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  • Thu, October 01, 2020 6:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When something is important enough,
    you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”

    Elon Musk’s inspirational quote sets the tone for the upcoming 2021 CIRT National Design & Construction Competition held in cooperation with ACE Mentor of America and the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC).  Again this year, ACE Mentor teams from across the country are invited to submit entries before or no later than March 17, 2021 to be considered for the prestigious national title and a prize of $5,000.  The students will be able to select from one of three challenge options that include the following:

    CIRT is looking forward to continuing our joint efforts among CIRT, ACE Mentor, and CAC for a successful 2021 National Competition.

    Download the 2021 Competition Package HERE.


  • Tue, July 21, 2020 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Note from Scott Cassels, Safety Week 2020 Executive Committee Chair & Executive Vice President, Kiewit Corporation

    Safety Week Sponsors:

    We’re looking forward to our rescheduled Construction Safety Week, Sept. 14-18, 2020.

    We want to provide companies with guidance and resources to help them easily plan a safe and effective Construction Safety Week. Please see below for additional information.  READ MORE HERE


  • Wed, July 15, 2020 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    McLean, VA – July 15, 2020  – The Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), a national business trade association comprised exclusively of approximately 125 chief executives from the leading design and construction companies doing business in the United States and globally, has elected Wassim A. Selman, PhD, PE, President of Infrastructure, Arcadis, as Chairman of the organization for a term of one year. He succeeds Paul Franzen, President of Barnard Construction.  Selman was elected by proxy vote, along with new directors, after CIRT’s Spring Conference was cancelled due to the pandemic.

    Wassim Selman, Chairman


    CIRT Chairman 2020-2021, Wassim A. Selman,
    President of Infrastructure, Arcadis.

    “I am most honored to serve you and this exceptional organization as the chair for the next 12 months. Since our last conference back in November, CIRT, our members, our families and friends, our country, and the entire world have and continue to face the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic shutdowns.

    These are turbulent times that require all of us to rise to the challenge and to lead our businesses and this wonderful organization through uncharted territories. I am rising to the challenge and the honor of chairing CIRT and will work with you on the way to our bright future.”

    In welcoming the new Chairman, CIRT President Mark A. Casso, Esq., NAC noted, “Wassim’s calm demeanor, thoughtful insights, and commitment to inclusion, the Round Table couldn’t have selected a better leader in these trying times, even if we went to central casting.”

    BOARD ELECTIONS

    The following members were also elected as Officers by proxy vote:

    • Greg Cosko, President & CEO, Hathaway Dinwiddie, San Francisco, CA as Vice Chairman;
    • Peter Emmons, CEO, Structural Group, Columbia, MD as Treasurer; and
    •  Paul Franzen, President, Barnard Construction, Inc., Bozeman, MT will continue to serve on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past Chairman.

    In addition to the executive committee elections, CIRT also welcomed the following four industry leaders as new directors who will serve on the board through 2023:

    • Ken Aldridge, Chairman, Aldridge Electric, Inc., Libertyville, IL
    • Tom Reilly, Executive Vice President, Turner Construction Co., New York, NY
    • Chris Traylor, Co-President, Traylor Bros., Evansville, IN
    • Jim Whitaker, FAIA, FDBIA, Director of Government & Alternative Project Delivery Principal, HKS, Inc., Dallas, TX

    We offer congratulations to our new officers and directors; and thank all of our current and outgoing directors for their service to CIRT and its members as well as the design / construction industry,” said Casso.

    # # #

    About Wassim Selman

    Dr. Wassim Selman has led the Arcadis North America Infrastructure Business since 2011 and he oversees all of Arcadis’ transportation and buildings business in North America. After joining the firm in 1996, his role has progressively expanded to include a variety of strategic, technical, business development, and operation management responsibilities. He has managed large, multi-discipline operations and programs covering transportation, water, environment and buildings services.

    Wassim is a change champion and a big advocate for diversity and inclusion. He believes in the power of values and culture in capturing the passions of people to collaborate and create value for themselves, clients and communities.

    About Arcadis

    Arcadis is the leading global design and consultancy for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate $3.8 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. www.arcadis.com


  • Tue, May 26, 2020 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The lasted feedback from the CIRT members has been summarized in the second Bi-Weekly Report, that shows an interesting set of opinions as to most critical or valuable elements in any federal pandemic aid bill that contains infrastructure spending stimulus (see, page 3).


  • Wed, May 20, 2020 12:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In an unprecedented “virtual” final round program, presentations were made before a remote audience of over 130 and five judges to vie for top honors in the 2020 CIRT National Design & Construction Competition. ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York/Team 30 emerged to take home top honors as National Champions in the fourteenth annual CIRT competition. The three finalist had survived a grueling preliminary round that included 52 entries, from 24 ACE Mentor Program of America Affiliates, with over 400 students from 170 high schools, and 238 professionals (mentors) involved. Due to the pandemic and shutdowns the presentation round was conducted remotely using the Zoom meeting platform before a distinguished panel of judges headed by Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr. (Gilbane Building Company) that included: Tom Reilly (Turner Construction Co.); Lisa Chong, Associate, PE (Thornton-Tomasetti); Scott Seltz (Publisher, ENR); and Jenni Mushynski (Chicago Architecture Center).

    The order of finish for the competition was:

    • First Place and a prize of $5,000 went to: ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York (Team 30) for their Water Resource Management & Preservation entry: “the belt;”  
    • Second Place and a prize of $3,000 went to: and ACE Mentor Program of Illinois (Chicago Team 5): for their Gastronomic Center entry: “Food Bank;” and
    • Third Place and a prize of $2,000 went to: ACE Mentor Program of Greater Washington, DC Metro Area (Washington Liberty H.S. Team) for their National Pavilion entry: “The National Star.”
    It took the judges two ballots to ultimately determine a winner after carefully analyzing the presentations as well as the underlying entry’s design/construction approaches within the project’s objectives. In the end, the judges balanced the outcome on the basis of the two major elements: quality of presentation and competence of the overall entry. The winning entry exhibited extraordinary versatility and responsiveness to the criteria of the water management challenge, by incorporating three major elements in their solution/response: (i) flood and sea rise mitigation, (ii) combined sewer and storm surge water overflow containment, and (iii) use of tidal flow to generate energy. The cost, spread over 15 years, was estimated at $12.7 billion; compared to the greater NYC damage from Hurricane Sandy that was estimated at $19 billion in 2012.

    Six other teams were also recognized in the 2020 competition as either First Runner-Up ($1,000 prize) or Second Runner-Up ($500 prize) in each of the three different design challenges or options. Among this elite group were:

    National Pavilion Challenge (9 entries):
    1st Runner-Up: ACE Mentor of Illinois/Chicago Team 9; 
    2nd Runner-Up: ACE Mentor Program of Greater Phoenix Area/Team P3;

    Water Resource Management & Preservation Challenge (18 entries):
    1st Runner-Up: ACE Mentor of Greater Philadelphia/Team 10;
    2nd Runner-Up: ACE Mentor of Washington, Inc./Seattle Technology Team;

    Gastronomic Center Challenge (25 entries):
    1st Runner-Up: ACE Mentor of Illinois/Chicago Team 1;
    2nd Runner-Up: ACE Mentor Program of Illinois/Chicago Team 6

    The CIRT National Design & Construction Competition is a collaborative effort with the ACE Mentor Program of America and the Chicago Architecture Center


    YOU CAN WATCH THE ENTIRE COMPETITION / PRESENTATIONS HERE.

  • Fri, April 10, 2020 1:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest results from CIRT’s 2nd Qtr 2020 Sentiment Index confirm the tsunami-like shock wave that has hit the design and construction community as result of the economic shutdown in response to the COVID-19 (Wuhan virus) pandemic.

    The report found that the CIRT Sentiment Index had experienced an unprecedented plunge from 63.6 to 21.6, with the Design Index seeing a similar drop from 62.7 to 39.8; indicating fewer opportunities are likely in the coming quarter.  [For details on market segment impacts, and steps firms are taking, see the CIRT Sentiment Index 2Q Report].

     

  • Tue, April 07, 2020 1:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the wake of the extraordinary disruptions to social and business endeavors brought on by the pandemic, the nation-wide “Infrastructure Week” program has been postponed until the week of September 14-21, 2020.  CIRT, along with a large number of our member firms, have either been active participants, sponsors, and/or supporters of this week long effort to draw attention to the vital needs in our country for infrastructure improvements, spending, and priorities. 

    • This year the program has been named:: United for Infrastructure 2020: A Week to Champion America's Infrastructure
    • Firms can follow the program on Twitter at: @United4Infra
    • For information on: affiliating, partnering, and/or registering to attend or receive information about the program go to: www.unitedforinfrastructure.org

    Read CIRT's “Vision for Infrastructure”

  • Thu, April 02, 2020 9:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CIRT members were invited to join a webinar on Thursday, April 2 to discuss the global financial implications of the pandemic. The session, titled “Economic Endgame: Recession Resilience; Responding to Stimulus; Rebounding Stronger” featured an expert panel including:

    • Steve Bartlett, former president of the Financial Services Roundtable and former member of the U.S. Congress
    • Beth Brooke, former global vice-chair of public policy at EY and a member of the firm’s Global Executive Board
    • Terry Graunke, chairman and CEO of Erie Street, is an industry-leading business builder, operator and investor
    • Nick Redman, Oxford Analytica's Director of Analysis and the Editor in Chief of the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief
    • Georges Ugeux, former president of the European Investment Fund and former head of the international group of the New York Stock Exchange

    WATCH the webinar here:  https://apcoworldwide.com/coronavirus/

    Once you are on the website page above, scroll down the page until you see the Vimeo video for the webinar:  Economic Endgame with Oxford Analytica

    This virtual discussion addressed government stimulus packages in leading global economies, their economic effect, and how they are being administered; economic scenarios for business in 2020, focusing on the most impacted sectors and markets, and longer-term effects; insights from the frontlines of the corporate response across the EU, China, the Gulf and the United States; newly released APCO research into attitudes of the U.S. public towards COVID-19 and how business and government should respond, and; longer term considerations for corporate positioning in the wake of the pandemic.

  • Mon, March 30, 2020 2:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Using wide-sweeping policing authority under the emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governors in three states (New Jersey, Colorado, and Minnesota) have ordered private sector companies (including construction firms) to provide them with a complete list of all PPE items they have on-hand.  The orders come as concerns continue to persist (notwithstanding the herculean efforts by the Trump Administration to meet the demand) about the ability of medical personnel and facilities to have adequate PPE supplies available if peak conditions should overwhelm their capacity.  [NOTE: At this time, these orders are not “confiscations orders” but, such a listing of supplies can be used later to demand or take such materials if it should come to that].  Notwithstanding, some of the businesses have raised concerns regarding if it becomes necessary to surrender the PPE supplies to the state, how will that impact them when facing an OSHA penalty for workplace safety noncompliance? [No clarification has yet been issued by OSHA].

    The three states have expressed their orders in slightly different ways, but all amount to approximately the same thing – the state governments want to know what private sector firms have by way of PPE supplies.  See below for example, (it’s been reported):


    New Jersey (Gov. Murphy): Has ordered all businesses with personal protective equipment to submit an inventory:  “Any business or non-hospital health care facility, including but not limited to dental facilities, construction facilities, research facilities, office-based healthcare or veterinary practices, and institutions of higher learning, in possession of PPE, ventilators, respirators, or anesthesia machines that are not required for the provision of critical health care services should undertake an inventory of such supplies and send that information to the State by no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2020.”  Murphy orders from last week also noted: “The Office of Emergency Management shall establish a process by which entities subject to this provision can submit this information.”

    Colorado (Gov. Polis): Has made a similar request ordering: “any Colorado business or non-hospital health care facility, whether veterinary, dental, construction, research, institution of higher learning, or other, in possession of PPE, ventilators, respirators and anesthesia machines that are not required for the provision of critical health care services undertake an inventory of such supplies by no later than March 26th, 2020 and prepare to send it to the State of Colorado.”

    Minnesota (Gov. Walz):  The
    inventory order requires: “Any Minnesota business, nonprofit, or non-hospital health care facility, whether veterinary, dental, construction, research, institution of higher learning, or other, in possession of PPE, ventilators, respirators, or anesthesia machines (including any consumable accessories to these devices) that are not required for the provision of critical health care services or essential services and were not produced by the organization for the purpose of sale, must undertake an inventory of such supplies no later than March 25, 2020,” (Emphasis added), with the inventory listing to be submitted at:
    https://mn.gov/ppe.  The precise definition of what is an “essential service” outside of medical health care, etc. has not been defined, but if it is mixed with non-essential then an inventory is still expected, along with STOPPING use of the PPE supplies for these non-essential activities.

  • Fri, March 20, 2020 2:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today during the daily Pandemic Response news briefing, Vice President Mike Pence signaled out the construction industry for stepping up to donate, share, provide vitally important personal protective equipment/gear (PPE), such as N-95 face masks, gloves, etc. that they could spare from their firms.  


    Please take the survey re: "emergency supplies" by following this link.  If you have any questions, please contact Mark Casso.

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