AACE Enters into a Cooperative Agreement with the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry
November 2, 2011
On October 17, AACE’s leadership executed a cooperative agreement with the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry. While AACE serves as the voice of the cost engineering and project controls throughout the world, the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry is the leading U.S. forum for attorneys serving the design and construction industry. The agreement states that “both organizations believe that collaboratively sharing information and ideas will benefit our respective memberships in the cost, project controls and legal professions and the construction industry at large.”
The general goals of the cooperative agreement are to recognize and publicize each party’s publications; promote mutual cooperation and understanding between the legal and project controls communities and their respective professional trade associations; promote public understanding and awareness of the beneficial contributions of the legal, project control, and construction communities; promote diversity, careers, and training in the professions; promote the commitment to the fair and reasonable allocation of both risk and responsibility in all design and construction contracts; and to evaluate methods of collaboration for the legal, project controls, and construction communities to best respond to the present economic challenges and future opportunities.
As part of the cooperative agreement, each party will appoint a liaison to further the relationships between AACE and the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry. Both parties will participate in each other’s workshops, working groups, or panels where the mutual interest of both groups can be advanced. AACE member rates will be extended to American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry members interested in obtaining one or more of AACE’s professional certifications.
In executing this cooperative agreement, AACE President Michael R. Nosbisch CCC PSP stated, “One of AACE’s operational planning goals is to look for ways to expand and diversify our membership. I think that this cooperative agreement with the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry will help us meet part of that goal.” Nosbisch noted that John C. Livengood, CFCC, PSP, Region 2 Director, was instrumental in developing the relationship with the ABA. Nosbisch noted that Livengood will
be serving as the sponsor for the agreement, assuring that the provisions of the agreement are carried out. Livengood is shown on the right in the accompanying photograph witnessing the official execution of the agreement by Nosbisch during a recent BOD meeting in Morgantown, WV.