2017-18 ACEC CT Board of Directors

2017-18 ACEC CT Board of Directors

Executive Committee Officers

Robert Yirigian

Michael McCarthy

Christopher Wester

Weston and Sampson, Inc.

John Gilmore 
Milone & McBroom, Inc.

2017 Board Members

Past President
James Fuda
Alfred Benesch & Company

National Director
Sofia Nirshberg
VN Engineers

Assistant National Director
Ted Von Rosenvinge

GeoDesign, Inc

Franco Balassone
HAKS Engineers PC

Don Doeg
Updike, Kelly and Spellacy, PC

Jerry Furrier
CDM Smith Inc.

1st Alternate Director
James Boice


2nd Alternate Director
Rohit Pradhan
AI Engineers

3rd Alternate Director
James Ohlheiser
BVH Integrated Systems, Inc.

6th ACEC/CT Golf Outing July 20th at Lyman Orchards

6th ACEC/CT Golf Outing

To benefit the ACEC Political Action Committee

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Help ACEC CT Rise to of the Top the Leader Board in Washington!

Enjoy a great round of golf and network with friends at our sixth annual golf outing.

Includes 18 holes of golf, use of driving range, putting and chipping practice, cart, box lunch and buffet dinner. Tee-Off Time: 12:30 to 1:15 PM

$90 per person if you register by June 26th
$95 per person after June 26th.
(Personal checks/personal credit cards only).

Corporate Sponsorships Available!



For more information contact Bob Gonyeau at rdgonyeau@ctengineers.org


ACEC September Meeting – Accelerated Bridge Construction at CTDOT

ACEC September Dinner Meeting

Connecticut Department of Transportation
Trends & Innovation in Accelerated Bridge Construction

Monday, September 18, 2017

Cocktail/Social Hour: 5:30-6:30 pm Dinner: 6:30-7:15 pm Presentation: 7:15-8:00 pm

Baci Grill, Cromwell, CT

Showcasing 2 Recent ConnDOT Projects Utilizing Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC)

Superstructure Replacement of 
Bridge Nos. 00352A and 00352B
Interstate 95 over Oil Mill Road in Waterford
Lateral Slide Technology



Replacement of Bridge No. 05234
I-84 Exit 63 Off-Ramp alignment
over the Hockanum River
Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil
–Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS)



  • Rabih Barakat, P.E.          Principal Engineer–Consultant Bridge Design, ConnDOT
  • Ajit Gokhale, P.E.              ‎Sr. Project Engineer/Design Coordinator, AI Engineers
  • John Deliberto, P.E.         Project Engineer, ConnDOT


Special Thanks to our Annual Corporate Sponsors 


Season and Program Sponsorships are available…
Please contact Bob Gonyeau at

Produced By ACEC’s Emerging Leaders 


ACEC/CT Board Meeting Summary 9.8.15

The ACEC/CT Board of Directors met on September 8 and discussed a variety of upcoming events and issues of importance to the members. National ACEC will hold its fall conference October 14-17 in Boston. The board discussed how to grow the membership in an environment of mergers and acquisitions. George Jacobs, the ACEC political action committee chair for Connecticut, discussed several fundraising ideas.

The ACEC government affairs committee is monitoring the Governor’s transportation finance committee, the state contracting standards board and bonding for transportation projects.

The programs committee is planning a meeting later in September with Mike Freimuth of the Capitol Region Development Authority, DEEP Commissioner Klee and other meetings.

The DOT liaison committee is drafting a white paper on retainage, another paper on shop and working drawings, discussing electronic billing and contracting, and changes to the selection process. The 2016 pre-qualifications for consultants is online and do in early November.

Click here for a draft copy of the minutes of the Board meeting which has additional details. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Paul Brady at pbrady@ctengineers.org.

ACEC/CT Government Affairs Update

ACEC/CT Government Affairs Update

June 30, 2015

The Connecticut General Assembly met in a special session yesterday to pass bills that were left on the table when the regular session ended on June 6. When businesses in the state threatened to leave Connecticut, Governor Malloy proposed lowering some of the taxes that were raised on businesses during the closing hours of the regular session.

The General Assembly passed legislation authorizing $5.9 billion in capital projects for the next two years that include clean water, school construction, and other public works projects. They also adopted a transportation bonding package worth $795 million over the next two years and $2 billion over the three years beyond that. But that represents a reduction of $16.3 million to help pay for the tax break for businesses.

However, the General Assembly did not adopt the “lockbox” for the Special Transportation Fund (STF) requested by Governor Malloy. The Governor had proposed a constitutional amendment protecting the fund from raids by the General Assembly for deficits in the general fund. The Governor also wanted to protect the fund by requiring a mandatory pledge to transportation bondholders. Not only did legislators fail to protect STF, they also began raiding it for other purposes. They took $500,000 out of the STF for DEEP boating regulations and enforcement and more than $4.5 million for the Department of Social Services for a Transportation for Employment Independence Program.

The General Assembly created a new Connecticut Port Authority independent of the Department of Transportation.

Engineers did well during this session of the General Assembly. We were successful in having a statute of limitations bill passed and successfully opposed the imposition of the state sales tax on engineering and other professional services.

ACEC/CT Legislative Reception – Wednesday, May 17, 2017


ACEC/CT Legislative Reception

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

5:30 – 7:30 PM

ACEC/CT will host a Legislative Reception at the State Capitol in Hartford on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 . The reception will be open to all legislators and legislative staff, DOT management, DCS management and ACEC/CT members. It’s a great opportunity to show the General Assembly what great work we do for the people of Connecticut and our impact on the state’s economy.

We will have an open bar with wine, beer and soft drinks as well as hors d’oeuvres.

We will have ten tables around the room for Sponsors. You can bring literature, display boards, etc. If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Bob Gonyeau at rdgonyeau@ctengineers.org.

ACEC/CT Submits Tax Testimony

ACEC/CT Executive Director, Paul Brady, submitted testimony today for the state’s Tax Panel which is charged with making recommendations to modernize the state tax system. The General Assembly considered taxing engineering and other design services during the recent regular session but dropped the proposal when ACEC/CT and other business groups objected. Click here for a copy of the testimony.

ACEC/CT Update 3.21.16

ACEC/CT Update

March 21, 2016

Upcoming Meetings:

March 23, 2016: ACEC/CT Breakfast Meeting, Realizing the Promise of Strategy, 7:30 – 9:00 AM, Courtyard Marriott, Cromwell. Click here.

April 7, 2016: Quality Assurance & Quality Control at Construction Sites seminar with William Rodwick, BSCE, MPA, P.E. 8 NYS PDHs. 8:30 – 5:00, AIA/CT, 370 James Street, New Haven. Click here for more information and registration

April 17-20, 2016, ACEC Annual Conference, Washington DC. Click here for more information.

April 19, 2016: ACEC/CT Legislative Reception, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, State Capitol, Hartford. Click here for information.

May 10-11, 2016, NECA/CPES 23rd Annual Joint New England Energy Conference and Exposition, Sea Crest Beach Hotel  North Falmouth, Massachusetts, Conference Website with Agenda

May 25, 2016: AEC High Performance Executive Forum hosted by ACEC/NY and Morrissey Goodale. New York City. ACEC/CT members can receive a $100 discount if you use the code “ACECCT” when you register. Click here for more information.

Government Affairs Update:

ACEC/CT is part of a coalition of transportation associations lobbying to support Governor Malloy’s transportation plan. We have been represented at several of the Governor’s news conferences and testified in support of HJ1, RESOLUTION PROPOSING A STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROTECT THE RESOURCES OF THE SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND. Click here for a copy of our written testimony. The bill is currently awaiting action on the House floor.

ACEC/CT testified in opposition to SB 439, AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE CONTRACTING STANDARDS BOARD AND REQUIREMENTS FOR PRIVATIZATION CONTRACTS. Click here for a copy of our testimony. The bill was also opposed by DOT, DAS and a number of other state agencies.

The overriding issue during this session of the General Assembly is the $262 million deficit for the current fiscal year which ends on June 30. The state is also projecting a $1-2 billion plus deficit per year in future fiscal years. Governor Malloy has indicated that state employee layoffs may number in the thousands and severe cuts may be made to programs. Members may remember that last year we had to head off a last-minute effort to impose a state sales tax on engineering and other professional services. If any similar proposals are made before the session ends in early May, we will notify you immediately.

DOT Liaison Committee

The committee met recently and discussed several items including retainage, payment for shop and working drawings, electronic signatures for contract documents, and the impact of legislation before the General Assembly.

 ACEC Professional Liability Survey

Every year, ACEC’s Risk Management Committee conducts a survey of member firms regarding their professional liability insurance, claims experience, and the impact of the threat of litigation.  This year’s survey runs through Friday, March 25, 2016.  As always, we ask that only one member of your firm take the survey. Click here for the survey.

Member firms that respond to this survey can receive a free copy of the complete results on request.  The complete results will also be available for purchase through the ACEC online bookstore.  A summary of the results will be published in the July/August 2016 edition of Engineering Inc.

If you have any questions about the survey, please send an email to ckim@acec.org or call (202) 682-4344. Thank you for taking the survey!

Welcome New Members:

CME Associates,

Roberge Associates Coastal Engineers (RACE)

CME Associates, Inc.

32 Crabtree Lane, PO Box 849

Woodstock, CT 06281

Phone: 860.928.7848


Email: bradcheney@cmeengineering.com

Services: civil, structural, site, architecture, surveying, transportation, environmental, surveying, municipal

CME provides a variety of services including architecture, historic preservation, highway and traffic engineering, project management, environmental and stormwater management, structural engineering, accelerated bridge construction, planning and development, construction services, surveying and imaging.