AIC Constructor News - July 2014
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AIC at ACCE Annual Meeting

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the American Council for Construction Education’s Annual Meeting in Tacoma, WA.  For those of you not familiar with the ACCE, they are the leading accrediting agency for 4-year baccalaureate construction programs in the United States.  In addition to myself, several AIC Board Members and volunteers were in attendance. 

During the conference, I had the opportunity to sit in on a few meetings.  The first being the Industry Caucus;  this group provides a vital link to the ACCE and the industry at large.  It gave me the opportunity to share an update about AIC and also to hear what issues the industry is bringing forward to the ACCE. 

I also had the chance to speak to all attendees during a lunch session.  In my update, I shared how AIC was in the final stages of earning ANSI Accreditation for our AC and CPC Programs.  I also shared how we are investigating Computer Based Testing for our examinations.  Another update was our efforts to build new reporting that will fit hand in hand with the new outcomes based assessment requirements that ACCE Accredited programs will begin to adhere to.  I anticipate this being a powerful tool for universities as they begin the path towards these new accreditation requirements. 

Lastly, I spoke with several ACCE Members about their efforts to grow and support Industry Advisory Board’s at their accredited programs. More than ever is it important to have industry involvement and support of university programs and the best way to foster that involvement is through an IAB.  I challenge each of our AIC Members, ACs, and CPCs to find a local IAB or perhaps their alma mater’s IAB and get involved with them.  Efforts spent with an IAB will directly impact the lives of our industry’s future leaders, something I think we can all agree is important to us.  A list of ACCE Accredited programs can be viewed here or you can contact me to put you in touch with a program.  

-Joe Sapp, CAE
AIC Executive Director

James Dalton, SES Named Public Member of AIC Constructor Certification Commission

Alexandria, VA, 07/25/2014 - - The American Institute of Constructors and the Constructor Certification Commission announced today that James C. Dalton, SES has been named as the AIC’s Constructor Certification Commission Board of Governors Public Member. Mr. Dalton currently serves as the Chief of Engineering and Construction for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Dalton is responsible for policy, program, and technical expertise in the execution of over $10 Billion of design and construction programs for the US Army, US Air Force, Department of Defense, other Federal Agencies, and over sixty foreign nations. 

The Constructor Certification Commission is responsible for the AIC’s Certification program, which awards the Associate Constructor (AC) and Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) credentials. As the organization’s Public Member, Mr. Dalton will join the Board of Governors and will serve a 4-Year Term. 

“It is an honor to welcome James to our organization as our new Public Member. I look forward to the contributions he will make and his leadership as we continue to grow the Constructor Certification Program.” Said Joe Sapp, CAE AIC’s Executive Director in regards to Mr. Dalton’s election into the position.

Francis Dugan Scholarship

The Francis Dugan Scholarship is seeking applications from university construction students.  This is the first year of the Scholarship, which is a yearly award of $2,000 to one student.  Students have until August 31, 2014 to submit an application.  

Click here to download the application.  

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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. 

New AIA Design-Build Documents Place Risk and Uninsurable Exposures to Design-Builders that are Not Flowed Down

By: Brian Perlberg, AGC Sr. Counsel for Construction Law and Contracts

AIA just released 7 new design-build standard contract documents. In 2004, some commentators pointed out that they thought there was a mistake in the AIA A141, which provides a complete warranty for the Work to include both the design and construction of a project. Unfortunately for design-builders, this risk warranty DOES NOT flow down to the design professional that is likely stamping the design documents (see AIA B143, Section 2.2). Therefore, the design-builder appears to be left with all of the risk of giving a warranty that is both elevated beyond the standard of care and uninsurable. In contrast, the architect is protected with the ordinary and lower professional standard of care.  Considering that a core value of publishing standard construction contract documents is to provide predictability and consistency, this inconsistent treatment of risk is quite surprising. 


Mr. Ethics

Dear Mr. Ethics,
The project architect and I recently prepared a project punchlist.  The owner did not participate in the punchlist walkthrough due to a death in the family.  She authorized us to proceed in her absence.  I think the architect was distracted that day because he did not write some things that to me were clear punchlist items (like raised carpet; droopy copping).  I am wondering if I should prepare a revised punchlist to include the items I saw. I know this will mean more work for us but I am proud of our workmanship and I think the missing items might cast us in a bad light when the owner finally walks the completed building.  Out other option is to correct the issues without telling anyone. Do you have any advice?
Punchlist Limbo

Read Mr. Ethics Response on his new blog.

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