Centennial Committee

The Seattle Section turns 100 years old in 2013!

The Seattle Section was founded on June 30th, 1913 and has since grown to nearly 2,500 members within King, Snohomish, Skagit, Island, Whatcom, San Juan, Kitsap, Clallam, and Jefferson Counties. The Section’s commitment to the advancement of civil engineers is demonstrated through its leadership, sense of community and dedication to the profession. From organizing professional development opportunities to recognizing the outstanding achievements of local civil engineers, the Section has a longstanding history of fostering the growth of civil engineers and celebrating their successes.

The ASCE Seattle Section is a proponent of key legislation to protect and advance the industry, and provides a unified voice for Seattle area civil engineers. One of the most notable roles of the Section is promoting education; providing scholarship opportunities to aspiring civil engineers and hosting technical training programs for young professionals.

In 2013, the Seattle Section is celebrating our Centennial Year. To commemorate 100 years of professional service and civil engineering achievements, the Section is hosting a yearlong centennial celebration. This program will feature a series of events and activities to both honor the professional community and engage the public and civic leaders in the celebration of local civil engineers. Please see the calendar for a schedule of events.

From the bridges and infrastructure that connect the diverse landscape of Puget Sound, to the landmarks that distinguish the Seattle area as a hub for innovation and technology; civil engineers have profoundly shaped the development of the Puget Sound region. The Centennial Year celebration will honor the People, Projects and Policies that are monumental to both the advancement of the civil engineering profession and development of the Seattle area. 

Marquee Centennial Gala

Gala Photos



You're invited to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Seattle Section's Marquee Centennial Gala hosted at the new Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Lake Union Park. The museum will be fully open to explore, and a buffet dinner will be catered by Herban Feast. Additionally, the Civil Engineers that Built Seattle Centenary Exhibit will be on display.

Tickets are available here: SOLD OUT!

WHEN: Saturday October 5th, 2013
WHERE: MOHAI, Lake Union Park (860 Terry Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109)
DRESS: Semi-formal
7:00-8:00 pm - Social hour and experience MOHAI
8:00-9:30 pm - Dinner catered by Herban Feast and Centennial Program
9:30-10:00 pm - Additional time to experience MOHAI

Greg DiLoreto, ASCE National President - Keynote Speech
Kathleen Flenniken, Washington State Poet Laureate - Centennial Poem

and more . . .


Transit: The best way to visit MOHAI is by taking public transportation. There are several buses which run near the museum and the South Lake Union Streetcar has a stop right in front. Visit metro.kingcounty.gov for schedules. The streetcar services downtown and can be boarded near Westlake Center at 5th and Olive St.

Parking: AGC Lot (1200 Westlake Ave N) - Through an ongoing arrangement with Republic Parking Northwest and AGC, MOHAI visitors will receive discounted parking at the AGC lot located just west of Lake Union Park. Parking is $4 during nights and weekends for up to 10 hours. Tickets can be validated at the MOHAI front desk.

Additional transportation information can be found here: http://www.mohai.org/visit-us


Thank You to our Centennial Year Corporate Sponsors!


Civil Engineers that Built Seattle – Centenary Exhibit

Next Showing: MOHAI Community Gallery (November 23, 2013 - January 19, 2014)

The Civil Engineers that Built Seattle – Centenary Exhibit is a museum quality display consisting of 10 panels spotlighting the “people” aspect of civil engineering, focusing on the civil engineers who have built projects and created organizations that have contributed to the growth of Northwest Washington state. The exhibition describes their dreams, failures, and political battles that characterized their various works. The exhibition was developed in cooperation between the History & Heritage and Centennial Committees to showcase the Section’s Centennial heritage and to raise public awareness within the non-engineering community of the essential contribution of civil engineers.

The exhibition will be displayed at the following locations throughout 2013:

  • Sea-Tac International Airport, Gate B4 – January 14th – May 31st, 2013
  • National Student Steel Bridge Competition - June 1st, 2013
    • Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University of Washington
  • Snohomish County Administration Building – June 2nd - 21st, 2013
    • 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, WA 98201
  • Pioneer Association of the State of Washington, Pioneer Hall – June 22nd - July 28th, 2013
    • 1642 43rd Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
  • Bellevue City Hall - July 29th - August 23rd, 2013
    • 450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
  • Ports '13, COPRI Conference - August 25th - 28th, 2013
    • Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA
  • Marquee Centennial Gala - October 5th, 2013
    • Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), Lake Union Park, Seattle, WA
  • MOHAI, Community Gallery – November 23rd – January 19th, 2014
    • Lake Union Park, Seattle, WA
In addition to the display panels, an exhibit has been developed by the Seattle Section related to the history of civil engineering in the region on the occasion of the ASCE Seattle Section Centennial, it will appear at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in their Community Gallery from November 23, 2013 to January 19, 2014.  The gallery will also feature other local civil engineering projects and a children's play area with building blocks and kid-size safety vests.

Associated with the exhibit will be hands-on child focused activities and demonstrations on two Saturday sessions in the museum's Family Lab.  These events will be hosted by the Seattle Section K-12 Outreach committee on November 23, 2013 and January 18, 2014 from 11-2. 

MOHAI is located at 860 Terry Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109.  The hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily and open until 8 pm on Thursdays.  First Thursday at the MOHAI are free. 

If you’ve seen the Exhibit, please provide your feedback here:

All 10 panels can be downloaded from the below links:

Native American

Section’s History

The Seattle Section has a rich history of representing civil engineers in the Northwest for the past 100 years. To learn about the establishment of the Section, and the various elements that have made-up the Section’s activities over the past 100 years, please read the following document prepared by the History & Heritage Committee.

100th Anniversary

Previous History Documents
85th Anniversary
75th Anniversary

Media Relations

Thank you to PRR for supporting the Seattle Section's Centennial

ASCE News Article "ASCE Seattle Section Celebrates its 100th Anniversary with Panel Exhibit and Gala Event" 8/9/13

DJC Article "Exhibit Celebrates ASCE Centennial" 1/14/13




Contact Us

If you have any questions, or want further information, please contact the committee co-chairs: Ron Bard or Sunny Rose.


Please see the Calendar for a schedule of events


Ron Bard
Chair - Centennial Committee

Sunny Rose
Chair - Centennial Committee