Learn about the UW Concrete Canoe team

Our History

  • 2013-2018Reigning Regional Champions

    For six years running, the UW Concrete Canoe Team has won the Pacific Northwest Regional Competition, qualifying to represent the region in the National Competition.
  • 2012UW Hosts PNW Regionals

    UW hosts the Pacific Northwest Regional Competition, with canoe races held at Magnuson Park in Seattle
  • 2007UW Hosts Nationals

    University of Washington hosts the 44th annual National Concrete Canoe Competition
  • 1975First Canoe

    Mortar-Mer weighed in at 450 pounds and was made of bagged Portland Cement and reinforcing steel
The University of Washington Concrete Canoe Team was founded in 1975 with the inaugural canoe, Mortar-Mer. Mortar-Mer weighed in at 450 pounds and was made of bagged Portland Cement and reinforcing steel. The canoe floated proudly in Lake Washington and was the beginning of a long journey for the team. Since then, the team has progressed in the design and construction process and the rules of the competition have become more challenging. Through hard work, excellent team members, and great leadership, the team has grown into a regional powerhouse, consistently topping the Pacific Northwest competition.  

Our Region

The University of Washington Concrete Canoe Team is a proud member of the ASCE Pacific Northwest Region. The PNW regional competition features concrete canoe teams from universities in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia. The Pacific Northwest ASCE Student Conference is hosted by a different university within this region every year. The Student Conference involves not only the Concrete Canoe competition, but also the ASCE Steel Bridge competition and other civil engineering related activities.

Special Thanks to Faculty and Staff


Thanks to Peter MacKenzie-Helnwein for coming on board as UW Canoe's faculty adviser in 2014. Professor MacKenzie adds extensive concrete canoe knowledge and an enthusiasm for improvement to each year's team, as well as some impressive competition photography. Thanks Peter! _________________________________


The staff members of the University of Washington Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, including Brian Kinnear, Yiming Liu, and Vince Chaijaroen, have been extremely generous with their time and resources! We thank them for their administrative support and the access they grant us to the structure and the mix laboratory.