Building Hoover Dam with Paul Giroux

HooverDam_lectureWednesday, May 20, 2015
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
More Hall, Room 220
All are welcome – pizza reception following talk

Ardail Smith | Creative Commons 2.0

Ardail Smith | Creative Commons 2.0

For eons the mighty Colorado River was wild and untamed. That all changed with the construction of the Hoover Dam, the biggest dam in the world of its day. Veteran builder and award winning civil engineering historian Raymond “Paul” Giroux will share his in-depth research of the Hoover Dam’s construction in a remarkable story as never before told. Using historical photographs and stunning animations Paul will bring the construction of the dam to life.

Paul received his BS in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University in 1979. Since then, Paul has been with Kiewit Corporation for the past 35 years working on a wide variety of heavy civil engineering mega projects throughout the United States including Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, several projects on the Big Dig in Boston including the new Zakim/Bunker Hill Bridge, and most recently, the new San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge East Span. Paul is the recipient of the 2013 ASCE History and Heritage Award and has chaired the Brooklyn Bridge 125th Anniversary and Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary celebrations. He has also spoken at the Panama Canal 100th Anniversary and Hoover Dam 75th Anniversary celebrations.

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