Published: March 3, 2022

University of Colorado Boulder students are building a canoe out of concrete.

The CU Boulder student chapter for the American Society of Civil Engineers are constructing their concrete canoe in preparation for the 2022 ASCE Rocky Mountain Student Symposium in Golden, CO, where they will compete against other university teams.

The team spent eight long hours placing two 1/2" layers of lightweight concrete into the 20 ft long mold with mesh reinforcement between the layers. This year's canoe is named "The Phoenix", which honors the victims of the Marshall Fire and first responders.

The ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition provides competitors a unique opportunity to gain hands-on practical experience while testing their skills with concrete mix designs and project management challenges.

The annual event will be held April 8-9 at Colorado School of Mines.

Work Photos

Preparing the canoe mold.

Adding concrete to the mold.

Shaping the concrete.

The 2022 team.