December 06, 2013
NSPE TODAY: POLICY PERSPECTIVES
NSPE Past President Chris Stone, P.E., F.NSPE, was recently elected to serve as chairman of the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services.
The council was formed in 1966 to provide a unified voice for architectural and engineering services on federal contracting issues, both creating a forum for the public and respected advisors for the government. Member organizations include NSPE, the American Institute of Architects, the National Society of Professional Surveyors, the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
A structural engineer, Stone is president of Clark Nexsen PC, a Virginia-based firm offering architecture, engineering, and interior design services. His experience with NSPE is extensive, having served on the committees for legislative and government affairs as well as membership. In addition, he has worked as NSPE's delegate to COFPAES.
Last fall, Stone wrote an online article on the 40th anniversary of the Brooks Act, a key piece of legislation that codified qualifications-based selection for federal procurement of architectural, engineering, and related services. "Government agencies in the United States," Stone wrote, "achieve lower construction costs, more efficient use of taxpayers' money, and higher construction satisfaction when procuring design and engineering services for such projects on qualifications rather than price."
To learn more about COFPAES, visit www.cofpaes.org.
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