AIC Constructor News - November 2013
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AIC Hosts First Inter-Industry Roundtable

The American Institute of Constructors (AIC) hosted its first ever Inter-Industry Roundtable at its recent Mid-Year Meeting. Eleven organizations participated in the meeting which was considered a success by all involved, including Joe Sapp, AIC Executive Director, who had the following to say. “Having so many organization’s involved in our first Roundtable was very exciting. I see great potential for the participating organizations and others to collaborate in the future as we continue to provide an invaluable service to our industries and members.”

Participating Organizations Included:
  • American Institute of Constructors
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • American Council for Construction Education
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Subcontractors Association
  • Construction Financial Management Association
  • Construction Industry Ethics and Compliance Initiative
  • Design-Build Institute of America
  • Lean Construction Institute
  • Society for Marketing Professional Services

Aside from learning more about each organization and their key initiatives, there was an overwhelming focus on ethics and professionalism including how the participating organizations can collaborate on future ethics initiatives. Based on the participation and positive conversations that took place the AIC is looking at future opportunities to bring these organizations and others together for future Roundtable sessions.


National Construction Company Award of Excellence

Has your company been a leader in promoting and encouraging Constructor Certification?   If so then we want to hear about it.  Nominations are now open for the 2014 National Construction Company Award of Excellence.  This award is given annually to the company who has stood out for their promotion and support of Constructor Certification.  To be considered for the award your the company must:
  • Promote and reward AIC CCC Constructor Certification within the organization in the personnel recruiting, hiring, evaluation and development processes.
  • Have at least one CPC employed in the company.
  • The same company can only receive the award for no more than two consecutive years
To nominate a company please submit a letter of nomination.  Nominations can not exceed 3 pages in length but can include additional supporting documentation. The nominations deadline is January 31, 2014.  Within your nomination letter please address the following questions:
  • How does the company promote and reward AIC certification in their personnel recruitment, hiring, evaluation and development processes? Provide details and include with the nomination letter any pertinent company documents that support the detailed description. (Company documents and supporting materials can be submitted along with the up to 3 page nomination letter)
  • How many certified ACs and CPCs are employed in the company?
For more information please visit:

A Guide to Maintaining Your Certification

So, you are a Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) or an Associate Constructor (AC) and you are a few years into your certification, what do you need to know?  Keeping your certification active is a two part process for both the CPC and the AC.  Here are a few helpful notes for those of you that are not sure about what you need to do to stay up to date.

Read the Full Guide

Mr. Ethics

Dear Mr. Ethics,

We are responsible for taking and publishing monthly meeting minutes.  Before the start of the project the Owner’s representative told us that the Owner did not want to see anything in the minutes that blamed the Owner for any project problems.  In one set of minutes we noted that the general contractor stated that the Owner needed to review and approve the project sample panel soon or project delays could result due to product delivery lead times.  The Owner’s representative reamed me out for those minutes and said we would be terminated for convenience if anything like that happened again.  Now we get a slew of emails after each meeting complaining about the minutes not reflecting the meeting discussion or reflecting requested changes.  We feel like our hands are tied.  Do you have any suggestions?

Regards, Jamie

Read Mr. Ethics Response

Texas A&M Student Ethics Competition Winners Announced.

Winning Team Awarded AIC Associate Constructor Exam Scholarship

The AIC is happy to announce that it has awarded Associate Constructor Exam Scholarships to the winning team from the recent Texas A&M Ethics Competition.  Since 2011 the AIC has awarded the top team from this competition with a scholarship to sit for the AC examination.  This year over 125 students from Texas A&M participated in the ethics competition using case studies from the AIC Program on Construction Ethics.  The competition started with 25 teams submitting written reports, from that 5 teams were selected to present their analysis of the ethical scenario to the Texas A&M Construction Industry Advistory Council.  The last round of the competition featured the top 2 teams who presented their oral presentations to former students Larry Fickel, David Fleming, and Gavin McGee.  Fleming also currently serves as the National President of the AIC. 

The winning team after the last round of oral presentations was:
  • John Anderson
  • William Conte
  • William De Groh
  • Sara Hinojosa
  • Grand Hudson

Congratulations to the winning team!  

The winnings team of the Fall 2013 Texas A&M Ethics Competition. 

Reconstruct your website to build online presence

By Kevin McNally

First impressions count – it’s true about nearly everything in the workplace. Like it or not, we are constantly being judged on personal appearance, the condition of our offices, the state of equipment and even collateral materials. And today, when a company’s website is the first thing many potential clients check out before deciding where to take their business, it pays to maintain one that provides the information, navigation and look that best places your construction company in the most positive light.


Call for Papers

The Professional Constructor, The Journal of the American Institute of Constructors

The American Institute of Constructors (AIC) is pleased to announce an open call for papers to be published in The Professional Constructor, The Journal of the American Institute of Constructors. The papers should be the original work of the author(s) that would have a value and interest to constructors. Manuscripts can cover topics dealing with: past practice, current interest and trends, suggested new fields of activity or results of construction related research. The papers must contribute to the educational, planning, management, construction, development, or business phase of the construction industry. 

All submitted papers must conform the AIC Journal Authors Guide, click here to download the guide.

Should you have any questions please contact me.

Dr. Jason D. Lucas, Editor
Assistant Professor
2-136 Lee Hall
Department of Construction Science and Management
Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina

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AIC Panama Trip

The AIC is seeking your input on a possible AIC Delegation to attend the ASCE Global Engineering Conference in Panama City, Panama.  The Conference is October 7-11, 2014.  While travel, housing, and conference fees are the responsibility of the individual attendee, the AIC will put together group travel arrangements if we have enough interest.  This conference will feature not only high quality educational sessions but tours of the Panama Canal.  

If you are interested in attending please contact AIC Program Manager Chris Gruber at  

College of Fellows Nominations Open

AIC Fellow is the highest level of membership within the AIC.  It is an honor only awarded to individuals who have been in service to the AIC, our industry, and their local community. If you know a long time AIC Member who should be considered for entrance into the AIC College of Fellows please download the Fellows Nomination form.  

Click here to download the nomination form.

AIC Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for 2014 AIC National Awards.  Nominations are due back by January 31, 2014.  Awards will be given at the AIC Annual Forum April 14-16, 2014 in Greenville, SC.

AIC Awards
  • Walter A. Nashert, Sr. Constructor Award
  • Victor C. Smith Professional Constructor Award
  • AIC Award
  • Jack Kinnaman AIC Leadership Award
  • W.A. Klinger Construction Education Award
CCC Awards

Stephen P. Byrne Award

Click here to download the Awards Nomination Form.

Featured Member Benefit Partners



Constructor of the Month 

The Constructor of the Month program is a new way for the AIC to recognize the best and brightest AIC Members, Associate Constructors (AC), and Certified Professional Constructors (CPC).  Each month we will be featuring a new individual and the work they are doing in our industry.  We will also profile additional individuals on the AIC Website each month.  

To be eligible you must be an AIC Member, AC, or CPC in good standing.  To have yourself profiled on the AIC site you must use the submission form available here.  Completed forms and supporting documents should be emailed to

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