ACEC/MW :: The Exchange
MAY/JUNE 2011 Edition

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


Well it is hard to believe that another Association year at ACEC/MW is about to come to a close.  It has been a busy and exciting year for our organization, and I have been honored to serve as your President.  On June 8, 2011 we look forward to capping off our Association year with the ACEC/MW Annual Conference & Membership Meeting at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.  As in many years past, the Annual Conference will be co-sponsored by the DC Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).  The theme of the Conference will be “Re-Energizing our Infrastructure” and will feature industry-leading keynote speakers and panelists with topics and discussions focusing on the outlook for our regional Economy, Energy Infrastructure, Transportation Infrastructure, and what’s coming up in ‘Green Infrastructure’.  This Conference is a ‘Must See’ for all of our Member Firms and registration is available now on our website (www., or watch your email.  We hope to see you all there!

I am pleased to report that your ACEC/MW Board of Directors has done well to steer the organization through a couple of tough years economically, and has worked with our management partner, AMG, to get our 2011-2012 budget  balanced and approved by the Board.  This effort has been more challenging in recent years due to a drop in dues-paying organization members, a result of collateral damage from a tough economy and industry consolidation.  However, your Board has managed to protect ACEC/MW asset reserves and bring quality events, seminars and advocacy to our Members without raising Member dues rates, again, for the upcoming 2011-2012 fiscal year.  Member dues are the lifeblood of any industry organization, so we encourage you Non-Members out there to get your full value for your money and join today!   We want you on board and involved!   We need more Members, not higher dues.

I hope you have been able to take advantage of this year’s great events, networking opportunities, education and advocacy with ACEC/MW, and have enjoyed your time with us as much as I have.  As we welcome a new Board on June 8, I would like to thank each and every Board Member and Committee Chair for their great service within the ACEC/MW family in the 2010-2011 Association year.   It has been a great privilege to work with you and serve as your ACEC/MW President.

Be well and prosper!

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




Energy Infrastructure - Energy – Meeting Federal Mandates: Smart Buildings and Sustainable Campuses


  • Stacey K. Hirata, United States Army Corps of Engineers - Chief, Installation Support
  • Joe Phillips, Director of Smarter Buildings / Smarter Cities - IBM Global Business Service
  • Mark McKinley, AECOM, Comprehensive Energy and Water Master Plan, Project Engineer
    (master planning for 31 military installations to strategize policy level initiative to help comply with federal mandates)

Transportation Infrastructure – The Present and Future Possibilities


  • Charles "Sam" Carnaggio, P.E., Project Director, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA)
  • Mal Kerley, P.E.,  Chief Engineer, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
  • Jeff Beard, Vice President, Institute for Business Management ACEC on behalf of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)       
  • Nick Nicholson, P.E.Chief Engineer, District Department of Transportation (DDOT)


FOCUS ON: transportation COMMITTEE

The mission of the ACEC/MW Transportation Committee is to develop relationships, make contacts, educate members, and influence the business environment for the highway, aviation, and transit markets within Metropolitan Washington.

This committee remains very active with recent meetings and events of: 

  • May 18th VDOT NOVA District Quality Forum
  • May 26th DDOT Quality Forum
  • June 13th DDOT Quarterly Meeting
  • This summer the VDOT NOVA District Quarterly meeting
  • Also this summer the first Quarterly meeting with VDOT in coordination with ACEC Virginia.

This 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.  

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to improve your business, your personal value and contacts – get involved today!

The Transportation committee meets the last Friday of the month.
The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 24th. 

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, Matt Martin

ACEC/MW Committees 2010 - 2011

Facilities Committee
Hamid Riahi
Haley & Aldrich, Inc

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
Matt Martin

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, April 21st ~
~ DC Government & DC Agencies Luncheon ~
On April 21st at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, Washington, DC – more than 145 attended this tremendous annual luncheon held downtown.  

Nick Nicholson, Chief Engineer of DDOT speaks to the audience about the important relationship that DDOT has with the consultant community.

Harriet Tregoning, Director of the Washington DC Office of Planning gives remarks about how the District continues to reshape itself.

Gus Bass, Manager, Engineering Management Services Department of Engineering Technical Services of DC Water addresses the group about upcoming opportunities.

George Hawkins, General Manager of DC Water talks about innovations in water infrastructure.

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

~ Thursday, May 19th ~
~ Maryland & Virginia Local Governments Luncheon ~
On May 19th at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Tyson’s Corner, VA – more than 85 attended to network and hear about what local municipalities in our area are planning for the next 12-18 months. 

ACEC/MW President, Eric Rehwoldt welcomes the audience and prepares to introduce the speakers.

David Dise Director, Department of General Services for Montgomery County gives a lively presentation about what this important Maryland county is working on.

Jim Wilson, Division Chief of Highways and Bridges Division for the Office of Project Management with Prince Georges County Department of Public Works and Transportation addresses the audience.

Ellen vanHully-Bronson, Project Coordinator, Planning & Design Division, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services presents details on Fairfax Countys current and future focus.

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


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.


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