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.


April  2014: 


Massachusetts Agencies

  • Our Building Engineering Committee (BEC) is taking a lead role in addressing the Board of Registration of Architects’ proposed regulations that would affect the status of multi-disciplinary firms and revise the definition of architectural services in ways that encroach on traditional engineering practice.
  • Ongoing discussions with DCAMM about procurement and payment issues.
  • Co-hosted MassDOT/Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Design-Build workshop, working collaboratively to seek improvements in the outcome of D/B by sharing the experiences of MassDOT staff, contractors and designers. MassDOT invited 25 ACEC/MA members to participate.
  • MBTA Partnering Committee collaborates with the MBTA leadership team to address topics on business issues and project delivery.
  • MassDOT Highway Partnering Committee continues to meet regularly with key staff at in the MassDOT Highway Division.
  • Our Massport Partnering Committee worked with Authority staff to modify certain provisions of the Massport standard contract that had caused concern in the engineering community.
  • The Transportation Agency Liaison Committee (TALC) has featured MassDOT, Massport or MBTA guest speakers at most of their monthly meetings.

Legislative and Regulatory

  • Continue to evaluate Massachusetts Senate and House bills that may affect our industry.
  • Monitoring campaign for initiative ballot petition to repeal law indexing gas tax to inflation and will oppose.
  • Leading advocacy for SB 795, the “Good Samaritan” bill for design professionals and contractors, including coordination of meetings with key legislators. 
  • Co-leading the Water Infrastructure Alliance, a broad-based coalition to advocate for funding.  Advocated for successful passage of S.2021, a water infrastructure funding bill awaiting action in the House. 
  • Working for passage of a 5-year Transportation Bond Bill.

Professional Practice

  • Completed the 2014 Genesis Program, a 3 session course designed to introduce professionals with 2 - 5 years of experience to the business aspects of engineering practice.
  • Began the 2014 Emerging Leaders program a multi-session program for those on the leadership track.
  • Continued the 2014 Odyssey program, an extended program that helps key firm members understand the values and interpersonal responses of themselves and others, improving their ability to motivate their teams and contribute to the success of the enterprise.
  • Held Everest Senior Leadership Roundtable, a forum for principals and CEOs to discuss business issues, in Boston on April 9, 2014.  
  • Presented program on “Climate Adaptation Considerations in Design” focusing on Massachusetts issues with both clients and practitioners as presenters.
  • Held a Leadership Program at the TD Garden featuring Dana Barros, of the Boston Celtics organization followed by a Celtics game.
  • Our program on Alternative Delivery featured case studies of both public and private projects and frank discussions with DCAMM and US Army Corps of Engineers leaders.
  • Held ACEC/MA’s 2014 Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala, recognizing 21 outstanding projects submitted by our member firms.


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