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The 21st Annual Paul Zia Distinguished Lecture, “Design and Construction of the Rainier Square Redevelopment Project,” will be presented on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022 at 3 p.m. at the Stewart Theatre located in the Talley Student Union on the North Carolina State University (NCSU) campus. An online interactive livestream will also be available. This annual lecture honors Professor Emeritus Dr. Paul Zia, former professor and department head for NC State’s Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering and a structural engineer who is eminent in research, professional society leadership and practice.

Presenters include Ron Klemencic, PE, SE, Hon AIA, chairman and CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates and Dr. Amit Varma, Ph.D., Karl H. Kettelhut Professor of CE and director of Bowen Lab of Large-Scale CE Research at Purdue University. The speakers will present on various design and construction aspects of the 58-story mixed-use tower in Seattle, which uses the revolutionary SpeedCore shear wall system. Watch this video to learn more about this year’s topic.


This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at

PDH Credits

Engineers receive two PDH credits for attending the lecture. PDHs will be emailed to attendees within 2 weeks of the event.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amy Alexander at 919-515-7212 or



(as of August 23, 2022)

Presenting Sponsor

  • Dr. J. Darrin Holt, P.E.

Gold Sponsors

  • Donald H. Kline, Retired PE
  • EM Structural
  • McKim & Creed
  • Metromont

Silver Sponsors

  • Benesch
  • Brasfield & Gorrie
  • Clancy & Theys
  • Giles Flythe Engineers
  • Hazen
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates
  • Omega Construction
  • Scalene Design
  • SEA of NC – Triangle Chapter
  • Smith Gardner, Inc.
  • Steel Fab of Virginia
  • Wetherill Engineering

Bronze Sponsors

  • Dean and Cathy Penny
  • Duke University
  • Engineering Consulting Services (ECS)
  • Finch & Associates
  • Fluhrer Reed
  • IQ Contracting, LLC
  • LHC Structural Engineers (Bennett & Pless)
  • Mead & Hunt
  • Pickett & Associates, LLC
  • Pope Custom Homes
  • Stantec
  • SteelFab of Virginia
  • TA Loving
  • Tindall Corporation

*All funds raised for this event are collected and managed by the NC State Engineering Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID 56-6046987.