President's Message - April 2015

The calendar says spring has sprung but the News says that spring will be delayed by our record ice cap on Lake Erie. We are well on our way, planning our spring meetings anyway, which will culminate with our Annual June Tour.

In April we will be having a joint meeting with ABCD of WNY on “New Technologies in Concrete”. It will be an overview of some of the exciting advances that have taken place in the concrete industry over the last ten years or so. Topics to be discussed include Pervious Concrete, Roller Compacted Concrete, Self-Consolidating Concrete, Tilt-Up Construction and Insulated Concrete Form Construction.

In May we will have a joint meeting with NYSSPE on the Environment entitled: Robert Moses Parkway South Restoration Project - This project involves removal of the south segment of the old parkway from the falls to John Daly Blvd. The parkway will be replaced with a local road and the waterfront park will be restored to meet the original Olmsted/Vaux intent.

In June, our Directors are planning for a Tour of the Concrete Silos along the Buffalo’s First Ward waterfront, and of course the Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament will be in August.

See additional details at our meeting page.

1st Past President Brian Carlson is busy working on Nominations for Officers and President- Elect Marco Scafidio is busy working on his committee chair list for 2015 – 2016. If you are interested in becoming an Officer of this Section please contact Brian and if you’re interested in serving on a committee please contact Marco.

On April 11th the Buffalo and Rochester Sections will host PR University, the innovative day long program which will teach participants skills for communicating with the Public and Press. Contact Katie Dugan at (585) 330-6980 or email for details

In addition Robert Leipler and Webmaster Brendon Reyell are busy revamping our web site to make it easier to navigate and update.

Our SUNY at Buffalo Student Chapter will be battling starting this month in the Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge and Seismic Design Competitions. I wish them Luck.

And last but not least remember that 2021 is the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Buffalo Section. A celebration is being planned.

Rick Kotecki
ASCE Buffalo Section - President