The Exchange Newsletter

Spring 2013

ACEC/MW :: The Exchange

Spring 2013 Edition

ACEC/MW DC Government & DC Agencies Business Opportunities & Networking
Washington, DC

Stream Stability & Scour at Highway Bridges
For more info, contact ACEC/MW

Bridge Inspection Refresher Training
For more info, contact ACEC/MW

MAY 7-8
Inspection & Maintenance of Ancillary Highway Structures
For more info, contact ACEC/MW

JUNE 11-14
Fracture Critical Inspection Techniques for Steel Bridges
For more info, contact ACEC/MW


There are two things that seem to unite the people of the Washington, DC area:  the Washington Redskins and traffic!  It has often been observed that the disposition of our local populace is dramatically better on a Monday following a Redskins’ victory than those somber days following a loss.  The same can be said of the travelling public when they experience an “uneventful” trip to work, school or any other daily trip.  They generally arrive at their destination in a much more pleasant mood as opposed to when their trip is filled with congestion, delays, road rage and various malfunctions.  Unfortunately the “uneventful” trips are much rarer than Redskin victories.  

The Redskins have seemingly turned their team around in recent years with a new coaching regime and an exciting new quarterback that bears the moniker of RGIII.   In much the same way that Coach Shanahan has implemented change to the Redskins, ACEC/MW is looking to do the same to help correct our transportation problems.  In this issue you can learn more about the activities of our Transportation Committee – one of the most active in our membership organization.  Committee members work hand-in-hand with various levels of our local Departments of Transportation (DOT) to solve current and future transportation problems.  ACEC-sponsored functions such as Lunch-n-Learns with District DOT staff and the Annual Quality Forum with the Virginia DOT allow our membership to work directly with government partners and clients to develop innovative solutions to our mounting transportation problems.  
This close working relationship also allows ACEC/MW a means to protect and support our side of the transportation industry.   With quarterly meetings with senior DOT leadership, ACEC/MW represents the collective voice of our engineering industry.  As such, no one firm is singled out for being a “whiner” but rather our recommendations have the support of our industry as a whole.  Just one more way that ACEC/MW helps you better build your business.

During the short NFL football season you can sit back and be an armchair quarterback; however during the year-long engineering season you can play a much more important role.  By working with our Transportation Committee you will be able to help guide solutions to our transportation problems.  In doing so, you will help make a dramatic improvement to the lives of your “travelling” family, friends and colleagues.

Now if we could just get Dan Snyder to fund some of our local transportation projects!

Stephen Walter – Parsons
2012-2013 ACEC/MW President



The ACEC-MW Transportation Committee is unique due to the number of modes of transportation and agencies with which it interacts and to the range of business and teaming opportunities it identifies for ACEC members. The committee has also been asked by clients to assist in providing input on procurement, contracting and technical issues. The Transportation Committee is broken into the following subcommittees:

  • DC Subcommittee - Primarily tracks DDOT. We have quarterly meetings with the DDOT Chief Engineer and staff and sponsor the Joint ACEC-MW / AE Council / DDOT Quality Forum in the Spring. We have recently started a Lunch and Learn Series where we have speakers from the industry and within the Department cover a range of topics from management, QA/QC and technical subjects.
  • VA Subcommittee – Primarily tracks VDOT. We have quarterly meetings with the NOVA District Leadership as well as sponsor the Joint ACEC-MW NOVA VDOT Quality Forum in the Spring. We also have a Joint ACEC-MW/VA quarterly meeting with VDOT Central Office Leadership.
  • MD Subcommittee – Covers multiple MD transportation agencies. We keep on top of the MD Legislative action and work with ACEC-MD. We have a joint ACEC-MW/MD MDOT Modal Business Opportunities Networking Luncheon in the Fall.
  • Rail/Mass Transit Subcommittee – Covers multi rail and transit agencies such as WMATA, MWAA (Dulles Rail), DDOT (Streetcar), VRE and the VADRPT.
  • Aviation – Primarily covers MWAA and provides insight on the business opportunities at Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International Airports.

This active committee meets in person and conference call on the last Friday of the month. We want you to be an active member in representing your firm and our industry while developing relationships with other ACEC member firms and current and future clients that will help your business. If you are interested being a part of this dynamic Transportation Committee please contact Executive Director, Mac Cannon or Committee Chair, Matt Martin.


ACEC/MW Committees 2012 - 2013

Facilities Committee
Jeff Nelson, Chair
Schnabel Engineering

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

Program Committee
Vicki White, Chair

Transportation Committee
Matt Martin, Chair

Water Infrastructure Committee
Rizwan Siddiqi, Chair
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:

~ EEA Awards Presentation & College of Fellows Reception ~
On January 17th at Clydes of Gallery Place in Washington, DC – Engineering Excellence Award Winners were honored and our 2nd class of the ACEC/MW College of Fellows was inducted.  

Here are some highlights:

Steve Walter of Parsons and Angela Marchetti of Schnabel Engineering
present the EEA Award in Design to AECOM for their project, Army National Guard Readiness Center.

CH2M Hill is presented with the EEA Grand Award in Non-Design for their project, I-95 Hot Lanes Interchange Justification Report .

Steve Walter of Parsons and Angela Marchetti of Schnabel
Engineering presents an Honor Award to
Alpha Corporation for their project
VAMC West LA Building 500 Base Isolation Study.

Steve and Angela present an Honor Award to Atkins for their project Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant Addition No.7.

CH2M Hill receives an Honor Award for their project Washington Aqueduct Residuals Facilities.

JMT receives an Honor Award for their project Fairfax County Parkway Phases I, II and IV.

Dave Greenwood of Michael Baker Jr. Inc. is welcomed by ACEC/MW President, Steve Walter as a 2013 College of Fellow Inductee.

Steve Walter inducts John Woods of Woods Peacock Engineering Consultants into the ACEC/MW College of Fellows.

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

~ Thursday, FEBRUARY 7th ~
~ ACEC/VA EEA Gala ~
On February 7th in Richmond, VA – ACEC/MW President, Stephen C. Walter, joined with leaders of ACEC Virginia in recognizing retiring VDOT Chief Engineer Mal Kerley. 

Photographed with Mal are: ACEC Virginia President, Mark McGuide, Steve Walter, John Stuart and Sam Kirby.

~ Thursday, FEBRUARY 21ST ~
~ Federal Luncheon ~
On February 21st at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Tyson’s Corner, VA – more than 100 attended to network and hear from our Federal Sector Speakers. The audience was very engaged and had many questions for our speakers. 

Maury Saunders, AIA Design Director at NAVFAC, addresses the attendees regarding the health and future of the NAVFAC programs.

Colonel J. Richard Jordan III, Commander of the  Baltimore District of USACE, addresses the attendees.

Luncheon attendees always enjoy a good meal while networking and listening to our speakers. 

If you are interested in any presentations from this 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 5 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 TO our newest member firms! 

CV, Inc.
EBL Engineers, LLC


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