PND Announces New Hires Kristoffer Nystrom & Conrad Smith


PND Engineers, Inc., is pleased to announce the hiring of Kristoff Nystrom, EIT and Conrad Smith, EIT.

Kristoff recently relocated to Anchorage from Fairbanks, and his work history has focused on civil and structural engineering. He will assist PND with site planning and road design.

Conrad is originally from Alaska, but had previously been working in California. His long-term interest is in structures, and he is currently working in the Palmer PND office assisting with structural design.

To read the full press release from PND, click here.

President’s letter, December 2019


Wow… 2019 is nearly over! As the year closes and we approach February’s legislative fly-in, I can safely say that APDC is well prepared and I look forward to attending to share our position with state legislators. In addition to visiting with legislators in their capitol offices, we plan to hold an afterhours social event to connect with them in a less formal atmosphere.  APDC will also host a lunch and learn event at the capitol regarding ASCE’s Report Card for Alaska’s Infrastructure.  In other words, we are working hard to up our game while in Juneau.  Stay tuned for more information as February approaches.

In mid-November, I attended the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA, Conference on Landscape Architecture in San Diego.  I really enjoyed the trip for several reasons (besides the 75° sunny weather) to include:

  • An amazing exposure to continuing education via numerous sessions led by the experts in the field of landscape architecture. I was in awe of the quality of the sessions and the presenters… especially the emerging professionals.
  • The opportunity to visit with vendors that design and manufacture product solutions. The product representatives know their stuff and through collaboration with them, I found solutions to many current project challenges.
  • The chance to connect with other landscape architects from across the country. I was also able to visit with several Alaska landscape architects ( while there.
  • It refreshed and renewed my dedication to environmental design and landscape architecture. Many times, I was reminded of why I got into the field in the first place… to creatively blend the human and natural worlds together.

I encourage everyone to attend your respective member organization’s national conference events.  It is absolutely worth the time and planning.

I hope you have a great holiday with friends and family!

Coffman Engineers Launches Project Management Group

Coffman Engineers announced in October the launch of their Project Management Group, within their Anchorage Office. Rob Wasserman, formerly the Senior PM in the Structural Engineering Department has been promoted to Department Manager for the PM Group


Additionally, Coffman is pleased to announced the hiring of Jason Moncrieff as Senior Project Manager, to the Project Management Group.

To read the full press release regarding the launch of the Project Management Department and the promotion of Rob Wasserman, click here.

To read the full press release regarding the hiring of Jason Moncrieff, click here.

Coffman Announces New Hires in Electrical Engineering Department

Coffman Engineers announced two new hires to their Electrical Engineering Instrumentation & Controls Department, within their Anchorage office in November:


Jason Vukovich is an Instrumentation & Controls designer with over 10 years of experience in Alaska.

Ronald Pearson, PE is a Professional Chemical Engineer, with over 13 years of experience engineering the oil & gas industry.

To read the full press release, click here.

Coffman Engineers Announces New Certification for Zack Wright

Zack Wright Corrosion

Coffman Engineers is pleased to announce Zack Wright obtained American Petroleum Institute (API) 653 Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector certification in September, 2019. Zack also holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a NACE certified CP Technician (CP-2).

The addition of his API 653 certification supplements Coffman’s ability to provide integrity solutions to clients. The API 653 certification allows Zack to perform and oversee tank inspection activities, including repair recommendations, oversight of non-destructive testing (NDT) per applicable codes, and prepare inspection reports for clients. Zack has already put his certification to use by supporting Alyeska Pipeline on both an ongoing API 653 tank inspection and future planning for four API 653 tank inspections. His certification also helped obtain new work with the North Slope Borough developing API 653 tank inspection, API 570 piping inspection, and CP Monitoring programs for their eight fuel storage tank farms as part of a three-year program. Congratulations to Zack! Please feel free to reach out to him if you have any questions about API 653 Tank Inspections.