Principal | Structural Department Head
After working construction during my teens and as a journeyman plumber in my 20s, I decided to get on the other side of the drawings and become an engineer. I’ve always liked to observe construction sites, especially seeing buildings being erected. I strive to help architects achieve their vision, and to support contractors to develop solutions in the field.
As a structural engineer, it is great to be able to work with others throughout Alaska on projects that have a direct influence on local communities. There’s nothing like seeing a building, bridge, or even artwork being constructed knowing that it will have a positive impact on the end users.
A successful project for me is where all the players (A&E team, contractors, owners, and end users) are happy with the results. This was the case with one of my favorite projects; Chena River Lakes Visitor Center Modernization for the COE. Everyone loves the timber addition with its recycled barn wood and slate floor tiles, as well as a mammoth masonry heater faced with local river rock. Best of all, the facility is used as a home base for giving disabled veterans hunting opportunities every year.