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  • Fri, March 29, 2019 9:45 AM | CIRT News (Administrator)

    “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

    Lou Holtz, legendary football coach, author
    [2019 Competition Inspiration

    CIRT is very pleased to announce that the three finalist teams to compete for top honors in the 2019 CIRT National Design & Construction Competition have been selected.  In its thirteenth year, the competition is a collaborative effort among CIRT,  ACE Mentor Program of America, and the Chicago Architecture Center. Each year the competition has grown, with the intensity amplified by the quality of the submissions. To reach their decision, the preliminary round judges poured through a record 64 entries from across the country in an extremely difficult head-to-head knock-out process to identify this year’s FINALISTS as follows:

    • ACE Mentor Program of Central Iowa for their Play Ground/Scape entry: “Unboxed”  [Congratulations for returning to the national finals two years in a row];
    • ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY/Team 30 for their Alleviate Urban Transportation Congestion entry: “crosstown;” and
    • ACE Mentor Program of Hawaii for their Community Health Care Clinic entry: “War Natatorium Health Clinic.”

    These teams will have an opportunity on May 14, 2019 at the ACE National 25th Anniversary Celebration and All Affiliates Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD (just outside of Washington, DC) to make presentations before a panel of distinguished judges composed mostly of CIRT members. Besides bragging rights, the top team will be awarded a prize of $5,000 (with $3K/$2K going to second and third place). In the final round, the judges will analyze the team presenter/spokesperson’s ability to make a coherent, well thought-out, clear presentation on the design/construction approaches within the project’s objectives while being fully responsive to the competition package elements in the challenge/option. In sum: the presentation round will be judged on two major elements: quality of presentation and competence of the overall entry to be fully responsive to the challenge.

    In addition to the finalists, six other teams were recognized as either First Runner-Up ($1,000 prize) or Second Runner-Up ($500 prize) in each of the three different design challenges or options:

    Play Ground/Scape Challenge (which had 22 entries):

    • 1st Runner-Up: ACE Mentor of Chicago/Team 5 for “Tamin’ the Damen/Kara Park;” 
    • 2nd Runner-Up: ACE Mentor Program of Central Florida for “Park n’ Rec Innovative Playscape;
    Alleviate Urban Transportation Congestion Challenge (which had 14 entries):
    • 1st Runner-Up: ACE Mentor of Greater Philadelphia/Team 10-WRT for “Artery Relief;” 
    • 2nd Runner-Up: ACE Mentor of Greater NYC/Team 8 for “L.I. City Auto-no-mous Rapid Transit;”
    Community Health Clinic Challenge (which had 28 entries):
    • 1st Runner-Up: ACE Mentor of Chicago/Team 4 for “El Centro;” 
    • 2nd Runner-Up: ACE Mentor Program of San Diego, CA for “South Bay Community Health Clinic at SWHS

    Congratulations to the finalists, runner-ups, and to all the ACE Mentor Program teams who participated in this year's competition!

  • Wed, March 13, 2019 3:35 PM | CIRT News (Administrator)

    We are very pleased to announce that economists Arthur B. Laffer and Stephen Moore are confirmed as our headliners for the opening session of CIRT's Spring Meeting on April 30, 2019.  Laffer & Moore will offer well-informed insights into President Trump’s approach to trade, taxes, employment, infrastructure, and other economic policies as described in their co-authored book, Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy. Moore and Laffer served as senior economic advisors to Donald Trump in 2016. They traveled with him, frequently met with his political and economic teams,worked on his speeches, and even represented him as surrogates. Currently, they sit as members on Trump’s Advisory Council; still regularly meeting with him. Moore & Laffer will offer their unique insider’s view on how Trump operates in public and behind closed doors: his priorities, his passions as well as his greatest attributes and liabilities.

  • Mon, February 11, 2019 2:20 PM | CIRT News (Administrator)

    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has announced the new political contribution limits for the 2019-2020 election cycle.  According to a recent report by Venable LLP, the individual limit has gone up by $100. For candidates up for election in 2020, individuals may now give $2,800 per election or $5,600 per candidate per election cycle (with the primary and general considered separate elections). This means that individual contributors who had previously maxed out to candidates for 2020 primary and general elections at $2,700 per election may now give those candidates another $100 per election.

    The FEC also raised the limits on individual contributions to “party committees” and “non-multicandidate PACs:”

    • Individual contributions to the main account of the national party committees were increased by $1,600 from $33,900 per year to $35,500 per year.
    • Each of the special accounts of the party committees – presidential nominating conventions, legal and election recount expenses, and building funds – were increased by $4,800 from $101,700 to $106,500 per year. Thus, individuals may give three times as much per year to each of these special accounts as they can contribute to the main account.


  • Mon, February 11, 2019 2:18 PM | CIRT News (Administrator)
    ConsensusDocs subscription will be increasing by 10% on Monday, March 4th, 2019, the first increase in over four years. The new price will apply to renewals, per the breakdown of the new pricing here.  CIRT is part of the ConsensusDocs Coalition that provides the widest variety of contract document subscription packages for a lower rate than other standardized document providers. It is the goal of the Coalition for our industry to achieve better project results with fair, best practice contracts.  Over the past few years, the number of documents has grown to over 100 standardized templates to help you achieve better project results. Recently, the group released the industry’s first standardized Lean Construction Addendum and Design-Assist Contract.  Other documents are in the works, such as a Master Subcontract Agreement. And as published in Design Cost Data, there will also be a new technology platform for users on Monday March 4th, 2019.

    (As a “ConsensusDoc member” through CIRT, for more information on pricing etc., and/or a sneak peek at the new platform contact: ahager@consensusdocs.org).
  • Mon, February 04, 2019 8:14 PM | Jane Bonvillain (Administrator)

    The 2019 Spring Meeting is set for April 29 - May 1, 2019 in Washington, DC.  The meeting will be held at the historic Willard Intercontinental Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Washington, DC.  Registration is NOW open HERE.


  • Mon, February 04, 2019 12:50 PM | CIRT News (Administrator)

    Today, CIRT partner in providing online talent/workforce identification and development, STEM-Premiere, has announced it has officially changed its name to Tallo.

    CIRT members can find the former STEM-Premier information at: tallo.com and app.tallo.com. The new site and app have a different look and feel, but the same functionality. However, all STEM-Premier login info still works to access Tallo, allowing firms to still connect with hundreds of thousands of students. Becoming Tallo marks a new chapter in celebrating and empowering all talent to choose the opportunities that are right for them, in the STEM fields and beyond. [NOTE: If as a CIRT member you have a presence on STEM/Tallo’s website, they ask that you replace their old links with the following new ones]:


  • Fri, September 28, 2018 3:15 PM | CIRT News (Administrator)

    CIRT launched its 13th Annual National Design & Construction Competition earlier this month as part of a collaborative effort with ACE Mentor Program of America and the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC). The 2019 Competition invites student teams from across the country to propose solutions for one of three challenges:

    • a playground/playscape
    • alleviate urban transportation congestion; or
    •  a community health clinic.  

    This year, the inspiration for the competitors is:

    "Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."– Lou Holtz, Legendary Football Coach, Author

    Teams are welcome to use the Chicago Architecture Center's online learning platform to collaborate. Students can upload their work, give feedback to each other and share photos, links and other resources as they work through the design process. For more information about the competition and to submit projects, please visit: www.cirtcompetition.org

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