During the early twentieth century harnessing the water potential of the mighty Columbia River was essential to the growth of the Northwest United States. With river flows in excess of 300,000 cubic feet per second, building the biggest concrete dam in the world in a remote area of eastern Washington was seemingly impossible. With construction beginning during the Great Depression, the success of the project was not only essential to America's long term interests, but also instrumental in providing jobs for thousands of people and restoring hope to an entire region of the country.
In the decades preceding Grand Coulee Dam's construction, tremendous advancements were realized in every discipline of engineering. This presentation highlights how the right men, the right, machines, and the right methods all came together in 1934 to build a project of unprecedented scope and challenges.
Raymond "Paul" Giroux will be making this fascinating presentation at our March meeting at the Bridgeport Brew Pub. Mr. Giroux is the author of several bridge design and civil engineering history papers. He is also an active public speaker having presented over 200 lectures and seminars at 60 engineering schools throughout the United States. Paul has also presented other award winning lectures on the Panama Canal, Golden Gate Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge.