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President's Message

Patrick KarnesCentral Ohio  Section:

The changing leaves, shorter days, and crisper air means that fall is officially upon us and so is the Central Ohio Section’s fall schedule.

The October Luncheon was held virtually on October 22. Scott Tourville, Nate Lang, and Sophia Lanza of the City of Westerville presented on the City’s Uptown Improvement Project. The $5 million project revitalized the City’s uptown business district improving walkability and access throughout. Attendees learned about interesting engineering aspects of the project including special bridging to save a legacy tree, the importance of flexibility during construction, and benefit of a robust public engagement plan. These factors, in addition to many others, lead to a successful project for the City and community. Thank you to the City of Westerville for presenting.

On Wednesday, November 4 Joe Fox of FX Consulting will be offering a virtual presentation titled Connecting Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites to ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card and Future World Vision. ASCE describes its Future World Vision ( as “Infrastructure Reimagined” and the presentation will give attendees a better understanding of what FRP Composites are and how they can be applied to reimagine infrastructure.

Our November Luncheon is planned to feature representatives of SMART Columbus to discuss its initiatives and progress toward achieving those goals. The luncheon is scheduled for the noon hour on Thursday, November 19. Look for an invite via email in the coming days.

My hope for everyone is a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving and kickoff to the holiday season. Should you need to reach me or any of the ASCE Central Ohio Board, please do not hesitate to reach out to us through the Contact tab on our website.


H. Patrick Karnes, P.E., ENV SP

President – ASCE Central Ohio Section
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Phone: 614-835-0460