January 06, 2015

Industry Liaisons

The Forum has entered into Expressions of Mutual Interest (EMIs) with organizations to share information and ideas to benefit their respective memberships. Among the purposes sought to be served by the EMIs are to:

  1. Promote mutual cooperation and understanding between the organizations and their members;
  2. Promote public understanding and awareness of the contributions of the members of the organizations to the construction industry;
  3. Promote diversity within the personnel associated with the construction industry;
  4. Promote education and training of the members of the organizations; and
  5. Promote the commitment to the fair and reasonable allocation of risk and responsibility in design and construction contracts.

To further the purposes of the EMIs the Forum and the industry organizations, each appoint a Liaison to the other.

ACE Mentor Program

The mission of ACE is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.

Forum Liason: Robert J. MacPherson

American Arbitration Association--National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee

The National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee (NCDRC) was founded in 1966 by the American Arbitration Association (AAA), in cooperation with the American Institute of Architects and other industry trade and professional associations.

Forum Liasons: Adrian Bastianelli and Richard Tyler

American Council of Engineering Companies

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the voice of America's engineering industry. Council members – numbering more than 5,000 firms representing more than 500,000 employees throughout the country – are engaged in a wide range of engineering works that propel the nation's economy, and enhance and safeguard America's quality of life. These works allow Americans to drink clean water, enjoy a healthy life, take advantage of new technologies, and travel safely and efficiently. The Council's mission is to contribute to America's prosperity and welfare by advancing the business interests of member firms.

Industry Liaison: P. Douglas Folk
Forum Liaison: Buck Beltzer

American Institute of Architects

Based in Washington, D.C., the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society.

Industry Liaison: Ken Cobleigh
Forum Liaison: Michael S. Zetlin

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)

With over 30,000 member firms, AGC of America is the leading association for the construction industry. AGC provides a full range of services satisfying the needs and concerns of its members, thereby improving the quality of construction and protecting the public interest.  Member firms include 7,500 general contractors, 12,500 specialty contractors, and 13,000 service providers and suppliers.

Industry Liaison: Brian Perlberg
Forum Liaison: Kimberly A. Hurtado

Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering

Since 1956, AACE International has provided its members with the resources they need to enhance their performance and ensure continued growth and success. With over 7,500 members world-wide, AACE International serves cost management professionals in the disciplines of project management, estimating, risk management, and claims. AACE International has members in 87 countries and cover 80 local sections.

Industry Liaison: John Livengood
Forum Liaison: Mike Tarullo

Construction Owners Association of America

Construction Owners Association of America supports project owners' success in the design and construction of buildings and facilities through education, information and developing relationships within the industry.

Industry Liaison: Ted Argyle
Forum Liaison: Claramargaret Groover