Arup dreams big at ASCE event
By Martin Walker
March 2, 2017
On February 17, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) premiered its documentary IMAX film, Dream Big: Engineering Our World, with red carpet events across the country. Arup was the platinum sponsor of the ASCE San Francisco Section event, held at the Tech Museum in San Jose with a packed house of engineers from around the Bay Area. The film features engineers of diverse backgrounds in their everyday (and not-so-everyday) lives. Featured were a Seattle-based Turkish-American émigrée geotechnical engineer, a champion Arizona Latino high school robotics team, a female volunteer bridge engineer in Haiti, and a diverse Mississippi-based high school solar powered car team.
Arupians Andrew Yeskoo, Peter Holst, and I (all based in San Francisco) were among the lucky to see the first screening of the inspirational film, narrated by Jeff Bridges.
Arup’s sponsorship afforded us a prominent position to kick off National Engineer’s Week (February 19- 25) with a strong statement in support of diversity and inclusion. Partly with the donation from Arup, the ASCE San Francisco Section was able to sponsor 150 Girl Scouts to attend Dream Big this week, along with 500 additional high school students from around Silicon Valley.
The film features several significant Arup contributions to the built environment. Arup San Francisco’s own Andrew Yeskoo is in the film (for all of nine seconds!) in a clip shot from the 43rd floor of the underconstruction Salesforce Tower. The shot includes the Transbay Transit Center, Bus Ramps, 181 Fremont Tower, and Park Tower. Another Arup project, the Falkirk Wheel, is also featured, and some dramatic time-lapse shots of New York, Hong Kong, and other global elements of the built environment.
The movie is inspirational to young and old and plays for the next few weeks at select locations around the country. Go see it!