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The acclaimed giant-screen documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World has inspired and delighted audiences in museums around the world. Now, ASCE with generous support from the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) has set an ambitious goal: to put a copy of the Dream Big film and educational toolkit in every public school in America. To reach every school, we need your help! Give $5 to send a school a toolkit containing: A DVD of the full-length feature film; Teacher’s guide; Companion videos; Downloadable files for classroom use. ASCE has pledged a 1-to-1 match of all donations made by Sections and Branches before April 15 for middle school educational kits. Any amount that you pledge will go twice as far with the match from ASCE headquarters. NCS will designate all funds go only to local schools, thus ensuring your donation is super-charged, i.e. it gets doubled, it goes to your local schools, and it amplifies our efforts to increase the quality of engineering education in our K-12 schools and inspire future generations of civil engineers!

Presented By: Kevin Volbrecht, P.E., M.ASCE (Project Director-Package A) & Stephen Barna, P.E., M.ASCE (Director, Project Engineering)

ASCE-NCS received an update on the Phase II progress for the 23-mile-long extension of the Metrorail System. Construction of the Silver Line, which will extend Metrorail from East Falls Church to Washington Dulles International Airport and west to Ashburn, is being managed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and will be operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The project is being constructed by Capital Rail Constructors. Phase 1 of the project opened in July 2014, and serves Tysons Corner, Virginia's largest employment center. Phase 1 runs from East Falls Church to Wiehle Avenue on the eastern edge of Reston and includes four stations. Construction began in March of 2009 and service opened in July 2014. Phase 2 picks up at the Wiehle-Reston East station and serves the Reston/Herndon area, the state's second largest employment concentration. It will run from Wiehle Avenue to Ashburn in eastern Loudoun County and include six additional stations. Once complete, it will provide a one-seat ride from Dulles International Airport to downtown Washington. Construction on Phase 2 began in 2013 and has an anticipated completion date of late 2019.

Kevin Volbrecht was born, raised, and educated in California, where he worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for 23 years on transportation projects that included extensions on the BART system. He also worked on the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport extension and the Miami Dade Transit system. In 2007, he became the Deputy Director in charge of all the construction on Phase 1. In 2014, Volbrecht became the Project Director for the $1.2B Package A (Mainline Stations and Systems) contract.

Stephen Barna has over 44 years of construction, construction management, design, and design management experience in the federal government and public sectors. Since joining the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project as Senior Project Manager for Construction in early 2009, Mr. Barna has been responsible for the construction management of all Phase 1 design-build construction activities with specific responsibility for civil works, tunnels, aerial guideways, rail, and the West Falls Church Yard Service and Inspection Annex. For Phase 2, Barna serves as the Director of Project Engineering. He is responsible for all engineering aspects for both Package A and Package B (Rail Yard and Maintenance Facility).

What is ASCE-NCS?

Welcome to the website of the National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a professional society for civil engineers.  ASCE was founded in 1852, represents 130,000 members of the civil engineering professional worldwide, and is America's oldest national engineering society.

The National Capital Section was founded in 1916 and currently has more than 3,100 members.  The section is located in Region 2 (link to region 2: The National Capital Section serves the District of Columbia; the counties of Montgomery and Prince Georges in Maryland, except College Park in Prince Georges County; the counties of Fairfax and Arlington, and City of Alexandria in Virginia. The National Capital Section's mission includes:

  • To advance the professional knowledge and improve the practice of civil engineering for our members and those we serve.
  • To advocate for our profession with those whose actions affect us, and to educate those whose actions and responsibilities could benefit from a better understanding of the contributions of civil engineers.
  • To improve our community through effective community outreach programs, local involvement and educational efforts.

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