Pennoni to Present 2016 Ellipse Award to ASCE
Mar 09, 2016
Pennoni is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Ellipse Award is the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The Ellipse Award is given annually by Pennoni to a member of the community who has improved the quality of life through continued improvements to or investment in infrastructure. Pennoni Founder and Chairman C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni and former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell will present the award to ASCE President Thomas Smith at the annual Ellipse Gala on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society.
Every four years, America’s civil engineers provide a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s major infrastructure categories in ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure (Report Card).
Using a simple A to F school report card format, the Report Card provides a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions and needs, both assigning grades and making recommendations for how to raise the grades. An Advisory Council of ASCE members assigns the grades according to the following eight criteria: capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation. Since 1998, the grades have been near failing, averaging only Ds, due to delayed maintenance and underinvestment across most categories.
“Conversations on infrastructure were placed at the forefront of national debates this year, highlighting the critical impact that our infrastructure systems have on the health, safety, and quality of life enjoyed by all Americans thanks to ASCE’s 2013 Report Card,” said Pennoni President and CEO Anthony Bartolomeo. “Their work is tremendous in bringing awareness to the value of quality engineering.”
ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment. ASCE’s championing of U.S. infrastructure, as well as its ability to lead change, are among the reasons the Society has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 Ellipse Award.