2013: Undammed

The Theme


The inspiration behind Undammed  was the removal of Elwha and Glines Canyon dams on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, the largest dam removal in history. The restoration of the Elwha River allowed salmon to return to spawn for the first time in over 100 years. This local feat of civil engineering is commemorated in the aesthetics and display of Undammed. Featuring traditional formline salmon in University of Washington’s school colors on the side, Undammed is displayed atop a model of the Elwha Dam.

The Members

This year’s team was comprised of over 15 members of the University of Washington’s Civil and Environmental Engineering program as well as members of the Art Program and undeclared majors.


Captain: Charlie Abrahamson
Aesthetic Lead: Laura McFarlane
Construction Leads: Alex Lamb and Kenna Foster
Outreach Lead: Fabia Fu
Fundraising Lead: Petar Huynh

The Team

The Competition team this year for regionals was made up of ten members of the team for regionals and nationals. We also brought along members of next year’s team to help as well as learn for about the competition for next year.

Presenters: Charlie Abrahamson, Petar Huynh, Laura McFarlane
Paddlers: Fabia Fu, Kristina Low, Marissa Karpack, Jamie Shinsato, Nick Orsi, Charlie Abrahamson, Zach Schrempp, Alex Lamb



The 2013 Regional Conference took place at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.  UW took first in both final product and presentation, as well finishing first in both the Coed Sprint and Men’s Endurance races. High level finishes in all other categories earned UW first place overall, gaining them a berth at the national competition for the first time in 3 years.



The 2013 National Conference took place at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from June 20th to June 23rd. The team was excited to return to the national competition after a few years away. Even though some of the races were cancelled due to inclimate weather, UW claimed 11th place in the Men’s Endurance race. Overall, University of Washington’s Undammed finished 16th in the nation.


The concrete canoe team would not have succeeded this year if it wasn’t for the support of our great sponsors (listed in alphabetical order):

Bechtel, Boeing, CH2M Hill, Golder Associates, Insulfoam, Janicki Industries, Kiewit, Lafarge, Lehigh Cement Group, Olympian Precast Inc., Premier Spray Foam, SPI, Watershed Science & Engineering, and WJE (Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.).

We would also like to thank the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department for their help, both financial and advisory, and ASCE for the stipend given to all teams that perform at the national conference.