1.0 PDH Pending)

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

February 6, 2018, "ACEC New York Winter Conference: New Venue, Same Great Program ,” New York Real Estate Journal.
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