Partnering with Public Agencies


Several ACEC/MA teams participate in ongoing partnering discussions with major public state agencies responsible for infrastructure facilities.  The goal of these partnering discussion is to improve project delivery and improve communication between the public agencies and the engineering and land surveying business community. Issues discussed include procurement methods, contract types and language, invoicing processes, overhead and salary rate caps, how agencies conduct overhead audits of engineering and land surveying firms, CAD standards, BIM standards and other procedures.


Over the years, these partnering discussions have indeed improved project delivery. New issues arise and these partnering efforts will continue.


ACEC/MA leaders, appointed by the ACEC/MA Client Sector Committees and Board Liaison, in consultation with the ACEC/MA Executive Committee, represent the industry in the public agency partnering meetings.  ACEC/MA Executive Director Abbie Goodman participates in many of these discussions, along with members of the various committees and the Board, and can answer specific questions regarding each agency.


To participate in public agency partnering or to lead the work as a co-chair of one of the agency committees, review the volunteer position descriptions for:

Partnering Chair or Co-Chair

Partnering Committee Member


Transportation Partnering  Committees Briefing Presentation


ACEC/MA FY2016 Partnering  Committees Briefing


Public Agencies that have been participating in these rewarding discussions include: 

  • DCR: MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • DCAMM: MA Division of Capital Asset Maintenance and Management
  • DEP:  MA Department of Environmental Protection
  • MassDOT Highway: Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Highway Division
  • MassDOT Planning
  • MBTA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  • Massachusetts Port Authority
  • MWRA: Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
  • Regional Transportation Advisory Council of the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (RTAC of MPO) - 1 ACEC/MA seat, 1 alternate