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May 2020
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Happy May East Central Branch!

Congrats to many of us on making it through one more month of working from home in our pajamas with our new child co-workers conference calling at our side! One of the many side effects of our current situation is many of the large conferences that we rely on to earn our required PDH's have been cancelled this year. I want to remind you that one of the many benefits of being an ASCE Member is that you have access to 10 free PDH's yearly. I use this benefit pretty much every P.E. renewal cycle to fill in the gaps in my PDH's and I enjoy the access to the many different topics.

May is also voting season for ASCE Society. This year in Region 5, we are voting for the Society President-Elect, Technical Region Director, Region 5 Director, Region 5 Governor and approval of several constitutional amendments. It only takes a few minutes to put in your vote. I've made it even easier by providing the link to the webpage below. Get out there and vote!

Finally, I want to end by congratulating our Student Chapter Members from UCF and ERAU on completing a very strange Spring Semester! And a huge congratulation to those of you who have graduated this semester!! Remember you can always reach out to your local East Central Branch for help finding a job. Just one more benefit of staying active with ASCE!
Stay healthy and wash those hands!



Craig Ballock, P.E., M. ASCE
ACSE East Central Branch President
History & Heritage  
Firestone Tire and Rubber Building
By Rocio Rodriguez
History & Heritage Committee Chair
The Firestone Tire and Rubber Building, was designed by Francis J. Kennard and Son architectural firm. It is located at 578 North Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando and was built in 1929 by the John H. Bull company of St. Petersburg, for
Harvey Firestone. 

The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company used the building until 1977 and then rented it out. The Firestone sign at the top of the building was removed in 1999. Nowadays, the building houses "The Vanguard" club.    
Admired for its unique architectural style "that borrows from art deco and cathedral design, the two-story building has been treasured as one of the few structures remaining in Orlando that harks back to an era when traffic jams were almost unheard of." [4]  
The Firestone Tire and Rubber Building is significant for its architecture. The appearance of the building from the street was designed to appeal to the auto tourist's travel "fantasies", while providing efficient service. The long canopies on the two street facades, the continuous decorative parapet (visible on Figure 4), the cool, shadowed interior under a vast roof and the fancy tower and lantern all suggest a building much larger than its actual size. [1]
The drawings shown in figures 1 and 2, were submitted on April 4, 2018 and show proposed alterations for the North Orange Avenue-facing elevation, including the relocation of existing metal screens and a new exterior balcony and the Concord Avenue-facing elevation. These alterations have since been completed.  
Figure 1: Proposed alterations of front elevation of building facing Orange Avenue.[3] 

Figure 2: Proposed alterations of side elevation facing Concord Avenue.[3] 

I visited the building and appreciated the prominent long roof canopies and decorative parapets as well as the recent renovations to the exterior of the building that can be seen in Figures 3 and 4. On Figure 4, the brand-new finish floor and painting can be appreciated.  
Figure 3: Front elevation and roof canopy of building nowadays. 
Figure 4: Balcony on the back of the sanctuary 
The Firestone Tire and Rubber building was designated an Orlando landmark in 1982.

Transportation & Development Institute  
Transportation & Development Institute Luncheon
Save The Date


Alternative Intersection Analysis


Jack Freeman, PE, PTOE, RSPI

Thursday, May 28, 2020

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Virtual Luncheon
Meeting details to follow

$5.00 per person

Details to follow

After your lunch at work, or at home, hear this presentation which will review various alternatives for configuration of intersections, including roundabouts, as well as other new and innovative intersection types.
Education Committee  
All in person events have been canceled in April and for the month of May currently the only event we currently have is for the ASCE Bridge Contest. Many contacts with teachers has slowed down due to teachers having to being overwhelmed with online teaching, so at this time we ask any members to reach out to teachers they know and ask they see if there is any assistance that ASCE Education Committee could provide, even by simply connecting them with ASCE we can provide additional home actives that may help foster STEM at home. One such active is the ASCE Bridge Contest for East Central Branch.  Please have them compete in this year's Florida Bridge Competition.  Email at, for instructions, the competition is for Elementary, Middle and High School.  Deadline for submission for the bridge competition will be on June 2nd
Upcoming Education meeting will be on June 4th, via online meeting, if wish to be invited please email JGonzalez@DRMP.Com.
Younger Member 

It's week 5 of the WFH life and we are still staying in touch with each other. Our hardworking and creative YMF chapter is working hard in keeping you all sane and entertained. Whether it's zoom calls, WFH Selfie we're so grateful for our ASCE communities.

Join us for our next social - Virtual Happy Hour on May 26, where we are going to discuss several volunteering opportunities to help local business and our communities. We will also be doing a Live cocktail making demonstration followed up with a game-night to keep the fun going!

Join us for our second Brown Bag Luncheon Series

Make the jump from engineer to manager 



Ananth Prasad


Mr. Prasad is a former FDOT Director of Construction, Chief Engineer, and Secretary; and now currently serves as the president of Florida Transportation Builder's Association.

On this live-interview session with Ananth, we will discover some of the most frequently asked questions in the world of engineering.
  • What is the main difference between working for the government agencies and private consultant?
  • How do I transition myself from a project engineer to project manager to director?
  • What does it take to become a great leader? Furthermore, how do you become an elected government official?
Student Activities  

April Update:
This past month, ASCE-UCF has been vigilant at keeping club activities running as normal in a safe and remote manner. Whether utilizing video conference software or shareable documents, we have been adapting to this sudden worldwide threat to ensure that the upcoming school year will be even better than before.
Online officer elections went off without a hitch and were proud to introduce our new set of officers! We would also like to give a special thanks to our past officers for putting in so much work this year! Great job everyone!
2020-2021 ASCE-UCF Officers:
  • President - Hannah Waddell
  • Treasurer - Sejla Valjevac
  • Secretary - Yangyu Su
  • Fundraising Chair - Sidnee Ryan
  • Marketing Chair - Derek Roberts
  • Recruitment Chair - Ben Willett
  • Conference Chair - Michael Lemmerman
  • Community Service Chair - Jordan Roberts
Employment Opportunities



  Khanh Olka, E.I.  

  Communications Chair 

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