“It’s when all the options are on the table for discussion that you can develop conceptual ideas to tackle real, difficult challenges.”
For John, understanding the how behind the built environment is what ultimately led him to structural engineering. While working construction and pursuing a civil engineering degree in college, he began taking interest specifically in the engineering of the buildings he was helping construct.
Years later, that natural curiosity remains strong as John helps projects go from concept to reality. These structures span both markets and materials, from high-end wood residential and mixed-use podium developments to large steel components of tilt-up concrete warehouses.
Most notably, John has helped expand Anchorage’s steel portfolio. One such project included a 300-ton steel box-girder-truss spanning over a hangar megadoor – requiring what is nearly the largest single lift in Alaska.
- What would you name an engineering superhero? Dr. Maximus Steel
- What is your favorite thing about the DCI work environment? Collaboration and the broad base of knowledge across the company.
- What is your dream project location? One right around the corner from my house or the office, so I could watch it go up.