AIC Constructor News - February 2015
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Exam Registration Update

Registration for the Associate Constructor and Certified Professional Constructor examinations is open online until March 6, 2015.  Early rates for exam registration is open through February 28.  

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Speaker Update! 

Matthew Papenfus, CPC | Senior Vice President, Turner Construction Company

Keynote Speaker


As Senior Vice President, Matt has overall responsibility for leading Turner’s Central Region which has annual construction revenue in excess of one billion dollars and includes offices in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Denver and Kansas City.  He is part of Turner’s Senior Leadership Team and also has responsibility for the company’s Lean strategy.

Matt received his Bachelors of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1990.  He began his career with Turner in the Chicago business unit as a Field Engineer.  Over the first ten years of Matt’s career he held various Engineer, Superintendent and Project Manager roles on a number of healthcare, higher education and pharmaceutical projects throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Kansas and Missouri.  In 2000 Matt was promoted to Manager of the Kansas City Special Projects Division.  In 2003 Matt transferred to Texas and during the next ten years of his career served as Business Manager, Vice President and General Manager, and Senior Vice President with expanded geography and leadership roles.

Matt is a firm believer in giving back to the community and building community partnerships.  He has been involved with community organizations his entire life and served on a number of boards, including the ACE Mentor Program of DFW, the Dallas Regional Chamber, the Dallas Zoological Society, the Museum of Nature and Science, Communities In Schools, and even the Super Bowl XLV Host Committee.

Matt, his wife Melissa and their five children (number six is on the way) live in Murphy, Texas and are soon moving to Parker, Texas.

Stay tuned for more speaker and session updates or visit to see bios of all confirmed Annual Forum Speakers.\


Have some fun at the Annual Forum Welcome Reception

While we are excited about all of the great sessions and speakers planned for the Annual Forum, we are equally excited about all of the fun planned for attendees.  Since they do things big in Texas, we figured we should go big for this year's Welcome Reception.  This year we are heading down to the historic Ft. Worth Stockyards to watch the Ft. Worth Herd Cattle Drive.  After some time exploring the historic district we head over to Billy Bob's, the world's largest honky tonk.  At Billy Bob's we will have a private room where attendees will enjoy great food and drinks as well as an opportunity to meet their fellow attendees.  The Welcome Reception is included in the registration fee, guests are welcome, but require pre-registration.  Transportation will be provided to and from the Hilton Hotel.

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Quantifying the Benefits of Virtual Design and Construction: How Does BIM Impact the Bottom Line?

Originally Published: The Professional Constructor Journal, September 2014 | Vol. 38 | No. 1

The adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools in the design and construction industry has dramatically increased over the past ten years. Frequently, contractors are a driving force in this change as they realize the ability to plan all work elements prior to construction can have a significant positive impact on cost, schedule, safety and customer satisfaction. Unfortunately, little empirical data exists on the benefits of utilizing BIM and business decisions are often being made based upon speculated benefits. This paper examines quantitative and qualitative data from a central utility plant case study project in the Mid-West U.S. and presents realized benefits in the areas of cost, schedule, quality, and safety. In addition, this paper aims to stimulate further research in the area by presenting an analysis framework for studying the benefits of BIM adoption.

Click here to read this article. 

Dear Mr. Ethics 


Dear Mr. Ethics,

We have been contracted to reconstruct a landmark theater that was recently destroyed by fire. The theater was originally designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wrights who obtained a level of notoriety of their own.  The theater owner has found the original plans and has given them to use to use to reconstruct the theater.  One of my partners remembers hearing about a lawsuit involving a project architect’s and contractor’s use of someone else’s drawings.  Do you know anything about this lawsuit or have any ethical concerns about us proceeding as requested by the owner?

Regards, Plan Shy

Dear Plan,  

This is a familiar situation where ethics and the law converge.  It is unethical to use the plans and specifications of another design professional unless there has been provided written permission to do so.  Using the designs of another without their permission can also result in a copyright infringement claim.  Suits are regularly filed by either the design professional or their heirs over alleged unauthorized use of their plans.  You need to find out from the owner if the owner has the written permission of the original architect to use the plans.  You should also contact counsel to see if you also should get an indemnification from the owner for any copyright claims that may arise.  Ethics and law say you should not use someone else’s documents without knowing if there is permission to do same.

Read more on the Mr. Ethics Blog

Upcoming Events

AIC Events

Associate Constructor and Certified Professional Constructor Certification Exams 
March 28, 2015 | Held at Locations Across the United States

2015 Annual Forum  
April 13-16, 2015 | Ft. Worth, TX The 2015 Annual Forum theme is “Lean and Green Construction.”  Attendees will hear from industry experts on the latest in Lean and Green Construction practices.  Speakers include professionals from many of the leading construction companies in the world, including: Turner Construction, Balfour Beatty, and Sundt Construction.  In addition, we will be holding the first Annual AIC Collegiate Ethics Competition and Ethics Panel.

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Date: March 26 — 29, 2015
Location: Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Description: Join us for SUBExcel 2015 - "ASA: We Build Excellence!" the premier national education and networking event for construction subcontractors.


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