President’s Letter, September 2020

As we welcome the arrival of autumn, APDC has returned from our summer break and ramped up our activities to help continue to support our design community.

We are now entering the seventh month of pandemic related disaster in our country and the end may or may not be in sight (depending if you watch FoxNews or MSNBC). Funding and budgets (locally, state-wide, and federally) remain a closely watched item – will there be more CARES funding? How will our state recover when we were already in a fiscal crisis? Can local businesses and systems survive? This is at the forefront of many conversations and concerns and APDC will continue to monitor the situation and advocate for our community.

This year, in advance of the November elections, we are hosting a candidate questionnaire. All of the member organizations have been asked to submit questions that we will compile into a questionnaire for the candidates. We can learn their position on items important to our professional community ahead of voting. Stay tuned for answers from the candidates!

Finally, but definitely not least, I’d like to announce our new Secretary/Treasurer: Kelsey Davidson! We had to adjust our officers for the remainder of this term due to unforeseen circumstances where our President-Elect had to step down from her duties. Our current Secretary/Treasurer, Will Webb, has moved into the President-Elect role and we’re happy to welcome Kelseyas our new Secretary/Treasurer!

Take Care!

Erica Jensen,

APDC President

PND Announces New Hires

PND Engineers, Inc., in Anchorage announces three new hires in recent months. Tanner Stephens, a graduate from UAA with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering joined in March. Addison Yang, a graduate from UAF with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering who is currently working toward completing his master’s degree remotely joined this summer. Obadiah (“Obi”) Dawson, EIT also graduated from UAA with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2020, and began working for PND this summer.

To read the full press release on these new hires, click the link below.

EMI Outreach to Alaska A&E Community


Engineering Ministries International, a Non-Profit (NGO) Christian Architectural/Engineering/Construction Management ministry with offices in 11 countries around the world will be hosting an informal presentation of the ministries work and mission vision to the Alaska A/E community, Tuesday July 28th.  EMI has been serving the poor and underdeveloped countries for over 40 years and has completed hundreds of projects around the world.

EMI will be represented at the meeting by three of their senior management staff members who will be here to assess future project in Alaska.  These projects are anticipated to initially involve water and wastewater treatment in rural Alaskan villages but has the potential to grow in scope over the next several years.

Come see what this unique ministry is all about and to learn how you could become involved!  Out of respect for each other and our community, all local directives related to the COVID pandemic will be adhered to. If you would be interested in attending remotely through a medium such as Zoom please let us know when you RSVP.  We will try to make a remote meeting available and will let you know by email or phone.

Date: July 28, 2020

Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (presentation starts at 6:00pm)

Location: 1231 Gambell St. / office of Nvision Architecture, Inc.

Light Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by Monday July 27th at (907) 349-1425 or