Event Information

The Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington held its 10th Annual Fall Forum virtually on November 12, 2020, livestreamed from Town Hall Seattle.


The 7,300 bridges in Washington state are full of stories. Some are stories of history and culture, necessity and politics, or the challenges and marvels of civil engineering. Learning these stories connects communities more closely to their built environment and honors the design, engineering, and legacy of these significant spans. For the 10th Annual Fall Forum, SEFW was honored to host Maureen Elenga, local historian, and John Stanton, PhD., professor of civil engineering at the University of Washington, who together presented an educational evening showcasing bridges in Washington. Ms. Elenga shared the cultural, quirky, and even surprising histories of several local bridges, while Dr. Stanton revealed engineering mysteries that brought them to life for the technical observers in the audience.



About our Speakers:

Maureen R. Elenga is an architectural historian whose published works include Seattle Architecture: a Walking Guide to Downtown (2008, Seattle Architecture Foundation) and Bridges of Seattle (2020, Arcadia Press). She holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree in art history and communications from the University of Oregon.


Maureen has worked as the business manager for Arcade Journal, a quarterly magazine dedicated to architecture, urbanism and design in the Pacific Northwest. She also served as the technical manager of the University of Washington Library’s Cities and Buildings Database, an online resource for images and information on thousands of buildings and sites around the world.


Born and raised in Portland, Maureen developed an early interest in architecture from her father, a retired partner with BORA Architects. She now lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.

John F. Stanton is the Thomas & Marilyn Nielsen Professor in Engineering in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. He began teaching at UW in 1978 and has been a professor since 1992, primarily teaching structural engineering.


John has bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical sciences from Cambridge University in the UK, as well as a MSCE from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from University of California at Berkeley. He worked in design practice for six years in Britain, France, and Canada before joining the University of Washington.


He has taught and conducted research in several areas of structural engineering, focusing primarily on seismic engineering issues. Most recently, he has conducted work on developing new structural framing systems for buildings made from precast concrete.


During the last decade, his research has focused primarily on bridges, and he has contributed to the design and evaluation of several large bridge projects in the US and abroad.


Corporate Partnerships

THANK YOU to the sponsors for the 2020 Fall Forum:



PCS Structural Solutions



CKC Structural Engineers

DCI Engineers

Seattle Structural




Anonymous Family Foundation

Cairncross & Hempelmann

Coffman Engineers

Contech Services

Coughlin Porter Lundeen

CT Engineering


DLR Group

Douglas Engineering

GLY Construction

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Magnusson Klemencic Associates

MC Squared

Malsam Tsang Structural Engineers

Quantum Consulting Engineers

Swenson Say Faget

Vulcraft Verco Group




BTL Engineering

CG Engineering


Graphite Design Group

Jon Magnusson

Kramer Gehlen Associates

Lund Opsahl

Mark & Linda D’Amato

Mayes Testing Engineers, a Terracon Company

MLA Engineering

Simpson Strong-tie

Stoneway Concrete

Wetherholt & Associates




ACE Mentor Program of Washington

AIA Seattle Chapter

ASCE Seattle Section

ASCE Student Chapter, Seattle University

ASCE Student Chapter, University of Washington

Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute

Gonzaga University Department of Civil Engineering

National Council of Structural Engineering Associations

Northwest Cement Council

Northwest Concrete & Masonry Association

Seattle Architecture Foundation

Seattle University Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Structural Engineers Association of Idaho

Structural Engineers Association of Illinois

Structural Engineers Association of Oregon

Structural Engineers Association of Washington

Structural Engineers Association of Washington

Structural Engineers Association of Washington, University of Washington Chapter

University of Washington Department of Architecture

University of Washington Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Washington Aggregates & Concrete Association

Washington State University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering




Bill Maibusch

Craig Keller

David Goodyear

Diane Warner

Dick Hemmen

Greg Schindler

Herbert Ahten

Joyce Lem

Marga Rose Hancock

Matthew Copus

Michael Dunn

Nancy Devine

Peter Barlow

Richal Smith

Siri Ashworth

Thomas Kinsman



To make a donation, please contact the SEFW administrator at admin@sefw.org or 206.451.7475. You may also contact any of our Board of Directors with a pledge.

Video Recording

A recording of the 10th Annual Fall Forum, including both the presentation and Q&A portion, is available on the SEFW Vimeo page. Thank you to everyone who attended! We estimate we had just under 400 people viewing the event live on November 12.


View the video on Vimeo here.

















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