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 Corp of Engineers. 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.