e-newsletter of the

Construction Industry Coalition Council

PO Box 4163

McLean VA 22103-4163

703-734-2397 Fax 703-734-2908


Premiere Issue - March 2003



About the CICC…

The Construction Industry Coalition Council (CICC) seeks areas of commonality among the construction profession by identifying the needs of its constituents; delivering and exchanging technical and business information; facilitating the development of and responsible application of new techniques and processes; and promoting quality in practice. http://www.constructionchannel.net/profdirectory/html/coalition_council.html


Coalition Council Steering Committee

American Institute of Architects (AIA) www.aia.org

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) www.aisc.org

American Subcontractors Association (ASA) www.asaonline.com

Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) www.abc.org

Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) www.boma.org

Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF) www.cerf.org

Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) www.cmaanet.org

Fully Integrated and Automated Technology (FIATECH) www.fiatech.org

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) www.nspe.org

Surety Information Office (SIO) www.sio.org


Affiliated with

Associated Owners & Developers (AOD) http://www.constructionchannel.net/profdirectory/html/associated_owners___developers.html


Summary of Construction Industry Coalition Council Meeting January 16, 2003


What Do Owners Want?

Project delivery; technology; and communication among designers, owners, and contractors are on the minds of construction owners, according to three industry associations. The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) presented results of research and surveys at the January 16, 2003 meeting of the Construction Industry Coalition Council. The Surety Information Office (SIO) hosted the meeting at The Surety Association of America’s (SAA) office in Washington, DC.




Teaming & Technology: Getting Projects Built on Time and On Budget

Alford “Andy” Johnson, Vice President Marketing,       Johnson@aiscmail.com

American Institute of Steel Construction, Chicago, IL www.aisc.org

AISC’s research of major owners, architects, engineers, and contractors suggests it’s time for a new approach to project delivery. Andy Johnson demonstrated how design and detailing software allows engineers and fabricators to communicate seamlessly and instantly between design and shop detail drawings.


AIA/AGC Research on Top 10 Industry Drivers

William Baum, Allied Groups Director, wbaum@aia.org

American Institute of Architects www.aia.org

Recognizing the industry is constantly changing, the AIA recently conducted a survey of contractors and design firms to determine the Top 10 Design and Construction Drivers. Fast track and hyper track project delivery garnered the most attention. The need for a common technology for practical and seamless interface between design and construction was also as a top contender.


Owners’ Issues Affecting Construction Managers

Bruce D’Agostino, CAE, Executive Director, BDAgostino@cmaanet.org

Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) www.cmaanet.org

The construction industry is hampered by lack of communication among project participants, fraught with inefficiencies and opportunities for errors, and facing a future in which owners will bring less expert knowledge to projects and rely on outsiders more than ever to bridge this gap. These are key findings of a major survey of public and private construction project owners, conducted by CMAA and FMI Corporation. Survey respondents called for more pre-design hours with drawing and specification coordination and use of technology.


Next CICC Meeting April 8, 2003

Location: The Surety Association of America, 1101 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington DC (Metro - Red Line Farragut North)

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Speaker: Nicole Testa, Senior Manager of Communications, Fully Integrated and Automated Technology (FIATECH) www.fiatech.org

Presentation  - "The Capital Projects Technology Roadmap"

FIATECH’s "Capital Projects Technology Roadmap," provides a common industry-wide vision for the industry and a detailed plan for realizing it. This plan will be used by industry, associations, government, funding agencies, venture capitalists, research laboratories, standards bodies, and academia to work together, coalesce efforts, leverage scarce resources, and accelerate achievement of the vision. The result will be the delivery of solutions to today's challenges and a clear path for migration to the future. The presentation highlights nine critical capabilities.


Speaker: Brian Cubbage, Construction Law and Contracts Counsel, American Subcontractors Association, www.asaonline.com

Presentation – “Payment Structures”

Contractors, subcontractors, and owners do have common interests. This presentation will discuss alignment of owner and subcontractor interests on payments, retainage, bid shopping, and catastrophic risk transfer.


Speaker: Lynda Stanley, Director, Federal Facilities Council www.nas.edu

Presentation  - “Improving Owner Performance”

Since its inception in 1953, the Federal Facilities Council (FFC) has provided public and private sector owners with improved management practices and design and construction technologies. Learn more about FFC’s 2003 programs on:


To register, contact Noel Raufaste, nraufaste@erols.com; 301-467-6767. There is no charge to attend CICC meetings.  Join Us and Make a Difference!


You may also contact the CICC by email:  aod@constructionchannel.net