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Op Ed: “Alaska’s Patchwork of Codes and Enforcement are a Liability When an Earthquake Comes”

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake November 30, 2018, provides context for an examination and comparison of building codes and enforcement in local areas. Colin Maynard, PE, outlines various building codes and enforcement in an Op Ed for the Anchorage Daily News. His analysis concludes that the patchwork likely will result in the same types and extent of damage in the same areas in a similar event, or more catastrophic damage if the event is closer to the 1964 quake. To read the full article, click here.

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Photo Credit: Loren Holmes with the Anchorage Dispatch News 5/21/2019. This photo accompanied the original Op Ed published online with ADN, and shows a home in Eagle River, which had been damaged in the November 30th Earthquake.

President’s Letter, May 2019

Pres Letter May 2019

We strive to finish the first half of 2019 strongly with continued improvements to APDC’s internal functions and branding.  Efforts in progress are the creation of a new APDC logo and an update to our by-laws. Completion of these will allow APDC to focus its full energy into improving communications with our member organizations and strategizing outreach to building industry groups that we share common interests with such as Alaska General Contractors (AGC).  The refresh of our brand and alignment of our mission within the by-laws will also allow us to focus on increasing our reputation as a resource to Alaskan communities regarding selection of professional services.

Our legislative committee remains engaged in issues relevant to our member organizations, including project review by the State Fire Marshal and deferred maintenance of state infrastructure.  Of course, the status of the state budget is of great relevance and interest to us all.  May 15th was the last day of a 121-day regular legislative session.  The Governor immediately called the legislature into special session to address the operating and capital budgets, crime legislation, and the mental health trust budget. The special session may last up to 30 days.

Currently, the House and Senate budgets are in the process of being reconciled with one another with differences open for debate.  After changes are accepted, the resulting budget will be forwarded to the Governor for consideration. The biggest remaining differences between the Senate and House budgets relate to the Permanent Fund and 2019’s dividend.

The APDC Board of Directors will not meet in July or August. However, it will maintain communications during the summer regarding ongoing issues important to our members to finish the year successfully and prepare for the 2020 legislative fly-in.

AELS Board Meeting – May 9 & 10

The next Board meeting for the Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors (AELS) is scheduled for May 9th & 10th, 2019. This meeting will be held in Anchorage in the Atwood Building, Suite 1550, and in Juneau at the SOB, 9th Floor, Conference Room ‘A.’ Those who cannot physically attend these meetings are welcome to join via Zoom Meeting here, or by dialing +1 408 638 0968, or +1 699 900 6833, Meeting  ID: 686 630 394.

 

Op Ed: “Infrastructure is the Elephant in the ‘Alaska Budget’ Room”

David Gamez, PE with the American Society of Civil Engineers wrote an op-ed on how important our infrastructure is to our economy and how deferring maintenance and investment causes a lack of access to services, income lost due to delays, and damage to our vehicles. Read the full article here.

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Photo Credit: Marc Lester with the Anchorage Dispatch News 4/7/2016. This photo accompanied the original Op Ed published online with ADN, and highlights the corrosion of the pilings at the Port of Anchorage, one of the reasons behind a proposed modernization project to the Port.

PND Celebrates 40 Years of Business

PND Engineers, Inc., marks its 40th anniversary this August. Headquarters remain in Anchorage where the firm was founded in 1979. Today PND also has offices in Palmer and Juneau; Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Houston, Texas; and Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Projects designed by the firm are seen throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, and increasingly across the Lower 48 and overseas. To read the full press release click here.

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