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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 - April 2018

 

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
 

Dear Section Members,

The month of March had many moments that reminded me of why I love being an ASCE member. The first moment was during the March Dinner meeting when the Chester A. Arthur Middle School CivE Club was recognized. Through the effort of the School’s science teacher, Mike Franklin, and our Younger Member Forum, they have been running a civil engineering afterschool club to expose students to civil engineering. The Chester A. Arthur Middle School is located in the Graduate Hospital area of the city where 92% of students qualify for subsidized lunches. It’s inspiring to see that Terrell Greenaugh, a student in the inaugural class of the club, is now a student at University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown studying civil engineering! Although we don’t know if Terrell’s major would have ended up differently if he were not in the CivE Club, I would like to believe the Club helped to lead Terrell to the field.

Also during this meeting, Jim Bilella of Urban Engineers gave an interesting presentation on the restoration and revitalization of the Longwood Gardens fountains. My favorite part of the presentation was when Jim retold that during his effort to find an economical solution for his client, the main creative person for Longwood Gardens was not interested in saving money because “my creativity cannot be limited”.

The second moment this month that reminded me why I am an ASCE member was when I attended ASCE’s Legislative Fly In Day. The morning of the Fly In we were briefed on the status and ASCE’s stance on:

  • The Trump Administration’s infrastructure plan
  • The reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration Act
  • The reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
  • The Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now Act (SRF WIN)

We also spent time with a policy advisor to US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and two Congress people from Louisiana and Connecticut. In the afternoon ASCE members from around the country hit the hill to meet with Senators and Congress people to advocate for the above items. As a result of my ASCE membership, I was qualified to attend this day where I learned so much about our government and it helped prepare me to speak with elected officials from Pennsylvania. All of the Pennsylvania ASCE members attending (including Philadelphia Section members: Adrienne Nikolic, Tim Abel, Joe Natale and John Caperilla) were very supportive to share their Government Relations knowledge to a first-time attendee/novice like me. The National Fly In Day is in the top three of ASCE members-only opportunities I have participated in. Next November, when ASCE nationals sends their email looking members to participate in the 2019 Fly In day, I strongly encourage you to attend.

Sincerely,

Cathy Golata Farrell, PE

President, ASCE Philadelphia Section

cgfarrell@hntb.com 610-290-5108