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Fairbanks Chamber honors AGC of Alaska for advocating for education

AGC of Alaska has received the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Com-merce’s Bernice M. Joseph Advocate of the Year award, marking the first time an organization has received the honor. AGC has supported scholarships; endowed over $250,000 in funds at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and UAF Community and Technical College for students interested in pursuing careers in the construction industry; mentored many engineering and business students; and supported pursuits of competitions, internships and community involvement. AGC of Alaska is committed to workforce development by providing licensing and certification opportunities that increase students’ employment options after graduation.

The AGC of Alaska Fairbanks Task Force Committee has been dedicated to scholarship support for decades. Its fundraising efforts have enabled AGC to endow several scholarships for engineering, construction management and business students interested in construction careers. Additional annual giving has allowed UAF to reach and provide support to many students who have entered the Alaska construction workforce. The hard work and tireless efforts of the task force enabled AGC to make a $100,000 endowment gift to UAF to commemorate its centennial celebration throughout 2017. By investing in education, AGC of Alaska is ensuring that the next generation of construction leaders is prepared for the demands of an ever-evolving landscape that is Alaska’s construction industry.

Barbara Cruz Stallone, human resources expert, set for retirement

Barbara Cruz Stallone, a longtime contributor to The Alaska Contractor magazine, has announced she will be retiring from her column after this issue. Cruz Stallone, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, has written the Human Resources Update for Contractor for more than seven years.

Cruz Stallone is the owner of Stallone & Associates LLC. She regularly tapped her 35-plus years of experience to address a wide range of issues faced by human resources departments, specifically how they related to general contractors and associated industries.

Previously, Cruz Stallone was a partner with the Human Resource Umbrella for 16 years before selling that company. Her work history also includes years of senior human resources positions for the Municipality of Anchorage and for FedEx.

PND nets multiple awards for cruise ship berths, other projects

PND Engineers Inc. may need to clear some space on its mantle to fit a run of awards in 2017. The consulting engineering firm garnered eight awards for four projects, with its Juneau cruise ship berths project as the most decorated.

The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA), Engineering News-Record (ENR), the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA) were among those honoring the firm.

PND earned its most-recent kudos for its design of the U.S. Coast Guard Forward Operating Location Hangar at Cold Bay. The design-build project by AKS Architecture and Tutor-Perini Construction earned the SAME Seattle-Tacoma Post’s 2017 Small Business-Gold Award in its Projects of Excellence competition, announced in early October.

In late September, PND designed winning entries in multiple categories in the 2017 ENR Northwest Best Projects competition, which was open to projects in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. PND’s winning projects were the Port of Juneau Cruise Ship Berths, which took top honors in both the Best Airport/Transit and the Best Specialty Contracting divisions, and the Chignik Public Dock, named Best Highway/Bridge project. PND’s designs for the Port of Juneau project featured two new cruise ship berths to accommodate cruise ships up to 1,100 feet long with varying widths and offloading configurations. The Chignik dock qualified in its category because it serves as a regional stop for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

The Port of Juneau Cruise Ship Berths subsequently won two additional 2017 Best Projects Awards from ENR in the Excellence in Safety and Specialty Construction categories.

The Juneau Cruise Ship Berths project was also named 2017 PDCA Project of the Year in the Associate/Engineering Affiliate category. This award, announced in September, highlighted the project’s use of a pile-supported solution to address access, mooring and breasting structures over deep water.

In August, SOBA honored PND for the Statter Harbor Boat Launch Replacement project in Juneau by naming it one of its 2017 Outstanding Projects. The City and Borough of Juneau entered into a partnership with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to fund the replacement of the existing Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor boat launch. The deteriorated ramp, built in 1986, was recently replaced with a new, two-lane, all-tide boat launch ramp including a new American Disabilities Association-compliant boarding float. The new ramp has increased the boat launch capacity and, in combination with a new parking area, has decreased wait times and congestion and improved safety.

Lynden drivers pick up honors at national, regional competitions

Three Lynden drivers put their skills to the ultimate test at the National Truck & Step Van Driving Championships, held Aug. 9-12, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. Brian Ambrose of Alaska West Express took 15th place in the sleeper berth division, Jack Sorensen of Lynden Transport placed 32nd in the tank truck category and Edward Tuia of Alaska West Express came in 41st in the five-axle division.

More than 400 drivers competed in the event, a gathering of the best-of-the-best truckers from California to Maine. The competition was hosted by American Trucking Associations, the largest national trade association for the truck industry.

Earlier in spring 2017, multiple employees of Lynden took top spots at the Alaska Trucking Association’s annual Truck Driving Championship in Anchorage. Ambrose was named overall champion for the second year followed by Tuia in second place. Tuia also took first place for Alaska West Express in the five-axle van category with Doug Longerbone of Lynden Transport taking second. Other first-place finishers included Sorensen in the tanker and Ambrose in the sleeper divisions. Al Guettinger and John Schank took first and second places respectively in the old geezer category.

Schank was also named 2017 Alaska Driver of the Year for a second time. Dan Jenkins of Lynden Transport competed in the Washington state competition, placing fourth in the flatbed class.

“We are always proud of the drivers who come out to represent the Lynden companies,” said Richard Hennagin, Lynden Transport Safety Supervisor. “They are up against the best in the business, which makes their top place finishes even more impressive.”

Jeff Scott remembered for tireless service to recreation groups, sales

Jeff Scott, 59, passed away Aug. 26, 2017, peacefully at his home in Anchorage with his wife and close friends by his side. A familiar face in local equipment sales and rentals and a tireless advocate for outdoor recreation, Scott had brain cancer, which was diagnosed in July 2016.

Scott worked for 32 years at NC Machinery, an authorized dealer of Caterpillar equipment for Alaska and western/central Washington. For 16 years there, he worked as a sales manager.

Born June 26, 1958, Scott grew up in Andover, New Hampshire, graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1980 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He married a fellow second lieutenant, Beth Yoder, in 1981, and the two were soon stationed at Fort Richardson. Both have lived in Anchorage ever since.

An avid mountain biker, skier, hiker and scuba diver, Scott worked to improve local single track trails for multiusers. Scott served as president of the Nordic Skiing Association for 10 years and assisted Singletrack Advocates in creating mountain bike trails, building connections between the two groups. He played softball and volleyball in Anchorage adult leagues for many years as well.

His contributions to the community also included volunteering in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, cheering as a booster and superfan of women’s volleyball at the University of Alaska Anchorage and serving as a lay leader at Turnagain United Methodist Church.

Scott is survived by his wife of 36 years, Beth, his mother, Frie Scott of Westborough, Massachusetts; brothers, Ed Scott of Carmel, New York, and Chuck Scott of Carlsbad, California; and sister, Elaine Park of Whitinsville, Massachusetts.