AIC Constructor News - August 2014
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What's AIC Membership To You?

We want to hear what membership in AIC means to you.  This month we heard from Mike Golden, FAIC, CPC.

By Mike Golden, FAIC, CPC, President of MW Golden Constructors

I have been a member of AIC since October 2, 1972, when I joined as a student member.

My department head, M.I. Guest had come in to the senior class and made a definitive statement that "if you are interested in being a professional in this industry, AIC was an organization you needed to join." 

I have progressed from a student member to a Constructor Member to a Fellow of AIC.  I also am Certified Professional Constructor #10.

All of us have an obligation to promote professionalism and ethics within our industry and to continuously pursue educational advancement within our industry.  AIC provides the opportunity to promote these ideals with like-minded individuals.  Since the advent of the certification program in 1996, there is a definite measurable level of certification of the professional constructor that is unique to our industry.  

Having been a member of AIC for almost 42 years, I recommend it to all individuals within our industry that believe in professionalism, ethics and continuing education.

What does AIC Membership mean to you? Let us know by contact Joe Sapp at  If you are not a member of AIC but would like to join please contact Joe as well.  

Where are all the Women CPCs? 

The following appeared on the Sundt Construction blog on August 11, 2014.  Click here to view the original article.

Being a Certified Professional Constructor, or CPC, is one of the highest levels of professional achievement in the construction industry. Sundt employs more CPCs than any other U.S. contractor. And here’s another amazing fact: a quarter of all of the women who are CPCs in the world work at Sundt. Both of these figures are testaments to our commitment to employing the most talented workforce in the industry, and helping women achieve success in a field that has been historically male-dominated.

“Sundt encourages all of its employees, whether male or female, to improve their careers by setting and achieving high goals,” notes Dave Fleming, Sundt’s Director of Dispute Resolution and the Past National President and Director of the American Institute of Constructors (AIC). The AIC is the national qualifying body for the CPC designation through its Constructor Certification Commission.

“Achieving CPC certification is the highest professional achievement in our industry. Many Sundt employees have reached this goal, and we also have the distinction of employing more women CPCs than any other company anywhere. The employee-owners of Sundt are very proud of that fact.”

To learn more about how Sundt invests in the ongoing training and education of its workforce, click here.

FMI 2014 NRCI 3rd Quarter Report

NRCI Index Q3= 62.5

The NRCI dropped 3.3 points this quarter to 62.5, thus breaking the short run of solid advance in the previous two quarters. At first glance, one would say this is not good news. Although we prefer to see a constant rise in the Index, we note that a score of 62.5 is 2.2 points better than the one in Q3 2013. The NRCI is also still solidly in the growth range between 50 and 100. Although most components of the NRCI dropped this quarter, backlogs remain strong with expectations of improvement and productivity up a little. The signs of change are in the details, with the cost of materials continuing to climb and the cost of labor moving up sharply, both components weigh negatively on the Index. In the near term, higher costs of production will not contractors improve profitability. However, these components are also signs of a growing economy as manufacturers see higher utilization rates, and unemployment drops closer to full employment levels, thus pushing wages up. Read the entire report.

Mr. Ethics

Dear Mr. Ethics,

An employee recently told me about a video that that is on YouTube.  The video shows some of our workers sitting on the roof of a condo project we have in lawn chairs, drinking beer and lighting off bottle rockets.  If I caught these employees in the act they all would be fired.  Since this is on YouTube I do not think I can take any action because I did not witness it live.  I do not feel I can use this video against them.  Regards, YouTube or Live

Dear YouTubed,

The YouTube video is just as good as catching them in the act.  There is not right of privacy that attaches to pictures or videos placed on public, social sites.  There placing a video on You Tube makes their actions even worse. It shows your employees acting recklessly and improperly.  And it is for the whole world to see including OSHA and other government agencies.  Do not worry about taking actions against these employees because you did not catch them, live, in the act. There are no adverse ethical issues involved with acting upon the video.

Read Mr. Ethics Response on his new blog.

Call for Papers - AIC Annual Forum 2015

The Professional Constructor, the journal of the American Institute of Constructors (AIC), is seeking submissions for a special issue “Lean and Green Construction Project Management Practices”. Authors are invited to submit a manuscript for consideration in this special issue that deal with “Lean and Green” issues relevant to the practicing profession. The submissions will be reviewed by members of the Journal’s review committee.  Out of the approved submissions for the special issue, one will be selected by the AIC’s Education Committee and Executive Board to be presented (expenses paid) at the AIC’s annual forum in Fort Worth, TX on April 13-16, 2015. 

For information pertaining to the journal, author instructions, and the article submission process please visit:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jason Lucas at

If you are interested in having a manuscript considered for the special issue, please submit it for review to by October 31, 2014. Submissions received after this date or not pertaining to the specific topic are welcome for consideration in future issues of the journal.

 The AIC is a professional society of construction professionals who seek to provide individual professional constructor with the same status as their fellow professionals in the A/E/C industry.  AIC Members are individuals who serve the construction industry with professionalism and a high ethical standard. For more information on the AIC, or to become a member, please visit

2014 AIC Mid-Year Meeting

The 2014 AIC Mid-Year Meeting is October 15 & 16 in Arlington, VA.  The Mid-Year Meeting is an event geared toward providing AIC Members a platform for getting involved with the AIC at a volunteer level.  Those interested in leadership roles or participating on an AIC Committee should consider attending.  In addition, the AIC hosts the Annual Inter-Industry Roundtable and Reception.  

Last year, over 12 AEC Industry Associations participated in high level discussions surrounding issues affecting their industries and organizations.  Following the Roundtable is a Reception which allows AIC Members a chance to network with other association leaders after a productive day of meetings.  

Click here to register or learn more about the Mid-Year Meeting. 

Upcoming Events

AIC Events

AIC Mid-Year Meeting
October 15 &16, 2014 - Sheraton Hotel Pentagon City

AC and CPC Exams  
Registration opening soon for the October 25, 2014 Examinations.
Associate Constructor Exam Registration
Certified Professional Constructor Exam Registration

Upcoming Lorman Education Events

Members receive a 20% discount on all orders. You may register online or call Lorman at 866-352-9539. Please use Priority Code 16079 and Discount Code H1893803 when registering.  Click here to find more events.

Managing Construction Projects in Texas
Houston, TX | September 9, 2014

Construction Management/Design-Build in New Jersey
Parsippany, NJ | September 12, 2014

Upcoming Webinars Hosted by the American Subcontractors Association

All ASA Webinars approved for CPD Credit

ASA Webinar: How to Bid More Competitively on Government Construction
September 9, 2014

Fall Exam Registration Open Online

Registration for the October 25, 2014 Associate Constructor (AC) and Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) examinations are now open online.  Registration at the regular rates ends on September 19 and the final deadline to register is October 3.  

Link to AC Exam Registration.

Link to CPC Exam Registration.

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Francis Dugan Scholarship - DEADLINE

The deadline to submit an application for the 2014 Fran Dugan Scholarship is August 31, 2014.  

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