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From ACEC to You Ballard to Receive Top ACEC Honor at Fall Conference T his spring your Council made progress on several fronts-most importantly securing important improvements in FHWA regulations and protection of QBS. We are hard at work this summer seeking passage of a longterm highway bill, energy legislation and tax reforms to improve our business environment. The overall health of our industry is strong, as reflected in our latest Engineering Business Index (EBI), which shows continued high CEO confidence levels. Our latest PLI Survey shows a buyer's market with high competition and low rates. (See page 27 for the PLI Survey report.) Looking ahead to our Fall Conference in Boston, October 14-17, legendary oceanic explorer Dr. Robert Ballard-discoverer of the Titanic-will address "A New Age of Exploration" and receive ACEC's Distinguished Award of Merit, which has previously been awarded to the likes of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Carl Sagan and Neil Armstrong. Ballard is not only known for his discoveries of sunken vessels, such as the Titanic, Lusitania and Bismarck, but also for his revolutionary discovery of new life forms on hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. If you have not yet experienced an ACEC Fall Conference, with its wide range of interesting speakers and valuable business activities, we encourage you to join us and be among the more than 1,000 at this premier business event. (See the announcement on page 36 and the ACEC website for a complete agenda.) Twenty-five Member Firms have celebrated 100-year anniversaries. Doing business for more than a century is no small feat. Congratulations to these firms, especially to Mason & Hanger of Kentucky, which is 188 years old! Six centenary firms are profiled beginning on page 8. Have an enjoyable summer. Ralph W. Christie, Jr. ACEC Chairman David A. Raymond ACEC President & CEO ENGINEERING INC. THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES CHAIRMAN PRESIDENT & CEO VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS Ralph W. Christie, Jr. David A. Raymond Mary Ann Emely VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS Steven Hall VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS RESOURCES AND EDUCATION Marie Ternieden DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA Alan D. Crockett STAFF EDITOR Andrea Keeney 202-682-4347 SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS WRITER Gerry Donohue ACEC PUBLIC RELATIONS AND EDITORIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN James Blake McMURRY/TMG, LLC Christopher Brandon Jeff Kibler PROJECT MANAGER Amy Stephenson Fabbri MANAGING EDITOR ART DIRECTOR ADVERTISING SALES Leo Hoch ACEC 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor Washington, D.C. 20005-2605 202-682-4341 Engineering Inc., Volume 26, Number 4 (ISSN 1539-2694), is published bi-monthly by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005-2605. Periodicals postage paid at Washington, D.C., and at additional mailing offices. Annual subscriptions are $24 for members (included in dues as a non-deductible amount); $45 for U.S. non-members; $65 for institutional subscriptions. Back issues are $15. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Engineering Inc., c/o ACEC, 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005-2605. © 2015 American Council of Engineering Companies. All rights reserved. This publication may be copied, downloaded from the ACEC website, stored in electronic or hard-copy format, and disseminated to third parties for educational and information purposes. ACEC expressly disclaims any liability for damages of any kind in connection with such copying, downloading, storage, and/or dissemination. By copying, downloading, storing and/or disseminating this publication, the recipient of this publication expressly agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold ACEC, its officers, directors, employees, volunteers and agents harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, claims, causes of action and liabilities, including reasonable attorneys' fees and costs, arising out of or resulting from the recipient's use of this publication. Notwithstanding the above, no part of this publication may be altered, resold, licensed, or used for any other commercial purposes without the prior written permission of ACEC. Recipients may opt out of receiving the electronic version of this publication from ACEC by sending an e-mail with the subject line "Unsubscribe" to ACEC at Engineering Inc. subscribers: If you have a mailing address correction or need to add or remove an employee from the Engineering Inc. mailing list, please contact the ACEC Membership Department at or call 202-347-7474 and ask for Member Records. WWW.AC EC .ORG http://WWW.ACEC.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Engineering Inc. - July/August 2015

Engineering Inc. - July/August 2015
From ACEC to You
Market Watch
Legislative Action
Secrets of the Centenarians
State of the Industry
Reshaping Cities
2015 Professional Liability Insurance Survey of Member Firms
Girl Empower
2015 Fall Conference
Guest Column
Guest Column
Guest Column
Business Insights
Members in the News
Mergers and Acquisitions

Engineering Inc. - July/August 2015