Civil + Structural Engineer Media interview with Jim Campbell, President of PND Engineers, Inc.

Jim Campbell, President of PND Engineers, Inc., talks about the firm’s 40 th anniversary.

PND Engineers Turns 40: Anchorage-headquartered engineering firm founded on innovation, service

PND Engineers, Inc. marks its 40th anniversary in 2019 and looks forward to bringing innovative design to clients across Alaska, as well as the Lower 48, for many more years to come.

“PND really appreciates our contractor clients and especially enjoys challenging work in construction engineering, design-build projects, and value engineering,” PND President Jim Campbell said.

Founded in Anchorage in 1979 by Roy Peratrovich, Jr. and Dennis Nottingham, PND specializes in civil and structural engineering, roads, geotechnical engineering, river hydrology, coastal and marine work, surveying, and the design of bridges, buildings, and other structural systems. Other areas of expertise are planning, research, and construction management, with the goal of offering clients a superior product at a lower cost. PND’s headquarters are in Anchorage, Alaska, with additional offices in Palmer and Juneau, Alaska; Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Houston, Texas; and Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Projects designed by the firm are seen throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, and increasingly across the Lower 48 and overseas. Sample signature works include the Juneau Cruise Ship Docks and Kodiak and Unalaska container terminals in Alaska; Tudor Road Trail Crossing and Clark Middle School in Anchorage; the CD5, Liberty, Northstar, and Point Thomson developments on the North Slope of Alaska; and hundreds of roads, buildings, and waterfront designs in every region of the state.

Research and development over the years has led to patents for OPEN CELL SHEET PILE™ technology, used for docks, heavy load marine terminals, bridge abutments and cofferdams; development of SPIN FIN™ piles, which are equipped with angled plate fins that rotate into the ground to achieve extreme pile capacities; the GUNDERBOOM™ environmental barrier system, used for oil spill control, beach protection, marine/aquatic life exclusion, particulate control, and reservoir protection; and the FreeSpan STRAND BRIDGE™ design, an innovative solution for crossing waterways and wetlands that complies with environmental restrictions.

The firm’s designs have earned many accolades from prestigious national, regional, and local organizations, such as the Construction Innovation Fo­rum, Inc. NOVA Award in 1998 for our OPEN CELL SHEET PILE™ bulk­head technology, and the Associated General Contractors of America’s Aon Build America Awards in 2010 for the Umm Qasr Pier and Seawall project in post-war Iraq, and in 2011 for the St. Paul Island Fur Seal Observation Towers and Walk­ways on Pribilof Islands, Alaska.

In 2004, Nottingham was awarded the Associated General Contractors of Alaska’s Hard Hat award – an honor generally reserved for a contractor – for his work on development of construction technologies and procedures that have benefited the petroleum, mining, and construction industries in Alaska and worldwide. In 2014, he was elected into the inaugural class of the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame.

“After 40 years in business, PND is a proven and proud Alaska engineering firm, with deep roots in Alaska’s construction history, and over 100 engineers, scientists, and expert technical staff committed to the service of our clients,” Campbell said.

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