Structural Engineering

R&M performs structural design and forensic engineering services on projects throughout Alaska. Our experienced structural staff has specialized expertise in the design of structures and foundations for military, commercial, institutional and educational facilities suited to Alaska’s arctic, subarctic, maritime and temperate regions. R&M has been retained by public and private sector clients to plan, design and develop components for schools, churches, retail facilities, office buildings, hangars, ammunition supply points, weapons training ranges, utilidors, office buildings, cemeteries, water storage reservoirs, utility vaults, highway and pathway bridges and underpasses, port and harbor capital and maintenance projects, airport and highway maintenance facilities, traditional and modular retaining walls, and ASCE 31 seismic evaluation of existing buildings.

Group Manager - Structural Engineering

Duane Anderson, PE

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Duane has been a member of the R&M team since 1975, and since that time has accumulated an incredible portfolio of Alaskan structural experience. His experience is varied and diverse, but has been largely focused on marine, bridge and school projects in communities throughout Alaska. Duane is a strong team leader and works collaboratively across other disciplines on multi-discipline projects. He holds a MBA from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

R&M prepared the structural design for the 38,000 SF K-12 School on the south shore of Norton Sound south of Nome. The school is of wood-frame construction and is founded upon adfreeze piles (drill, slurry and freeze-back). The school was partially sited on the old runway, and includes classrooms, library, kitchen, dining and gym/locker room areas.
In support of the Kotzebue Shore Avenue Reconstruction project, R&M designed a 3400’ long sheet pile wall to allow a wider road section and provide erosion protection from Kotzebue Sound. The wall features four ramps for access to water level, three expanded vista areas for shore gatherings and a protective guardrail. Wall height varies from 6’ to 18’. The vista areas are constructed over closed sheet pile cells for stability.
R&M designed a two-lane bridge and separated pedestrian crossing to replace a bridge across Contact Creek, reusing the existing binwall foundation. The new bridge was comprised of steel girders, glulam deck and an Ipe (Ironwood) wearing surface. The bridge was designed to be mobilized to the site with Lockheed C130 Hercules aircraft as air transport is the only access to Anaktuvuk Pass. In support of the design, R&M performed a hydrologic/hydraulic assessment of Contact Creek, provided a right of way analysis and temporary utilities bypass for the construction period.