• Offshore Wind Energy: Challenges, Technologies, Projects (Oct. 17, 2017)

    Darryl François and Daniel O’Connell from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management were the featured speakers.
  • 2017-18 NCS Board Sworn-In (Sep. 19, 2017)

    Casana (Region 2 Director) conducted the swearing in ceremony. See the Contact Us > BoD for current Board members.
  • WMATA SafeTrack Update by Tiffani Jenkins (Sep. 19, 2017)

    Brian Barna presenting the NCS Centennial book to Tiffany after her talk.
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Dream Big Wins BIG!

SEPTEMBER 2017: Dream Big won best film at the Giant Screen Cinema Association annual awards ceremony. The GSCA awards are the “Oscars” of the IMAX world, and this is their top award. The film took home four awards in all, including those for marketing and educational program: 1. Best Film; 2. Best Visual Effects; 3. Best Marketing and Distributor Award; 4. Best Educational Program by a Theater – Carnegie Science Center won for its Engineering Educational and Festival program. There was some stiff competition, notably from a film called Amazon produced by Howard Hughes Medical Institute in partnership with Pacific Science Center.

 The Annual Awards Banquet gives us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate local excellence in projects, engineers, and students who have contributed to our profession and our community. Recognized parties include ASCE-NCS Outstanding Civil Engineering Project, Sustainability Committee’s Award Winning Project, Meritorious Service and Community Service Award winners, NCS Student Scholarship Award recipients, Outstanding Graduating Seniors from local civil engineering universities, and members of the NCS who have achieved Life Member or Distinguished Member status during the past year.

The finalists for the NCS 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Project are the Quadrangle Development Corporation’s Marriott Marquis Convention Center Hotel in Washington, DC, and Macerich’s Tysons Corner Center – Office Tower and Residential, Phase I in McLean, VA.

The Marriott Marquis is the first project in Washington, DC, to utilize top-down construction, a method selected due to local zoning height requirements coupled with the need to provide the square footage the market needed. This resulted in the building going 100 feet underground. Because the building perimeter was set directly on the property line, use of this method made for a very challenging project. Constructing the building foundations, excavating, and removing the soil, placing the structural slab system and repeating for each floor from the street elevation to the lowest level demanded the highest level of focus and planning. The innovative use of structural steel wide flange members and plates as reinforcement for the concrete slabs below grade allowed for seven stories of construction below grade, and the deepest excavation in Washington, DC.

Tysons Corner Center is an outstanding example of the principles of Live, Work, and Play that is transforming Tysons Corner into a true urban community with a direct link to Metro’s new Silver Line. Along the main facade of the office tower is a glass cable wall system, one of the largest of its type in the country  and the first in the DC metro area. Vertical tensioned cables anchored by post-tensioned beams at the street level and second floor support the 52-foothigh unitized glass wall and custom extrusions uniquely designed for this project. A stainless steel portal incorporated within the glass cable wall provides access to the lobby. Also located along the main facade are eight 56-foottall exposed architectural concrete columns with a remarkably smooth finish. Each column contains almost three full truckloads of concrete.

What is ASCE-NCS?

Welcome to the website of the National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a professional society for civil engineers.  ASCE was founded in 1852, represents 130,000 members of the civil engineering professional worldwide, and is America's oldest national engineering society.

The National Capital Section was founded in 1916 and currently has more than 3,100 members.  The section is located in Region 2 (link to region 2: http://region2.asce.org/). The National Capital Section serves the District of Columbia; the counties of Montgomery and Prince Georges in Maryland, except College Park in Prince Georges County; the counties of Fairfax and Arlington, and City of Alexandria in Virginia. The National Capital Section's mission includes:

  • To advance the professional knowledge and improve the practice of civil engineering for our members and those we serve.
  • To advocate for our profession with those whose actions affect us, and to educate those whose actions and responsibilities could benefit from a better understanding of the contributions of civil engineers.
  • To improve our community through effective community outreach programs, local involvement and educational efforts.

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