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January 2014 President's Message
Dear AACE Rocky Mountain Section Members and Friends,

The 2013-2014 year is underway and we’ve held a number of section meetings this year.

In September, Scott Thompson, a Project Controls Manager from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado gave a presentation on the design and construction of a high-performance, LEED Platinum, 200,000 sq ft office building at NREL campus. Scott has a wealth of project controls experience gained from his career at Rocky Flats, Ball Aerospace, Northrop Grumman and NREL. The presentation outlined the challenges encountered and the solutions developed by the team.

In October, Joe Rubin, Sam Bontha & Dean Towl presented the 360 bed Heritage Project, a full replacement hospital for the Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital (located at 17th and Franklin Street in Denver). During most of the construction period, this has been the largest private hospital project under construction in the country. The team from Mortenson Construction and the project team are leveraging the power of BIM and extensive prefabrication to deliver this 830,000 sf $623 Million program in just 29 months. The scheduling methodology employed to plan and track progress on this project were discussed.

In December, Jim Zack, the Executive Director, Navigant Construction Forum, presented “The Role of the Scheduler – Before, During & After”. Formerly, Executive Director, Corporate Claims Management, Fluor Corporation; Vice President, PinnacleOne; and Senior Construction Claims Consultant, CH2M HILL, Inc. Jim has more than 40 years' experience and he is a recognized expert in mitigation, analysis and resolution or defense of construction claims. A Fellow of AACE and RICS, Mr. Zack is a Certified Forensic Claims Consultant, a Certified Construction Manager and a Project Management Professional as well as a nationally known author and speaker on construction claims. Based on more than 40 years of experience in project management, claims and disputes management, Jim Zack offered some observations on what role schedulers should play during the planning process; while the project progresses; and ultimately, after the project is completed in the event that a dispute arises between the project participants.

In the area of certified members, congratulations are in order for Will Nipp of CH2M HILL, who successfully passed the CCT exam.

In January 2014, we are planning a special panel discussion specifically geared towards Project Controls Professionals. This panel has been arranged to capture multiple perspectives of protection through contracts across the entire life cycle of a project. We will hear viewpoints of an owner, subcontractor, cost claims consultant and legal counsel.

In closing, I challenge each of you to actively participate in the local AACE-RMS as there are numerous ways to become involved and advance your career at the same time. RMS is a “Top 10” local chapter in AACE and as evidence, we were presented with a Platinum Award at the annual meeting. We are holding firm at approximately 230 members, representing many different job functions and industries and our financial position is strong. Additionally 33% of our members are certified with one or more certifications. I hope you will take advantage of all AACE International and the Rocky Mountain Section have to offer.

I look forward to the remainder of the year and to seeing you at one or many of our events. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to contact me.


John Hartman, PSP
AACE-RMS President

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