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

Mark D. Anderson, PE

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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. His experience includes structural and seismic engineering consulting services for the oil industry for the past 22 years where he has worked on pipelines, pump stations, utility systems, public and private facilities, bridges, docks and other related structures. Mark understands that engineering is a service profession. He seeks to provide the best value available to his clients with the highest level of service, professional ethical standards and earned trust. Mark has a B.S. and a M.S. in Civil Engineering, both from the University of Idaho. He has also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, teaching senior level design courses in timber and concrete.

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.