E-news for the Construction Division February 2009

NSPE's Green Issues/Sustainability Series

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February 24, 2009  12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Eastern)

The Hidden Risks of Green Construction: Why Moisture and Mold Problems are Likely (1.0 PDH)

Speaker: George H. DuBose, CGC, Vice President, Building Consulting Services, Liberty Building Forensics Group

Description: With green building concepts becoming the new “Standard of Care” in the design and construction community, this seminar will identify the specific high-risk components, offer practical solutions to avoiding these problems, and identify tools and techniques to reduce the risks of innovative designs and green buildings.  Quiz provided at the end.

March 31, 2009  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Shaping the Future of Engineering:  Challenges and Opportunities in a Time of Rapid Change (1.0 PDH)

Speakers: Michael Simpson, P.E., Senior Engineer, City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works; Paul Horton, Director of Sustainability, David Evans and Associates Inc.

Description: Learn how the 'Green Movement" is influencing the engineering world. We are delving into new territory and entering a carbon constrained world. The guiding principles shaping engineering through 2020 and trends leading to the tipping point toward a low-carbon economy will be discussed.  Participants will also learn how Los Angeles is leading the charge towards a prosperous, low-carbon economy.  Quiz provided at the end.

April 28, 2009  12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Don’t Let Green Design Cause Red Ink (1.0 PDH)

Speaker: Nahom Gebre, P.E., Risk Management Attorney, Victor O. Schinnerer & Co.

Description: Engineers must respond to society's need for projects that meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. But with increasing public emphasis on green design, engineers face significant exposures that challenge their professionalism and profitability. This session focuses on a realistic appraisal of emerging risks and discusses skills to manage them. Quiz provided at the end.

May 13, 2009  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

A Sustainable Approach to Planning and Design (1.0 PDH)

Speakers:  Michael Simpson, P.E., Senior Engineer, City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works; Paul Horton, Director of Sustainability, David Evans and Associates Inc.

Description: Have you been wondering how to make your projects more sustainable? Have your clients been asking for more sustainable planning and design? Paul Horton will provide an overview of the critical elements necessary in order to achieve a higher level of Sustainability in projects. While we won't be able to make every project super green, we should nonetheless have a clear strategy (or approach) and a set of tools to allow us to make meaningful sustainable advances or improvements based on the specific situation and the current client conditions. Michael Simpson will discuss how the Los Angeles Unified School District practices integrating sustainability into new school construction. This presentation outlines a logical, sequential "approach" to integrating sustainability into projects. Quiz provided at the end.


Get 10% Off Your 2009 PEC Sustaining Firm Listing

Dear PEC Supporter:

Your support is needed for the efforts of the Professional Engineers in Construction as we strive to promote the hard-earned Professional Engineer (PE) designation and enhance the image of the PE in construction. We are asking you to become a 2009 PEC Sustaining Firm.

As a 2009 PEC Sustaining Firm, you will link more business to your future while receiving the following benefits:

  • Company Listing: You’ll be included in a searchable directory that includes a complete description of your firm’s specialties. Let owners and other customers and partners find you! All PEC Sustaining Firms are listed at: www.nspe.org/PEC/Supporters

  • Company Advertisement: Listing in an issue of NSPE’s PE magazine (circulation is over 40,000) and in PEC Reporter, a monthly electronic newsletter sent to more than 5,500 PEC members.

  • Valuable Discounts: 25% discount on ads in PE magazine, NSPE Update, NSPE Web banners, and job board postings.

  • PEC Sustaining Firm Plaque to display in your office.

  • Complimentary Web Seminar. PEC Sustaining Firms will receive one complimentary registration to one of our 2008-09 Web seminars. Please visit www.nspe.org/Education/WebSeminars/online_seminars.html for more details.

Your options to participate include the following (Price reflects 10% discount for payments received by 3/1/09).

$180 (regulary $200) 2009 NSPE PEC Sustaining Firm Contribution
*Reflects 10%  discount rate, valid through 3/1/09

$280 New!  Add PEPP Directory Listing for $100 more  
PEPP Firms are listed at

Please visit www.nspe.org/PEC/Supporters to learn more about becoming a PEC Sustaining Sponsor! Your participation will not only help you reach potential clients and partners, it will also provide valuable support for our industry and profession. Please visit www.nspe.org/PEC for a complete list of PEC programs. 

Thank you for your continuing support of NSPE/PEC.

Donn Zang, P.E., F.NSPE
Project Leader on behalf of the
Membership & Sustaining Firms Project Team


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New Stimulus Plan Would Benefit Construction Industry

Since September 2006, 900,000 construction jobs have been lost. However, as many as 670,000 new construction jobs could be created by 2010 if the stimulus bill works as planned. Construction job growth would come from projects to rebuild roads and bridges, the creation of schools and homes, as well as making government buildings more energy-efficient, among other initiatives.

For the full story, see
The Wall Street Journal (2/8).

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Apply for the $3,500 George B. Hightower, P.E. Fellowship

The George B. Hightower, P.E., Fellowship is awarded annually to a current engineering graduate student who is currently enrolled in or a graduate from an ABET-accredited engineering program. The Professional Engineers in Construction (PEC) Interest Group of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) established the George B. Hightower, P.E., Fellowship in recognition of the contributions that Hightower made to the construction engineering profession. Hightower’s dedication to professionalism, ethics, and construction engineering resulted in him serving as a founding member and the first national chairman of PEC.

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Specialized Consultants Make Inroads in Construction

More and more, construction owners are hiring specialists to help with cost control and /or to provide management skills lacking in thier organization. How successful these specialists are is a subject of great debate. Many traditional consultants claim that these specialists, who include technology experts such as computer specialists as well as project and program management consultants, are skilled marketers preying on the fear of owners. The specialists reply that they have developed thier services based on the very real needs of owners that are not being met by traditional consultants.

Learn more about the debate by reading the full article in your January/February 2009 issue of PE magazine.
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2008-09 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., F.NSPE 
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 Liaison:
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.

Stansell Electric Company Inc

Whitcomb's Construction Company

BEC Engineering Inc

Big M Constructors Inc

Broaddus & Associates

Coastcon Corporation General Contractors

Drury South Inc

Gibson & Associates Inc

Lecon Inc

Lloyd Consulting & Engineering Inc

Mercer Construction Co

SpawGlass Contractors Inc

Zachry Construction Corp

Brown Construction Services

E G Middleton Inc

Pembroke Construction Co Inc

Suberroc Systems SUBSYST

Dalton Olmsted & Fuglevand

Frank Gurney Inc

Edward E Gillen Co

Marshall Erdman & Assoc

PFS Corporation

Terra Engineering and Construction Corp

March-Westin Co Inc

Riverso Associates, Inc

Opus Corporation


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