F. Lawrence Bennett, P.E.

Bennett Engineering

Fairbanks AK. 99709

907-479-5118

907-347-5384 (mobile)

benco@alaska.net

Dr. Larry Bennett, P.E., RLS, retired from UAF in 1997 after 29 years on its engineering management faculty.  Then, after two years on the faculty at Cornell University and another two at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), he returned to Alaska. He continues an active consulting practice – short courses, land surveying, project management, research, bonehead civil engineering and the like – when not traveling the world.  He earned civil engineering degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Cornell, wrote four books, and held local and regional officer positions in ASCE, NSPE and ASEE.  Recently down-sized and residing in a riverside condo in downtown Fairbanks, Larry and his wife Margaret celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in August.  They have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.  He likes old cars and Dixieland jazz, and he tells very corny jokes.

 

Anchorage

 

Bruno Grunau, P.E.

Cold Climate Housing Research Center

Chief Programs Officer

Bruno@cchrc.org

While Bruno is enthusiastic about life, he is also passionate about developing and implementing energy-efficient and sustainable technologies in the Circumpolar North. Bruno joined CCHRC January 2011 after serving as the chief engineer for an Alaskan renewable energy firm. As a research engineer at CCHRC, Bruno has been responsible for research and testing of building systems for ventilation, thermal, and moisture control properties in cold climates. He regularly designs and analyzes building foundations on permafrost, building envelopes in cold climates, and heating and ventilation systems in rural Alaska. He is regularly involved in teaching classes, building and energy system consultation, and other outreach efforts to general public, contractors, homeowners, engineers, architects, and inspectors. As Chief Programs Officer, he is responsible for overseeing the organization’s programs and services, working with staff to strengthen organization’s work culture, and helping to establish private and public-sector partnerships and relationships with CCHRC. Other significant parts of Bruno’s life include his wife and two kids, making music, dancing, enjoying life, and enjoying the backcountry.

Topic

Cold Climate Housing Research Center: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges

The Cold Climate Housing Research Center CCHRC was formed in 1999 by members of the Alaska home building community to address the challenges and costs of building in this climate. Its mission is to make housing more energy efficient, healthy, affordable and durable throughout Alaska and circumpolar regions. This presentation provides an overview of some past, present, and future projects across the state, a few lessons learned, and presents a holistic approach to solving the challenges faced in Rural Alaska.

 

CDR Mike Roberts, USPHS, P.E., REHS

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Division of Environmental Health and Engineering

Deputy Director of Project Management

mgroberts@anthc.org

CDR Mike Roberts, USPHS, P.E., REHS has been with ANTHC’s Division of Environmental Health and Engineering (DEHE) since 2008.  As the Deputy Director of Project Management, Mike oversees the operational delivery of all sanitation and energy projects delivered by ANTHC throughout the state.  During his time with ANTHC, Mike has served as both a sanitation facilities project manager and as the safety program coordinator, responsible for managing the construction safety program for construction operations throughout the state.  Prior to joining ANTHC, Mike served eight years on active duty in the US Air Force as a Bioenvironmental Engineer in Panama City, FL, Dayton, OH, and San Antonio, TX.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Engineering from the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, OH.  Mike lives in Anchorage with his wife, Toni, and their four children, Michael, Faith, Elizabeth, and Matthew.

Topic

Being Agile in the Arctic: Adapting Systems to Changing Environments

The presentation describes innovative approaches recently deployed at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to ensure system operability and survivability in the dynamic political, funding and natural environment.

 

Bob Tsigonis, P.E.

Lifewater Engineering Company

President

Bob@LifewaterEngineering.com

Bob has worked as an engineer in Alaska since 1973 and is registered in civil and environmental engineering.  His experience includes working as:

•An oceanographer in the Antarctic Ocean;

•A regulator with ADEC and ADNR;

•A consultant on two natural gas pipeline projects (neither of which was built);

•An environmental engineer on the TAPS construction and at the Fort Knox Gold Mine;

•Volunteer relief work in Indonesia, Ecuador, Liberia, and the Philippines

•An instructor teaching portions of a cold regions engineering course for the University of Washington;

•A manufacturer of sewage treatment plants for cold climates; and

•A manufacturer of Rough Duty Boats® made of welded thermoplastics.

Bob holds U.S. and Canadian patents on the cold climate sewage treatment systems and a U.S. patent on a fluid distribution box that distributes fluid equally from all ports regardless of the orientation of the box. 

Topic

Effectively Working Cross-Culturally

The best engineering and architectural designs combined with excellent construction practices can still result in complete project failure if cross-cultural differences are not properly addressed.  This talk will give examples of failures and successes in working cross-culturally, along with some practical ways to achieve cross-cultural success.

 

 

Angela M. Smith, P.E.

PDC Engineers

Associate | Aviation Group Manager

angelasmith@pdceng.com

Mrs. Smith is the Aviation Group Manager with PDC Engineers and has 19 years of aviation design experience overseeing the preparation of design plans, specifications, cost estimates, and technical reports for improvements throughout Alaska.

Topic

Building Alaska’s Rural Airports: Design and Construction Lessons LearnedAviation in Alaska plays a major role in the transportation of goods and services, with nearly 250 communities in Alaska only available by air. This presentation will provide an overview of design and construction solutions for the demanding and changing environment. Mrs. Smith will address unforgiving extremes in temperatures, drifting snow, and the presence of permafrost; high cost of remote site construction and the short construction season; and the need to protect the fragile arctic environment.

 

 

Julie M. Mages, P.E.

611 Civil Engineer Squadron, Pacific Regional Support Center, USAF

Engineering Flight Commander

Julie_mages@yahoo.com

Ms. Julie Mages is currently the Engineering Flight Commander for the 611th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER). Although based at JBER, her unit provides engineering support to 21 remote radar sites throughout Alaska and the Pacific, reaching from the North Slope of Alaska to Wake Island. She can literally see Russia from the radar site at Tin City. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, backcountry skiing, hiking, fat-biking, running and spending time with her dog, Sandy.

Topic

Military Construction in the Arctic

Her presentation briefly introduces the mission and Area of Responsibility for the 611th CES and then proceeds to discuss challenges and lessons learned from working at remote radar sites in Alaska. Specifically, she will discuss a seawall repair project at Cape Lisburne Long Range Radar Site (LRRS) located on the north-west corner of Alaska. Ms. Mages then will introduce Eareckson Air Station, a base located on the second-to-last island on the Aleutian Chain, Shemya. She will discuss logistics, climate impacts and the importance of building material selection.

 

 

Edmond C. Packee, Jr. PhD

Travis/Peterson Environmental Consulting, Inc.

Senior Scientist

eddie@tpeci.com

Dr. Edmond C. Packee Jr. is a Senior Scientist with Travis/Peterson Environmental Consulting, Inc. He has been employed with Travis/Peterson Environmental Consulting, Inc. in Fairbanks, Alaska since 1998. Dr. Packee holds a B.A. in Biological Sciences, B.A. in History, and M.S. in Mine Reclamation Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and earned his Ph.D. in Mining at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Dr Packee is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSSc.), Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Storm Inspector (CESSWI), and a Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ). He is a Master Instructor for the AK‐CESCL program.

Dr. Packee’s professional expertise includes: mine reclamation and environmental compliance, erosion and sediment control at industrial facilities and construction projects, wetlands delineation in periglacial and arctic environments, hydrology and water quality of surface and subsurface waters, and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

Topic

Erosion and Sediment Control: Lessons Learned

·       A review of lessons learned in Alaska since Phase II of the National Pollutant

·       Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Construction General Permit issuance in 2004.

·       The discussion will focus on the practical aspects of:

o   Selecting best management practices;

o   Compliance strategies that work and save money; and

o   Challenges with erosion and sediment controls moving forward.

 

 

Adam Murray

Lynden Air Cargo

Director of Business Development and Marketing

amurray@lynden.com

Adam has worked for Lynden for five years, first at Lynden Transport, and more recently with Lynden Air Cargo. Adam was born and raised here in Anchorage. He graduated with a degree in Business from Denver University, where he also played as a goalie on the DU hockey team for four years. He currently resides in Anchorage with his wife and dog, Mabel. He enjoys travel, concerts, and the occasional IPA.

 

Brooke Sillers

Lynden Transport

Account Manager

brooke@lynden.com

 

Brooke has worked for Lynden Tranport for two years. She was born and raised in the Matanuska Valley, and then moved to Seattle for 20 years. She obtained an accounting degree from Seattle Pacific University and ran a small business with her husband for 16 years. They returned to Alaska two years ago to raise their three children with a more wild childhood. She enjoys remodeling old homes, gardening, and skiing.

Topic

Challenges and Solutions in Logistics for Building in Alaska

            Challenges of logistics in Alaska

            Modes of transportation available

          Considerations when planning and budgeting for project logistics

          The importance of clear communication when dealing with logistics in Alaska.

          Helping your out of state suppliers better understand what it takes to ship to Alaska, so your project freight arrives in good condition.

 

 

Michael Fredericks

SALT President

mfredericks@salt-ak.com

Michael is the President and majority owner of SALT, a recent merger of service lines provided by the former RIM Design and RIM First People.  As an Alaska Native, women owned, small business, SALT is a catalyst for transformation.  Through strategic engagement and visionary design, we create environments for generations to thrive. 

 

Michael has leveraged her architectural training into a specialization in complex stakeholder engagement around design projects.  Over her 16 years of experience, Michael’s facilitation services have evolved to include business planning, community engagement, project planning, complex problem solving, organizational planning, action planning, and focused conversations around challenging issues. 

 

A born listener, Michael strongly believes that the most successful initiatives harness collaborative thought and align the solution with the stakeholder – not the other way around.   Providing a strong process for stakeholder engagement not only empowers the user but has proven to result in bottom-line savings as well. Michael is adept at helping groups define their unique version of success and provide them with a roadmap to achieve their goals.

Topic

Transformative Stakeholder Engagement:  A Business Case

The presentation explores how engaging stakeholders in the design process has an impact on both project success and long term sustainability. 

 

Robert A. Perkins, PE, PhD

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Professor of Civil Engineering

raperkins@alaska.edu

Bob Perkins has worked in Alaska for 40 years, completing many projects in urban and rural Alaska communities.  Prior to joining the UAF faculty, he worked as an engineer and engineering manager in domestic and international construction. His research includes projects in Barrow and communities in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska. His recent projects include safety data management and highway revegetation.  His interest in oil spill research has led to public involvement processes in remote communities.  He has published on public involvement in remote communities.

Topic

Panel Discussion on Permitting Requirements and Procedures for Remote Construction

Panel members will discuss procedures followed by their agencies in issuing and administering permits for construction work in rural and Arctic Alaska – challenges due to unique conditions, prospective changes in regulations, guidelines to assist contractors in applying for and abiding by permits, and other issues.

Panelists:

 

 

 

Stephen Price

Rural Landfill Specialist

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Environmental Health Solid Waste Program

(stephen.price@alaska.gov)

Stephen Price grew up in Nenana, Alaska and graduated with a B.A. from Alaska Pacific University. From 2006 to 2014 , he was the Solid Waste Department Manager for the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council. His duties included improving solid waste management and operating a backhaul program in 70 communities throughout the Yukon River Basin stretching from British Columbia to the Bering Sea. Since 2014 he has been a Rural Landfill Specialist with the ADEC Solid Waste Program focusing on increasing compliance and permitting of solid waste facilities within Kodiak Island, Lake and Peninsula Borough, Bristol Bay and the Lower Yukon area. This work includes reviewing design plans, performing landfill inspections, and providing technical assistance on proper solid waste management for facilities and the public.

 

Chris Pletnikoff, P.E., (chris.pletnikoff@alaska.gov) works as a Plan Review Engineer with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Drinking Water Program.

 

Gene McCabe

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Program Manager

gene.mccabe@alaska.gov

Gene McCabe has been acting in his current position as the Wastewater Discharge Authorization Program Manager since May 2018. He joined the Department of Environmental Conservation in 2012 as the Wastewater Engineering Support and Plan Review Section Manager after a 20-year career as an Airfield Operations Officer in the Air Force. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University and a MS in Aerospace Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He lives in Anchorage with his wife Wendy and daughter Sarah.

 

Ron Benkert

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Habitat Biologist and Regional Manager

ronald.benkert@alaska.gov

Ron is currently the regional supervisor for the ADF&G Division of Habitat’s south-central region. In this capacity, he oversees Title 16 permitting for proposed activities in and around fish bearing waterbodies as well as activities in Special Areas. Previously, Ron has been the large projects coordinator for the south-central area and the acting area manager for the Mat-Su area. He has been the Habitat Division’s lead for several large projects including the Pebble Prospect, Chuitna Coal, Susitna-Watana Hydro, and Eklutna Dam Removal projects. Ron has been a fisheries biologist for over 25 years and has worked for ADF&G since 2009. He is a life-long Alaskan, and was born in Fairbanks and raised in Anchorage.

 

 

Contractor Panel on Thinking Outside the Box: Meeting the Logistical Challenges of Remote Construction

A multi-faceted discussion of innovative approaches to remote arctic and rural construction, presented by contractors with decades of experience in rural Alaska and elsewhere.

 

 

Marcus Trivette, P.E.

Brice Incorporated

Construction Manager

marcust@briceinc.com

Marcus is a UAF graduate and lifelong Alaskan.  He has been employed by Brice Incorporated since 2004, and currently manages its construction division.  Brice is a heavy civil general contractor specializing in remote work throughout the state for both public and private clients.  Marcus is also a member of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska board of directors, sits on the State of Alaska’s Workforce Investment Board, and the UAF Civil and Environmental Engineering advisory board. 

 

James St. John

STG Incorporated

Retired President

jimstginc@gmail.com

With a geology degree from Eastern Washington University, Jim came to Alaska in 1977 to start on exploration work at Red Dog.  After several years with Cominco, he went to work for Anaconda Minerals, building remote camps and runways and supporting very remote drilling programs. In 1991 he started St George Construction in Kotzebue; that venture evolved into STG Inc in 1996.  STG Inc. has been involved in infrastructure projects virtually all over the state, including power plants, tank farms, piling work of all types, interties and most of the wind turbines in the state.  STG has also been the majority contractor on the GCI Microwave Terra Network that runs from Bristol Bay to Kotzebue and up the Yukon to Nenana. The company was acquired by Calista Regional Corporation in 2013.  Jim is the Immediate Past President of AGC Alaska.

 

Robbie Capps

F&W Construction Company, Inc.

President

rcapps@fwalaska.com

Robbie was born and raised in Anchorage and attended UAA.  F&W Construction was founded by his grandfather in 1958.  Robbie became owner of this family business in 1980.  The company specializes in vertical construction and is closely aligned with the resource industry, although it has done a variety of other work in remote regions of Alaska.  Robbie Capps is a Past President of AGC Alaska.

 

Saigen Harris

F&W Construction Company, Inc.

Project Manager

sharris@fwalaska.com

Saigen joined F&W Construction in 2016 after three years as a project manager with STG Incorporated.  She earned the BA in International/Global Studies and the MS in Project Management from UAA.  In addition to day-to-day project tasks, she is also involved with marketing and business development.  Saigen Harris is a retired volleyball coach and serves with AGC Alaska in several roles, including board member.

 

 

Marcus Trivette, P.E.

Brice Incorporated

Construction Manager

marcust@briceinc.com

(Please see bio for previous panel discussion)

Topic

Lessons Learned in Arctic Construction: A Contractor’s Perspective

 

Geotechnical, Logistical and Specification Lessons

Geotechnical Principles:

Importance of thorough investigation

Speedy backfill

Timing of construction with seasonal thaw

Case studies

Dalton Highway pad civil assumptions

Eva Creek windfarm foundations / Deadhorse ARFF

Pilot Station embankment timing

Logistical Principles

Seasonal limitations for mobilization and access to material sites

Remote camp operations

Site access / barge optimization

Case studies

Nulato Airport / Galena Campion Road / Alakaket Airport

Galena / Pilot Station

St. George Breakwater Rock Haul

Specification Principles

Aggregate selection (hardness)

CYVM

Means / methods

Case studies

Savoonga  / Mt. Village Airport

Selawik Dump Road

Pilot Station Rock Excavation

 

Fairbanks

Ken Hall

Lynden Transport

Account Manager

khall@lynden.com

Ken has worked for Lynden Transport for almost twenty years as the Interior account manager for Lynden.  Lynden’s Fairbanks operation serves as a crossroads for materials going north in support of the North Slope oil and gas industry.  Prior to working for Lynden, Ken worked for a heavy equipment dealership in Fairbanks.  He was born and raised in Fairbanks and is a Nanook alumnus.

Topic

Challenges and Solutions in Logistics for Building in Alaska

Transportation in Alaska is a multi-faceted challenge.  With few roads and vast distances, having a solid working knowledge of logistics in Alaska can either make a project a success or be costly with delays.

 

The presentation includes

            Challenges of logistics in Alaska

            Modes of transportation available

          Considerations when planning and budgeting for project logistics

          The importance of clear communication when dealing with logistics in Alaska.

          Helping your out of state suppliers better understand what it takes to ship to Alaska, so your project freight arrives in good condition.

 

 

Panel Discussion on Permitting Requirements and Procedures for Remote Construction

Panel members will discuss procedures followed by their agencies in issuing and administering permits for construction work in rural and Arctic Alaska – challenges due to unique conditions, prospective changes in regulations, guidelines to assist contractors in applying for and abiding by permits, and other issues.

Robert Perkins, P.E., UAF Civil & Environmental Engineering,

Moderator

Sarah Durand, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Solid Waste

Johnny Mendez, P.E., Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Drinking Water

Audra Brase, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Habitat

 

Sarah Durand

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Rural Landfill Specialist

sarah.durand@alaska.gov

Sarah Durand has worked with the ADEC Solid Waste Program for five years working directly with rural communities to improve solid waste management. Sarah has over 15 years of environmental field experience in remote areas including Antarctica. She has conducted over 115 landfill inspections across Alaska and provides technical assistance and trainings to rural Alaskans on landfill operations.

 

Johnny Mendez, P.E.,

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Plan Review Engineer

johnny.mendez@alaska.gov

Mr. Mendez has over 21 years of working experience in the fields of environmental engineering, engineering consulting, and hydrology. Mr. Mendez holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan (1995), and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (1997). For the past 15 years he has worked for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Drinking Water Program. His main duties include performing engineering plan reviews and approvals of public water system designs; conducting inspections, sanitary surveys, and comprehensive performance evaluations of drinking water systems; and providing technical and compliance assistance to public water systems in Alaska.

 

Audra Brase

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Fairbanks Regional Supervisor, Habitat

audra.brase@alaska.gov

Audra is Fairbanks Regional Supervisor, Habitat Division, Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

 

 

Contractor Panel on Thinking Outside the Box: Meeting the Logistical Challenges of Remote Construction:

Meg Nordale, Ghemm Company, Inc., Moderator

Mike Davis, P.E., Ghemm Company, Inc.

Anton Johansen, P.E., Great Northwest, Inc.

Marcus Trivette, P.E., Brice Incorporated

 

Meg Nordale

Ghemm Company, Inc.

President

meg@ghemm.com

Growing up in Alaska and appreciating all of its opportunities, Meg Nordale returned to Fairbanks after graduating from the University of Denver with BSBA in Finance and Marketing in 1982.  Meg joined GHEMM Company in 1994 after a long career in insurance and risk management in Fairbanks and became the firm’s President in 2015.   GHEMM Company is a commercial general contractor headquartered in Fairbanks and doing vertical building work in Interior Alaska since 1952.

Outside of GHEMM, Meg is active in the Alaska construction industry, the community of Fairbanks and participates in a number of civic organizations and boards including the Associated General Contractors of Alaska, Alaska Workforce Investment Board, and the Rotary Club of Fairbanks.

Meg and her husband, Bob Schruf enjoy being in the great outdoors whether it be a hiking, skiing or fishing adventure or working in their yard at home.  They share those adventures with their four adult children and are now beginning to share those family adventures with their newest members of the group, the grandkids!

 

Mike Davis, P.E.

Ghemm Company, Inc.

Vice President & Senior Project Manager

mike@ghemm.com

 Mike Davis was hired on at GHEMM Company in the spring of 1995.  His first project at GHEMM was performing quality control duties for the Alatna/Allakaket flood recovery project.  Mike has been with GHEMM company ever since graduating from UAF with his civil engineering degree in 1996, and now serves as the company vice president and senior project manager and estimator.

 

Anton Johansen

Great Northwest, Inc.

Vice President

tjohansen@grtnw.com

 Tony Johansen is a vice president and partner in Great Northwest, Inc., a civil/highway contractor located in Fairbanks.  He earned the bachelor degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska in 1974.  His 41 years of experience in Alaskan construction include estimating and managing large highway, airport and utility construction projects, both urban and remote; mining aggregate; manufacturing aggregate products, asphalt cement concrete and portland cement concrete; and five years as the Regional Director for the Northern Region of the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

He has spent 50 years learning how to curl and almost has it figured out.  He and his wife Gail have four children spread all over the country and a granddaughter who lives across the street!

 

Marcus Trivette, P.E.

Brice Incorporated

Construction Manager

marcust@briceinc.com

 

Marcus is a UAF graduate and lifelong Alaskan.  He has been employed by Brice Incorporated since 2004, and currently manages its construction division.  Brice is a heavy civil general contractor specializing in remote work throughout the state for both public and private clients.  Marcus is also a member of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska board of directors, sits on the State of Alaska’s Workforce Investment Board, and the UAF Civil and Environmental Engineering

 

Contractor Panel on Thinking Outside the Box: Meeting the Logistical Challenges of Remote Construction

A multi-faceted discussion of innovative approaches to remote arctic and rural construction, presented by contractors with decades of experience in rural Alaska and elsewhere.