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TAKE ACTION - Support State DOT Revenue Needs Amid Pandemic
The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is set to expire on September 30, 2020. This deadline, coupled with COVID-19-related reductions in federal and state transportation revenues, will lead to project delays and risks a subpar transportation network. ASCE is urging Congress to pass legislation before September 30th that includes:
• A one-year extension of the current surface transportation law with increased investment levels
• Federal funding for state departments of transportation and public transit agencies - $37 billion and $32 billion, respectively
• Provisions to ensure Highway Trust Fund (HTF) solvency for the duration of the extension.
Please join us in our effort and remind to Congress act now! TAKE ACTION
2018 PA Infrastructure Report Card In The News
Have you seen the 2018 PA Infrastructure Report Card in the news? The Report Card is designed as a simple tool to help residents, businesses, and policymakers understand the state of PA’s infrastructure. Sharing the Report Card findings through news articles like these are key to continuing informed conversations about how to improve our infrastructure.
Notable to the conversation, critical decisions are going to be made in the coming year on infrastructure. Given the impact COVID 19 has had on sources of revenue for planned infrastructure work, government agencies have needed to change their paradigms; therefore, certain recommendations made in the 2018 Report Card on how to raise the grades need to be revised as we move forward. For example, a decrease in commuting has resulted in lower gas tax revenues, tolls, and transit fares. These considerations will be expanded upon in the future Report Card with the current 2018 Report card as a benchmark.Have you seen the 2018 PA Infrastructure Report Card in the news? The Report Card is designed as a simple tool to help residents, businesses, and policymakers understand the state of PA’s infrastructure. Sharing the Report Card findings through news articles like these are key to continuing informed conversations about how to improve our infrastructure.
I am saddened, disappointed, frustrated and angered with the events surrounding the systematic racism that occurs in our country; one of the most recent examples being the death of George Floyd. Racial injustice is intolerable. And it appears that many others across the country, and world, have the same sentiment, based on the non-stop protests over the last two weeks.
Locally, my own neighborhood gained media attention last week showing residents divided and how police were handling the protests/riots. The news coverage was not discussing the social injustice or root cause of this protest, or others, in our city. This unrest and (mis)representation of my neighborhood, a community I have been a part of for the past ten years, broke my heart. But since that initial news footage, I have witnessed numerous, peaceful protests for equality for everyone as human beings. These acts, along with the conversations we are having publicly about racism, are not only unifying my neighborhood but also providing me with hope for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
ASCE Philadelphia and its technical groups are committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity, fairness, and respect for all. We will continue to build a better quality of life for everyone in our community through infrastructure and through our continued outreach efforts into under-represented neighborhoods and programming events throughout the year.
I ask that all of you join me and ASCE Philadelphia in continuing to uphold our oaths to the ASCE Code of Ethics; in particular Canon 8 which states,
“Engineers shall, in all matters related to their profession, treat all persons fairly and encourage equitable participation without regard to gender or gender identity, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, or family, marital, or economic status.”
For more information on the ASCE’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives and ASCE Code of Ethics, please visit the following ASCE websites:
Earlier this week, ASCE National recently shared a Message of Unity and Support with all members and the greater community: https://info.asce.org/unity
Please know that ASCE Philadelphia is here to support all of you. If you have any suggestions on how we can continue to do so, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, 2020-2021 ASCE Philadelphia Section
Community Health and Safety Update
Like all of you, ASCE Philadelphia and its Technical Groups are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation, including Governor Wolf's statewide orders. Our Section will continue to make judgement calls and recommendations based on federal and state guidance regarding hosting upcoming events. The Section holds the member's health and safety as our top priority. For events that we determine should not be held as planned, we will send out a cancellation or postponement notice. We ask for your patience as we continue to navigate through this situation and urge our membership to follow CDC’s guidelines to stay safe and healthy.
While adjusting to this new norm of working from home, feel free to visit ASCE Society's COVID-19 Resource site.
If you have any questions regarding an event, please contact the event contact person listed on your registration and/or the event website.
Thank you for being a valued member of ASCE and its Philadelphia Section.
2020-2021 Philadelphia Section Officers and Board of Members
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!
Thanks to Our Section Sponsors - Starting Our 29th 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 have begun our 29th year of the Section Sponsorship program. Thus far, 12 companies have committed to be participate for this season. 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.
Please contact Bob Wright at email@example.com for more details.
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!
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President's Message - May 2020
In years past, the Section’s transition into a new year has been a normal and smooth process. Typically, we wrap up our technical events in April and host our Annual Spring Social in May. The social event lets us celebrate our award winners and gives us an opportunity to introduce our new Board members for the following season. This year, however, COVID-19 is continuing to wreak havoc in our communities and is redefining what normal is. Families all over the world are impacted and my heart goes out to those who lost someone in this COVID-19 battle. After weeks of stay-at-home orders and social distancing, we are all adjusting to this new virtual world. We do not know what history has written for us, but for now, we will continue to adapt and stay ahead of this pandemic.
Before we move on to next year, let’s take a moment to reflect on a successful 2019-20 season. The Section kicked off its technical meetings in October presenting on “Edge Hill Road/Tyson Avenue reconstruction project in Montgomery County, PA”. The November meeting topic covered the “Runway Rehabilitation at Trenton-Mercer Airport in Trenton, NJ”. In December, we participated in the Multi-Society dinner meeting led by the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia where we discussed “Resiliency”. In January 2020, we collaborated with American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) and presented “Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project Update”. We took a break in our technical meetings in February to celebrate Engineers Week’s social events and continued in March with the “Construction of Comcast Technology Center”. These events only account for 25% of the 20 professional development hours (PDH) that were offered to our members last year. The remaining 75% of the PDH-worthy events were organized and hosted by our Tech Groups, including Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), Geotechnical Institute (DVGI), Construction Management (CM), Transportation and Urban Development (T&DI), Environmental and Water Resource Group (EWR) and the Younger Member Forum (YMF).
The Section was proud to be a part of the Eastern Regional Younger Member Conference (ERYMC) and Multi-Regional Leadership Conference (MRLC), which was held in downtown Philadelphia. ERYMC and MRLC 2020 brought more than 500 engineers and students from across the country to the City of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection. This conference set a new standard for regional conferences and it would not have been possible without the leadership of Kevin Brown and Joe Natale. The two co-chairs, along with the ERYMC planning committee, worked tirelessly to pull off an amazing 4-day conference.
If you are frequent reader of The News, you may have noticed our listing of the Section Committees. In addition to our Section officers and Board members, we are lucky to have numerous volunteers who spearhead or provide support to various committees. The committee members’ effort eases the responsibility of all volunteers involved in the yearly operation.
My year as Section President flew by; I feel like it was just yesterday when I was handed the gavel by Angelo Waters at the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. Leading this Section feels effortless and that is because of the amazing Board members who supported me the entire year. I was blessed to have people that are great leaders, passionate, strong communicators, and self-motivators. I could not have done it without you, so thank you!
To our upcoming President, Jen Reigle, I don’t need to wish you luck. I know you will do an amazing job of leading the Section and if you ever need anything, you know where to find me.
Thank you to all our Section members for your continued support!
Kazi M. Hassan, PE
President, ASCE Philadelphia Section