The Seattle Section meets monthly from September through June in the Seattle metropolitan area. Meetings are normally held on the second Wednesday of the month. In addition, the Kitsap and North Branches meet regularly, as do our technical committees. The Section and technical committees frequently sponsor workshops and continuing education opportunities throughout the year for the benefit of members and non-members.
ASCE Seattle Section
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Local Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Awards Presentation
- Program: The ASCE Seattle Section meeting will present the 2013 Local Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (LOCEA) Awards at our June meeting. The LOCEA Awards recognize projects that have improved the quality of life and contributed to the economic development of the local community, area, or region. These projects represent the successful combination of multiple engineering objectives, including design innovation and excellence, environmental sustainability, cost effectiveness, the effective use of materials, and aesthetics.
- The King Street Station Restoration and the 240th Street SE North Creek Bridge Replacement projects have captured top honors in the 13th Annual LOCEA Awards. The winning project teams will describe the challenges they faced and the solutions they found to successfully implement their design. We also will recognize several other projects with Honor Awards. Richard Sandaas will deliver the keynote address for the awards program. In addition, several Section scholarship winners will be recognized this evening.
- Speaker: Upon graduation from the University of Washington as a Mechanical Engineer, Richard Sandaas (Dick) began a ten year career in the private sector with positions in plant facilities management at Procter and Gamble and then the Boeing Company.
- He got involved in his community serving as councilmember and mayor of the town of Yarrow Point. While mayor, he was selected to represent the smaller cities on the Metro Council. Gaining familiarity with Metro and its mission motivated him to join the agency in 1973 following his political stint.
- His first position at Metro was to head a newly formed Construction Division. He then was named Manager of the Capital Program Division and later Program Manager of the South Treatment Plant expansion. He was appointed Director of Technical Services and then in 1989, Executive Director.
- He was involved in a wide range of Metro projects including pump stations, CSO projects, transit maintenance and operating bases, bus procurement, and the development and implementation of the transit bus wheelchair lift. He also led three major programs: The South Treatment Plant Expansion, The Downtown Transit Tunnel, and the West Point Treatment Plant Expansion. An advancement in the program management and contracting approach in these programs consisted of top quality engineering, state of the art contracting techniques, and a proactive owner with a highly qualified and empowered team. He worked to expand these practices nationally, working with industry peers. He also co-authored a guide with the Associated General Contractors of America and the American Consulting Engineers council to advance their use.
- Following retirement from Metro, he was called upon to become interim Director of the Kingdome and direct the effort to repair and upgrade it after falling ceiling tiles and other problems caused closure of the building. He then joined CH2MHill where he initially worked on developing the Design/Build practice in the company. Later he worked in project and management consulting.
- He has served on a number of committees and panels including:
Boston Deer Island Treatment Plant Program Review
Governor’s Committee to investigate the Interstate 90 Bridge sinking
Sydney Australia Clean Waterways Program Review
Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District Operations Review
National Academy of Engineering Committee Review of the Boston Central Artery Project
Washington State Transportation Performance Audit Board
- His awards include:
Top Ten Public Works Official, American Public Works Association
Engineer of the Year, Consulting Engineers Council of Washington
Diamond Award, University of Washington College of Engineering
- Location: McCormick & Schmicks, 1200 Westlake Ave N, Seattle
- 5:30 Social Hour
- 6:30 Dinner
- 7:30 Program
- Cost: For reservations made before Saturday, June 8th
- General Admission $40
- Student/Unemployed $15
- Add $5 for reservations made after Saturday, June 8th
- Reservations: Register Online Here
Thank you to PRR for sponsoring Seattle Section's Centennial