Two competitions. One weekend.

Aerial view of Old Main at Saint Martin's University

Thank you to all of our attendees, volunteers. judges and sponsors for making the 2019 Pacific Northwest ASCE and AISC Student Conference a huge success!

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Conference Banquet Guest Speaker

Holly L. Bartelt

Holly L. Bartelt

Senior Program and Accounts Manager
Bridges to Prosperity

  • What is Bridges to Prosperity?

    Bridges to Prosperity: Creating Connection, Designing for the Rural Last Mile

    Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) is a non-profit social enterprise that focuses on being a primary depository and training center for low cost. long-span bridge structures for rural last mile applications. By building cable-supported bridges over impassable rivers, B2P and our partners act as a catalyst in rural communities, providing access to health care, education and market opportunities. With projects in over 20 countries on four continents, Bridges to Prosperity relies on partnerships with bridge engineering experts to develop safe and locally appropriate technologies.

    Cable-supported pedestrian bridge designs that are developed within Bridges to Prosperity, are prototyped in coordination with industry partners.  By involving industry experts in both the design process, and on-site in some of the most remote communities in the world, the result is practical design, construction and safety best-practices.  Standardized designs and approaches are then used in B2P training programs, intended to create local capacity, while resources are shared with organizations worldwide.  


The Pacific Northwest Region Student Conference is one of the 18 regions that ASCE student chapters are divided into. There are 19 schools in the region traveling from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.  Each April, the schools come together to compete in a set of civil engineering-based competitions.

  • What is ASCE?

    The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is an engineering society devoted to advancing technologies, encouraging lifelong learning, promoting professionalism and the civil engineering profession, developing civil engineering leaders, and advocating infrastructure and environmental stewardship. 

    "ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society's economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment."

    Founded on November 5, 1852, ASCE is the nation's oldest engineering society. Since its start it has greatly expanded and now represents more than 146,000 members in 174 countries.

  • What is AISC?

    The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. AISC's mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural-steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, market development, and advocacy. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry providing timely and reliable information.


  • ASCE
    • Concrete Canoe rules
      • Important: Per Section 6.3.3 of Rules, hard copies of the Concrete Canoe design paper must be postmarked by March 8 to: 
        • Saint Martin's University
          ATTN: Dr. Jill Walsh, Cebula Hall
          5000 Abbey Way SE 
          Lacey, WA 98503

    • Technical Paper rules
    • Environmental
      • Please note that the rule in the Construction Materials and Design portion of the environmental competition rules is now hereby modified to read: "copies of all original receipts for items and construction materials must be included in the technical paper (detailed list depicting each item’s estimated costs will be accepted)."

    • Survey

    Please note that neither the Blue Sky nor the Dog House Challenge will be hosted at the PNW Conference.

  • AISC

    SSBC Information 

    • The Student Steel Bridge Competition (SBBC) is a program sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Constriction (AISC). AISC works with the host schools to plan the Regional Events and the National Finals.  
    • Steel Bridge rules


Conference Sponsors

American Institute of Steel Construction logo

American Institute of Steel Construction

American Society of Civil Engineers logo

American Society of Civil Engineers

Gail Hernandez '99


Nucor logo


Blue Pacific Northwest Steel Fabricators' Assoc. logo

Pacific Northwest Steel Fabricators' Association

Brian Ziegler '79