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Bay Bridge Chapter Represents the Following Cities:

Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, San Francisco

Upcoming Event Information

October Lunch with Caltrans District 4 (Bay Area) @ Scott's Seafood
Oct 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Our chapter lunch features Doanh Nguyen, Caltrans District 4 (Bay Area) Acting Chief Deputy District Director.  The discussion will highlight upcoming business opportunities with District 4. Doanh has also served as Deputy District Director for Program/Project Management since 2014.  Responsible for all capital improvements and resources, Doanh collaborates closely with all local, regional, state and federal partners, private industries and the public to address the Bay Area’s transportation needs.


Thank you to our SILVER SPONSOR!

Holiday Midday Mixer @ Scott's Seafood in Jack London Square
Dec 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join us for a lunchtime event of live music, networking, tasty food, raffle, and holiday cheer!

Invited Past Speakers Attending:
Daniel Wade and Howard Fung, SFPUC; Mark Zabaneh, TJPA; and Doanh Nguyen, Caltrans D4

Online tickets are closed, but can be purchased at the door.

Thank you to our sponsors!


January Lunch with new BART GM: Robert Powers @ City Club of San Francisco
Jan 29 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join us as we welcome Robert “Bob” Powers who took over as the 10th General Manager for BART in July of 2019.
A 20-year engineering veteran, Bob started his BART career as Assistant General Manager in Planning, Development and Construction and now oversees the $2.4 billion BART budget for 2020, which will include early plans for the much needed Second Crossing, TOD project development at the Ashby and North Berkeley BART Stations, 300+ additional rail cars to their Fleet of the Future, continuation of the Systemwide Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Project, and ongoing infrastructure projects using Measure RR funds.

Thank you to our current sponsors:

GOLD: Wilson Ihrig and AECOM

BRONZE: Consolidated Engineering Laboratories

Additional sponsorship opportunities can be found here.

ACEC BBC, CMAA NorCal & WTS SF Present the A/E/C Proposal Symposium 2020: Alliances, Best Practices, and Winning Strategies @ Scott's Seafood, Jack London Square, Oakland
Feb 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

This event is being co-hosted by the WTS SF Bay Area Chapter and the CMAA NorCal Chapter.

Online May 6 Program: Best Practices for Virtual Business and Team Collaboration @ Via Zoom
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Zoom, Teams, and BlueJeans! Phone calls, video calls, content sharing! Whether you are connecting with your internal team or your clients, the business landscape requires everyone to approach business in a new way. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been using remote collaboration for years, or have only just embraced it now, there are best practices to learn and use for successful outcomes.

Wednesday, May 6th, 12-1pm
12:00 to 12:05 – Welcome, ACEC CA & BBC Announcements
12:05 to 12:50 – Presentations
12:50 to 1:00 – Q&A

Registrants will receive the ZOOM webinar link the morning of the event.

Speaker Bios
An outstanding communicator, Ben Shemuel intuits his TEECOM clients needs and helps them define, design, and realize their audiovisual visions, from simple to complex. An award-winning mentor, designer, and innovator, Ben has a vast history of successful projects ranging from corporate, to education, to civic, and beyond. And his relationship-building management style keeps clients coming back year after year.

Michael Green is the president and founder of Memory Spring and Co-Founder of Delta-4. Over the last 25 years, Michael has worked with many companies on improving performance in areas such as Business Development Performance, Team Building, Leadership, Presentations, and other areas. Some of Michael’s clients have included the AECOM, Arup, the Atlanta Braves, Burns & McDonnell, ICF, MWH Global, NBC, WSP, and others.

Robert “Bud” James, Ph.D., M.Div., BSCIT, brings 35 years of knowledge, leadership, and collaboration in information technology through leadership roles in, Oracle, BEA, and Unisys. He is a skilled orator and instructor, and a proud U.S. Air Force Special Operations Combat Controller Veteran.

ACEC BBC Webinar: Leaning into Improved Project Outcomes @ Via Zoom
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lean construction is coming to the public sector.
Join us as we hear from design and construction experts on how Lean construction can be a competitive advantage for owners and designers.

Lean construction is a way to design systems to minimize waste of materials, time, and effort in order to generate the maximum possible amount of value.

Used for decades in private manufacturing and more recently in private construction, Lean construction and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) are being pioneered in the public sector by UCSF with its upcoming hospital tower design.

Our panelists will answer your questions on Lean construction, IPD, and how to use them to be competitive in today’s market place.

Wednesday, June 24
12:00 – 1:00 pm

ZOOM Webinar details will be sent to registrants the morning of the event.

Registration cost: Free for members (optional donation to the ACEC BBC scholarship fund); $25 for non-members.  All proceeds support the ACEC BBC scholarship fund.

Geoffrey Nelson is the Director of Project Development for the Boldt Company and leads preconstruction, business development and marketing.  Prior to Boldt, Geoffrey was the Director of Enterprise Development at Sutter Healths California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC).  Geoffrey is active in DBIA and is the Chapter Co-Chair and Programs Chair for the Sacramento Chapter.

Dan Goodman is a Project Manager with UCSF, working on the New Hospital at Parnassus Heights. Before UCSF, Dan worked as a mechanical and plumbing contractor. Dan has been active in LCI since 2009, and has been on the core team for the NorCal CoP since 2015.

Moderator, Jay Love is a Senior Principal at Degenkolb Engineers, with more than 40 years of experience. Jay was recently the structural engineer for the IPD delivered Sutter Health CPMC Hospital at Van Ness and Geary.

Dont know if your firm is an ACEC BBC member? Check here.

ACEC BBC: Emerging Leaders / Students Speed Networking Happy Hour @ Via Zoom
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The BBC is excited to introduce the new Emerging Leaders / Young Member / Students Group!

We are a group of young professionals and recent graduates who are interested in developing relationships, gaining industry insight, and developing their careers at networking and professional development events hosted by the BBC.  The group will kick off with a speed networking event!

What to Expect:  Come prepared to introduce yourself in a small group setting and meet emerging leaders looking to connect with other young professionals in the industry. This first event will be a casual meet and greet, so grab your favorite drink and join the fun!

Registration:  Free for members and past BBC scholarship winners. $20 for non-members. All proceeds will go to the BBC Scholarship Fund!

Mark your Calendar:  The BBC Emerging Leaders Committee has some exciting career development opportunities for you on October 15th and November 19th, so join us on September 24th to learn more about these future events that will sharpen your networking, resume, and interview skills.

ACEC BBC Educational Forum- Design/Build: Professional Liability Risk For Consulting Engineers
Oct 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Design-Build (DB) continues to progress as the delivery method of choice for many public owners – federal, state and local on infrastructure projects.  Those owners find attractive the ability to (a) contract on a fixed price basis with a design builder who is responsible for both design and construction and (b) transfer substantial risk – traditionally retained by the owner – to that design-builder.

Many Design Builders respond to Owner DB RFPs with aggressive pricing proposal and sometimes unrealistic assumptions and expectations as to the details of (post-award) final design development details and construction cost.

What do these owner objectives and Design-Builder practices in DB procurement and contracting mean for the professional liability risk of consulting engineers engaged as (the “Consulting Engineer”) subconsultants to the Design-Builder?

That question and its answer will be the focus of this Webinar.

Learning Objectives

  • How price and risk allocation terms of a prime DB contract between the Owner and Design-Builder impact professional liability.
  • What are the principal areas of professional liability risk and claims for the Consulting Engineer in DB?
  • What has been the professional liability claims experience for Consulting Engineers in DB?
  • What are recommended contracting and other practices for Consulting Engineers to improve management of professional liability risk in DB?

David J. Hatem is a partner in the Boston-based law firm Donovan Hatem LLP. Nationally recognized for his expertise in representing engineers, architects and construction management professionals, David leads the  firm’s Professional Practices Group which serves design professionals and has been practicing law for approximately 40 years and has served as ACEC/MA Counsel since 1988. In recognition of his extraordinary career dedicated to the engineering sector, David received the Engineering Center Education Trust 2016 “Leadership in Professional Practice Legal Services” award and the 2008 ACEC Distinguished Service Award. He teaches Legal Aspects of Engineering at Tufts University and Legal Aspects of Civil Engineering at Northeastern University Graduate School of Engineering. He has authored and edited numerous articles and publications in his field of expertise, including the third (2020) edition of Public-Private Partnerships and Design-Build: Opportunities and Risks for Consulting Engineers, Subsurface Conditions: Risk Management for Design and Construction Management Professionals, Design-Build Subsurface Projects, and Megaprojects:  Challenges and Recommended Practices.

BBC Webinar: Senator Scott Wiener, CA 11th Senate District & SFPW Acting Director Alaric Degrafinried @ Via Zoom
Oct 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

If you’d still like to attend, please email, and we’ll send you the Zoom link.


Thank you to sponsors (click on their logo to find out more)!


We are honored to be joined by Senator Scott Wiener, who is up for reelection this November in California’s 11th Senate District. Senator Wiener will speak with attendees about upcoming infrastructure projects he supports, financial impacts from the pandemic that may affect all Californians, as well as answer your questions. For the second half of our webinar, we will hear from SFPW’s Acting Director Alaric Degrafinried. The event will be moderated by Darlene Gee, Senior Vice President at HTNB.

Senator Wiener – Building a better and safer California.

  • What infrastructure projects and related funding will you be pushing?
  • What infrastructure projects will the legislature and the Governor be pushing?
  • What can our members and our organization can do to help move infrastructure projects along?

Director Degrafinried – Building a better and safer San Francisco.

  • What is the public works department dealing with given the pandemic? Are you able to remain on schedule with projects, given the pandemic, people working from home, etc? is there anything our member firms and organization can do to help?
  • What are some work/projects in the pipeline.
  • How is funding of these projects affected given the pandemic?

Speaker: Senator Scott Wiener represents San Francisco and northern San Mateo County in the California State Senate. Elected in 2016, Senator Wiener focuses extensively on housing, transportation, civil rights, criminal justice reform, clean energy, and alleviating poverty. He chairs the Senate Housing Committee and also chairs the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus. Before being elected to the Senate, Senator Wiener served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing the district previously represented by Harvey Milk, and chaired the SFCTA. Before being elected to office, Senator Wiener practiced law for 15 years, including nearly a decade as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorneys Office. He also served in a number of community leadership roles, including co-chair of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center and on the national Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign. Senator Wiener has lived in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood since 1997. He received degrees from Duke University and Harvard Law School and spent a year in Chile on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Speaker: Alaric Degrafinried was appointed Acting Director of Public Works on January 28, 2020. He joined the City in 2007 as Contract Compliance Officer with the Human Rights Commission and then managed the commission’s Local Business Enterprise Division. He moved to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in 2011 to manage professional services contracts and was promoted to manager of the agency’s Contract Administration Bureau. He joined the San Francisco Office of Contract Administration in 2017 as deputy director and assumed the top post and the role of City Purchaser in 2018. Mr. Degrafinried grew up in Denver and after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. However, after seven years there, he knew he wanted to do more with his life, which included giving back to the community.

Moderator: Darlene Gee, PE is a Senior Vice-President with HNTB Corporation. She is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and is part of HNTBs national practice. Ms. Gee has more than 40 years of experience in consulting engineering for public and private sector organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. She specializes in transportation, and has had responsible charge for the planning, design, and construction management of over $6 billion of new and rehabilitated Bay Area transit, rail, highway and bridge projects during her career. Additionally, Darlene is an elected official currently serving as the Mayor for the City of Orinda.


  • Company name / logo printed on promotional materials
  • Shoutout on our LinkedIn page
  • Opportunity to provide a one-minute firm overview at the start of the event
  • Opportunity for one person from your firm to network with Alaric Degrafinried directly for 15 minutes through a Zoom breakout room after the webinar
CMAA NorCal Bay Area Water Webinar
Oct 22 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm