July 1–6, 2014
Grand Hyatt Washington
On May 12, the Washington Monument reopened to the public after undergoing necessary repairs and restoration following a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on August 23, 2011, which caused significant damage to the structure. Read about the role PEs played in the inspection of the Washington Monument in an article published in PE magazine.
The original construction of the 555-foot obelisk began in 1848 when private citizens raised money to build a memorial to honor our nation’s first president, and many citizens and organizations have since made donations to improve the structure and the surrounding grounds, including NSPE. In 1984, to commemorate the monument’s 100th anniversary (and celebrate NSPE’s 50th), NSPE donated the funds for the walkways that surround the Monument and connect it with other well-known sites around the National Mall. A plaque commemorating the donation can still be seen at the site.
While you’re in Washington, D.C., for the 2014 Annual Meeting, we encourage you to visit the monument—the tours and exhibits include discussion on the recent restoration efforts, and the view from the top of the monument is breathtaking. Tickets are required and available. Order tickets online.
Written on the Plaque: In Commemoration of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Washington Monument 1884–1984, Walkways Donated July 11, 1984, By the Members and Friends of the National Society of Professional Engineers, In Observance of the Society's Fiftieth Annivarsary