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

The 2013-2014 year is nearly complete and your Board has been busy coordinating section meetings and holding discussions on expanding the RMS chapter and its offerings.

In January 2014, we held a special panel discussion specifically geared towards Project Controls Professionals. The panel was been arranged to capture multiple perspectives of protection through contracts across the entire life cycle of a project. We heard viewpoints of an owner, subcontractor, cost claims consultant and legal counsel. Special thanks to Al Aardsma, Marion Woolworth, Mitch Arndt & Taylor Menlove for participating on this panel. Additionally, I would like to thank Ball Aerospace for hosting the January meeting at their facility in Broomfield.

In March, Brian Sarouhan, Scott Hergenrader and Chris Miller presented on the Better Denver Bond Program specifically geared towards Project Controls Professionals and dinner was held at the Maggianos Little Italy in Downtown Denver. The focus of their presentation was on practices and approaches enabling program management of large bond issuances through business process’, management reporting systems, and program controls to allow clients to see the most important aspects of their programs and make informed decisions. Topics discussed included:
  • Scaling EVM practices and techniques to fit client needs
  • Creating data systems that communicate with accounting systems, scheduling systems, project managers, and PMO's.
  • Avoiding the "Land of 1000 spreadsheets"
  • Managing colors of money and bond tranches of debt
  • Proper change management tracking
  • Obtaining proper baselining and periodically rebaselining the program.
  • Cross training client staff
In April, a Networking Night was held at The EDGE Restaurant & Bar in Downtown Denver. Networking events are few and far between this provided a great opportunity to catch up with fellow AACE RMS members, learn more about what AACE has to offer individuals /corporations and hear about some of the interesting projects happening in the Denver Metro Area.

In May 2014, we are planning the final meeting of the year. This will be a site construction tour of the Hotel and Transit Center at DIA. This is the next step in enhancing the airport's competitive standing as a leading global airport and positioning Denver International Airport for continued growth.

The new Hotel and Transit Center is made up of independent, yet physically integrated projects, which include design and construction of:
  • A 519-room Westin hotel and conference center
  • A public transit center, which will include a commuter rail station connecting the airport with downtown Denver and a centralized pick-up and drop-off for all Regional Transportation District (RTD) buses serving the airport
  • A public plaza, Denver's newest venue for programs and events where passengers and visitors can find entertainment, relaxation, art and restaurants
The Hotel and Transit Center is slated for completion in phases with the hotel opening in 2015 and rail service starting in 2016.

Nolan Martin of Mortenson Construction will be the presenter. Further details can be found here on the RMS website.

In closing, I would like to thank the board members and directors for their time this year in developing a chapter that provides value to its members. RMS is a “Top 10” local chapter in AACE and as evidence, we were presented with a Platinum Award at the annual meeting last year. We have had a number of publications submitted by RMS this year and activities performed by the membership has positioned us to maintain our Platinum level status. This is truly a measure of the depth and experience our members in RMS have and the professionalism that each provide. Thank You!

As always, I hope you will take advantage of all AACE International and the Rocky Mountain Section have to offer.

I look forward to seeing some of you at our May meeting or at the AACE Annual Meeting in June. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to contact me.


John Hartman, PSP
AACE-RMS President

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