R&M offers multi-discipline services in support of water and wastewater infrastructure planning, design and construction. The firm has provided studies, design and construction support services for traditional open cut and trenchless water and wastewater pipelines, booster stations and wastewater lift stations, rural water and wastewater plants, and other utility infrastructure. R&M’s experience includes projects for large utility companies such as the Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility as well as projects for small, rural communities.

Group Manager - Utilities

Don Porter, PE


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Don has been with R&M for 27 years and was formerly Group Manager of Site Development. Through his years of experience on site design and transportation projects, he has developed an extensive array of project experience specific to utilities. As R&M’s Utilities Group Manager, Don is responsible for utility systems design and coordination, including underground water/sewer plan and profiles, trench and piping details, arctic pipe protection and rehabilitation design for existing pipe systems. His experience includes serving as project manager and/or project engineer for a variety of utility, site development, airport and road improvement projects for public and private clients throughout Alaska. Don is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and is a professional civil engineer registered in Alaska.

R&M is performing design studies for capture and use of waste heat from a new municipal power plant at the Ship Creek site. The waste heat will be used to temper potable water to limit freeze potential in the Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility (AWWU) water distribution / storage system. This project will also lower hot water heating costs for AWWU customers. The current plan is to house the heat exchangers and associated piping in a building addition to the existing Energy Recovery Station at the Ship Creek site.
R&M provided predesign studies, NEPA documentation, field investigations, surveying and mapping, geotechnical recommendations and construction documents for approximately 10,700 LF of 24” DIP water transmission main, 1,400 LF of 12” DIP distribution main, the new Hiland Booster Station, and an overhead water truck fill at the Anchorage Regional Landfill (ARL). The 24” DIP is the second and third phases of a three-phase project to provide redundant water supply to Eagle River and lower pumping costs. The 12” line provides water and fire protection supply to the ARL.
R&M was responsible for civil site design, utility installation inspections and associated permitting for a new 100,000 SF hospital located on ice-rich permafrost. Civil site design included insulated embankments for access, parking lots and a perimeter fire protection road; sewer and circulating water service connections to the hospital; a water line fire protection loop (approximately 3,000 LF of 8”, 6” and 3” HDPE water and sewer pipe); and five fire hydrant/valve vaults.