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Drey Antonio, EIT Joins R&M’s Airport Engineering Group

Drey Antonio, EIT recently joined R&M as a staff engineer, in the firm’s Airport Engineering Group. Drey has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and holds his EIT certificate. He is originally from Southeast Alaska, and will be assisting the firm in the planning & design of civil engineering projects, with an emphasis in analysis and design for airport and other civil engineering-related work.

To read the full press release from R&M, click the link below.

President’s Letter, March 2021

The legislative session is in full swing in Juneau, and APDC is working hard to keep up with the activity and advance our legislative priorities. While the budget is consuming much of the legislature’s focus, we are also tracking bills relating to temporary licensure, commercial interior design registration, and changes to the Alaska Coordinate System. Click the link below to read through the 2021 Position Paper.

Our annual outreach to the legislature has kicked off and looks quite different from years past. Traditionally a couple dozen folks would travel to Juneau for the “fly-in” for 2 or 3 days of back to back to back meetings with legislators, cramming in our normal work when there was down time.  Each day would start with a group meeting to gauge the reception of our positions and discuss strategies moving forward.  This year, all of our legislative meetings have been via Zoom, with the meetings spread over several weeks. This makes the logistics simpler but does not have the same energy as the in-person effort. We will have to weigh the trade-offs as we plan for future “fly-ins”.  Through our second week, we have met with 29 of the 60 legislators. One advantage of this being a virtual event is it makes participation much easier than the past – reach out to Colin Maynard (cmaynard@bbfm.com), our Legislative Liaison Committee Chair, if you would like to participate with this effort.

Congratulations goes out to David Gamez, our new Secretary/Treasurer. David is a civil engineer with Lounsbury and Associates in Anchorage. David is the American Society of Civil Engineers representative on the APDC board and has been active in ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card effort, among many other things. With David’s arrival on the board, Kelsey Davidson will move into the Vice President role, Will Webb is taking on the President responsibilities, and Erica Jensen has moved into the Past President role. This also means Mark Kimerer’s time on the board is ending. I want to thank Mark for his efforts and contributions to improving the operations and governance of APDC during his tenure. 

Thank you,

Will Webb, PE

APDC President

Op Ed: Save Alaska’s Roads

David Gamez, PE with the American Society of Civil Engineers wrote an op-ed regarding the motor fuel tax. To read the full article published by the Anchorage Daily News, click here. Photo credit: Bill Roth.

Photo Credit: This photo was taken by Bill Roth, and was originally used to accompany the op-ed article by the Alaska Daily News. This photo features traffic flow along the new Eagle River Bridge, along the Glenn Highway.

President’s Letter, February 2021

We have had a busy past month, even though we never left Anchorage! Our “fly-in” season has begun with bi-weekly Legislative Committee meetings and we are in excellent hands with Colin Maynard and John Walsh leading the charge. The House is now organized so we can now make an official plan for best communicating our legislative goals this session. We are closely tracking the 14 Bills of interest to our member organizations as well as submitting op-eds for publication in news sources. We hope to “meet” (via Zoom) with legislators in March to share our position paper and offer to be a resource to legislators for further questions or information.

Our Procurement of Professional Services Committee (led by Andrea Story) has also had an active month. We were able to obtain a correction to a solicitation that originally violated the Brooks Act, and now the solicitation is in compliance! Additionally, the State of Alaska has reached out to us to assist with training on Procurement of Professional Services and the Brooks Act for State procurement staff! Andrea is leading the effort to provide support for this training.

On a sadder note, I have reached the end of my term as APDC President. I am fully confident in the next leaders who will take over: Will Webb as President with Kelsey Davidson as President-Elect. Your new Secretary/Treasurer will be announced at the March meeting! Don’t miss it! I thoroughly enjoy being a part of this organization and have been honored to serve as President. I’m proud of who we are, what we represent, and how we come together across our varied disciplines to represent all design professionals throughout Alaska. Thank you for letting me serve this past (crazy) year!

Erica Jensen, PE

APDC President