PDC Engineers (PDC) welcomes Murray & Associates Consulting Mechanical Engineers (M&A) to their growing team in Juneau. PDC’s Juneau office staff now exceeds 20 professionals offering in-house civil, structural, mechanical, and geotechnical engineering; as well as land survey and materials testing services. M&A owner Douglas Murray will maintain his leadership position as a Principal at PDC, while their full staff will continue in their same capacity. Doug Murray has provided mechanical engineering in Southeast since the 1980s.
Though PDC has successfully teamed with M&A numerous times in the past, this is the story of a common employee that led to the two companies joining forces. Danny Rauchenstein was a young Engineer-In-Training (EIT) in 1998, having recently graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with his mechanical engineering degree. He was living in Talkeetna with his soon-to-be-bride when his college professor called asking if Danny was looking for work. His professor helped coordinate a meeting with Doug Murray (a UAF Alumni) at the Anchorage Airport that very weekend. Rauchenstein had received an offer from a Fairbanks firm, but Danny saw more promise in Southeast Alaska – so he moved to Juneau.
It was working for M&A that Rauchenstein found his passion when he discovered building mechanical systems design, which includes HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), plumbing, and fire suppression. Rauchenstein thrived under the leadership of Vern Akin and Doug Murray until his wife took a job in Anchorage in 2001. Upon relocating, Rauchenstein joined the PDC team. Last year he was promoted to Mechanical Department Head. The acquisition of M&A now brings the PDC Mechanical Department staff to 20 employees across the state.
Over the past three years alone, PDC and M&A have jointly completed design and construction administration services for several notable projects. These include the recently constructed UAS Freshmen Dormitory; the Walter Soboleff Center (aka the Sealaska Heritage Institute Southeast Alaska Native Cultural and Visitor’s Center); as well as the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, Juneau Forestry Sciences Lab (completed as a design/build project). The newly expanded team will continue to build on their solid working relationship to benefit the community and their clients. The design staff is excited about the opportunity and both companies look forward to working together.