E-news for the Construction Division November/ December 2009

Free PDHs, Holiday Deals, and More

All NSPE members have the opportunity to earn four FREE professional development hours from four online ethics courses. At the end of each seminar, a quiz will be available for those who need it to meet their state's continuing education requirements. While you are thinking about catching up on your PDH credits before the end of the year, visit the NSPE Education Partners page and check out the deals that are available to NSPE members from an exceptional group of continuing education providers!  These providers have been especially selected for the NSPE membership because they have user friendly online systems and a wide selection of engineering topics for you to choose from; many of the courses approved in states that have the most stringent criteria.  Don't get caught short of PDH credits at the end of the year. Support the NSPE education partnerships!

What Do a PT Cruiser, a Fingerprint Sensor, and a Cable-Stayed Bridge Cradle System Have in Common?
They're all products that have been honored with an NSPE New Product Award. This award recognizes products, processes, machines, or materials developed in the U.S. that improve the public's standard of living. Submit your entry by February 15, 2010.  For more information visit www.nspe.org/npa.

Wear Your NSPE Pride on Your Sleeve—Literally
NSPE polo shirts are now available for purchase. Available in white or navy in sizes M, L, XL, and 2XL. More information and order forms are available on NSPE's homepage.

Want to Save on Your Holiday Shipping?
Do you know that NSPE members are eligible to receive discounts of up to 26% on select FedEx® shipping services? There are no costs and no minimum shipping requirements to take advantage of this great member benefit. For more information or enroll in the FedEx Advantage Program, please go to http://www.1800members.com/nspe or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377).


Construction Market to Increase 11% in 2010, Says McGraw-Hill

McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), released its 2010 Construction Outlook, a mainstay of business planning for construction and manufacturing executives, which forecasts an increase in overall U.S. construction starts for next year. Due to improvement for housing from extremely low levels and broader expansion for public works, the level of construction starts in 2010 is expected to climb 11% to $466.2 billion, following the 25% decline predicted for 2009.

"The U.S. construction market in 2010 will be helped by growth for several sectors, following three straight years of decline that brought total construction activity down 39% from its mid-decade peak," said Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction, addressing more than 300 construction executives and professionals at the 71st annual Outlook 2010 Executive Conference in Washington today. "The benefits from the stimulus act will broaden in scope, lifting not just highway construction but also environmental public works and several institutional structure types. With continued improvement expected for single family housing, after reaching bottom earlier this year, the overall level of construction activity should see moderate expansion in 2010."

 Highlights of the 2010 Construction Outlook include:

  • Single family housing for 2010 will advance 32% in dollars, corresponding to a 30% increase in the number of units to 560,000 (McGraw-Hill Construction basis).
  • Multifamily housing will improve 16% in dollars and 14% in units, after steep reductions in 2008 and 2009.
  • Commercial buildings will drop 4% in dollars, following a steep 43% drop in 2009. The weak employment picture will further depress occupancies, making it even more difficult to justify new construction.
  • Institutional buildings will begin to stabilize after losing momentum in 2009. Square footage will retreat another 2% after sliding 23% this year. The dollar amount of construction for this sector will edge up 1%, helped by a growing amount of energy-efficiency upgrades to federal buildings and continued strength for military buildings.
  • Manufacturing buildings will drop 14% in dollars and 3% in square feet, hampered by the substantial amount of slack manufacturing capacity.
  • Public works construction is expected to rise 14%, given more wide-ranging strength across all project types.
  • Electric utility construction will slip 3%, continuing to settle back after a record high in 2008.

The 2010 Construction Outlook was presented at the McGraw-Hill Construction Outlook Executive Conference in Washington, DC, which brought together top management from all parts of the construction industry including firms involved in building product manufacturing, architecture and design, contracting, engineering, industry associations and other industry professionals. At the event, Frank Giunta of Hill International and George Pierson of Parsons Brinckerhoff offered insights to an industry emerging from the crisis:

"The stimulus funds are meant to be just that, a stimulus, not the be-all-end-all answer to infrastructure financing," said Frank J. Giunta, senior vice president and managing director of Hill International. "Both public and private sectors need to be innovative and rewrite the rules of project finance to address tremendous construction needs with minimal financing options."

"The efforts of the federal agencies at transparency and their willingness to engage with private industry is refreshing," said George J. Pierson, chief operating officer, Parsons Brinckerhoff. "We have to work together to meet the challenges of infrastructure and this economy." [ return to top ]


Raise Your Firm's Profile

There has never been a better time to get exposure, and more business, for your firm than now. By becoming a PEC Sustaining Firm, you will help to support the efforts of NSPE's Professional Engineers in Construction as we strive to promote the hard-earned PE licenseand enhance the image of the PE in construction.

As a 2010 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  http://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, which is 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.

Please visit the PEC Web site to become a 2010 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. 

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Rising Construction Starts Can't Hide Continued Job Losses

Construction start values across the United States rose 13% from July to August, however those increases fail to compensate for continued losses of jobs and money. Construction starts so far in 2009 are down 13% from the same point in 2008 and 47 states lost construction jobs in July. Associated General Contractors Chief Economist Kenneth Simonson believes the commercial construction industry will see a continued downswing over the next year.

The surge in construction jobs in July and August were the result of stimulus money that kick started the fiscal year. Despite the stimulus projects, those increases do not make up for the severe drop in employment in the industry. Simonson believes that single home construction in the next few months should be enough to turn that market around, but he is not expecting strong growth in financial value for the next six to nine months.

 For the complete article, read the November 2009 issue of PE magazine. [ return to top ]


$3,000 PEC Hightower Fellowship

The George B. Hightower, P.E., Fellowship is awarded annually to a current engineering graduate student who is enrolled in or a graduate from an ABET-accredited engineering program. NSPE's Professional Engineers in Construction established the 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.

Visit the NSPE Web site for an application. [ return to top ]


Nominate Fellow Engineers for NSPE Awards

NSPE offers several awards that have upcoming deadlines in 2009. Below are just a few of the award programs NSPE will be conducting this year.

To see the complete list of NSPE awards, please visit the NSPE Awards Web page

NSPE-PEC George B. Hightower, P.E. Fellowship (Deadline March 1)
NSPE-PEC and the NSPE Educational Foundation have established the George B. Hightower, P.E., Memorial Fellowship Fund to annually honor an outstanding engineering graduate student.

Mentor of the Year Award (Deadline March 31)
The Mentor of the Year Award is given each year to the one member of NSPE who best exemplifies the ideal image of a mentor. The award may be given to an individual who has established a record of consistent outreach toward individuals in the engineering field, including engineering professionals and students, over a number of years. This award can also be received by an individual who has contributed to support or development of mentoring programs within their company or in the engineering community. The ideal candidate should have a record of achievement in offering guidance to and fostering development among engineering professionals.
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Stevens Institute of Technology Offers Spring 2010 Courses

Stevens Institute of Technology’s Spring 2010 semester is right around the corner! If you haven’t yet, there is still time to apply for a program or just enroll for classes as a non-matriculating student.

You can view the list of all courses available for Spring 2010 here.

Register now for the Spring 2010 WebCampus semester!

Classes start the week of January 25, 2010.

With over 170 instructor-led courses, the WebCampus program offers you a convenient and flexible way to earn an MBA in Technology Management, or any of 17 Masters Degrees or over 55 Graduate Certificates completely online.

To learn more attend one of our online open houses:

Wednesday, December 9 – 12pm
Thursday, December 10 – 7pm

Wednesday, January 6 – 12pm
Thursday, January 7 – 7pm

Wednesday, January 20 – 12pm
Thursday, January 21 – 7pm

Offering maximum flexibility for professionals, you can access your WebCampus courses from home or while traveling, any time, day or night.  Online courses offer you the perfect balance of convenience and academic rigor, as they cover the same material and are conducted by the same faculty as Stevens conventional courses.

Detailed course and program descriptions, as well as admission information can be obtained at the WebCampus homepage.

Students who are members of NSPE receive a 10% rebate when they enroll in WebCampus courses. Students do not have to be accepted into a program in order to take graduate classes at Stevens. It is possible to take up to three classes as a non-matriculating student while your application is under review. For more information, contact the WebCampus Division at webcampus@stevens.edu or 201-216-5092.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN ... ENROLL NOW!  STEVENS ONLINE CLASSES START THE WEEK OF JANUARY 25, 2010. [ return to top ]


NSPE Spring Web Seminars

The spring web seminar series kicks off in January

  • Leadership
  • Faculty Licensure
  • Digital Signatures
  • Positioning Yourself for the Next Job: Your Professional Toolkit
  • How to Start Your Own Firm
  • Presentation Skills for Engineers

In addition, the popular Ethics Forum will be back with three new offerings. Check the NSPE Web site the first week in January to see a more detailed listing and to register. [ return to top ]


2009-10 PEC Executive Board

Chairman
David Hunley, P.E.

Immediate Past Chairman
James D. Goedert, Ph.D., P.E.

Chairman Elect
Paul J Bakken, P.E., FNSPE

Secretary
Thomas L. Paxson, P.E., FNSPE

Northeast Region
Donn R. Zang, P.E., FNSPE

North Central Region
Paul E. Harmon, P.E.

Southeast Region
James B. Harper, P.E.

Southwest Region
Vacant

Central Region
Glen R Schwalbach, P.E., FNSPE

Western & Pacific Region
David Ray Shields, Ph.D., P.E.

PEC Staff Liaison:
Erin Reyes
703-684-2884

PEC Homepage 

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If you would like to sponsor the next edition of PEC Reporter, contact the Professional Engineers in Construction for more information.

PEC would like to thank all of our 2009 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.

Richard W Rauseo PE Consulting Engineers

George Harms
Construction Co

Glynn Geotechnical Engineering

BEC Engineering Inc

Zetlin & DeChiara LLP

Owen Ames Kimball
Company

Paric Corporation

Bates Engineers Contractors

Paul J Gallo Contracting Inc

Judy Construction Company

James D Moore Jr PE

Frederick Derr &
Company Inc

Stephen A Estrin & Co Inc

EVCO Construction Co Inc

Snyder Electric Co Inc

Harper Industries, Inc

Suberroc Systems
SUBSYST

Vratsinas Construction Company

Abriola Co

Metromont Prestress Co

Tamrio Inc

Riverso Assoc Inc

Code Consultants Inc

S Seltzer Construction Corp

Lundy Construction Co Inc

CRD & Associates Inc

J Fletcher Creamer &
Son Inc

Statewide Aquastore
New England Tank Inc

HAKS

Capital Project
Management Inc

Fred Weber Inc

Project Development
Services Inc

Frank Gurney Inc

John N Puder Inc

Brown Construction Services

Calvi Electric Company

Drury South Inc

ABC Paving Co Inc

Veitia Padron Inc

Facchina Construction

Mayberry Electric Inc

The Rubicon Group

LidCo Electrical
Contractors Inc

Construction Management Services

Lecon Inc

Construction Industry
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