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2023 Fall Forum

‍November 16
Benaroya Hall & Virtual Event

Event Information 
The act of “gathering” is critical for organizations, populations, and communities – whether to exchange knowledge, to problem solve or make decisions, or simply to network and socialize. Why we gather, how we gather, and where we gather never felt more important than during a global pandemic when gathering was not possible. How can a gathering space foster learning, collaboration, and connection for communities? What role does architecture, structural engineering, and construction play in these critical spaces? Join SEFW for the 13th Annual Fall Forum that will showcase how science, technology, strategy, and art all play a role in the design of performance venues, convention centers, and community facilities. Special attention will be given to Summit, the stunning 573,000-square-foot project that nearly doubled the Seattle Convention Center meeting space. The project architect, structural engineer, and owner will share insights to its design and how it epitomizes the concept of “gathering” that will benefit the Seattle area for years to come.

About Our Speakers

Mark Reddington, FAIA 
A collaborative and curious designer, Mark has a special interest in the integrative design of highly functional and contextually engaging civic places that enrich the vitality of their urban and campus communities. Mark earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and joined LMN in 1986. He is a frequent presenter for universities, civic and professional organizations throughout the United States. He works across all of LMN’s market sectors, leading multidisciplinary teams and collaborating with other designers to elevate urban experiences. Some of Mark’s representative projects include Benaroya Hall, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Vancouver Convention Centre West, Cleveland Convention Center & Civic Core, Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, Sound Transit University of Washington Station, Washington State Convention Center Summit Building, and the Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion.

Derek Beaman, P.E., S.E. 
Derek Beaman, P.E., S.E., is a Senior Principal at Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA). The leader of MKA’s Convention Center Specialist Group, Derek’s design portfolio includes new and existing-building renovations of over 60 convention center projects throughout the United States, Canada, China, India, and Qatar, with a combined cost of built work totaling almost $13 billion and a corresponding program area of more than 26 million square feet. With nearly 30 years of experience, Derek has collaborated with world-renowned architects to incorporate unique structural solutions into award-winning projects such as Las Vegas Convention Center, Javits Convention Center, and Seattle Convention Center. Derek earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from California State University, Sacramento.  He is a registered professional engineer in more than two-dozen states.

Jeffrey Blosser 
Jeffrey Blosser has over 44 years of experience in the facilities management industry. Prior to joining the Washington State Convention Center Public Facilities District in October 2011, some of the positions he held included Executive Director of the Oregon Convention Center, Executive Vice President, Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center/Commonwealth Convention Center, and Director, Kentucky International Convention Center. He holds a B.S. Degree in Business Management and an M.S. Degree in Sports Administration/Facility Management from Ohio University.

Sponsors & Partners 
Corporations are invited to make a donation to SEFW at the time of the Fall Forum, pledging support at one of many levels, and individuals are welcome to become a "Friend of the Foundation" for a $100 gift. Sponsors also receive recognition on the SEFW Donations page. Thank you to these financial supporters as well as our Cooperating Organization partners.

Magnusson Klemencic Associates

CKC  Structural Engineers
DCI Engineers
LMN Architects
PCS Structural  Solutions
Seattle  Structural

Cairncross & Hempelmann
Coffman Engineers
Contech Services
Douglas Engineering
GLY Construction
JTM Construction
Knife River Prestress
KPFF Consulting Engineers
Malsam Tsang Structural Engineers
Simpson Strong-Tie
Steel Encounters
Ted and Barb Smith
Tombari Structural Products
Verco Decking
Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc.

BTL  Engineering
CG Engineering
Clearwater  Construction
CT Engineering
Dibble  Engineers    
LSB Consulting  Engineers    
MLA  Engineering    
Stoneway  Concrete    
Wetherholt  & Associates

ACE  Mentor Program of Washington    
American  Institute of Architects, Seattle Chapter    
ASCE, Seattle  Section    
Carbon  Leadership Forum    
Concrete  Reinforcing Steel Institute    
Council on  Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Seattle Chapter    
Gonzaga  University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering  
Northwest  Cement Council    
Northwest  Concrete Masonry Association    
Seattle  Architecture Foundation    
Structural  Engineers Association of Washington    
Structural  Engineers Association of Washington, University of Washington Chapter    
University of  Washington Department of Architecture    
University of  Washington Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering    Washington  Aggregates & Concrete Association    
Washington  Association of Building Officials    
Washington  State University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Benjamin  Enfield    
Bill Maibusch    
Bob Anderson    
Craig Keller    
Jared Plank    
Joyce Lem    
Mark &  Linda D'Amato    
Matthew Copus    
Melissa  Verwest    
Mike Dunn    
Richard Hemmen    
Tim Davies

Video Recording

Event Program

How incredible to have civil and structural engineering, including a high-profile firm and project in Seattle, featured on CBS....
SEFW was pleased to fund multiple scholarships for the Structural Engineers Association of Washington in June, including...
In partnership with the ACE Mentor Program of Washington, SEFW was pleased to fund a $5,000 scholarship for a high school senior....