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Can-oe mocha our dreams come true?

We are a student club at the University of Washington that designs, builds, and races a canoe made out of concrete every year. With our coffee themed canoe, we placed first at the PNW Regional Competition, and now we need your help to brew our way to Nationals in Colorado. We cannot espresso how grateful we would bean!


Our Story

Concrete Canoe has been around at UW since 1975. Every year, we compete against other schools in the region at the Pacific Northwest ASCE Student Conference. Now that we've won our regional competition, we are advancing to Nationals for the fifth straight year. After a 9th place finish at Nationals in 2015 and a 10th place finish in 2016, the team set a goal this year to place in the top ten again. However, we have exhausted our budget in order to construct the canoe and attend Regionals - we need your help to attend Nationals.

As a club in the Civil Engineering Department, and one of the few engineering clubs on campus that does not require an application to join, we serve an important role. We promote teamwork and collaboration among engineering and pre-engineering students, introduce prospective students to our department, and challenge students to find creative solutions to unique design challenges.

We design a new hull for our canoe every year, building upon previous years' successes and failures. Our hope is to have a boat which will travel straight, turn easily, and not tip over. We must then construct a mold on which to place the concrete-- this year, a sponsor kindly CNC milled our mold design for us.

To ensure our canoe will float, we must design a lightweight concrete - complicated this year by a new rule that 25% of the aggregate (rocks) in our concrete mix cannot be expanded glass beads, which we have traditionally used for their strength and lightweight nature.


We must also make sure that our canoe can withstand the stresses of holding up to four paddlers, as well as being transported to Idaho for Regionals and Colorado for Nationals. We accomplished this by using a fiberglass mesh between the layers of concrete, in addition to post-tensioning our canoe with 1500 pounds of force!

Lastly, our canoe must be aesthetically pleasing, this year shown through our characteristic Seattle coffee theme--with pigmented concrete layers completely covering the canoe (no paint allowed!), coffee bean outlays lining the exterior, and white latte art inlays on the interior of the boat. We spent over 600 hours sanding the concrete in order to make our canoe smooth to the touch.


Left to right: the mold prepared before placing concrete, and team members placing concrete on top of the first reinforcing layer

Our Canoe

Coffee, Latte Art & Vivace

UW is located in beautiful (and rainy) Seattle, and every year we strive to choose a theme which encompasses both the uniqueness of our city and the goals for our team.

Seattle is known for its coffee culture-- it is the birthplace of Starbucks, and we consume more coffee than any other American city. Located just a couple miles from the University of Washington campus, sits one of the region's first artisan roasters, Espresso Vivace. Espresso Vivace is a cafe most notably known for introducing latte art and quality coffee roasts to the United States.

Similar to how it takes coffee roasters multiple tries to get the perfect roast for the Seattleites who know their brews, the team initially produced a canoe in January that we knew could have been done better. Learning from the first placing, we tried again in early February, creating a refined product that met our particular taste and standards.

Taking inspiration from a local cafe that has perfected its craft through trial and error, and the musical term meaning "lively," the University of Washington proudly presents, Vivace. The name translates to this year's youthful, energetic, and ambitious team, which incorporated lessons learned from the past into their project.

Our Competition

The competition has 4 components, each weighted equally:

1) Design Paper: a technical paper that must fully describe the design, construction, and all other work put into our canoe. Throughout the year, we keep detailed records on our design and construction process, how many hours were spent on each task, our budget, and membership so we can report these in the paper. 

2) Oral Presentation: a five minute oral presentation followed by seven minutes of technical questions from judges encompassing all aspects of the project. The presenters must be knowledgeable about every aspect of our canoe, as they could receive questions about materials in our concrete, the structural analysis done, our construction schedule or any other aspect of the project. 

3) Final Product & Displays: includes the canoe itself, cross section and product displays. Every aspect must be aesthetically pleasing and meet the specifications laid out in the rules. This year we are inspired by cafe culture, organizing our product display like a coffee shop menu board.

4) Races: there are 5 races - women's & men's sprints, women's & men's endurance, and coed sprints. Paddlers began practicing in October and continued throughout the year in order to perfect their form and maintain arm and core strength.

Our co-ed paddling team cheering after their first place finish at Regionals.

Nationals Cost Breakdown

As you can see, going to nationals is an expensive endeavor. However, we need to take our paddlers and presenters to competition, along with as many other members as possible in order to ensure that our future leadership has the knowledge to keep our team competitive at a national level in years to come. 

Conclusion

Our team has pushed ourselves all year long, enduring many sleepless nights and overcoming numerous setbacks in order to produce a world class concrete canoe. We remember past achievements and lessons, while constantly innovating to improve our team's future. Thinking of our past, present, and future, we have created an engineering feat, and a work of art: Vivace. Please consider donating, so that we can attend Nationals!

Left to right: Agustin sanding the freshly demolded canoe; transporting the canoe after regionals; and Alvin cheering on the team during races.

Week Two 

  Published on Monday, May. 22, 2017 at 04:44 AM (PDT)

The design paper has been finished and submitted, and the competition paddlers have been finalized. We're that much closer to the National Competition! We have a little over two weeks left of our fundraising campaign! Help us reach our goal of $13,000 so we can send our team and canoe to Nationals! Thank you for your support that is making it all possible for us.


We've met 60% of our goal! 

  Published on Monday, May. 15, 2017 at 06:42 PM (PDT)

Thank you so much to our donors who have helped us reach 60% of our goal after week one of our campaign! The team is hard at work prepping for Nationals with our design paper revisions, presentation practice, and paddling practice! We can't wait to head to Colorado. Thank you for making it all possible!

                                                                            


Darwin Valenzuela

Gave $100.00

Stan Louie

Gave $100.00

Bethany Steadman

Gave $25.00

Chie Watanabe

Gave $25.00

Xiao Han

Gave $25.00

James Neher

Gave $25.00

Jacob DeBernardi

Gave $150.00

Ann Albright

Gave $50.00

Scott and Debbie Yoshida

Gave $100.00

Ryan Courtney

Gave $50.00

Nick Pfeifer

Gave $10.00

Concrete Canoe Round Numbers Foundation

Gave $5.21

ASCE Seattle - University Committee

Gave $313.79

Amy Cruver

Gave $15.00

Don and Pat Janssen

Gave $100.00

Kyaw Thant

Gave $25.00

Randy Courtney

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Eric O'Brien

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AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!!!!

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