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PA Infrastructure Report Card - Press Release

We're in the final countdown to the release of our 2018 PA Infrastructure Report Card! Join us on November 14th, 11:00 AM at the Schuylkill River Park to hear from the PA Report Card Committee, the Philadelphia Section, and our three guest speakers:

  • Jeff Knueppel - SEPTA
  • Darin Gatti - Philadelphia Department of Streets
  • Maura McCarthy - Friends of Wissahickon
  • Paul Kohl - Philadelphia Water Department

Visit our Release Event Page for full details by Clicking Here!

Government and Policy Update

Starting this month, ASCE Philadelphia will be keeping all of us updated on Government and Policy issues that impact us, our professions, our projects, and our communities.

This month, ASCE is following the budget debate in Harrisburg, which as usual is contentious. For our full write-up by Spencer Finch, please visit our New Government and Policy Update Page!

Once you catch up on the happenings in Harrisburg, PLEASE contact your elected officials and let them know your opinion. It is as easy as one click and one email away: Contact your elected official.

If you would like more information, or would like help writing your message, please contact ASCE Philadelphia’s Government Affairs Team: Ann Tomalavage, Bob Wirght, or Spencer Finch.

Centennial Book!

Haven’t received your copy of the ASCE Philadelphia Section’s Centennial Book yet? Don’t miss out on your chance to order while supplies last. Preview pages from this book, as well as order the book by visiting our Centennial Book page!

New Check-In Procedure

ASCE Philadelphia Section will be conducting a new Check-In procedure at our upcoming dinner meeting. We will now have a express line for people that paid in advance (electronically via PayPal). All other payment types (Check or Pay at Door) will continue to check-in similar to the process in the past. Name tags for all attendees will be found in the dining area and not at the Check-in table. Less time outside to check-in equals more time to network inside. So please take advantage of our electronic payment system.

To implement this new procedure, it is prudent to bring your printed tickets with you. If you have not printed out ticket(s) for you and/or your guest, click on "View and print my ticket(s)" in your confirmation e-mail. If you have trouble downloading and printing your tickets, please contact Kazi M. Hassan at kazihassan@pennoni.com prior to the event.

For this event, we will not be accepting any ticket(s) on mobile devices, so please print out a hard copy of the ticket.

Thanks to Our Section Sponsors - Starting Our 27th Season!

When we first rolled out our sponsorship program at the start of the 1991-92 season, a total of nine “pioneer” firms participated:

  • BCM Engineers Inc.
  • Lippincott Engineering Associates
  • National Timber Piling Council
  • Pennoni Associates, Inc.
  • Pickering Corts & Summerson, Inc.
  • The RBA Group
  • Reutter Engineering
  • Temple University
  • J. Richard Weggel, PhD, PE
 

Some of these sound familiar, some are no longer. This season, we will enter our 27th year of the Section Sponsorship program. We ended last season with 14 firms participating as Section Sponsors and, thus far, 11 companies will be participating in 2017-18. We extend our special and collective THANKS to each sponsor for their financial commitment and support.

As a sponsor, your business card will appear in each edition of THE NEWS from October through May. Sponsor logos are displayed in a special Sponsors section of our website. Additionally, we provide direct links to sponsors’ own websites so prospective employees can review all available and up-to-date positions. We also offer sponsors the opportunity to have a “spotlight” article in an edition of THE NEWS.

If you would like to join, renew or come back after a few years away, we look forward to bringing you into the Section Sponsor fold. All this could be yours for a mere $300 for the season. The October edition of THE NEWS will feature the cards of all sponsors who commit by September 18.

Please contact Bob Wright at newseditor@asce-philly.org for more details.

Notice: Philadelphia Section New Mailing Address

This summer the Engineers’ Club closed its office and will be using its own Post Office Box, which will not be available to other societies as it has in the past. We thank the Club for its assistance with this over the years. Accordingly, Urban Engineers has generously offered to be our “mail drop” for the foreseeable future.

We would suggest that you continue to reach us through our website (www.asce-philly.org) and our e-mail address, info@asce-philly.org, as you need. If you must send us hard copy (non-financial) items, please direct them as follows:

ASCE Philadelphia Section
c/o Urban Engineers, Inc.
530 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Beginning this season, if you’re paying by check to attend Section dinner meetings, please include 1) a copy of receipt generated when registering for the event with your check 2) the event name in the check’s memo. Checks can be mailed to:

Jen Reigle
Pennoni Associates
1900 Market Street
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19103

As a reminder, if you opt to reserve for a Section meeting or event through our website, and would prefer to pay by check, you can certainly bring your check to the meeting and pay at the door. There will be no “at the door” penalty for reservations made by the deadline in this instance.

Special Offer on ASCE webinars for Philadelphia Section Members

Did you know that as a Philadelphia Section member you get a discount on ASCE National Webinars? Plus some of the registration fee comes back to help fund other Section activities!

Live Webinars: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/t/2125/c/79

ASCE's live webinars provide cost-effective training for large and small groups. Use Promo Code WEBPHISEC to secure your preferred rate.

On-Demand Webinars: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/t/2135/c/79

ASCE's on-demand webinars provide real-world knowledge and convenient delivery to fit your demanding schedule. Use Promo Code WEBPHISEC to secure your preferred rate.

Local News Story Features ASCE's Report Card for Pennsylvania's Infrastructure

In June of 2014, the Philadelphia Section, along with the other three Pennsylvania Sections, simultaneously released the 2014 Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure across the state. Immediately after its release, the Report Card garnered a lot of publicity in the newspapers and on local television news reports. Even more recently, in November of 2014, the report card prepared at the national level received a lot of attention by way of a story that aired on CBS 60 minutes. Shortly after that story aired, the Philadelphia Section was contacted by a local reporter to do a story that discusses the infrastructure needs of Pennsylvania. Having recently completed the PA Report Card, the Philadelphia Section was able to work with NBC Philadelphia to provide some technical expertise related to infrastructure.

Here is a video that NBC Philadelphia ran on February 12, 2015 that looks at the issues surrounding Pennsylvania’s structurally deficient bridges. To read the full article, visit NBC's website by clicking here: Bad Bridges Slow Response Time for Firefighters.

 

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President's Message - November 2018

 

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

 

As I write this message we are about one month away from the much anticipated release of our quadrennial Pennsylvania Report Card (PARC) on the state of our infrastructure within the Commonwealth. The last release for Pennsylvania was in 2014 and the focus was on the need to improve our aging bridges, roads, and transit infrastructure. In 2014 the respective grades for these categories were D+, D-, and D, a report card that we all would probably have wanted to hide from our parents. It will be fascinating to see where we stand today, four years later, and the impact of the Act 89 Transportation Bill, which went into effect on January 1, 2014.

The 2018 PARC grades are under lock and key and will not be released until November 14th at the official release events. These are scheduled to takes place at locations within our four ASCE Sections: Pittsburgh, Central Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley, and Philadelphia. I am excited to announce that the Philadelphia release will be at 11:00 AM at the Schuylkill River Park (the exact location along the park will be announced in the near future). I welcome all our members to join us for this release!

To say it has been no small feat to pull the 2018 PARC together would be an understatement. There have been countless hours of planning, research, development, and release planning over the past year. Special recognition goes to:

  • PARC Co-Chairs: Cathy Farrell (Phila. Past President) and John Caperilla (Lehigh Valley)
  • PARC Insiders/Editors: Ann Tomalavage and Bob Wright (Both Past Presidents)
  • PARC Public Relations and Release Coordinator: Cricket Slattery
  • PARC Category Champions and Volunteers: Over 60 across the Commonwealth

The National Report Card was released in 2017 and included the following statement on making the grade: “Our nation is at a crossroads. Deteriorating infrastructure is impeding our ability to compete in the thriving global economy, and improvements are necessary to ensure our country is built for the future. While we have made some progress, reversing the trajectory after decades of underinvestment in our infrastructure requires transformative action from Congress, states, infrastructure owners, and the American people”.

Pennsylvania is no different, and in many ways is looked to as the national leader in innovative infrastructure investment with the passage of Act 89 and the promotion of public-private partnerships (P3 projects - i.e. Rapid Bridge Replacement). As of the last Report Card in 2014, Pennsylvania had more than 22,600 bridges, 23 percent of which were considered structurally deficient, which was the highest percentage in the nation. I am excited to see where we stand now.

I look forward to PARC release and to continue to promote this message: We as ASCE members need raise the public’s awareness of how much investment is needed and to applaud the passage of the funding bills, like Act 89, that have helped address the deficiencies of our aging infrastructure.

Best,

Angelo J. Waters, PE, LEED® AP

President, ASCE Philadelphia ASCE Section

ajwaters@urbanengineers.com | 215-284-3161