ACEC/MW :: The Exchange
winter 2012 Edition

ACEC/MW Holiday 
& Legislative Update Luncheon
Tysons Corner, VA

Safety Inspection of Inservice Bridges FHWA-NHI-130055
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PARTNERING is more important today than any time in the history of our engineering industry.  New procurement models for Design-Build and Public-Private Partnerships require the working relationships between owners, builders and engineers to be closer than ever.  And the ever-changing realm of standards, guidelines and permits, calls for continuous liaison with federal, state and local regulators.   ACEC/MW is all about building partnerships. 

Our committees provide front door, first name access to our clients that may not be afforded to you otherwise.  Join our Transportation Committee as we meet quarterly with the District of Columbia and Virginia Departments of Transportation – providing a venue to represent our industry with the DOT decision makers.   Spend the day with our Water Infrastructure Committee on a bus tour of DC Water’s Blue Plains Advance Wastewater Treatment plant – the largest in the world.  Travel with our Legislative Committee to Capitol Hill to meet and advise our national representatives on the actions guiding our industry.  Be a partner to our industry not just a participant.

Equally important is maintaining partnerships with your colleagues from our 100-plus member firms.  ACEC/MW Business Opportunities & Networking Luncheons are designed with that in mind.  Take time once a month to join your local industry partners to listen to updates from owners and clients and exchange business cards with new and old friends alike.  Here is the place to meet that specialized niche partner you have been seeking or one of the many outstanding DBE partners that make up our local organization. 

Nowhere is the result of effective partnering more evident than in the award-winning projects in our annual Engineering Excellence Awards program.   Recent winners, such as the thought provoking 9-11 Memorial at the Pentagon or the unique design of the new Bike Station at Union Station, demonstrate the value and ingenuity that results from the collaborative efforts of owners, builders, and designers.  And we expect this year’s entrants to demonstrate the same.

Finally, remember the old proverb that suggests “All work and no play makes Jack (or Jill) a dull engineer”.    Avoid this conundrum by joining us at this year’s Holiday Celebration Luncheon and partner with your friends and colleagues as we set work aside for a moment and celebrate the season.  To that end, we look forward to inviting each of you to attend our Annual Legislative Update & Holiday Celebration on Thursday, December 20th at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Tyson’s Corner.  We will get a behind the scenes look at what our industry faces following the recent elections and how Congress may (or may not) on legislation affecting our businesses.  In concert with this special luncheon, we will hold our annual Toy’s for Tots donation drive and it should be mentioned that back by popular demand, we will again have a festive gift exchange – more on those details in the coming weeks.

Stephen Walter – Parsons
2012-2013 ACEC/MW President



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 ACEC/MW College of Fellows 2013

The 2013 Class of ACEC/MW College of Fellows is looking for Nominees!!
ACEC/MW is a successful membership organization because of the strength and dedication of our volunteer leaders.  Many organizations, including the National Organization of ACEC choose to recognize the deeply involved and devoted leaders in our industry.

Please submit your nominations by Close of Business 
Tuesday, December 4th!

Click HERE for the nomination form.

For more information contact the ACEC/MW Offices here.



The mission of the ACEC/MW Facilities Committee is to promote ACEC member business with the owners of facilities in the Metropolitan Washington area.  The committee meets with key decision makers in public and private organizations to learn how they do business and to identify specific business opportunities for ACEC members.  Target organizations include Federal (GSA, State, Architect of the Capital, NAVFAC, and others), Local Colleges and Universities, Local Governments (DC, MD/VA counties in Metro Area), and Health Care providers.   We had our first meeting with American University in early November and will be scheduling other meetings over the coming months.

The committee is open to the entire membership and wants your involvement – represent your firm and our industry by sitting on this committee.  You will gain insight to your current or future clients as well as develop relationships with other representatives of ACEC member firms that will help your business.

The committee will be meeting in person or by conference call on a monthly basis through the year. The first committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5.  If you are interested in becoming part of the committee, please contact Executive Director, Mac Cannon or Committee Chair, Jeff Nelson.


ACEC/MW Committees 2012 - 2013

Facilities Committee
Jeff Nelson
Schnabel Engineering

Legislative Committee 
Bob Henchbarger

Michael Baker Jr., Inc.

Membership Committee
Lesley Rogers
Athavale, Lystad & Associates, Inc.

Program Committee
Vicki White
Syska Hennessy Group, Inc. 

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 two luncheons:

~ Wednesday, September 26th ~
~ Virginia Transportation Luncheon~
On September 26th at Maggianos Little Italy in Tysons Corner, VA – more than 130 attended this tremendous annual luncheon.  

Pat Nowakowski, Executive Director, Dulles Metrorail Project, speaks to the audience about upcoming opportunities.

Garrett Moore, Northern Virginia District Administrator of VDOT, gives a presentation on looking ahead with changes in highways. 

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

~ Thursday, October 25th ~
~ Public-Private Partnership Luncheon ~
On October 25th at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Tyson’s Corner, VA – more than 90 attended to network and hear about public-private partnership projects. 

Beverly Swaim-Staley, President of Union Station Redevelopment Corporation.

John Lynch, Regional Program Director of VDOT Beltway Express, speaks about P3 opportunities in Virginia. 

ACEC/MW Members Ginny Finley of LANE Construction,
Martha Kemp of Volkert, Lou Robbins of Corman Construction
and Angela Marchetti of Schnabel Engineering

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.



 welcome new member firms! 

Athavale, Lystad & Associates
HAKS Engineering
J-DOS Internationale
Trandes Corporation
Wallace Montgomery


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