Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Where to Make a Tree House?

View ACE Site 2009-2010 in a larger map

REMEMBER that you have a (2) part assignment over the Holiday Break

Visit the sites on the map above. Taking photographs, sketching, etc will help you choose the best site for the project. Should the site be Urban or Natural? Or can it be both?

Read and understand the brief about the project and make an idea collage. Below is a link to a pdf document with and explanation of an idea collage and examples.

Click for Assignment 01

We will be voting on the site at the next meeting after the break. Incorporating your favorite site into you collage will help you present and make your best case argument to the rest of the group.


Friday, December 11, 2009

The 19th Annual Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Conference


University of Washington
WiSE Conference 2010

The College of Engineering, Student Academic Services (SAS) presents:
The 19th Annual Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Conference
WiSE: A Catalyst for  Change
Saturday, February 20, 2010
8:30am - 5:00pm
UW Seattle Campus - Student Union Bldg.

This will be a day devoted to celebrating women in engineering and science.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

treehouse images

related Architectural Record articles

Tree house is very vague, but some recent Architectural Record articles that I thought about.

Leon M. Holloway, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, NOMA

tree structure on archdaily

This just posted on ArchDaily:

village in the trees

Ewok village links from Marta:

Treehouse Case Studies

Some images from Brett Karshner:

Monday, November 30, 2009

Meeting #3 at KPFF

Just a reminder that our next meeting is tomorrow at KPFF Consulting Engineers.

Tuesday December 1, 2009
4-6 pm
The address is 1601 5th Ave, Suite 1600, Seattle, WA 98101.

The link to the flyer handed out at the last meeting is available below:

See you tomorrow!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Apprenticeships in the trades

If you're curious about apprenticeships in the trades, here is their new website, that has been easier to obtain than hard copy materials for distribution.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Here is the list of suggestions you came up with after our first meeting. Your homework was to research the project type you were most interested...examples of images, ideas, sketches to help express why you think that project type should be our focus for the remainder of the year!!
You DO NOT have to choose from this list at this point....these are just suggestions from your classmates:
  • High School
  • Underwater Hotel/Casino
  • Teen Club/Recreational Facility
  • Gameworks style arcade
  • Sports Stadium
  • Boxing Arena
  • Prison
  • Doctors/Veterinary Office
  • Chocolate Factory
  • Hotel w/ Water Theme Park
  • Skyscraper w/ Sky bridge
  • EMP 2
  • Bigger Better Space Needle
  • Nike Building (retail store/corporate headquarters)
  • Floating Building
  • Airport
  • Vault

Sketch Up Download

To down load sketch up go to:
Never used sketchup before? Here are some tip videos from their website to help you learn!

Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest @ Nathan Hale High School

Nathan Hale High School Physics Classes welcome you to participate in our first annual spaghetti bridge building competition that is modeled after a spaghetti bridge competition conducted each year at Okanogan College in Kelowna, BC.At Hale, constructing spaghetti bridges allows us to apply our understanding of forces and Newton’s Laws in a fun and interesting way. We hope that you will join us by constructing bridges and entering our competition. The contest will start with the breaking of previously constructed bridges and will be followed with a 90 minute construction project that will pit various teams from different schools in the construction of an all new bridge for a second competition. Registration will be limited to the first 50 bridges to sign up.Here is the URL with all of the details in case you are

Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Bridge at Hoover Dam

* 900 feet above the Colorado River .
* The bridge will provide a new link between the states of Nevada and Arizona .
* The arches are made up of 53 individual sections each 24 feet long which have been cast on- site.
* Structural members are being lifted into place using a high-wire crane strung between temporary steel pylons.
* The bridge is officially called the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, after a former governor of Nevada and an American Football player from Arizona who joined the US Army and was killed in Afghanistan .
* Work on the bridge started in 2005 and should finish next year. An estimated 17,000 cars and trucks will cross it every day.
* The dam was started in 1931 and used enough concrete to build a road from New York to San Francisco . * The stretch of water it created, Lake Mead , is 112 miles long and took six years to fill. Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States
* The top of the white band of rock in Lake Mead is the old waterline prior to the drought and development in the Las Vegas area. It is over 100 feet above the current water level. The lake is currently at 43 percent of its capacity.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest

See the email below. Sounds like fun. Anyone up for some extracurricular bridge building?

From: Seattle ASCE YMF [] Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 10:04 PM

To: ACE MentorSubject: 15th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition

The Younger Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers (Seattle Section) invites you to our 15th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition. The competition will be held on February 13th, 2010 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Please find the attach flyer and feel free to print it out and hang it in your classrooms or forward it to any one else who may be interested.

Three teams of up to four students may be sent to represent their high school in this competition. Last year, the strongest qualifying bridge held 993 pounds consisting of only popsicle sticks and Elmer's glue!! We encourage all types of bridges to come out to the competition (as long as they comply to our set of rules). As incentive, we give all participants a free competition t-shirt, a free pass to the Museum of Flight and a certificate for participation. Additionally, we give out all kinds of prizes for excellence in bridge building such as iPod shuffles, North Face backpacks, Mariner's tickets, graphing calculators and many more.

We will also be having a Poster Competition again this year and a $500 scholarship opportunity for high school seniors!!

Please let us know if you're interested by replying to this email and providing the following information:
School Name
Team Advisor/School Contact Info
Contact Phone
Contact Email

We will let you know when the rules become finalized, rule clarifications, and anything else that comes up. We will send the popsicle sticks to you for free, and if interested, we may be able to send a young practicing engineer to your school to make a short presentation about the competition and offer their experience on how to pursue a career in engineering. We look forward to seeing you at the competition in February!

Seattle ASCE YMF

Monday, October 19, 2009


I couldn't put setting up this blog off any longer. I'm looking forward to using this tool. I'll post rather than email whenever possible for maximum transparency and minimum repitition.

Two administrative updates from ACE administrators Dan Nelson and Angela Gottula:

1. This years it's snacks instead of dinners.
"I know everyone is tightening their belts this year and so want to suggest that all teams scale down the food offered to the kids. Most of the teams meet from 4-6 and if we provide a light snack (crackers, cookies, drinks) this would be enough to keep the kids somewhat full till their own dinner."

2. A student would like to shadow an engineer.
"The career counselor at Edmonds Woodway has a student who needs (for some requirement) to do a job shadow. He is interested in engineering -- any type. Can you forward to your engineering mentors and find out if someone would be willing to do this for 20 hours between now and the end of the school year? I don't know the end date, but I do know it's not 20 hours all at once." If interested contact:
Angela L. Gottula
Magnusson Klemencic Associates
D: 206-215-8344, T: 206-292-1200