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Bettisworth North Receives Two Northern Design Awards

ettisworth North Architects and Planners received the Edwin B. Crittenden Award for Excellence in Northern Design and with a Design Award of Citation, both from the American Institute of Architects, or AIA, Alaska Chapter. The announcement was made by firm president Tracy Vanairsdale.

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The Edwin B. Crittenden Award for Excellence in Northern Design, one of AIA Alaska’s highest professional awards, recognizes Bettisworth North’s forty-seven-year history of “exceptional understanding of the design and planning for facilities in the north.” A panel of judges with some of the state’s most respected and experienced architects evaluated the firm’s design solutions for challenges unique to Alaska, including: climate, topography, geotechnical conditions, energy conservation, building orientation, massing, daylighting, and community culture. The Crittenden Award is discretionary, given only if judges determine the nominations submitted meet rigorous eligibility standards.

Bettisworth North’s Dr. Paul John Calricaraq primary care and hospital renovation project for Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation received a Design Award of Citation from the AIA Alaska Chapter 2023 Design Awards for Excellence in Architecture. Judged by design professionals and practitioners from the AIA Seattle Chapter, the program celebrates projects demonstrating design excellence in northern climates. The Dr. Paul John Calricaraq project involved design and complicated phased construction of a new 190,000-square-foot clinic and renovation of the existing 95,000-square-foot Delta Regional Hospital in Bethel.

“Being recognized by our peers with these awards is a profound honor,” says Vanairsdale. “The Bettisworth North team aspires to create exemplary northern design for every project and to fulfill our mission of being Alaska’s Community Builders™. The Crittenden Award and Design Award of Citation are thoughtful reminders of our dedication to designing relevant, meaningful buildings.”

PND’s Cameron Klatt Receives Promotion
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ND Engineers, Inc., is proud to announce the promotion of PND Senior Engineer Cameron Klatt, a licensed professional engineer, and extends its congratulations for his recent passage of the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Cameron attended South Anchorage High School before receiving a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Montana State University and a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of Washington. Cameron, who was hired at PND in October 2020, says he looks forward to “expanding my knowledge of engineering and construction principles and striving to produce the highest quality of work in everything that I do.”

Coffman Welcomes Amber Benham
Joins team as control systems engineer
Amber Benham

offman Engineers, Inc., welcomes Amber Benham to its electrical department and congratulates her on earning her Alaska Professional Engineering, or PE, license in Control Systems Engineering.

Amber received two Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biological Engineering from Montana State University. She has nine years of experience in the refining industry as a process control and control systems engineer and brings a new capability to Coffman’s line of services.

Her experience includes control system design and automation, alarm and safety systems, instrumentation, and distributed control system, or DCS, configuration. Prior to joining Coffman, she served as a process control engineer on the Marathon Marinez Renewable Fuels project and at Marathon Kenai Refinery. She also supported two separate DCS modernization projects during her time at Anvil, for Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery.

“We are thrilled to have Amber join the Coffman team. Her experience and skill set with process control and safety systems complements many of the services we provide and expands upon the engineering services we are able to support our valued clients with. We welcome Amber and congratulate her on becoming Coffman’s first professional Control Systems Engineer and look forward to her future here at Coffman,” said principal electrical engineers, Logan Haines and Nicholai Smith, who lead the Anchorage office electrical department.

Coffman’s Anchorage Office Moves to New Midtown Location
After operating in downtown Anchorage for more than forty years, Coffman Engineers’ Anchorage office moved to a new and improved space in Midtown in March.

The move accommodates Coffman’s growth and provides an improved experience for its clients. Coffman is excited for a fresh and more functional space for its whole team, with room to grow to help meet the needs of clients.

While delivering the same commitment, other benefits for Coffman’s clients and partners include being in close proximity to the Midtown business district, ample parking next to the office, more meeting space for collaboration, uninterrupted service as they remain open during their transition, and offering all its services under one roof.

Coffman Engineers’ new location is 301 West Northern Lights Boulevard, Suite 200. For continued and convenient communication, the office’s phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.