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Coffman Engineers donates $100,000 to American Red Cross
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Coffman Engineers in February announced it donated $100,000 to American Red Cross, a gift continuing a strong, decade-old partnership between the two organizations.

Dave Ruff, Coffman’s chief executive officer and president, along with Coffman principals Craig Lee and Tom Arnold, presented the donation on February 3. Lee and Arnold have previously served on the board for the Greater Inland Northwest chapter of the American Red Cross.

“The American Red Cross mission and commitment to assist those in tragic situations, and just as importantly help avoid tragedy altogether, are values near and dear to Coffman and our employees. Especially after the challenges of last year and current weather events, we are grateful for the tireless work of the Red Cross organization and look forward to what our partnership can achieve this year,” says Ruff. The multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm has 600 employees in 17 offices across the U.S. and internationally.

“Last year brought numerous challenges to our organization from supporting thousands of communities during historic wildfires across the west coast to continuing to provide lifesaving blood products during a global pandemic,” says Megan Snow, regional philanthropy officer with the American Red Cross. “We are extremely grateful for Coffman’s continued support of our mission to serve our communities in the face of emergencies.”

R&M Expands Structural Engineering Group
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Jun Robinson
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Joshua Chaney

R&M Consultants, Inc. recently hired two new structural engineers. Both professionals bring additional skills and expertise to R&M, expanding the firm’s structural engineering capabilities.

Structural Staff Engineer Jun Robinson has more than fifteen years of experience in civil, structural, and architectural design. He has worked on a variety of infrastructure projects in the petroleum industry, including plot arrangements, foundations, structural detail and design, architectural design and material takeoffs for North Slope drill pads, modules, and pipelines. Robinson is also experienced in steel design, reinforced concrete design, structural analysis, arctic engineering, timber design, and mechanics of materials.

Prior to joining R&M, Structural Project Engineer Joshua Chaney worked in Alaska’s oil industry for more than eleven years, where he was involved in engineering programs for Alyeska, BPXA, and ConocoPhillips as an associate and lead engineer. His experience also includes government defense contracting, where he was the onsite field engineer for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. Chaney’s engineering responsibilities have included engineering calculations, budget estimates, scopes of work, material requisitions, fabrication drawings, field visits, engineering reports, and construction support.

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New Barge Serving Alaska
Photo courtesy of SeaTac Marine Services

Based in Seattle, Associated General Contractors of Alaska member SeaTac Marine Services acquired a new 300-foot by 100-foot heavy deck cargo barge. Built in 2010, the SeaTac Atlas can haul up to 11,000 tons and, with nearly 30,000 square feet of deck space, is one of the larger barges in the Pacific cargo trade. The barge was purchased from Signet Marine in late 2020.

Specializing in general cargo and heavy-lift machinery, the Atlas will fit well into SeaTac Marine’s regular shipping schedule to Anchorage and Seward, company officials say. SeaTac Marine is modifying the barge to maximize cargo protection and space.

“We are looking forward to increased opportunities and optimizing service for new and existing customers,” Walter Seay, SeaTac Marine’s president, said in a statement announcing the purchase.

Sited on its own 12-acre parcel along the Duwamish river, the terminal specializes in breakbulk cargo, lumber, heavy lift machinery, and bulk commodities.