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David Widmer Recognition
9/4/2014
State Representative Jim Marshall and State Senator Elder Vogel recently
stopped by the offices of WIDMER ENGINEERING INC. to provide citations
from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania Senate
congratulating David H. Widmer on becoming the first individual from
Pennsylvania to become the President of the National Council of Examiners for
Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) headquartered in Clemson, SC at the
Council's 93rd Annual Meeting recently held in Seattle, Washington. Widmer is
the President of WIDMER ENGINEERING INC. and has been involved with
NCEES since 1992 when he first became a member of the State Registration
Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists. He served
NCEES for 2 years a Northeast Zone Vice President and 2 years as National
Treasurer before being elected to President-Elect in San Antonio last year.
This will be Widmer's 6th year on the NCEES Board of Directors.
 

David H. Widmer, President of Widmer Engineering Inc. was voted to be the
Northeast Zone Vice President of the National Council of Examiners for
Engineering & Surveying (NCEES) in April of 2009.  Mr. Widmer will be sworn in
to the position of Vice President in Louisville, Kentucky on August 15, 2009.
Climax Bridge Re-opens to Traffic by Mitch Fryer

MAHONING -- It's only a bridge over a creek in a remote area of Armstrong and
Clarion counties with no more than 80 vehicles crossing a day, but the new
Climax Bridge bridges the needs of two counties, said state, county and local
officials at its opening Thursday.

"It's the linkage," said Armstrong County Commissioner Chairwoman Patty
Kirkpatrick. "Anything that benefits the citizens of the two counties is a good
thing. It's a vital link for nearby residents and those traveling through the
counties."

The Climax Bridge is on the Armstrong and Clarion county line along township
road 970 (Climax Road) spanning Redbank Creek next to the village of Climax
between Mahoning in Armstrong and Porter in Clarion.

The bridge is owned and maintained by Armstrong which has a cooperative
agreement with Clarion to share maintenance costs. Armstrong shares several
other bridges with neighboring counties, officials said.

It replaces the former bridge which was an open-grate, single lane, about
11-foot wide, steel girder truss structure. The old bridge was built more than a
century ago for a brick refractory in Climax to connect to the railroad.
Contractors demolished it last year to make way for the site of the new bridge.

The new $1.9 million Climax Bridge is a 260-foot-long, one-lane structure over
the creek. It is two spans of continuous steel girder and is about 15 feet wide
curb to curb. The bridge has a concrete deck sealed with a penetrating
protective coating sealer.

PennDOT and county officials determined that the structure did not have
enough traffic to warrant the cost of constructing a two-lane bridge.
Armstrong County Commissioner Rich Fink agreed with keeping the bridge one
lane, which he said would have added $1 million to the cost.

"That's smart-sizing," said Fink of the savings. "One lane -- it fits here."

The bridge was designed by Widmer Engineering of Beaver Falls. The
contractor was Francis J. Palo of Clarion. Construction began last August.

"The old bridge was in such bad shape, it went down easily," said Charlie Clark,
Palo project manager. "Construction went well on the new bridge. We had no
problems on the job."

"The importance was high for both counties," said Clarion County
Commissioner Chairman Dave Cyphert. "It's safer and gives an alternative
route."

Fink added that it was important to have a sound bridge in place for
emergency services. During 1996 flooding, it was the only transportation route
across Redbank Creek, he said.

"The counties are so closely connected," said state Rep. Donna Oberlander,
R-Clarion, whose district includes both Porter in Clarion and Mahoning in
Armstrong. "What's good for the area is good for both the counties."
 

Widmer Engineering Inc. recently hired four new additions to our staff.  Mr.
James Shroads, II, P.E. and Mr. Brenton Daily joined the company in June and
also, Ms. Katelyn Gibbs and Mr. Mike DiBiagio joined the company in October.   
They all currently work in the Beaver Falls office.
 

Widmer Engineering Inc. helped secure $4.2 million in low-interest loans from
PennVEST for the Borough of Monaca.  Please see
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Aliquippa - November 16, 2010

Aliquippa School District officials say the construction of new walkways at the
junior/senior high school campus will be under way soon.  Superintendent
David Wytiaz said construction bids for Aliquippa’s $404,800 grant project
through PennDOT’s Safe Routes to School program are expected to go out
next month. The bulk of the work is scheduled to take in the spring.

Widmer Engineering Inc. in Beaver Falls is handling the project. Tony Sadaka of
Widmer said the work probably will begin in the spring and is expected to take
about four months.
Wytiaz said the original scope of the work has changed. When Aliquippa
received the federal grant in 2006 for project design and construction, plans
were to renovate a walkway and stairs leading from the school campus, behind
the stadium, to the 1100 block of Franklin Avenue. However, Wytiaz said, the
projected cost to rehabilitate the old stairway would be $1 million.

Plans are now in place for the renovation and installation of new steps and
sidewalks in front of the junior/senior high campus. The walkway system will
extend from the front of the school to Main Street in Plan 12.

Sedaka said the project will improve safety for pedestrian students and
residents going to the school buildings. Lighting will also be installed along the
new walkway, wytiaz said.
Wytiaz said the city’s population has shifted from Plan 11 to Plan 12, so it
made sense to gear the funding toward a busier area.

Construction costs will be reimbursed through the grant program.
“This doesn’t cost the taxpayers anything,” Wytiaz said.
David Widmer Elected NCEES President-elect

Delegates elected David Widmer, P.L.S., NCEES president-elect at the
organization’s 92nd annual meeting, held August 21–24 in San Antonio, Texas.
He will serve as president-elect for the 2013–14 term and as president the
following year.

A resident of Rochester, Pennsylvania, Widmer was a member of the
Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land
Surveyors, and Geologists from 1991 to 2011 and is now an emeritus member.
He previously served as NCEES treasurer and Northeast Zone vice president.

Widmer has been a licensed professional surveyor in Pennsylvania for over 25
years. He is the president of consulting firm Widmer Engineering Inc., based in
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Geneva College in Beaver Falls.

Widmer has served as Southwest Chapter director and state director of the
Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors, director of the Beaver County Chapter
of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, and president of the
Western Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies of
Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Corporation
Loan Advisory Committee and a former member of the board of directors for
the Beaver County Association for the Blind and the advisory board for the
Beaver County Salvation Army.
Widmer Accepts NCEES Presidency
8/25/2014

David H. Widmer, P.L.S., accepted the position of NCEES president at the
conclusion of the organization’s 93rd annual meeting, held August 20–23 in
Seattle, Washington. Having completed a one-year term as president-elect, he
will now serve as president for 2014–15.

A resident of Rochester, Pennsylvania, Widmer was a member of the
Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land
Surveyors, and Geologists from 1991 to 2011 and is now an emeritus member.
He is a past NCEES treasurer and Northeast Zone vice president.

Widmer has been a licensed professional surveyor in Pennsylvania for almost 3
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years. He is the president of consulting firm Widmer Engineering Inc., based in
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Geneva College in Beaver Falls.

Widmer has served as Southwest Chapter director and state director of the
Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors, director of the Beaver County Chapter
of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, and president of the
Western Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies of
Pennsylvania. He is a former member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania
Corporation Loan Advisory Committee, the board of directors for the Beaver
County Association for the Blind, and the advisory board for the Beaver County
Salvation Army.