President’s Letter, April 2020


Happy Spring time everyone! By now, we’ve been hunkering down for over a month so hopefully you have been able to work out the major kinks and have been able to continue productivity, even if it looks very different from normal work! I’m anxious for all our staff to return to the office, but understand it needs to be a process to ensure the health and safety of all.

We continue to follow applicable State bills and have written letters to the respective legislators with our support or opposition. I’m happy to report that HB 197 – Extend Seismic Hazard Safety Commission has passed!

We are also closely following the Governor’s budget and his Revised Program Legislative (RPL) Packet, which includes use of funding from the CARES Act to support various programs and communities throughout the state. House Finance met on Wednesday, April 22 to discuss current state budget issues and again on Friday, April 24th specifically to discuss COVID-19 issues. Governor Dunleavy is requesting the legislature to approve his RPL by April 29th so fund distributions can begin May 1. We will continue to track this.

I hope you are all safe and healthy and enjoying this glorious spring weather! Stay safe!


New Manager to Lead R&M’s Structural Engineering Group

MDA_RMMark Anderson, PE recently joined R&M Consultants, Inc (R&M) as the firm’s Group Manager of Structural Engineering.

Mark has 40 years of Alaskan experience in all aspects of structural engineering, including analysis and design, specification and design criteria development, seismic qualification, seismic hazard evaluation and mitigation, pipe stress analysis and piping system support / restraint design, failure analysis, peer review, and QC.

To read the full press release, click here.

AK DOT/PF Issues COVID-19 Notice to Contractors

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alaska State Governor issued several health mandates regarding the closure of many business, travel prohibitions, a mandated quarantine period for those traveling into Alaska, and a requirement for social distancing.

In light of these mandates, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities has issued a notice to all contractors and consultants performing work for ongoing highway and airport projects. The notice indicates that work may proceed, and must be in accordance with the state’s Health Mandates as well as the COVID-19 Management Plan, as developed by the Associated General Contractors of Alaska & DOT/PF.

To read the full notice, click here.