Membership in ACEC Colorado is a Good Business Decision
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (ACEC-CO) is the business association of 230 member firms employing more than 10,000 employees in the independent private practice of consulting engineering. ACEC-CO is a primary resource for accessing engineering information, expertise and business ethics practices. Learn more by reading the ACEC-CO Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and the ACEC-CO member-only benefits and the ROI of membership.
ACEC-CO is committed to preparing members for prosperity, and membership in the Council will make your company better because you can access best practices, education and information that directly impacts your business.
Your company will benefit from being made aware of important changes, for example, in tax laws and incentives that can save your company thousands of dollars; upcoming legislation that affects the way you do business; and changes in contract language with agencies that can affect the liability of you and your sub-consultants. When you know what is coming, you have the ability to respond rather than react and be better prepared to deal with the issues.
Your company will also benefit from new ideas and skills that your employees bring to your firm by participating in industry specific programs, educational workshops, best practices training and executive level business courses, at a reduced cost. The more they know, the more they can do and the more valuable they are to your business – especially if they take advantage of ACEC-CO human resources, information technology and finance listservs.
The visibility your business gains is among the greatest benefits your membership offers. Other professionals and key influencers will know who you are, which open doors to new business opportunities.
ACEC-CO is important to the industry as a whole because there is strength in numbers. Together we speak with one powerful voice. The Council is a place for members to learn from one another and to create opportunities for each other through collaboration and consortium involvement. ACEC-CO protects the interests of your industry by advocating for best practices by providing input and feedback to agencies that contract for your services to ensure fair and balanced opportunities.
Importantly, we advocate for continuing education, upholding the value of professional licensure and delivery of ethical service to further the stature of your industry.
ACEC-CO firms range in size from the small to very large and serve as consultants to government, industry, contractors, developers and private sector clients. The annual business volume of members in Colorado exceeds $300 million.
The annual construction cost from the services of ACEC-CO member firms (both within and outside the state) exceeds $2 billion dollars. Private consultants have historically maintained an important role in Colorado’s economy.
Consulting engineering firms holding membership in ACEC-CO provide expertise for a wide range of activities including acoustical, chemical, civil, electrical, geotechnical, industrial, materials, mechanical, mining, petroleum, photogrammetric, structural, transportation, water resources, environmental and agricultural engineering and surveying.
ACEC-CO maintains a vital membership that today includes more than half of whom employ 15 or fewer individuals. Among the most valued benefits of belonging to ACEC-CO is the ability for small firms to organize, share information and evolve best business practices in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Larger firms (100+ employees) are also engaged with ACEC-CO and represent 7% of membership.
Code of Ethics
With a high regard for the engineering profession and recognition of the Code of Ethics – a set of dynamic principles to guide provided engineering services – and with full knowledge of the responsibility of consulting engineers to safeguard health, safety and public welfare, a member of the Council:
- brings the credit, honor and dignity of the engineering profession to their dealings with clients, other engineers and the public;
- acts for their clients as a faithful agent or trustee and accepts remuneration only in accordance with their stated charges for services rendered;
- Exchanges non-confidential engineering information with other engineers, students and the engineering press and encourages the public knowledge of engineering and ensures proper credit for engineering works;
- solicits engineering work assignments according to high professional standards, without offering commissions or using undue influence;
- upholds and promotes the principle of selection of consulting engineers for assignments on the basis of qualifications, including training, skill, experience, personnel, workloads and availability;
- associates as a consulting engineer with only engineers and other professionals who conform to ethical practices;
- is familiar with and abides by the ACEC Professional and Ethical Conduct Guidelines; and
- continues professional development throughout one’s career and provides opportunities for the development of those under one’s supervision.
2014-2015 Board of Directors
Marvinetta Hartwig, P.E.
Greg Roush, P.E.
Elizabeth Stolfus, P.E.
Rob Refvem, P.E.
Steve Ravel, P.E.
Ceila Rethamel, P.E.
Director – West
Director – North
Dave Merritt, P.E.
Frank Kohl, PLS
Heidi Gordon, CAE
Julie Ann Dill