Clearwater, Florida, park will link downtown to waterfront

In Clearwater, Florida, just west of Tampa Bay, a planned new public park has been designed to better connect the city’s downtown with its urban waterfront along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Called Imagine Clearwater, the $64.5 million, city-owned project will expand a small, existing green space known as Coachman Park into a 24-acre destination filled with recreational amenities ranging from a children’s play area with pop-jet water fountains to an outdoor performance band shell and stage that will feature covered seating beneath a tensile fabric roof for 4,000 people and lawn seating for another 10,000 or so attendees, notes

An Unusual Economy – Two Stunning Charts, Plus a Bonus Chart

Bar and Restaurant Sales Recovery

I don’t know why this hasn’t received more attention and I’m finding it a little hard to believe, given that there are still pockets of the economy that have not fully reopened, but according to the Census Bureau, sales by food services and drinking places (i.e., bars and restaurants) have climbed to a level slightly above where they were prior to the pandemic.

Denver Water reaches key milestone on North System Renewal Project

Denver Water, the provider of drinking water for 1.5 million people in central Colorado, recently achieved a key milestone on its $600 million North System Renewal Project. A critical component of the utility’s ongoing efforts to revamp its infrastructure and improve system reliability and sustainability, the project entails the design and construction of the new 75 mgd Northwater Treatment Plant, the installation of a new 8.5 mi long pipeline, and the redevelopment of its nearly 85-year-old Moffat Treatment Plant.

Begun in 2018, construction on the Northwater Treatment Plant is now 40% complete with the pipeline construction slated to wrap

Two years later – University of Florida repeats concrete canoe championship

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

At least in the world of concrete canoe.

The last time ASCE crowned a champion of its Society-wide concrete canoe competition, the University of Florida won the title in June 2019.

Two very complicated years later, the winner of the 2021 Society-wide concrete canoe competition, hosted online, June 25-27, by ASCE and the University of Wisconsin–Platteville … you guessed it, those very same Florida Gators.

“I mean, I started crying I was so excited,” said Suzanna Barna, a co-project manager for the University of Florida team, after hearing her

Hashimoto welcomed as fellow

Hashimoto

Philip S. Hashimoto, P.E., F.ASCE, a senior principal with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Hashimoto has devoted essentially his entire 40-year professional career to ensuring public safety through the seismic assessment of commercial nuclear power plants (NPPs) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear facilities that were constructed well before the advent of modern seismic design criteria. He has performed seismic evaluations of numerous NPPs in the United States and other countries. In particular, he has been extensively engaged in seismic probabilistic risk assessment of NPPs for earthquakes

Ashford becomes newest ASCE fellow

Ashford

Scott A. Ashford, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, the Kearney Dean of Engineering at Oregon State University, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Under Ashford’s leadership, the College of Engineering has seen total enrollment grow by nearly 50 percent. He now oversees the 10th-largest engineering program in the U.S., with nearly 10,000 students and 445 faculty and staff. During his time as dean, the number of degrees conferred has increased over 75 percent, and overall graduation rates are up by 20 percent. The college’s research enterprise is also thriving, with 70 percent growth in funding

Beaver elevated to ASCE fellow

Beaver

Jesse L. Beaver, P.E., F.ASCE, a leader in the field of underground utility engineering, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Beaver is currently a principal, division head, and director of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Engineering. He has contributed to the field through his expertise in soil-structure interaction with buried structures, structural materials, and bridge construction.

He serves with several professional organizations, including as the chair of the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee AFB70 on Culverts, Buried Bridges, and Hydraulic Structures; chair of ASTM Committee F17.65 on Plastic Pipes for Land Drainage; voting member