I come to work every day because I enjoy solving puzzles. I have been interested in puzzles since I was a little girl. According to my mother (no bias there), I was putting 50 piece puzzles together at 18 months old. So you might say I was destined to pursue this line of work. As a structural engineer the puzzle pieces are a little different, and there are many more options, but in the end it is about finding the piece that fits just right before finding the next piece.
One of my favorite projects was the New Freshman Dormitory for the University of Alaska Southeast. This project provided an opportunity to work with a completely new design team, in a region of the state we had not previously done a lot of work in. The design was interesting as we were working with three different design materials, and the building was four stories in height with two different site classes. It provided some unique design situations that required creativity to resolve.