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October 2013

Recycling Seattle’s Rain

Conserving water in rain barrels was the focus of the ASCE-SC and Renton/Skyway Boys and Girls Club Green Apple Day of Service project.

Seattle accumulates approximately 34 inches of rain per year, according to the Western Regional Climate Center, and the estimated annual demand for watering lawns is 18 inches (from the 1985 Washington State Irrigation Guide). If rain water were collected in barrels and reused for gardening, it would offset this demand significantly. This opportunity became the inspiration for a service learning project at the Boys & Girls Club in Renton, Washington, led by Seattle’s American Society of Civil Engineers Sustainability Committee (ASCE-SC) for the second annual Green Apple Day of Service on 27 September 2013.

V.K. Kumar, Kenneth M. Childs, Jr. Ports and Harbors Practitioner Award Recipient

V.K. Kumar's value engineering construction concepts for the Bath Iron Works project in Bath, Maine, resulted in significant cost savings and allowed the contractor to deliver the project on schedule.

On 26 August 2013 at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Ports 2013 conference in Seattle, Washington, BergerABAM’s Vice President of International Ports and Terminals Viswanath K. “V.K.” Kumar was bestowed the Kenneth M. Childs, Jr., Ports and Harbors Practitioner Award. The award was established in 2005 in honor of Kenny Childs, a prominent ASCE Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) Ports and Harbors Committee leader, and recognizes ASCE member design and construction practicing engineers employed in the marine engineering profession with demonstrated leadership and/or achievement in harbor and coastal projects.

Naval Hospital to Open Six Months Ahead of Schedule

The new medical center is being erected on a 70-acre ridgetop site with an ocean view, near the main gate of Camp Pendleton. Rendering courtesy of Clark Construction.

After nearly three years of construction, an aging medical facility at Camp Pendleton is being replaced with a new 500,000-square-foot multi-level hospital erected on a 70-acre site. The new hospital is designed to provide modern, safe, and effective medical care for active and retired military personnel and their families in the Southern California region. Expected to open a full six months ahead of schedule in December 2014, the facility is the largest American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project for the Navy and the second biggest stimulus project for the Pentagon.