E-news for the Construction Division June 2006

What Keeps You up at Night? Are There Solutions?

On July 8, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m in Boston, PEC will be conducting a Construction Executives Roundtable.  This is a higher level version of last year’s successful and extremely well attended ResPECt 2005 Summit which involved all players in the construction job.  Although this special gathering occurs close to the time and place of the NSPE Annual Conference in Boston, July 6-8, there is no registration fee nor seminar charge involved.  PDHs will be offered.  This is sponsored completely by the PEC Practice Division. We are looking for 30 construction executives to come, share their expertise, time and travel expenses to join their peers in this facilitated forum of industry issues.   


To better understand and delineate these issues, NSPE conducted phone interviews with several members at the executive level.  The interview question posed to each of the responding executives was straight forward and simple, “What keeps you up at night?”  It is from their responses that NSPE constructed the discussion guide that will be used for this Executive Roundtable.


Escalating Building Material Costs


The main topic re-occurring during our interviews, which crosses all fields of the construction industry, is the escalation of building material costs. 


Are there innovations to control or predict these costs?  Starting points for discussion in this area include these questions and thoughts:

  • What building materials seem to be escalating the most?
  • Innovations in building material currently available to either predict or reduce building material costs such as Building Information Modeling
  • C/D Disposal Issues
  • New Code/Regulations
  • Labor Issues
  • Global demand for building materials


Sustainable Design and Building Green 


The second topic construction executives want to discuss is sustainable design or building green, that is, the opportunity to use construction technologies and construction expertise to efficiently use both energy and natural resources while creating healthier sustainable buildings.  Starting points for discussion in this area include these questions and thoughts:

  •  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification (LEED) - is it truly the wave of the future?
  • Is this moving towards mainstream of construction?
  • What market segment seems to be leading the charge for green buildings?
  • What is the ROI on green vs. non green building?
  • Is there an increase in marketability for Green Buildings?
  • Code changes stemming from sustainable design/green buildings.
  • General thoughts on the LEED certification and LEED three-tiered approval level


 Brownfield Sites


Brownfield sites are those sites with either real or perceived, contamination causing them not to be redeveloped because of this issue. Many major cities are trying to take back and redevelop Brownfield sites but there are financial considerations.  Starting points for our discussion in this area include these questions and thoughts:

  • Would your organization ever consider the redevelopment of a Brownfield site?  
  • Has your company ever considered this form of construction development?
  • Has your company ever done a cost analysis of this type of project?
  • What are your thoughts and recommendation for others that are considering this type of redevelopment project?


In addition to the above stated discussion points, the roundtable will have an Open Topic session, which will give participants the ability to set their own discussion agenda on other topics or passions identified.  Designed with a small, workshop atmosphere, this event promises to be an information-rich, learning network that should not be missed.


If you are interested in attending or learning more please contact Kim Granados, CAE, Director Professional Practice to reserve your seat in this limited event today.



Gaddy Named to Academy of Engineering Excellence

When Frank Gaddy was old enough to attend junior high school, his family lived three miles away.  His only option was to walk to and from his classes each day, carrying a kerosene lantern much of the darker winter days.  But it gave him the opportunity to start what would become a lifelong career interest. Along the hour long walk, he would pick up interesting rocks, and often show them to his science teacher.  She encouraged his interest, taking him and another student on a field trip to the Appalachian Trail on the Blue Ridge Mountains. 


Some 70 years later he would receive the Rock Mechanics Award for the groundbreaking work that he did as part of his master’s thesis at Virginia Tech, the premise of which is still taught in the mining engineering curriculum worldwide today.  His accomplishments throughout his career recently led the Huntington West Virginia resident to his induction into Virginia Tech’s Academy Engineering Excellence, along with seven other distinguished alumni.  The eight inductees of 2006 bring the Academy membership to 61 out of approximately 50,000 living alumni.

Membership in the Academy of Engineering Excellence is reserved in general for individuals holding an engineering degree from Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering  who have made sustained and meritorious engineering and/or leadership contributions during their careers, said Richard C. Benson, dean of the engineering college.

Mr. Gaddy is most deserving of this prestigious and highly selective honor.

Gaddy, now the father of two, graduated in 1948 from Virginia Tech and moved his family to Mammoth, West Virginia where he took a position with Warner Colleries Company. He performed much of the engineering work for the construction of the Emily Mine, and was named a section foreman.Five years later, he became a health and safety engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Mines. Throughout the 1950s, he fought mine fires, investigated fatalities, and helped reduce the death toll to less than 1,000 a year. To put this number in perspective, the fatalities had been closer to 1,700 to 1,800 a year, according to Gaddy, and today, if the mining industry hits 100 "it is awful.”

Gaddy's professional memberships include the following: Huntington Chapter West Virginia during 1972-73; National Society Engineers; Professional Engineers Private Practice, vice-presidency; Institute Mining, Metallurgical, Petroleum Engineers, chairman president central Appalachian section; American Congress, the chairmanship of roof control committee for eight years; W. Va. Coal Mining Institute, including its presidency in 1975; and Sigma Gamma Epsilon.  Four Governors of West Virginia appointed him to the West Virginia Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.  He served the board for 22 years and was its president for eight years.




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Avoid Costly Construction Disputes

Join Carl Meglan, PE, PS, president of Meglan Companies, Inc., for an introduction to construction disputes and claims. A past president of OSPE, Meglan is a construction arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association.  If you design or build in the U.S. construction industry, you are a part of the largest industry in the country. You are also involved in the country's most complex and litigious contract law system: construction law.

The best way to avoid construction disputes and their monetary claims is to learn from the experiences of others. 

This event takes place Thursday, July 6, 2:00pm - 3:30 at the 2006 NSPE Annual Convention in Boston, MA. 


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NSPE/PEPP Professional Liability Committee Seeks Volunteers

NSPE is seeking professional engineers with experience working with professional liability insurance, risk management, loss-prevention and related issues for an engineering firm to serve on the NSPE/PEPP Professional Liability Committee. If you meet those qualifications and are interested, please send an expression of interest as well as background information to Arthur Schwartz, NSPE Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel.


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Annual Convention Offers Continuing Education Credits


Attend the NSPE 2006 Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, July 6-8, and earn up to 20.5 PDH credits.  For a complete listing of all education events please visit the NSPE Annual Convention   Web site.

Become an ABET Evaluator! The next session will be held in conjunction with the NSPE Annual Convention. If you are  thinking about becoming licensed,the NSPE Mentoring Task Force invites you to attend Get Licensed/Get Ahead Friday, July 7, 2006 at the Boston Marriott Copley at 6:30 - 8:00pm.   This seminar is open to all and free to attend.


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NSPE Accepting Applications for the 2006 QBS Facilitator Grant


To help promote the use of qualifications-based selection at the state and local levels, NSPE with the American Council of Engineering Companies, the American Institutue of Architects, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Public Works Association have combined their resources to support the concept of QBS and, in particular, to expanding the use of QBS facilitaors.  


The goal of these national groups is to have an active, custom-tailored QBS Facilitator Program functioning in every state.  The groups aspire to make available to any public owner the complimentary services of an individual who can guide the owner, step-by-step, through the QBS process.


Each year the four participating organizations contribute funds to the QBS Grant Program in which NSPE is the administrator of the funds and forwards the grants to the recipients. 


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2006 Ethics Forum Begins This Fall

The NSPE Ethics Forum series will return this fall in an interactive format! This popular lunch-hour Web seminar series addresses important engineering ethics topics and gives participants an opportunity to interact with the facilitators to get answers to their questions. 

Session 1: September 13
Sustainable Development and the Environment

Session 2: October 18
Professional Competence and Qualifications for Practice

Session 3: November 15
Honest and Integrity in Professional Practice 

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Contact the PEC Executive Board

PEC 2005-06 Executive Board Roster

E. Terence Foster, Ph.D., P.E., F.NSPE
Omaha, NE

Immediate Past Chair
Donn Zang, P.E.
West Chester, PA

Arthur DeWit, P.E.
Lake Havasu, AZ

Leonard "Bud" Darby, P.E.
Alexandria, VA
Northeast Region Vice Chair
Jon Drosendahl, P.E.
Glenshaw, PA
North Central Region Vice Chair
James Goedert, Ph.D., P.E.
Omaha, NE
Southeast Region Vice Chair
James Neff, P.E.
Gainesville, FL
Southwest Region Vice Chair
Thomas Prag, P.E., CCCA.
Tulsa, OK

Central Region Vice Chair
Carl Meglan, P.E.
Pickney, MI

Western and Pacific Region Vice Chair
William Beery, P.E.
Hilo, HI
PEC Staff Liaison
Kim Granados, CAE
tel: 703-684-2857

PEC Homepage

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A.C. Corporation
Abriola Company
Accu Cost Construction Consultants, Inc.
Allied Contractors, Inc.
Allied Engineering
AMCC Corp.
AmOrient Engineering
Aschinger Electric Company
Associated Builders, Inc.
Associated Sprinkler Company, LLC.
Baete-Forseth HVAC
Bates Engineers/Contractors, Inc.
Beaty Construction, Inc.
BEC Engineering, LP
BiCon Services, Inc.
Big M Constructors, Inc.
Blitman Building Corporation
Bonhag Associates, PLLC
Boswell Engineering
BRB Contractors
Brown Construction Services, Inc.
Buchart-Horn, Inc.
Calvi Electric Company
Capital Project Management, Inc.
Carr Associates, Inc.
CAS Construction, Inc.
CBD Design and Construction Corporation
Century Electric, Inc.
Cherokee Enterprises, Inc.
Civil Technologies and Engineering, P.C.
Coastcon Corporation
Comase, Inc.
Concrete Structures of the Midwest, Inc.
Construction Management Services
CRD & Associates, Inc.
Dalton, Olmsted & Fuglevand, Inc.
D'Annunzio & Sons, Inc.
Doka USA, Ltd.
E.G. Middleton, Inc.
E.R. DesOrmeaux, Inc.
Edward E. Gillen Co.
Eshbach Brothers, L.P.
EVCO Construction Company, Inc.
F. Miller & Sons, Inc.
Fagen Engineering, LLC
Fogel & Associates, Inc.
Ford Construction Company
Feutz Contractors, Inc.
Fred Weber, Inc.
Fred Zook Engineer, Inc
Frederick Derr & Company, Inc.
Free Contracting, Inc.
Gabriel Fuentes, Jr. Construction Co., Inc.
Geco Engineering Corp
George Harms Construction Inc.
Gibson & Associates, Inc.
Graber Concrete Pipe Company
H.C. Nutting Company
Halverson Construction Co., Inc.
Harper Industries, Inc.
Holualoa Management Corporation
Huitt-Zollars, Inc.
HWH Architects Engineers Planners Inc.
Hydraulic Concrete Breaking Company
Industrial Refrigeration & Boiler Company
Industrial Specialty Contractors, L.L.C.
Ivey Electric Company
J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc.
J.A. Tiberti Construction Company
James D. Moore, Jr., P.E.
Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc.
John N. Puder, Inc.
Johnson & Scott, Inc.
Joseph Jingoli & Son, Inc.
JPM Construction Consultants, Inc.
Judy Construction Company
Klaasmeyer Construction Co., Inc.
Klaus J. Worrell, P.E.
Lecon, Inc.
Linde-Griffith Construction Company
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
March-Westin Company, Inc.
Marshall Erdman and Associates
Mayberry Electric
McAbee Construction, Inc.
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Meany & Associates
Mid-States General & Mechanical Contracting
Muskegon Construction Company
Nicholas Consulting Group, Inc.
Notch Mechanical Constructors
Office of Richard W. Rauseo, P.E.
Opus Corporation
Owen-Ames-Kimball Company
P B S & J
Paric Corporation
Parsons Brinkerhoff Construction Services, Inc.
Patriot Building Company
Paul J. Gallo Contracting, Inc.
Pembroke Construction Company, Inc.
Peter Basso Associates, Inc.
PFS Corporation
Riverso Associates, Inc.
Rohde, Soyka & Andrews Consulting Engineers, P.C.
Roosien & Associates PLLC
S. Seltzer Construction Corp.
Schiavone Construction Company, Inc
Schnippel Construction, Inc.
Schoor DePalma Inc.
Sebastian Contracting Corporation
Sioux Falls Construction Co.
Skanska USA Building Inc.
Slattery Skanska, Inc.
Snyder Electric Company, Inc.
Sparwick Contracting Inc.
SpawGlass Contractors, Inc.
Stansell Electric Company, Inc,
State Utility Contractors, Inc.
Statewide Aquastore, Inc
Stephen A. Estrin & Co., Inc.
Stires Associates, P.A.
T.A. Loving Co.
Tamrio, Inc.
The Crom Corporation
Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc.
Thorson Baker & Associates, Inc.
Trade Construction Company, L.L.C.
Transbay Fire Protection, Inc.
Trumbull Corporation
Van Dyken Mechanical, Inc.
W.L. Hailey and Company, Inc.
Walbridge Aldinger Company
White Cloud Engineering and Construction Co.
Withers & Ravenel, Inc.
Wright Bros. Construction Company, Inc.
Zachry Construction Corporation
Zetlin & DeChiara, LLP


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