SEFW 2018 Annual Report

From Tom Corcoran, Chair:

Thank you for your support of the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington! We had a fantastic 2018. Please enjoy this report of accomplishments made possible by SEFW and its partnerships. Donations supported scholarships, outreach opportunities, our incredible Fall Forum, and more. It was a year with much good work promoting structural engineering, and we are eager to see what 2019 has in store.


University Scholarships

June 2018

SEFW once again funded the SEAW Scholarship Awards Program, which recognized two students with $5,000 awards in 2018. The SEAW scholarship program has now presented $164,000 to 69 structural engineering students.

Monica Erickson, of Snohomish, received a BSCE from University of Idaho.


Levi Gilbert, of Shelton, received a BSCE and MSCE from WSU.


FilmWorks Initiative

April 2018

SEFW added one video to its FilmWorks library this year. The video, "Structural Engineering in Motion," was recognized with a cash award and can be seen on Vimeo.

Engineering Legacy

July 2018

SEFW was a sponsor for "Sculpture on a Grand Scale," an exhibition highlighting the thin-shell concrete work of the late Jack Christiansen. The exhibit premiered in Boston at the IASS Creativity in Structural Design Symposium, but will be on display at the University of Washington in 2019.

Jeddah Tower Forum

November 2018

The 8th Annual SEFW Fall Forum, “Higher & Higher:  Jeddah Tower & Building Megatall,” was attended by 350+ people at Benaroya Hall. Peter Weismantle of Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture and Robert Sinn of Thornton Tomasetti shared background stories, design ideas, and personal experiences working on this record-breaking tower project.


Student Outreach Efforts

February-June 2018

SEFW was pleased to continue to support the SEAW Outreach Committee. Outreach endeavors in 2018 included a continued partnership with the Washington Alliance for Better Schools (which included the STEM After School Academy), participation in 12 STEM expo and career events (reaching 14,000 Puget Sound students!), and expansion into other parts of the state. Learn more about the Outreach Committee by visiting their website.

Popsicle Bridge Competition

February 2018

For the fourth year, SEFW funded a popsicle stick bridge-building competition in the Mead School District in Spokane. This year's winning bridge held 820 pounds! In 2017, the school distrist made an incredible video of the event; check it out on Vimeo.


On the west side of the state, SEFW also supported the popsicle stick bridge building competition put on by ASCE at the Museum of Flight.

Structural Robotics Mentoring

March 2018

SEFW was pleased to fund two FIRST Robotics teams this year, for Mountlake Terrace High School and Garfield High School. The MTHS team and its alliance won the Pacific Northwest District Championships in Portland AND won the World Championships in Houston! Check out a video about the MTHS team's incredible season.


Collegiate Research Support

September 2018

SEFW funded its first university-level research project, "Anchorage of Headed and Hooked Bars in Masonry," carried out in partnership between Washington State University, the Northwest Concrete Masonry Association, and the National Concrete Masonry Association.


Thank you to the 2018 individual and corporate donors.


Individual donors:


Robert and Patricia

Ted Bernards

Chris Bernards

Clayton Binkley

Howard Burton

Doug Campbell

James Carpenter

Arne Carson

John Clark

Tom Corcoran

Mark D'Amato

Nancy Devine

Scott Douglas

Michael Dunn

Greg Edwards

Patrick Farley

Dale and Mary Fugier

Jesse Gobeli

Angela Gottula

Frank Hofmeister

Smit Kamal

Craig Keller

Shana Kelley

Tom Kinsman

Joyce Lem

Jon Magnusson

Bob McNeel

Arvind Nerurkar

Charles Pearson

Fred Pneuman

Craig Roberts

Marga Rose Hancock

Hans Saxer

Greg Schindler

Richal and Karen Smith

John Tawresey

Kristin Thorness Gilda

Tom Young

Una Zeck



Corporate donors:



Cary Kopczynski &


Contech Services

DCI Engineers

GLY Construction

Integrus Architecture

Magnusson Klemencic

PCS Structural  

Seattle Structural




Coffman Engineers

Coughlin Porter

CT Engineering


KPFF Consulting

Lane Powell

Lease Crutcher Lewis

Quantum Consulting

Skellenger Bender

Smith & Huston

Su Development

Turner Construction

Wetherholt &



Armour Unsderfer


BTL Engineering

CG Engineering

Charie Griffes & Marty



Dibble Engineers

Douglas Engineering

Graphite Design Group

Lund Opsahl

Mark & Linda D'Amato

Mayes Testing


MiTek Builder Products

MLA Engineering

Shannon & Wilson

SidePlate Systems

Simpson Strong-Tie

Verco Decking

Wiss, Janney, Elstner
    Associates, Inc.


Spokane Events

ALSC Architects

Bouten Construction

Coffman Engineers

DCI Engineers

Garco Construction


Integrus Architecture

LSB Consulting



Cooperating Organizations

ACE Mentor Program
    of Washington

American Institute of

    Architects, Seattle

Art Institute of Seattle

ASCE University of

    Washington Chapter

Northwest Concrete
   Masonry Association

Seattle Architecture


Structural Engineers

    Association of

SEAW University of

    Washington Chapter

University of


    Dept. of Civil and



Washington Association

    of Building Officials

Washington STEM


Support SEFW in its mission to promote structural engineering. Give to one of our three fund designation categories:

General Fund

Scholarship Fund

Disaster Preparedness and Response Fund

This Annual Report was prepared by the SEFW Administrator. Please submit questions or feedback to Angela Gottula Twining at or 206-451-7475.

December 2018

The above graphs outline SEFW's breakdown of contributions/income and expenditures for 2018. The Board continues to utilize a separate account, funded 100% by Board donations, to support SEFW-related expenditures not directly related to programs, such as monthly meeting expenses, Board retreats, social functions, and other similar activities. Individual or corporate donations are used exclusively for costs associated with the SEFW mission.

Financial Stewardship Report

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