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.
- Our Building Engineering Committee (BEC) took a lead role to help reshape proposed revisions to the Board of Registration of Architects’ regulations to avoid changes that would have affected the status of multidisciplinary firms, and revised the definition of architectural services in ways that would encroach on traditional engineering practice.
- The Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee hosted a meeting with newly appointed DEP Commissioner David Cash on June 24, 2014.
- Our MassDOT Highway Partnering Committee meets regularly with agency staff to discuss business issues and ways to improve project delivery; the MBTA Partnering Committee collaborates with the MBTA leadership team on the same topics.
- 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.
Legislative and Regulatory
- ACEC/MA organized Engineers and Land Surveyors Day at the State House. On May 13, 2014, we joined with BSCES and MALSCE to lead more than 60 professionals to meet with their state representatives and senators to advocate for our positions on water and infrastructure funding, the Good Samaritan Law and sustainability and resiliency.
- ACEC/MA advocates for the integrity of a State Building Code process that requires code changes to be reviewed and approved by the BBRS. We successfully opposed attempts to make changes to fire sprinkler and certain carbon monoxide detector requirements by legislative action. ACEC/MA is a leading member of the broad coalition supporting the Committee for Safer Roads and Bridges, which opposes the ballot question that calls for the repeal of the indexing of the gas tax to inflation.
- ACEC/MA is leading advocacy for S.795, the “Good Samaritan” bill for design professionals and contractors, including coordination of meetings with key legislators.
- ACEC/MA has scheduled a series of briefings with candidates for governor and attorney general. ACEC/MA members have had the opportunity to gain a sense of the candidates through interactive discussions in a small group setting. Participants so far have included Charlie Baker and Steve Grossman for governor and Maura Healey, John Miller and Warren Tolman for attorney general. Additional briefings are being scheduled.
- We continue to advocate for or advocate against certain Massachusetts Senate and House bills that affect our industry.
- The ACEC/MA-Education Corporation awarded a $5,000 scholarship to Michael Dube, a Northeastern University junior majoring in civil and environmental engineering with a minor in business administration. We forwarded Michael’s application to the ACEC national competition, where he won an additional $2,000 scholarship.
- Registration is now open for the 2015 Odyssey leadership program that starts on October 2, 2014. Participants with 10 or more years of experience learn in 9 full-day sessions how to better communicate with and motivate those we work with, in both our day-to-day operations and in conflict.
- ACEC/MA’s Awards Committee is preparing for our 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition. Entry forms are due October 6, 2015.