AIC Constructor News - April 2015
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Joseph Rietman, CPC Named AIC National President


The AIC is proud to announce that Joseph Rietman, CPC has been named it's National President. 


Mr. Rietman, currently with Westfield Development in San Diego, CA, previously served as the AIC’s Vice-President, as well as on the AIC’s Constructor Certification Commission’s Board of Governors.  His term as National President began April 2015 and will run through April 2016, concluding at the 2016 AIC Annual Forum which will be held in Mr. Rietman’s home town of San Diego, CA.  Joe has been a member of the AIC for over 17 years and a Certified Professional Constructor for 5 years. 


Assuming other elected positions within the AIC include:

Vice-President Gregory Carender, CPC of PricewaterhouseCoopers of Atlanta, GA


Secretary David Dominguez, CPC, Project Manager with Ryan Companies in Des Moines, IA


Treasurer Bradley Monson, CPC, Capital Construction Project Manager with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver, CO


Outgoing President Paul Mattingly remarked “Joe will provide great leadership to the AIC over the next year.  He has a vision and passion for the AIC that will translate into great success for this organization.”

Also joining the Board of Directors is Ihab Saad, Department Chair at Northern Kentucky University and James Hogan, CPC of Houston Based PBK.  Gregory Carender and Saeed Goodman were each elected to a second term on the Board of Directors as well. 

Dennis Bausman, FAIC, CPC Named Chairman of the AIC Constructor Certification Commission

In addition, Dennis Bausman, FAIC, CPC has been named as the Chair of its Constructor Certification Commission’s Board of Governors. 
The Board of Governors is responsible for the AIC’s nationally recognized and Accredited Certified Professional Constructor and Associate Constructor certification programs.  Bausman, Professor and CSM Endowed Faculty Chair at Clemson University, has been a longtime member and elected leader within the AIC.  He has been the recipient of the AIC’s W.A. Klinger Construction Education Award as well as the AGC of America’s National Outstanding Educator Award.  He is currently a member of the AIC’s College of Fellows, the highest level of membership within the Institute.  His term as Chair will run until April 2017. 
“I congratulate Dennis on his new role as Chair of the Constructor Certification Commission.  His leadership and passion for Constructor Certification will a huge asset for the Commission and the AIC.” Remarked outgoing Chairman, Matthew Conrad, CPC

Thank you to Paul Mattingly and Matthew Conrad for their leadership as AIC President and Chairman of the Constructor Certification Commission over the past year! 

John Brown University Wins First Annual AIC Ethics Competition

Congratulations to John Brown University on winning the first ever AIC Ethics Competition!  The JBU team consisted of the following students: 
  • Bryan Bova
  • Daniel Coon
  • Jonathan Jenkens
  • Cody Philips 
  • Derek Stout

Annual Forum Recap


Attendees from across the country joined the AIC in Ft. Worth for the 2015 Annual Forum. The Forum, held at the Historic Ft. Worth Hilton, featured 4 general/keynote sessions and 8 breakout sessions.  The event kicked off with the First Annual Collegiate Ethics Competition between John Brown University and Texas A&M University.  Speakers on the first day included representatives from several of the top construction companies in the world, including; Balfour Beatty, Linbeck, and Sundt.  To unwind after the first full day of the conference, attendees headed over to the famous Ft. Worth Stockyards to check out the Ft. Worth Herd and then on to Billy Bob's Honky Tonk for the Forum's Welcome Reception.   

The second day was kicked off with a keynote session by Matthew Papenfus, CPC, Executive Vice President for Turner Construction's Dallas Office. Other speakers included Jim Schug of FMI, Ed Mullins of Sundt and an exciting keynote from James Benham. James gave an update on the state of technology in the construction industry.  To close out the day the AIC held it's Annual Awards Dinner and Ceremony.  

2015 Award Winners Include:
  • Richard Pepper of Pepper Construction | Jack Kinnaman Award
  • Jason Lucas of Clemson University | AIC Award
  • Joe Rietman of Westfield Development | Nashert Award
  • David Bilbo of Texas A&M University | W.A. Klinger Educator Award
  • Roger Liska of Clemson University | Steve Byrne Industry Achievement Award
  • HICAPS | CCC Construction Company Award of Excellence 
Thank you to all who attended the Annual Forum and made it a special event this year!  We look forward to seeing you in 2016 in San Diego! 

FMI Construction Outlook 1st Quarter 2015

Despite the long list of challenges the economy is facing, we expect total construction put in place to grow 8% in 2015 or somewhat faster than in 2014. The biggest challenge faced by contractors this year continues to be finding and retaining the best talent. Residential construction is expected to grow 9%, lodging, 16%; office construction, 11%; commercial construction, 15%; and manufacturing, 11%. Even though markets like education and health care will grow a more modest 3%and 4% respectively, continued slow growth is finally catching up to capacity in some parts of the country, and there is more urgency to grow the talent pool or some contractors will need to turn down new projects. That is hard to believe, but even at a snail’s pace, the economy is bound to get somewhere after a while, and it is now arriving.

The construction industry is catching up with where it left off in the growth period before the boom busted. However, that doesn’t mean the industry is about to repeat the same cycle. The oil and gas boom hasn’t totally fallen apart, but it is certainly slowing. That means the loss of some good jobs and wages; however, some of those who lost their jobs in the oil fields may be available to contractors in other parts of the country. Otherwise, the current growth cycle appears to be broad-based and sustainable.

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Dear Mr. Ethics 

Dear Mr. Ethics,

We just inspected a pier that has been converted into a nightclub.  The owner noticed sagging in the western most corner of the night club that extends about 80 feet in the water. Our investigation revealed severe undermining of that section of the pier due to the complete rotting of 4 pilings that are supposed to support that area of the pier.  We sat down with the owner and reviewed our report which states that under load the pier is in imminent danger of collapsing.  The owner seemed very upset and said he was going to take care of the situation immediately.  We have no further services to perform.  We are now wondering if we should submit our report to City officials.  Would that be a violation of our contract with the owner if we did that?

Regards, Pier Concerned


Dear Pier,

I do not think violating your contract is your primary concern.  It sounds like you have identified a situation that is a threat to public safety.  You need to contact the owner and see if he will be submitting the report to the City.  If not, I think ethics says that you submit the report.  Your greater duty lies with the protection of the public.  By submitting the report you are putting the City on notice of a public safety issue and by doing so you could prevent someone from getting hurt or worse.  You may lose a client by taking this action, and maybe face a suit for breach of contract but I think those possible consequences are much less than the possible consequence of not preventing someone from being injured or worse.

Regards, Mr. Ethics.

Read more on the Mr. Ethics Blog

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