I come to work each day knowing I can make a difference in the quickly changing world in which we live. Preparing design documents that improve our transportation, public utilities, health, safety, and the welfare of our communities is gratifying and motivating.
For five summers while attending college I worked for a large earthwork/utility contractor in Alaska. I was classified as a pipe laborer and installed public water/sewer utility systems. I quickly learned how to read and interpret plans and specifications at a very young age and was often teased by the crew that I should become an engineer. I liked math, numbers, and challenges, so with the firsthand experience on the construction side, I realized that I wanted to be the one preparing the construction drawings.
I care about our clients, and regardless of size of project, I want them to have an experience with PDC that is positive and of value so they will return to us the next time they need the services we offer. PDC shares my business philosophy of “over-delivering” for our clients—it is part of the PDC company culture.
One of my favorite projects was the Sunny Point Intersection Improvements design for the State of Alaska. It was the first above-grade interchange on Egan Expressway in Juneau and included the environmental assessment through final construction documents. The uniqueness and challenges of the project, as well as seeing the project make such a safety improvement to our public transportation system, were very gratifying. It was later recognized as the local ASCE Juneau Branch Project of the Year.