The Reading Branch was founded by the Philadelphia Section in 1975 to establish an ASCE presence in the northwestern corner of the Section’s geographic area, namely Berks County along with northwestern segments of Chester and Montgomery Counties, and to better serve the growing Civil Engineering population in that area. From time to time activity waned a bit, and with changes in the Engineering business in the Reading area, membership in the Branch began to decline. During that time, several attempts were made to revive the Branch, with limited success.
In the summer of 2016, Region 2 initiated a conversation with the Philadelphia Section to determine where the Reading Branch would be best suited. Many of the Philadelphia Section meetings are held in Center City Philadelphia and the commute from Reading can take several hours in rush hour traffic. This can prove to be a challenge for many of the members who live and work in this area and not many made the trip to these meetings.
With this information in hand, Region 2, along with the Central Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia Sections determined that the Reading Branch would best served by the Lehigh Valley Section. In August 2016, an agreement was drafted and signed by both the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia Section Presidents, as well as the Region 2 Director to transfer the Branch to the Lehigh Valley Section.
Since that time, the champions of the Branch are currently working on re‐establishing the Branch that currently has around 170 members.