AIC Constructor News - March 2015
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Congratulations to our Newest Associate Constructors

The AIC is proud to recognize the 73 newest Associate Constructors who have completed their certification requirements in 2015. 
Ahmad Allam, AC
Katy, Texas
Travis Anderson, AC
Hawkins Construction Company
Field Engineer
Lincoln, Nebraska
Vincent Antonioli, AC
Questa, New Mexico
Mohamed Askar, AC
Reston, Virginia
Charlie Avila, AC
Houston, Texas
Taylor Baggs, AC
West Haven, Utah
Jeffrey Banka, AC
St. Charles, Illinois
Christian Bartholomew, AC
Kenner, Louisiana
Franklin Benson, AC
Florence, Texas
David Berg, AC
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Trevor Bisping, AC
Rochon Corporation
Assistant Project Manager
Edina, Minnesota
Soren Blue, AC
Teton Heritage
Assistant Project Manager
Bozeman, Montana
William Brock, AC
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Timothy Carpenter, AC
Austin, Texas
Casey Carson, AC
Project Engineer
Olympia, Washington
Henry Castro, AC
University of Houston
Houston, Texas
Daniel Chi, AC
Anchorage, Alaska
Aaron Clayton, AC
Syracuse, New York
Joshua Collins, AC
Sherwood, Arkansas
Caleb Cramer, AC
Syracuse, New York
Evan Crayford, AC
Field Engineer
Iowa City, Iowa
Michael DeLuca, AC
Chicago, Illinois
Marcus Dodd, AC
Kansas City, Missouri
Arrielle Dreher, AC
Boise, Idaho
Ryan Elphick, AC
Waterford, Connecticut
Brett Foster, AC
Chandler, Arizona
Kerri Gangwer, AC
Lansing, Michigan
Robert Green, AC
US Army
Engineer Officer
Leavenworth, Kansas
Thomas Hill, AC
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Asmir Ibisevic, AC
Houston, Texas
Rebecca Iverson, AC
Warrens, Wisconsin
Jordan Johnson, AC
Osceola, Wisconsin
Richard Johnson, AC
Fargo, North Dakota
Tyler King, AC
Boise, Idaho
Ty Koster, AC
Cicero, New York
Lawrence Krumm, AC
Boonville, Missouri
Kevin Leach, AC
Norman, Oklahoma
Craig Libranda, AC
Richmond, Texas
Nicholas Lopez, AC
Turner Construction Company
Field Engineer
San Antonio, Texas
Mingge Lu, AC
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Patrick Mach, AC
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Bryan Makatura, AC
Makatura Construction, Inc.
Project Manager
Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania
Neal Mathews, AC
Rosendale, New York
Richard Mauch, AC
Center Moriches, New York
Travis Maulden, AC
Starcon International
Houston, Texas
Megan McCormick, AC
Project Engineer
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Jason Mills, AC
Altamonte Springs, Florida
Matthew Niles, AC
Chillicothe, Illinois
Paul Nolden, AC
Otsego, Minnesota
Michael Norman, AC
Yakima, Washington
Jordan Novak, AC
New York Mills, Minnesota
Kirk Paul, AC
Portland, Oregon
Jacob Pellerin, AC
J.M. Brown GC
Bangor, Maine
Ryan Pullin, AC
Triad Retail Construction, Inc.
Project Manager
Elizabeth Robison, AC
Langlas & Associates, Inc.
Assistant Project Manager
Bozeman, Montana
David Royer, AC
Howell, Michigan
Christian Ryan, AC
Assistant Project Manager
Orlando, Florida
Joe Schumann, AC
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Mitchell Sellhausen, AC
Edgerton Contractors, Inc.
Asst. Project Manager
Jackson, Wisconsin
Paul Shaw, AC
Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
Maxwell Shellabarger, AC
Anchorage, Alaska
Nate Smartt, AC
Clark Construction
Oakland, California
Brock Smith, AC
Davie, Florida
Jason Stauber, AC
Peyton, Colorado
Dillon Tew, AC
Alexandria, Virginia
Ryan Townsley, AC
Armstrong, Illinois
Mutsumi Uehara, AC
Spring, Texas
Jon Umbaugh, AC
Bozeman, Montana
Gysbert van Niekerk, AC
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Samantha Wallace, AC
Hackensack, New Jersey
Stephen Wenglar, AC
Pearland, Texas
Jennifer Wright, AC
Yulee, Florida
Zachary Wymer, AC
Ingleside, Texas


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Speaker Profiles 

Phil Lewis, PhD, PE
Assistant Professor
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Oklahoma State University

Phil has over 25 years of experience in various construction venues.  He began his career as a transportation engineer and spent five years with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.  He also spent nine years as a senior project manager and vice president of operations with a design-build commercial contractor in Raleigh, NC.  Since 2005, Phil has been pursuing the academic side of construction full time, obtaining a PhD in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and serving as a faculty member at Oklahoma State University.  At OSU, his research focuses on sustainable construction asset management and he teaches six graduate level courses related to construction engineering and project management.  Phil will be presenting the results of his research in a paper titled “Characterizing Equipment Cost, Fuel Use, and Emissions for Earthwork Activities,” which addresses the economic, energy, and environmental impacts of heavy duty diesel construction equipment.

Elizabeth Hazzard, EIT
Graduate Engineer
Aguirre & Fields, LP
Fort Worth, TX

Elizabeth Hazzard received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2012 and a Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Project Management in 2014, both from Oklahoma State University. Her Master’s thesis topic was characterizing and quantifying the economic, energy, and environmental impacts of a bridge replacement project for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT).   While earning her degrees, she worked for ODOT as a co-op engineer in the Roadway Design Division.  Currently, she is an Engineer-In-Training and graduate engineer for Aguirre & Fields, LP in Fort Worth, TX and works primarily in roadway design and construction engineering and inspection. She is also involved with ASCE and ACEC and plans to take the PE exam in the fall of 2015.  Elizabeth will be presenting the results of her thesis in a paper titled “Assessing the Economic, Energy, and Environmental Impacts of a Bridge Replacement Project.”

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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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