March 2011 Edition

march 30 -
april 2

ACEC National Conference
& Legislative Summit
Grand Hyatt
Washington, DC

april 21
DC Gov’t & DC Agencies
Business Opportunities
Networking Luncheon
Washington, DC

may 19
MD & VA Local Governments
Business Opportunities
Networking Luncheon
McLean, VA

June 8
ACEC/MW Annual Conference & Meeting
Re-Energizing Our Infrastructure
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA


As your ACECMW President this year, I would like to thank each and every Member Firm and Affiliate for contributing to one of the strongest ACEC Member Organizations in the Nation! Our organization is committed to serve the business interests of our member firms in the DC Metro region. ACEC/MW is blessed with its very unique and enviable location, including Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland, Arlington and Fairfax Counties in Virginia, plus the District of Columbia, which has fostered a very rich and active business society serving the consulting engineering industry. Other MOs in the ACEC family by contrast are organized by broad State jurisdictions, with the notable exception of Greater Pittsburgh. No other MO can boast such a rich diversity of talented engineering firms, key industry clients, and the seat of Federal Government, in such a condensed geography! As such, this organization is blessed with a diversity of opportunity that is arguably the best in the Nation.

Your ACEC/MW Board has taken advantage of our great fortune by developing a depth and breadth of program, committee, and educational opportunities that are fresh, timely and focused on our unique market and business needs. Our calendar of monthly Business Opportunities Luncheons is unmatched in the ACEC family, and takes advantage of the diverse business and industry climate in our region. From opportunities to do business with the Federal Government to tracking Economic Development opportunities in the DC Metro region, we have you covered! Our business-oriented committees, including Transportation, Water Infrastructure, Facilities and Legislative, bring like-minded firms together to bring their influence to bear in shaping the decisions of our elected officials and Agency clients on critical issues such as infrastructure funding, contract language, protection of quality-based selection (QBS) procurement practices, regulations that affect our business, and project delivery methods. Our Engineering Excellence Awards competition, Emerging Leaders Seminar, and NHI-sponsored training programs are focused on recognizing the great accomplishments of our Member Firms, as well as educating our employees to meet the considerable challenges of our industry and marketplace.

Your Board of Directors and Executive Director have been keenly aware of the tough economic challenges facing our membership and have worked hard to contain or reduce costs and work within our budget. As such there was no increase in your dues rate in 2010-2011. Even with this, ACECMW remains in excellent financial health and continues to work hard to develop beneficial programs, and work with our sister MOs in Maryland and Virginia, as well as the National ACEC office in DC, to defend our business interests in our State and Federal legislatures. To this end, and with considerable help of many our Member Firms, ACEC/MW was recognized at the ACEC Fall Conference in Puerto Rico this past October as one of the first MOs to achieve our PAC contribution goal in 2010!

I hope you enjoy this edition of our Newsletter, as we share with you many of the events of this year so far. We look forward to your active participation in our committees and the many events coming up on the calendar this Spring, including our Annual Conference and Meeting on June 8th. As always, please check our website for upcoming events at
Be well and prosper!

Eric Rehwoldt, P.E., P.G. - Schnabel Engineering.
2010-2011 ACEC/MW President

FOCUS ON: water infrastructure COMMITTEE
The mission of the ACEC/MW Water Infrastructure Committee is to develop relationships, make contacts, educate members, and influence the business environment for water/wastewater, site remediation and water resources in Metropolitan Washington.

This committee, formerly the Environmental Committee has expanded its focus to the market sectors that our member firms do business in.  This committee will continue to focus on the fundamentals of what portions of your business intersect with environmental protocol and regulations.  Moving forward, client meetings with both large and small agencies will take place.  Coordination with ACEC Maryland and Virginia counterparts will expand and topics of interest will be discussed in the committee as well as give life to new programs and seminars targeted toward what these agencies and municipalities are requiring and updating per their regulations.  These client meetings have historically generated a better understanding of how each agency operates their selection policies and processes, and short term/long term business opportunities.  We look to build on top of the success of all committee client meetings as an advocate and a s a resource to those we do business with - addressing topics such as: specifications, errors and omission clauses, refinements for invoicing, MBE percentage determinations, QBS selection, etc. 

The Water Infrastructure committee will continue to be proactive on behalf of your interests and we look forward to hearing from you  - please review the names of the agencies we are in contact with already below and consider becoming a part of this growing committee: Alexandria Sanitation Authority; Arlington County; City of Falls Church; DC Water; DDOE; Fairfax Water; Howard County; Loudoun Water; Maryland Department of the Environment; UOSA (Upper Occoquan Service Authority); USACE (Aqueduct); WSSC; USACE Balt Dis.(Bay Watershed)
Again, the Water Infrastructure 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 Water Infrastructure committee meets the second Wednesday of the month.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13th. 

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, Rizwan Siddiqi

ACEC/MW Committees 2010 - 2011

Facilities Committee
Hamid Riahi
Haley & Aldrich, Inc
Program Committee
Tracy Allen

ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC.
Joe Monahan
Alpha Corporation
Legislative Committee 
Bob Henchbarger

Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
Transportation Committee
Matt Martin
Membership Committee
Angela Marchetti
Schnabel Engineering
Water Infrastructure Committee
Rizwan Siddiqi
EBA Engineering, Inc.


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

~ Thursday, December 15th ~
~ Legislative Update & Holiday Celebration ~
On December 15th at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Tysons Corner, VA – more than 65 attendees hear from our speakers about what we can expect in the upcoming legislative session in Maryland, Virginia and in the new Congress: 

-- National Legislative Outlook --
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
Steve Hall - Vice President, Government Affairs

-- Maryland State Legislative Outlook --
Public Sector Consulting Group, LLC.
Christopher B. Costello, Partner

-- Virginia State Legislative Outlook --

Williams Mullen 
Travis G. Hill - Associate 

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

Steve Hall gives an update on the current ACEC efforts in Congress and what we can expect in the new year.

Over 65 attended to hear these legislative updates, to make
generous contributions to our annual Toys-for-Tots drive
and participate in our “Right/Left” Gift Exchange.

~ Thursday, January 20th ~
~ EEA Awards Luncheon ~

On January 20th at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Tysons Corner, VA – more than 60 attendees came out to recognize and applaud the 2010-2011 ACEC/MW Award Winners.  More information below:


T.Y. Lin International – “I-64 Kanawha River Bridge”

Team T.Y. Lin International accepts their award.


AECOM – “Mall-wide Water Reclamation Initiative”

Team Ammann & Whitney accepts their award

Ammann & Whitney – “Washington Dulles International Airport Main Terminal APM Station”

Team Ammann & Whitney accepts their award.

Greenhorne & O’Mara – “Reconstruction of Eastern Avenue Bridge over Kenilworth Ave, N.E.”

Team Greenhorne & O’Mara accepts their award.

Robert Silman Associates – “Gilman Hall, Johns Hopkins University”

Robert Silman Associates – “Pedestrian Bridge at The Yards Waterfront Park”

Team Robert Silman Associates accepts their awards.

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

~ Thursday, February 17th ~
~ Economic Development Luncheon ~

On February 17th at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Tysons Corner, VA – more than 50 attendees hear from our speakers about Economic Development in the region:

Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
Val P. Hawkins – President and Chief Executive Officer
Stephanie H. Landrum, CEcD – Senior Vice President

Our speakers from AEDP give us a great overview of the development planned in Alexandria, including numerous projects along the waterfront.

Michael G. Gill – Vice President, Development


Mike Gill, a former Schnabel employee, relates what is going on in the private market.

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Curtis W. Hoffman – Manager of Real Estate Services &
Deputy Director of Market Research and Real Estate Department

Curt Hoffman covers the expansive projects approved for development around the county.

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

~ Tuesday, February 22nd ~
~ Emerging Leaders ~ Effective Communication ~

On February 22nd at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Tysons Corner, VA – more than 50 registered to be part of this ZweigWhtie presentation on Effective Communication 

ZwiegWhite, LLC 
Christine Brack, PMP - Principal of Strategic Advisory Services

Christine Brack introduces the group exercise – everyone got something out of it.
Employees of varying levels of experience and responsibility shared their perspectives.

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

~ Thursday, March 17th ~
~ Federal Government Luncheon ~

On March 17th at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Tysons Corner, VA – more than 145 registered attended to network and hear about federal sector opportunities.

Networking at its very best.  Doug Rollman (The Protection Engineering Group, Inc.) exchanges business cards with Pedro Capestany (ATCS, P.L.C.).  This type of interaction can always be found at our luncheons.

United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Baltimore District
David B. Morrow, PMP – Chief, Environmental & Munitions Design Center

Dave Morrow of the Army Corps addresses the audience on transitioning post BRAC and what to expect into 2015.

United States General Services Administration (GSA) 
Stephen R. Hagan, FAIA - Director, Project Innovation | Engineering Services Division

Steve Hagan speaks to the importance of BIM as it relates to the federal government and the continued focus on sustainability.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) - Washington
Thomas H. Cox, P.E. - Capital Improvements, Business Line Coordinator 
and Chief Engineer

Tom Cox answers questions from the audience regarding current work in the pipeline and procurement.

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


  • March 30 - April 2  --  ACEC Annual Convention and Legislative Summit
  • April 21st  -- DC Gov’t & DC Agencies Networking Luncheon (Clyde’s of Gallery Place – Washington DC)
  • May  19th  -- MD & VA Local Government Networking Luncheon (Maggianos at Tysons Corner)
  • June 8TH  --  Annual Conference & Meeting  “Re-Energizing Our Infrastructure” Crystal Gateway Marriott)
If you are interested in being a sponsor for any of our events, 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.

ACEC Business Insurance Trust
Chu & Gassman   
Collins Engineers, Inc.   
Ecology and Environment
HAKS Engineers, Inc.
Straughan Environmental Inc.
Tina Boyd & Associates

~ Washington, DC
~   Arlington, Virginia
~   Washington, DC
~   Fairfax, Virginia
~   Arlington, Virginia
~   Silver Spring, Maryland
~   Rockville, Maryland
~   Columbia, Maryland
 ~   Washington, DC



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 member volunteers.

Dont let another month go by get plugged in and join a committee – make the most out of your membership!
Please contact Mac Cannon to join a committee.

Important: save-the-dates

Congressional Visits:  3/30 and 3/31

Plan on joining other ACEC/MW members when we visit the Halls of Congress.
Each year, in concert with the National ACEC Meeting and Legislative Summit here in Washington DC, members of ACEC/MW visit with our elected representatives.

ACEC/MW closely coordinates with ACEC Virginia and ACEC Maryland so that you have the opportunity to meet with your members of interest. 

A schedule of these coordinated, meeting times and locations will be provided closer to these dates.

ACEC/MW Annual Conference & Meeting – Wednesday, June 8th 2011 “Re-Energizing Our Infrastructure”

Our Annual Conference and Meeting will be sponsored in conjunction with the SAME DC Post. 

The Conference will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.  This location is accessible by both the blue and yellow lines at the Crystal City Metro Station, which is connected to the hotel.

More to come on the details of the meeting in the coming weeks – please mark your calendars and ACEC/MW closely coordinates with ACEC Virginia and ACEC Maryland so that you have the opportunity to meet with your members of interest. A schedule of these coordinated, meeting times and locations will be provided closer to these dates.

The conference and meeting will be open at 7:00am and will close with our annual luncheon at 2:00pm

Mid-year review … in pictures
Please enjoy a collage of photos from our member events during this member year. Click here


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