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December 2019
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Happy Holidays East Central Branch!
2019 was a busy and successful year for our Branch with over 50 social, technical and volunteer events held by our various Institutes, Committees and Younger Member Forum; including another great Icebreaker Event and the revival of our Annual Golf Tournament. In addition, our Branch was host to both the ASCE Multi-Regional Leadership Conference and the Florida Section Annual Conference. And as proof of our success, our Branch won the Large Branch of the Year Award from the Florida Section. So congrats everyone on another fantastic year!
As you start to consider your New Year's resolution, I'd like to suggest getting more involved in your local ASCE Chapter! Whether it's attending one of our social events, technical luncheons or volunteer events or joining one of our many Committees there is an opportunity for everyone to get involved. And if you'd like to get started early, please join our Younger Member Forum for their annual Toys for Tots Happy Hour at the Brass Tap on December 11th (flyer below)!
I hope everyone can take some time to enjoy the holidays with their loved ones and we'll talk again next year!



Craig Ballock, P.E., M. ASCE
ACSE East Central Branch President
History & Heritage 
Eastin House
by Rocio Rodriguez 
History & Heritage Chair
This house was constructed by Joseph Woodnick in 1926. The original cost estimate of the house was $4500!

It's a beautiful one-story cottage with some Colonial and Craftsman fancy exterior details. The windows for example, one of the most beautiful details of the house, have distinctive 9 over 1 Craftsman style panels. The wood modillion trims shown at the roof eave line on the west side of the house are another beautiful detail that gives this house a special look (see Figure 1).  

Figure 1 - Distinctive 9 over 1 Craftsman window style, and modillion trims on the roof's eave 
Other Craftsman details include the projecting portico with gabled roof at the main entrance and the elliptical arch matching the sunburst design over the door frame. Under the projecting portico there are two oversized wood brackets rafter tails shaped with several curve cuts (see Figure 2).

Figure 2: Front porch architectural details

Joseph, who was a well-known builder of fine homes in this area, constructed the house originally for himself, but it seems that he never lived there. The house was owned for 15 years by the Dibble family, before the Taylor family bought it in 1969.

An interesting fact of this historic structure is that this house is shown on the Ron Howard movie "Parenthood" (See Figure 3). The distinctive style of this house, which was very popular nationwide in the 1920's, seems to have been a key factor into choosing this setting for the movie (the distinctive front door was later installed on the exterior set built at Universal Studios).

The house was added to the Historic Landmark list of Orlando City on June 13, 2005.   
Figure 3: Helen (Dianne Wiest) lives in the Eastin House at 1327 Eastin Avenue in Orlando. The interiors were built entirely on a soundstage at the newly-completed Universal Studios, Florida [3]

Transportation & Development Institute 

Annual Transportation Capital Improvement Programs
(CIP) Luncheon

FDOT District 5
FDOT District 1
Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE)
Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX)
Orange County

Transportation Capital Improvement Programs

Monday, December 9, 2019

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
(Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.)

Doubletree Orlando Downtown
60 South Ivanhoe Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32804

$35.00 per person for lunch (includes beverage)
Please make checks payable to: ASCE Transportation
(bring checks day of event)

Michelle Guard at
or 407-896-0594 no later than 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Valet or parking charges in the Doubletree Garage

T&DI January Technical Luncheon
Orange County Transportation Plan

Mayor Jerry L. Demings

Thursday, January 9, 2020

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
(Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.)

Doubletree Orlando Downtown
60 South Ivanhoe Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32804

$35.00 per person for lunch (includes beverage)
Please make checks payable to: ASCE Transportation
(bring checks day of event)

A/V Equipment Sponsorship
Bronze: $100
Silver: $200
Gold: $300

Michelle Guard at
or 407-896-0594 no later than 5:00 p.m., on Monday, January 6, 2020

Valet or parking charges in the Doubletree Garage

Younger Member 
Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank

Thanks to everyone who participated in our November service and community service event! We donated 530 pounds of food to help fight hunger in Central Florida and had a great time at The Stubborn Mule.

Disney Princess Half Marathon - February 23rd
YMF is excited to volunteer for another Disney Half Marathon! There are 6 spots remaining, so please register ASAP if you are interested. The deadline to register is December 13th.

Ronald McDonald House Volunteering - January 23rd
Our next community service volunteer event will take place on January 23rd. Please join us in preparing a warm meal for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon.
Save the Date
ASCE - East Central Branch and YMF Social

ECB and YMF are planning a social event to the Orlando Magic Game on February 20, 2020. Invite coming soon, RSVP by January 10. Stay tuned!
Student Members
November Update

This past month, ASCE-UCF got together and went on a trip to our local Blanchard Park to host a cook-out before the upcoming Finals Week. The student chapter is also in full steam working on our projects in preparation for the Student Conference in March.

Structural Engineering Institute 
Construction Institute 
Tavistock Steel Office Building Construction Site Visit 
The ECB Construction Institute held a discussion and site tour of the Head Quarters Steel Building being constructed by Barton Malow for Tavistock. The group met at the Tavistock offices at 7:30 December 5, 2019 for a discussion from the Owner (Tavistock), Architect Danny Gordon AIA, LEED, AP  Principal of Hunton Brady, Structural Engineer Chris Harper, P.E. of  Walter P. Moore, Frank Gardner with TLC Solutions the HVAC, water and fire protection Project Manager, and Blake Boyd of Barton Malow the Sr. Project Manager for the construction of the 4-story building. The discussion consisted of project delivery methods, design and architectural challenges, special elements of the building and surrounding site, use of technology to aid in collaboration, challenges with installing the HVAC water and fire suppression systems in and around the structural elements of the building and many great questions from the group prior to splitting up into two groups and touring the site.  Many thanks to the Brent Shademan, P.E. of Tavistock for making this site tour happen.
Education Committee
Education Committee current events
1. STREAMing Day at Castle Creek, East Orlando 32828
Friday, December 13th, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Please let engineer Dave ( know if you can help and what topic.
2. STREAMing Knight at Treadway Elementary, Leesburg, Floirda
Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Please contact Engineer Juan, or Chelsea Bernier, Curriculum Resource Teacher, Treadway Elementary,
3. FTC Robotics (8-12th Grade)
FIRST - Telsa League
  • December 29th - Tesla Meet 3 "Toxic Tech" - Lake Highland Prepatory School
  • January 26th - Tesla Judgement Day - Forest Lake Academy
  • February 2nd - Tesla League Championship "Panther Prowl" - Forest Lake Academy
Future Events

1. Construction Career Day at Orlando Fairgrounds on Thursday, January 30-31, 2020
Contact William Soehaili at
2. Odyssey of the Mind Magic Center Region - Looking for volunteers
  • Judges Training Saturday, February 8, 2020, 8 am - 4 pm, Anna Long, Esq.,
Toho High School, 3675 Boggy Creek Rd., Kissimmee

Environmental & Water Resources Institute
Employment Opportunities
Founded in 1995, KPM Franklin's corporate headquarters are located in Kissimmee, Florida, with a second office in Orlando near the International Airport.
We specialize in providing high-quality civil engineering and surveying services, throughout the State of Florida. As part of an aggressive growth focus, we have integrated Transportation, Planning, Program Management, Government Relations and Landscape Architecture services.
Our client base is diversified, consisting of residential, commercial, hospitality, tourism, entertainment, and institutional owners and developers in the private sector; and in the municipal sector, local-state-federal governments, school boards, regulatory agencies and special districts.
Like our client base, we have a diverse staff of over 60 employees that includes engineers, planners, surveyors, technicians, managers, public relations personnel, business specialists and other specialists of various kinds.
Our vision is to maintain a broad based professional civil services firm, offering challenging opportunities to create value through innovative design for our clients.
We are focused on providing our employees a rewarding and stable work environment, allowing balance between professional and personal life. We believe in a culture that encourages education and the professional growth of our employees. KPM Franklin's bottom-up management approach allows all team members to participate in every step of a project from conception to completion.
KPM Franklin is committed to providing career advancement opportunities, and employee ownership opportunities. Hence, we are continuously in pursuit of a culture comprised of highly motivated, self-driven and innovative individuals.
What Do We Offer Our Full-Time Employees:
  • Meaningful, challenging work with a focus on learning and career growth
  • Opportunity to grow with us
  • Excellent competitive salary
  • Health benefits (100% paid by the company)
  • Long and short-term disability & Life insurance policy (100% paid by the company)
  • Excellent PTO package with paid holidays
  • SIMPLE IRA with a company match
  • Excellent continuing education benefits 
Please send resume and cover letter to Attn. Lisa Precourt
KPM Franklin is an equal opportunity employer.
Project Engineer
We are seeking a full-time Project Engineer to join our Kissimmee, Florida office. The candidate's initial role is to perform and be responsible for the project cycle including design, development and project completion.
Qualifications and Education:
  • Bachelor's in Civil Engineering 
  • Should have minimum 2-5 years of experience in land development, utilities and storm water design and permitting
  • Proficient in AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Florida professional engineer license a plus
  • Self-motivated
  • Positive attitude
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Desire to improve professional skills
Senior Project Manager
We are seeking a full-time Senior Engineer/Project Manager to join one of our Orlando and Kissimmee Florida area offices. The candidate should have technical and management experience dealing with teams on a variety of projects including production coordination, planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and financial management.
Qualifications and Education:
  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering
  • Florida professional engineer license
  • Minimum of 6+ years of experience (Land Development with site civil and/or Drainage Design experience, Utilities, Transportation)
  • Proficient in AutoCAD Civil 3D and/or MicroStation
  • Management of project team & client relationships including contract administration, production, and project coordination.
  • Hard working, detail oriented, and technically sound with engineering principles & practices.
  • Permitting experience with local, state and federal agencies and governmental entities
  • Proficient in both verbal and written communications
Senior Engineering Practice Builder
We are seeking a full-time Senior Engineer/Practice Builder to join our Central Florida practice. The candidate should have technical and management experience dealing with teams on a variety of projects including production coordination, planning, directing, business and staff development, and financial management. This person will actively participate in the growth of our firm in the Central Florida area as well as provide leadership & management to our team of engineers and designers.  We offer a strongly competitive compensation and equity participation package.
Qualifications and Education:
  • Bachelor's in Civil Engineering.
  • Florida professional engineer license required.
  • Minimum of 10+ years of experience (General Civil Engineering, Municipal and/or Land Development, Construction Services (CEI)). 
  • Experience in management of project team & client relationships including contract procurement, administration, and production coordination.
  • Florida Permitting experience a plus with local, state and federal agencies and governmental entities
  • Proficient in both verbal and written communications
  • Must assist in mentoring and training staff
CAD Technician/Designer
We are seeking a full-time Project Engineer to join our Kissimmee, Florida office.
Qualifications and Education:
  • High School or Equivalent
  • Minimum of 3 years of Civil Engineering drafting
  • Design and Drafting Commercial and Residential Plans using AutoCAD CIVIL 3D
  • Work with Project Managers and Project Engineers to understand scope of work and Project Responsibilities.
  • Complete Drawing/Project Responsibilities within scope, budget and schedule; Review Drawings for accuracy.
  • Organize/Maintain all revisions of project drawings, files and related information in a well-organized manner.
  • High Proficiency in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 required 



  Khanh Olka, E.I.  

  Communications Chair 

  East Central Branch

  Florida Section   

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