I have a few photos of me at the Statue of Liberty, and a few others when I was younger. I thought it might be fun to do large fundraisers for a group to travel to landmark sights and talk about the engineering side of the project.
Not at the National level but at the local level, the University Heights Water Tower in San Diego, CA obtained its ASCE Historic Local Engineering Landmark in 2015, with local leaders in attendance. Originally built in 1924, a riveted steel tank raised on 12 steel girders high above San Diego's early streetcar suburbs held more than one million gallons of water for a growing city. Now the water tower has become a hallmark for the neighborhood, and I attended the dedication ceremony shown on the left of the left image
Then it was replicated…sort of…by completely encasing a new cell site tower placed at a community gateway location, as shown in the right image. This cell site tower also got the attention of local leaders, who attended its own inauguration ceremony.
In addition to having the ASCE local Civil Engineering Landmark designation, the original University Heights Water Tower won the Outstanding Historical Renovation Project Award from the local ASCE Section in 2020 for its Seismic Retrofit. The cell site tower with the replicated Water Tower design won the Merit Award in 2019 from the local ASCE Section in the category of utilities.
The uniqueness is that both the original and the replica water towers won ASCE awards, and both got the attention they deserved.René VidalesSan Diego, CA
Did you know that there are over 450 ASCE historic civil engineering landmarks worldwide? ASCE's History & Heritage Committee has been working on an initiative to inventory all of the Society's historic civil engineering landmarks, which include International, National, State, and Local designations. We have been mapping out the location of designated ASCE landmarks and plaques in Google Maps – you can view the current progress of the landmark and plaque mapping effort on Google Maps.The History & Heritage Committee needs help, particularly from local members who live in proximity to landmarks or may be traveling to locations with landmarks, to perform landmark site visits and locate the remaining plaques that haven't yet been inventoried. If you would like to help out with this initiative, please contact me and I can let you know what landmarks we are looking to get volunteers to visit in your area. With your assistance, the Committee can add more locations to its landmark inventory and mapping effort, making it easier for others to discover historic civil engineering landmarks in the future!Here's a photo of me visiting one of the landmarks in my area – the Croton Water Supply System. The portion of the former aqueduct in Westchester County is now the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park, a 26.2 mile-long park that you can hike along.