The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) is the business association of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island engineering industry, representing over 110 independent engineering companies engaged in the development of transportation, environmental, industrial, and other infrastructure. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Boston, MA, ACEC/MA is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) based in Washington, DC. ACEC is a national federation of 51 state and regional organizations.
With the support of our member firms, ACEC/MA works to protect and promote your business. ACEC/MA's work with state leaders, legislators and with state agencies has led to the following recent victories.
- Effective April 15, 2016, the MBTA stopped holding retainage on all professional services contracts. This change in MBTA policy is great example of how ACEC/MA’s partnering work with public agencies improves and streamlines project delivery for public agency clients and the engineering & design community.
- Our ACEC/MA DCAMM Partnering Committee met with the Division of Capital Asset Maintenance and Management Deputy Commissioner and key staff to discuss procurement of geotechnical and land surveying services when they are not part of the original scope of work.
- ACEC/MA’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee (EEAC) held a successful Member Briefing on proposed regulatory changes to the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust and Infiltration/Inflow requirements resulting from changes to 314 CMR 12.
- ACEC/MA’s Transportation Agency Liaison Committee (TALC) public agency partnering groups are meeting with MassDOT Highway, MBTA and Massport on a range of issues to help agencies streamline project delivery.
Legislative and Regulatory
- ACEC/MA’s Building Engineering Committee (BEC) continues to advocate for changes to draft regulations proposed by the Board of Registration of Architects that would adversely impact A&E firms operating in Massachusetts.
- ACEC/MA continues to serve on the Massachusetts Climate Change Coalition, which is supporting SB2121, An Act relative to 2030 and 2040 emissions benchmarks, which includes the Comprehensive Adaptation Management Plan (CAMP) language. This bill would require the Commonwealth to use the best science to assess public safety, health and economic vulnerabilities; develop an integrated plan to manage climate change impacts, informed by public-private stakeholders; create two new programs to protect coastal areas and support regional and local planning (using existing resources); and ensure that state policy is consistent with "Smart Climate" science and practices.
- ACEC/MA continues to support or oppose Massachusetts Senate and House bills that affect our industry.
- ACEC/MA leaders met with the Massachusetts Congressional delegation in Washington, DC, during ACEC’s Annual Convention and Legislative Summit, advocating for infrastructure funding for transportation, energy and water.
- ACEC/MA honored 29 outstanding engineering projects and several leaders at our 2016 Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala, hosted by co-emcees MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack and State Senator Karen Spilka. In addition, the ACEC/MA Education Corporation awarded two scholarships.
- ACEC/MA’s 2016 Emerging Leaders Program for firm employees with 8-15 years of experience sold out and graduated the Class of 2016.
- ACEC/MA held a successful State Markets Conference and a breakfast on Automated Vehicles: State of the Practice and Implications for State DOTs.
- Our April 27 Effective Writing Program at GEI Consultants sold out.
- Registration is now open for ACEC/MA’s May 12 Program: ACEC/MA Owner Project Management: Understanding Roles for Project Success at HNTB in Boston.