December 15, 2017

Executive Director's Report

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone is ready for the holidays.  You only have a little bit of time left to get everything you need.  ACEC-SC is getting ready for the holidays by reading all of the prefilled legislation to see what if any will affect our members. 

We’ve had another busy week here at ACEC-SC.  On Tuesday, our third installment of Future Leaders took place at Michael Baker in Columbia.   Christine Brack, PMP of Morrissey Goodale, spoke on Project Management.    Future Leaders learned about what project management is, what makes a good project, areas in which project managers need to be knowledgeable and how to implement all of this information.  ACEC-SC Past Chair and National Director Rick Fauteux, PE joined the Future Leaders to give his ACEC-SC / ACEC testimony and joined the Future Leaders at dinner that evening. 

ACEC-SC Engineering Excellence judging is underway as we speak.  This year’s judges are Dr. Dennis Fallon, PE (Chairman of the SC Board of Registration of Engineers & Surveyors,) Bob King, PE (Retired Head of Environmental Quality Control at DHEC), and Dr. Dimitris Rizos (Engineering Dean at the University of South Carolina.)  This year our judges will review 15 projects in several different categories.  Join ACEC-SC on February 6, 2017 where we will recognize these projects and excellence in engineering at the EEA Gala.     

Legislatively, nothing has changed since last week.  I’ve been able to read through the Senate Pre-Filed Legislation.  Currently I have seen a couple bills dealing with the fall out of the V.C. Summer Nuclear plant, a bill urging LLR to regulate balcony codes on multi-family dwellings, as well as couple bills dealing with lobbying and campaign contributions.  I plan to work through the House of Representative’s pre-filed bills next week.    

I attended the South Carolina Business Lobbyist Roundtable earlier this week.  The business community sees the V.C. Summer Plant being a large issue this session.  The business community also anticipates ethics to be an issue this year. 

Since next week is the week before Christmas, this will be my final Executive Director’s report of 2017.  We end the first half of our fiscal year in good standings and look forward to beginning the third quarter January 1, 2018.  The legislature comes back on January 8, 2018 where we expect to hit the ground running. 

ACEC-SC will be closed for the Christmas Holidays on the 25th and 26th of December as well as New Year’s Day.

To you, your firm, and your family’s, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from ACEC-SC.
Adam B. Jones
Executive Director
ACEC-SC Collects for Toys for Tots at ACEC-SC/SCDOT Annual Meeting

In an effort to give back, ACEC-SC and the SCDOT collected toys for “Toys For Tots” at its annual meeting on Tuesday December 5th, 2017.

ACEC-SC National Director and Past President Rick Fauteux proposed the idea at the last ACEC-SC Transportation Meeting.  Chair Kylie Page thought it was a good idea and they authored a letter to the ACEC-SC membership encouraging attendees to bring an unwrapped gift to donate.  In the end ACEC-SC collected three boxes of toys totaling just over 100 toys to be donated to the organization.  This is a wonderful way ACEC-SC can give back to those in need.

Next year we hope to double that number.  Thanks to everyone who donated.

ACEC Business Insurance Trust

Does your firm use the ACEC Business Insurance Trust?  If so please email ACEC-SC and let us know.  The Trust is moving providers and we want to make sure this transition is easy for your firm.  Email Elaine at and tell her you are a trust member and who the trust should contact about this transition.  Someone from the ACEC Business Insurance Trust transition team will contact you once we get your information.

Upcoming Events

January 24
Design Partnership Legislative Reception
Palmetto Club, Columbia, SC 

February 6
ACEC-SC Engineering Excellence Awards Gala
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC 

February 14
ACEC-SC/SCSPE Winter Meeting
Seawell's Columbia, SC 

March 16 -19
ACEC-SC Planning Retreat
Sea Pines, Hilton Head, SC 

April 15-18
ACEC Annual Convention & Consulting Congress Day
Marriot Wardman Park, Washington DC

April 23, 2017
ACEC-SC Scholarship Golf Tournament
Lexington Country Club, Lexington SC

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