E-news for the Construction Division June & July 2008

2008 NSPE/PEC George B. Hightower, P.E., Fellowship Winner

John Crane is the 2008 NSPE/PEC George B. Hightower, P.E.,  Fellowship winner.  John will receive $3,000 to pursue his graduate studies in Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  John has a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a 4.0 GPA from the University of South Alabama.  He is also the recipient of the University of South Alabama Frederick P. Whiddon Honors Scholarship, Air and Waste Management Association Alabama Chapter Environmental Scholarship, 2007 Mobile County Roadbuilders Association of Civil Engineering Student of the Year Award, and the Alabama Section American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Student Award. 

To find out more about the NSPE/PEC George B. Hightower, P.E., Fellowship, visit the PEC Website


2008 NSPE Annual Meeting in Portland

 July 24–27, Portland, OR

2008 NSPE Annual Conference
Participants can earn up to 19 professional development hours at this year’s conference education sessions. Education session topics cover PEs in the LEED world, global energy issues, emerging technologies, sustainable design, risk management, profitability, best practices, stress management, and other current professional topics. A free PEPP Council of Principals session on July 26 will focus on Leadership Inventory and Motivation of Young Engineers.

July 25, Portland, Oregon
NSPE Young Engineers' Forum
Free to the first 40 registrants.

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Green Building Best Practices 2008—Maximizing Value While Reducing Risk

Click here to register for any of these web seminars at a discounted rate.

July 9, 2008

Design Considerations—It's More Than Just About LEED Certification

Laern about LEED certification, who benefits from it, and where’s the ROI for the Designer, Contractor, Occupant, and Building owner. Using design best practices to find the most economical alternatives to achieve the highest possible certifications.

July 23, 2008

The Construction Phase—Tips, Techniques and Concerns

CMs, contractors, and subcontractors play a crucial role in executing the green design intent. Learn how to plan and manage construction to maintain or improve certification ratings. Josh R. Greenfield, P.E., LEED® AP, of Primera Engineers, Ltd. and Jim Day, LEED-AP, VP Clark Construction Group LLC, discuss lessons learned including preconstruction issues, management tools, documentation methods, subcontractor training, and contract close-out.

August 6, 2008

Commissioning—Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Long before green building hit the radar, savvy owners insisted on formal commissioning programs to assure design goals are met. Now LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) requires it. Commissioning planning should start during the design process; find out how to implement commissioning best practices, how it’s done, who should perform it, and why it often improves the opportunity to achieve on-time and on-schedule project delivery. Hear experienced experts, including commissioning expert Amir Yazdi, P.E., LEED-AP, of CTG Energetics, provide insight gained on 35 projects of all sizes and types.

August 20, 2008

Legal and Risk Considerations

Construction attorneys Bryan Jackson and Mike Cathcart from Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP along with William Broz, P.E. of CTG Forensics LLP, discuss the major risks associated with green building—capital (design/build cost & schedule), operational (operation costs), and reputational (failure to achieve certification)—as well as emerging risks such as ownership, regulatory, and casualty. Much is at stake, including loss of financial incentives, occupancy delays, future marketability and reputation, for starters. Risks affect all parties—owner, designer, contractor and CM—and are best dealt with at contract formation.

Complete Green Building Best Practices Series* 07/09/08 at 1:00 p.m. EDT ($349.00)

Session 1 Attendence Only 07/09/08 at 1:00 p.m. ($129.00)

Session 1 Attendence and CD 07/09/08 at 1:00 p.m. ($173.00)

Session 1 CD Only (Pre-event discounted price) ($151.00)

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Play Golf in Portland for Your Favorite NSPE Scholarship!

Thursday, July 24, 1:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. PDT

NSPE Golf at Heron Lakes Golf Club (Great Blue Course)—$120

Play the Great Blue Course at Heron Lakes Golf Club and win money for your state or interest group scholarship program. The competition will be a handicapped, two-person scramble format. This tournament benefits the NSPE Educational Foundation, state scholarship programs, and NSPE interest group scholarships. Sign up now to play; become a corporate sponsor ($600/$500) or hole sponsor ($100). Meeting registration is not required to compete in the tournament. Come play the course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and experience unique and thrilling challenges. Fairways on the 6,902-yard course ramble between Scottish-style mounds and pose a collection of excellent risk/reward riddles for all golfers. Fees include a box lunch, green fees, golf cart, range balls, and guaranteed spectacular vistas. Two-person scramble format and state challenge could add to your Educational Foundation scholarship fund. Rentals are available.

* Contact Karen Pedersen, P.E. for more information.

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2007-08 PEC Executive Board

James Goedert, Ph.D., P.E.
University of Nebraska 
Omaha, NE

Immediate Past Chair
Arthur DeWit, P.E., F.NSPE
Baete Forseth HVAC 
Lake Havasu, AZ

David Hunley, P.E.
Connico Inc. 
Burlington, KY

Paul Bakken, P.E.
Utility Engineering Corp. 
Centennial, CO
Northeast Region Vice Chair
Jon Drosendahl, P.E.
Glenshaw, PA
North Central Region Vice Chair
Paul Harmon, P.E.
University of Nebraska 
Lincoln, NE
Southeast Region Vice Chair
James Harper, P.E.
Hillsborough County PWD 
Tampa, FL
Southwest Region Vice Chair
Thomas L. Paxson, P.E. 
Pax-Sun, Inc. 
Lufkin, TX

Central Region Vice Chair
Carl Meglan, P.E.
Meglan Company Inc.
Columbus, OH

Western & Pacific Region Vice Chair
David Shields, Ph.D., P.E.
University of Nebraska 
Henderson, NV

PEC Staff Liaisons:
Kim Granados, CAE

Erin Reyes

PEC Homepage 

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PEC would like to thank all of our 2008 PEC Sustaining Firms for supporting our programs and services.  Visit the PEC Web site for a full listing of PEC Sustaining Firms and/or to download a registration form.


Five Oaks Associates LLC

Fred Weber Inc

GECO Engineering Corp

Gross Mechanical Contractors Inc

MC Industrial

Sachs Electric Company

White Cloud Engineering and Construction Co

EVCO Construction Co Inc

James E Harris Construction Company

Quible & Associates

State Utility Contractors Inc

T A Loving Co

The Rubicon Group

Withers & Ravenel

Bonland Industries Inc

Calvi Electric Company

Capital Project Management Inc

Century Electric Inc


Doka USA Ltd

George Harms Construction Co

J Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc

Joseph Jingoli & Son Inc

KSI Proffessional Engineers

Linde-Griffith Construction Co


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