SEFW was proud to sponsor, for the third year in a row, the Mead School District Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, which was held February 11 in Spokane. Just under 150 students from 12 elementary, middle, and high schools, created 81 bridges to be tested. The winning bridge held 866 pounds and weight 287 grams!
Thank you to several Spokane area firms that sponsored the event with SEFW, including Bouten Construction, Coffman Engineers, DCI Engineers, Garco Construction, GeoEngineers, and Integrus Architecture. Also, special thanks goes to Spokane-area SEAW volunteers Randy Jones, Brian Parsons, and Tori Sander.
SEFW is excited to review the entries to our FilmWorks Initiative! Budding videographers submitted videos to promote the 2016 theme, "What is cool about structural engineering?" Look for the winners to be posted on our web site soon.
Fall Forum 2016
The SEFW 2016 Fall Forum was a tremendous success! More than 250 people were able to enjoy the reception and lecture, “Engineers, Architects, Builders: A Legacy of Innovation in the Pacific Northwest.”
SEFW Chair Mark D’Amato of DCI Engineers opened the Forum by recognizing the event’s 32 donors, including Platinum donor DCI Engineers. He recapped some of SEFW’s activities for the past year, including scholarship donations, STEM outreach efforts, and the assistance in creating the SEAW Outreach Committee.
The participants in the evening’s presentation include main presenter Tyler Sprague, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, and panelists Carla Keel, Carla Keel Group; David Miller, Miller Hull Partnership; Scott Redman, Sellen Construction; and Jon Siu, City of Seattle. Also, the organizers and audiences were very pleased to have a special guest attend: former Washington Governor and U.S. Senator Dan Evans, a career structural engineer who was involved in the design and construction of the viaduct, among other local projects.
Dr. Sprague opened the Forum with a presentation on the history of the built environment in Seattle, and then the four panelists and guest Sen. Evans gathered on stage for a Q&A that added a personal commentary to the historical perspective.