Twenty Years and Still Floating

What gift do you give to celebrate 20 years together? Tradition says china, but ASCE has something more durable in mind. CONCRETE. In celebration of the 20th Annual National Concrete Canoe Competition, ASCE is launching two new and exciting programs: a commemorative t-shirt design contest and a video yearbook.

Commemorating 20 Years of Concrete on Cotton, T-shirts That Is - Attention all 2007 Concrete Canoe Competitors! Do you want to carve your name in stone, and earn a little money while you're at it? If so, submit your official 20th Annual National Concrete Canoe Competition t-shirt design for a chance to win a $250 cash prize! Official 20th Annual t-shirts will be sold at the regional and national competitions, and all designs should depict the theme: 20 Years of Concrete Canoe.

T-Shirt Design Contest Entry Guidelines (PDF 32 KB)

A Concrete Reputation: The Concrete Canoe Video Yearbook - ASCE is calling on all current students, competition alumni, faculty advisors and other participants to share their memories of the competition, as well as any memorabilia and photographs collected along the way. Tell us about your behind the scenes adventures. Show us your successes and failures. Explain to us the competition's impact on your life and career. Help us capture the dedication, innovation and creativity that have made Concrete Canoe what it is today.

Video Yearbook Submission Guidelines (PDF 31 KB)

For more information please contact An Pham at (703) 295-6408 or

ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is pleased to announce that the 2007 National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) will be hosted by University of Washington. The competition will take place June 14-16, 2007, in Seattle, WA.

ASCE's Concrete Canoe Competition provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom, along with important team and project management skills they will need in their careers. The event challenges the students' knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material.

Each year, the NCCC, which is held in mid-June, is hosted by an ASCE student chapter or club from across the country. Teams qualify for the NCCC by placing first in one of the 18 conference competitions held throughout the United States during the spring. Teams placing second in a conference competition behind a university that finished in the top five at the previous year's national competition are also invited. To be eligible to compete the entrant school must be a recognized ASCE Student Chapter/Club/International Student Group.

The winners of the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition are determined by compiling the team's total number of points from the academic and race portions of the competition. BASF Admixtures, Inc. awards a total of $9,000 in academic scholarships to the winning teams' undergraduate civil engineering program.

Selection of the academic scholarship winner(s) is determined by the local ASCE Student Chapter/Club/International Student Group. The scholarship must be be used toward satisfying tuition reimbursements only, and can not be used to fund current or future Concrete Canoe competitions. ASCE and BASF Admixtures, Inc. must be notified in writing of the academic scholarship winner(s) prior to the distribution of funds to the recipients.

Competition awards are distributed as follows:

  • 1st place overall winner -- $5,000 scholarship & trophy
  • 2nd place overall winner -- $2,500 scholarship & trophy
  • 3rd place overall winner -- $1,500 scholarship & trophy
  • 4th place overall winner -- commemorative plaque
  • 5th place overall winner -- commemorative plaque

Special plaques are also awarded to the top team in the following individual categories:

  • Best design paper
  • Best oral presentation
  • Best final product
  • Men's slalom/endurance race
  • Women's slalom/endurance race
  • Men's sprint race
  • Women's sprint race
  • Spirit of Competition
A special plaque is given in honor of R. John Craig—former ASCE Committee on Student Services member who was a driving force behind organization of the National Concrete Canoe Competition—to the team that has the fastest time in the coed race. A special plaque is also given in honor of Anthony P. (Tony) Chrest—a regional and national champion of the concrete canoe competitions—to the team that demonstrates superior and creative use of technology and materials in the construction of their concrete canoe. The winner of this award is selected at the sole discretion of Degussa Admixtures, Inc.

Ribbons are awarded to teams finishing second through fifth in each individual competition event. Each team receives a commemorative plaque for their participation in the National Concrete Canoe Competition, and all ten registered team members receive a certificate of participation.