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The Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington is excited to announce details for its 11th  Fall Forum to be held both in person at Benaroya Hall and virtually on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.




SEFW presents: "Washington Sports Venues Then and Now: An Engineering Evolution."


In 1915, back before the Supersonics were NBA champions, the Seahawks won the Superbowl, or the Bulldogs fought in the NCAA final, the very first Washington state professional team, the Seattle Metropolitans, started its quest for the Stanley Cup. Since that time, games have been won and lost, teams have come and gone, and the backdrop for both hard-fought victory and heartbreaking defeat has been one of the Washington state sports venues. The very experience of viewing Washington sports is shaped by the design and engineering of the stadiums, fields, arenas, pavilions, and facilities our teams call home. Just as hockey in Seattle has evolved and will now take to the ice as the Kraken, so have these venues been architecturally and structurally modernized and improved over time. SEFW invites you to the 11th Annual Fall Forum, where local historian and journalist Knute Berger will present the stories behind several Washington sports venues and moderate a panel discussion with three structural engineers who brought them to life. With special attention given to the revolutionary reincarnation of the ClimatePledge Arena, the event will showcase history and evolution of venues all over Washington, including Husky Stadium, Martin Stadium, and more. Join in to learn more about the venerated Washington sports venues of the past, present, and future.



About our Speakers:

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Knute Berger is Seattle-area journalist and television personality. He will present a historical perspective on Washington sports venues and moderate Q&A with our structural engineer panelists.

Steve Hofmeister is a structural engineer with Thornton Tomasseti in Kansas City. He served as the Principal engineer on the renovation of the ClimatePledge Arena, currently finalizing construction.

Jon Magnusson is a structural engineer with Magnusson Klemencic Associates in Seattle, the structural on several iconic local and national projects, including Husky Stadium and Hec Ed Pavilion at University of Washington, Lumen Field, T-Mobile Park, and many more.

Mark Aden is a structural engineer with the Spokane office of DCI Engineers. He was involved with sports facility projects at both Washington State University and Gonzaga University, including WSU's renovation of Martin Stadium.

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