ACEC/MW :: The Exchange
MARCH 2010 Edition

DC Gov’t & DC Agencies
Business Opportunities
Networking Luncheon
Washington, DC

MAY 20
MD & VA Local Governments
Business Opportunities
Networking Luncheon
McLean, VA

ACEC/MW Annual Conference
Engineering for a Sustainable Economy
Bethesda Marriott
Bethesda, MD


It’s hard to believe that our 2009-2010 member year is more than half over. The ACEC/MW committees and Board of Directors have been very busy working toward our strategic goals and we have many results to show for their hard work. We just reviewed and updated our key strategic goals and reviewed accomplishments to date summarized below.

Enhancing our relationships with our clients looking for ways to help them with their challenges and work through issues we face in the engineering community, such as Qualifications Based Selection (QBS).

  • We have had more than a dozen client representatives speak at our monthly business opportunity networking luncheons. These events have been extremely successful with excellent attendance. This is testimony that we are helping meet our member needs to network and find new business opportunity. 

  • Our transportation, environmental, and facilities committees have held meetings with client agencies throughout the Metropolitan Washington area.

Advocating for member firms to protect against threats to the engineering business.

  • ACEC/MW in conjunction with ACEC/VA helped craft legislation in VA now n its way to the Governor to sign that improves Liability protection. The bill limits our liability to the contract terms. Thanks to our Legislative committee and our members for working to accomplish this.

  • Forging and strengthening partnerships with trade associations and professional societies to achieve collective synergy.

  • ACEC/MW continues to coordinate our programs with DBIA/Mid Atlantic, the Society for Marking Professional Services, the Architects-Engineers Council, SAME and other organizations to jointly publicize our events and allow each other’s members to attend select events at member rates.

Enhancing our government affairs involvement in support of ACEC National as well as ACEC/Maryland and ACEC/Virginia.

  • ACEC/MW, with ACEC/National, held a breakfast fund raiser for two of our local congressman Gerry Connelly and Frank Wolf to discuss issues of importance to the engineering community.

  • Our Legislative Committee is working with the ACEC PAC leadership to co-sponsor additional select fund raisers for Metro area federal legislators that support engineering business interests.

  • We exceeded our ACEC PAC goal for 2009. We are actively planning for achieving our goal for 2010. 

  • We are representing ACEC/MW members in the Virginia Joint Legislative Council, a partnership with ACEC/VA, the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE), and Virginia AIA, to protect the interests of the engineering community during the legislative session.

Provide professional growth and educational opportunities for our members in all aspects of professional business practices.

  • At the beginning of the year we hard completed and began to implement Senior Leadership Development program. After much serious discussion we decided to postpone the program until such time as the members and Customers economic climate was healthier. 

  • In February during our record Snow storms we successfully sponsored a two week NHI Bridge Inspector Certification training course. The course was so successful that it filled up immediately and the waiting list was long. We anticipate conducting an additional course late in 2010.

  • ACEC/MW is working to develop additional technical and leadership development programs for our members at the annual meeting on June 8th.

I want to thank the members of our committees and Board of Directors for their invaluable contributions that made these accomplishments possible. We have a very busy spring planned, so please make sure to register for our upcoming luncheons and stay tuned for more details on our upcoming Annual Conference entitled:  “Engineering for a Sustainable Economy”!

David Greenwood, Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
2009-2010 ACEC/MW President

ACEC/MW Board of Directors 2009 - 2010

President and Alternate
National Director

David Greenwood, P.E.
Michael Baker Jr., Inc.

Eric Rehwoldt, P.E., P.G.
Schnabel Engineering

Vice President 
Gregg W. Spagnolo, P.E., C.P.D.
AECOM Design

Stephen Walter, P.E.

Director 2007-2010
Simon Simon, P.E.
Greenhorne & OMara

Director 2008-2011
Louis Robbins, P.E., DBIA

Director 2008-2011
Johann Dobak, P.E., LEED AP

Alpha Corporation

Director 2008-2011
David Eakin, P.E.
Setty & Associates, Ltd.

Director 2009-2012
Jerry Kavadias, P.E.
A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Inc

Immediate Past President
and National Director 2009-2010
Courtney Brown, P.E. CH2M Hill

Executive Director
Hugh "Mac" Cannon, CAE


ACEC/MW Committee Chairs 2009 - 2010

Environmental Committee
Hunter Loftin
Michael Baker Jr., Inc.

Facilities Committee
Mark E.  Leeman
Facility Engineering Associates, P.C.

Legislative Committee 
Bob Henchbarger

Michael Baker Jr., Inc.

Membership Committee
Angela Marchetti
Schnabel Engineering

Program Committee
Tracy Allen

ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC.
Joe Monahan
Alpha Corporation

Transportation Committee
Fred Wiker
A. Morton Thomas and Associates, Inc.

FOCUS ON: transportation COMMITTEE

The mission of the ACEC/MW Transportation Committee is to monitor, advise and educate ACEC/MW members and local/state transportation officials in Metropolitan Washington DC regarding issues of importance in the transportation engineering and planning community.

The Transportation Committee is comprised of five standing subcommittees including DDOT subcommittee, VA subcommittee, Rail subcommittee, MD subcommittee, and Aviation Subcommittee.  The Transportation Committee has been very active during the fall and winter with several quarterly meetings with VDOT, DDOT, DPRT, and adjacent Northern Virginia Counties.  ACEC/MW has jointly participated in ACEC/MD meetings with Maryland Counties including Prince Georges and Montgomery.  These meetings have generated a better understanding of how each agency operates their selection policies and processes, and short term/long term business opportunities.  We have offered advice on such topics as specifications, errors and omission clauses, refinements for invoicing, MBE percentage determinations, QBS selection, etc.  We have been proactive in assisting agencies such as DDOT and VDOT, both technically and financially, in conducting Quality Forums and DBE Forums.  ACEC/MW together with VDOT are currently planning a Quality Forum May 18 at the CIT Building, and have offered similar assistance to DRPT. 

The Transportation Committee has been very active in arranging for speakers  this past year including: Kathleen Penny, former DDOT Chief Engineer; Larry Ichter, Fairfax County  Deputy Director Transportation Design Division; Emily Baker, City of Alexandria  T&ES Chief Engineer; John DePasquale, VDOT Mega Projects; and William Cuttler, VDOT Assistant District Administrator – Preliminary Engineering. We have arranged for DDOT Director Gabe Klein to speak at our spring DC Government Luncheon, and DDOT TPPA Karina Ricks to speak at our annual conference.
The subcommittees not only support the review and monitoring function on transportation issues, but effectively track and respond to issues affecting your business.  The Transportation committee is open to the entire membership and wants your involvement – represent your firm and our industry by sitting on this committee.

Committee membership is indicative of our industry with large, small and DBE firms represented.  Through our meetings, we learn updates from the state, local and federal levels on what is vital to the engineering business community. 

The Transportation committee meets the last Friday of the month.
The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 30th. 

We encourage participation from every member firm. If you are interested in becoming part of the committee, please contact Executive Director, Mac Cannon or Committee Chair, Fred Wiker.


The ACEC/MW committees have been very active in meeting our strategic plan goals. In this issue, we update the achievements and key activities of each committee:

Environmental Committee:
The committee plays an important role in building and enhancing ACEC/MWs relationships with affiliated associations, clients and local government agencies within the region. The committee discusses and tracks such issues as: sustainability, green building, energy efficiency, storm water management, wastewater management and more.

Client agencies being targeted for meetings this spring include:  Arlington, Fairfax and Montgomery Counties, along with the District Department of the Environment, WSSC and DCWASA.

The Environmental committee meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14th. 

Please contact the Committee Chair, Hunt Loftin if you would like to participate on this committee.

Facilities Committee:
The committee plays an important role in building and enhancing ACEC/MWs relationships with affiliated associations, clients and local government agencies within the region. The committee is in the process of planning meetings with local clients (counties and government agencies).

Members of the committee recently attended a meeting in February alongside ACEC/MD with the University of Maryland, College Park.  These meetings are extremely valuable to the association, our members attending and the representatives from the client agencies. The committee has a goal to meet with at least one client agency each month of the year and targets:  the Federal government, state agencies, local municipalities, the National Park service and colleges/universities and metro area school systems. The next scheduled meeting for the committee will be held with Arlington County on April, 21, 2010.

If you are interested in learning more and possibly attending these client meetings, please consider joining the committee.

The Facilities committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21st. 

Please contact the Committee Chair, Mark Leeman if you would like to participate on this committee.

Membership Committee:
The committee continues to successfully bring new firms into our membership and to strengthen the involvement of employees of each firm.   The committee will continue to prospect for additional firms to join. If you have suggestions on firms that you would like the committee to reach out to for membership or if you would like to participate on the committee, please contact the Committee Chair,
Angela Marchetti.
The committee meets the 3rd Friday of each month via conference call. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 16th.

Program Committee:
The mission of the ACEC/MW Programs Committee is to conceptualize and plan monthly Business Opportunities Luncheons, seminars, an annual meeting, breakfast roundtables and special events. 

The Program Committee is excited about the high level of attendance and involvement in our recent luncheon programs and for the next two that are planned in April and May. Our most recent Federal Government luncheon was held on March 18th and had over 130 attendees.  Members of ACEC/MW and other non-members in the industry attended to hear updates from GSA, the VA and USACE.  This level of attendance shows that interest within the design and construction community to network and prospect for additional business remains strong.  

Planning for the upcoming Annual Conference on Tuesday, June 8th continues as we confirm speakers and develop educational tracks – get involved and join the committee.

The Program committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 13th. 

Please contact the Committee Chairs, Tracy Allen or Joe Monahan if you would like to participate on this committee.


The interest in our luncheon topics and speakers continues to be very strong – here are some highlights from our last three luncheons:

~ Thursday, January 21st ~
~ EEA Awards & Legislative Update Luncheon ~

On January 21st at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Tysons Corner, VA – more than 70 attendees heard updates on important legislative issues from Steve Hall and we recognized the 2009-2010 ACEC/MW Award Winners.  More information below:


American Council of Engineering Companies
Steven Hall Vice President Government Affairs

Design:  Schnabel Engineering – “Rock Slope Stabilization, GW Parkway – Fairfax, VA”

Non-Design:  CH2M Hill – “11th Street Bridges Project – Washington, DC”


Parsons“Union Station Bicycle Transit Center – Washington, DC”
Robert Silman Associates – “Eastern Market Rehabilitation – Washington, DC”

Syska Hennessy – “Dulles Airport People Movers – East Domestic & West Domestic – Dulles, VA”

VHB – “Route 50 Traffic Calming Improvements Projects – Loudoun County, VA”

If you are interested in any presentations from the luncheon, please go to the ACEC/MW Event Recap Page.

ACEC/MW President Dave Greenwood (Michael Baker Jr., Inc.) opens the meeting and highlights the upcoming events of the council..

Steve Hall, Vice President of Government Affairs for ACEC discusses the potential legislation that is being presented in Congress.  In this instance the proposed “Jobs Bill”.

ACEC/MW EEA Award winning firm, Parsons, stands with Tracy Allen (ECS) EEA Emcee and Program Committee Co-Chair and ACEC/MW President, Dave Greenwood for a photo.

All six 2009-2010 EEA awards presented at the luncheon to our winning firms.  Congratulations!


~ Thursday, February 18th ~
~ Economic Development Luncheon ~

On February 18th at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Tysons Corner, VA – more than 50 attendees hear from our speakers about Economic Development in the region: 

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority 
Curt Hoffman, Manager of Real Estate Services 
& Deputy Director of Market Research

Prince William County Office of Economic Development
James E. Gahres, CEcD, AICP,  Business Development Manager

If you are interested in any presentations from the luncheon, please go to the ACEC/MW Event Recap Page.

Curt Hoffman speaks about the extensive economic development planned in Fairfax County

Jim Gahres highlights how transportation improvement plans will tie into Prince William County’s economic expansion plans.

Paul Agutter (ECS), Angela Marchetti (Schnabel Engineering) and Gary Johnson (TY LIN) like the opportunity to network and enjoy the famous Maggiano’s fare.

~ Thursday, March 18th ~
~ Federal Government Luncheon ~

On March 18th at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Tysons Corner, VA – more than 130 attendees heard the latest from these government agency representatives:
General Services Administration (GSA-NCR) 
Dean Smith - Regional Recovery Executive 

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Robert L. Neary, Jr. -  Director, Office of Construction & Facilities Management

United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Baltimore District
Ron Maj, P.E. - Chief, Engineering Division
David B. Morrow, PMP – Chief, Environmental & Munitions Design Center

If you are interested in any presentations from the luncheon, please go to the ACEC/MW Event Recap Page.

ACEC/MW Luncheon networking at its best.  The 130 attendees took advantage of the time with their colleagues.

The networking continues at each table before the presentation begins.

Dean Smith starts off our program speaking to the current projects on tap for the National Capital Region of GSA..


  • April 8th  -- DC Gov’t & DC Agencies Networking Luncheon (Clyde’s of Gallery Place – Washington DC)
  • April 25-28th  --  ACEC Annual Convention and Legislative Summit
  • May  20th  -- MD & VA Local Government Networking Luncheon (Maggianos at Tysons Corner)
  • June 8TH  --  Annual Conference “Engineering a Sustainable Economy” (Bethesda Marriott)

If you are interested in being a sponsor for any of our events, please contact ACEC/MW Executive Director Mac Cannon.

2010 acec/mw annual conference
– save the date

The complete program and registration details for this conference will be sent out and posted on our website in the coming month.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact ACEC/MW Executive Director Mac Cannon.


We would like to welcome our newest member that has joined us in the most recent months.

Burt Hill ~   Washington, DC
KCI Technologies  ~   Washington, DC
Kittelson & Associates ~   Reston, Virginia
PSI  ~   Fairfax, Virginia


Calling all volunteers! The goal of ACEC/MW is to share the benefit of our committee work with each member firm.  Many of our firms are on multiple ACEC/MW committees and understand how their dues dollars translate into business opportunities from this committee work.  Where else can you meet face-to-face with potential clients as a group of engineering firms, to voice your concern and suggestions on engineering business issues?  Not only will you benefit from client interaction, but from the updates and networking found within these committees.  Please consider tasking an employee from your firm to participate on any one or all of our 6 committees.  Each committee is open and will welcome new volunteers.

Dont let another month go by, get plugged in and join a committee.  Please contact Mac Cannon to join a committee.

Additionally, the ACEC/MW Nominations Committee would like to hear from you if you are interested in serving on the ACEC/MW Board of Directors.  You must be an employee of a member firm in good standing and be willing to meet monthly.  The term of this director position is for three years and would run from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2013.  If you are interested and have any questions, Please contact Mac Cannon.


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