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AACE Seattle Section February 13th, 2014 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
Seattle, WA
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Last November as an invited guest, Phil Larson spoke at the 1st Young Professional Forum in Shanghai, China as a panelist. The discussion topic was the core competences of project management professionals. The forum was a breakout session of the "2013 International Project Management Conference." Phil spoke about the importance of mentoring, and his participation in the AACE Mentor Program. He encouraged the young professionals in the audience to find a skill or interest that they are passionate about, or can grow, and to gain insight and expertise by learning from the experience of others.

Overall, this was an excellent conference. The speakers, the hosts, the master of ceremonies, all provided a very well-choreographed conference. A VIP room and gifts were provided to all of the presenters.

The special tour of the yet to be completed Shanghai tower, soon to be the tallest building in China and the 2nd tallest in the world at 632 m (2,073 ft.), in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai was the technical highlight of the conference. This was followed on Saturday, November 16th by an all-day sightseeing trip to the city of Suzhou, China which is often dubbed the "Venice of the East" or "Venice of China."

Phil will be providing a presentation of his trip, and on his support of the China Task Force, which is chaired by Steve Warhoe and Feng Shen, who also attended the conference. John Ciccarelli, who is currently serving as AACE President, also attended as a presenter.


Phil Larson has been providing BIM (Building Information Modeling) consulting services with Project & Cost Control (PC2) since 1992, and is currently Director of Integrated Project Management at Planning & Management Services, Inc. (P&M). He is Past President of AACE International (2006) and is currently serving as co-chair of AACE's BIM Committee. Phil's specific expertise is to translate BIM models into detailed cost estimates, and then create resource loaded construction schedules with best of breed tools, facilitating the ability to build projects on time and on budget. An internationally recognized expert in construction cost estimating, he is also an accomplished scheduling profession certified as a PSP (Planning and Scheduling Professional) and as a PMP (Project Management Professional - #411), and was the scheduling project manager for the William Gates III Residence. He is also past Sr. Vice President of WinEstimator, Inc., a leading developer of construction cost estimating software where he led the BIM initiative for Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) collaborating with industry leaders. Phil graduated from Washington State University, cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies. He can be reached at

*** Please make every effort to sign-up for this meeting before 12:00 noon on Monday, February 10th, so that the proper number and choice of meals can be ordered from the hotel kitchen. You cooperation will be greatly appreciated! ***

LOCATION (Wheelchair Accessible):
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

5:30pm - Social Hour
6:30pm - Dinner
7:15pm - Program

The member price for this event is $28.00 if you register on or before the Monday immediately preceding the meeting; late registration is $33.00. Non-members will be charged $36.00 on or before the Monday immediately preceding the meeting, and $41.00 thereafter.

You may order an alderwood smoked salmon, tender London broil, or vegetarian (requires one week advance notice) dinner. If you have specific dietary restrictions please contact us at so that we can accommodate you. The AACE Seattle Section will be rotating menu selections this program year; we are interested in hearing your feedback!

The AACE Seattle Section must pay for all meals that are ordered. If you RSVP that you will attend, you are responsible for the bill of your meal. In addition, if you attend without an RSVP there is a possibility that your meal options will be limited from those listed above. If you would like to be added to the Seattle Section's mailing list to receive future notices about our meetings and events, please contact one of the presiding Officers or Directors.

Visit the AACE Seattle Section on our website at

Anybody interested in budget control, claims management, cost engineering, cost estimating, earned value management, planning and scheduling, project control, project management, value engineering, or risk management in any industry is cordially invited.

AACE Seattle Section meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from September through May (excluding December). Each meeting with a technical presentation qualifies for .25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) towards your CCP/CEP/CFCC/EVP/PSP recertification requirements.
Thursday Feb 13, 2014 6:30 PM - Thursday Feb 13, 2014 8:30 PM | $28.00 - $41.00



Best Western Plus Executive Inn (View)
200 Taylor Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
United States

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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