NEWS Online - November 2017



2018 Winter Conference - Registration Now Available!
The Winter Conference is the premier business event of the ACEC New York calendar. NEW THIS YEAR: the conference will take place at our new downtown location in the new Capital Center and Renaissance Hotel. We're looking forward to the opportunities afforded by this new, state-of-the-art venue, and we are already making plans for some special surprises to make this conference our best yet! For full agendas for all three tracks, as well as to register online, visit our conference website.

2018 Engineering Excellence Judging. On October 25, 2017 at the Midtown Hilton in New York City, a record number of 155 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards final projects were evaluated by six panels of judges, which were made up of key people from the engineering industry. Each project was presented to the judges by a volunteer moderator. Participants included members of the EEA committee, principals and other volunteers from member firms, as well as key figures from the media, engineering education, and government agencies. Results have been tallied, and all firms have been notified of their award levels. Congratulations to all the award winners - a full list of all winning projects is available on our website! Tickets and tables, as well as sponsorship, are available through our sponsorship guide.

Moderator Jane Charalambous (HDR) presents one of her projects to a panel of judges in the category of Special Projects.

Bridges to Community Service Trip: March 17 – March 24, 2018. Bridges to Community (BTC), an international not-for-profit organization, is offering a community service trip from March 17 – March 24, 2018. The trip will consist of one week of work in a rural Nicaraguan village about 2 hours from the capital city of Managua. A crew of about 15 people will work with the community to build a home from start to finish for a family currently living in a lean-to. BTC has been building homes in Nicaragua since the 1971 earthquake that devastated the country. The work is for all ages and abilities. Individuals from many member firms have participated, including Nanette Bourne (AKRF) and Nancy Doon (VHB) who serve on the Board of Directors of BTC, Steve Smith (WSP), Elias Dagher and Joe Munafo (Dagher Engineering), Eric Schwarz (LANGAN), as well as Hannah O’Grady, ACEC New York’s Vice President. If interested in joining the group, contact Nancy Doon at (212-857-7312), or Nanette Bourne (914-393-2465) or BTC directly at or call 914-923-2200 by the end of December. If in the NYC area, Nancy and Nanette will be holding an information session at VHB’s office, One Penn Plaza on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 6 PM. Please respond to Nancy Doon if you would like to attend the information session.

In May of 2016, a number of ACEC New York members participated in Bridges to Community in Nicaragua. From left to right: Hannah O’Grady (ACEC New York), Eric Schwarz (Langan), Joe Munafo (Dagher), Nancy Doon (VHB), Nanette Bourne (AKRF). Photo credit: Marie Noyale

ACEC New York Forms MWBE Ad Hoc Committee: Member Involvement Requested. With the new MWBE disparity study released by NYS and another one anticipated from NYC, ACEC New York Chair Tom McLaughlin has appointed a committee to review the studies, identify any issues that ACEC New York should be addressing on behalf of its members, and identify policies that the entire association can support. Given the breadth of opinions and related impacts on firms, the committee has a full agenda. The committee will be chaired by Jim Hirani (Hirani Engineering & Land Surveying, P.C.) and will include representatives from woman-owned firms, minority-owned firms and non-MWBE firms. In addition, any member of ACEC New York can serve in a ‘conference’ capacity, which will allow him/her to have input throughout the process. Members interested in serving in such a role should notify ACEC New York staffers Campbell Wallace or Bill Murray.

Passive House for Engineers Free Session, 1 PDH Pending. On November 15, the ACEC New York/Metro Region Energy Code Committee will present an overview of Passive House focusing on the current trends in New York City and the engineer’s role in the design. The presentation will include a comparison of Passive House energy modeling with other modeling protocols and a case study of a high rise multi-family Passive House building. 1 PDH Pending. Attendance is free; seating is limited. For a full agenda and to register, download the form and return to no later than November 8, 2017.

December 5 Joint Program with AGC NYS: A/E/C Emerging Leaders Event: Communications Breakdown. Communication or perhaps the lack thereof, is most often at the root of difficulties on a construction project. Indeed, better communication can avoid the problems or, at the least, minimize their impact. Proper and effective communication can make the difference between a successful venture and a disaster. Join Joe Hogan, CDT, AGC NYS Vice President of Building Services, on December 5 as he reviews effective teamwork, components and impediments to effective communication ,and effective meeting strategies. This event is being managed by the AGC NYS. For a full agenda and to register, visit the event website. For more information, contact Brendan Manning at or call 518-456-1134.


Continuing Education

ACEC New York PDH Webinars

November 16, 11:30 PM - 12:30 PM | PDH Webinar #107: The New Global ISO 45001 Occupational Safety and Health Standard (OSHAS) Update (1.0 PDH).

ACEC New York in the News

October 3, 2017, "ACEC New York Supports MOVE NY Faster. Safer. Fairer,” New York Real Estate Journal.
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