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WHPacific Opens Office in Kotzebue

Northwest Alaska Office to Serve NANA, Bering Straits, and Arctic Slope Regions

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Sept. 9, 2009 - WHPacific has opened an engineering office in Kotzebue to better serve clients in Northwest Alaska, including the NANA and Bering Straits Regions and the Chukchi portion of the North Slope Borough. The office will provide clients located in Northwest Alaska convenient access to WHPacific's principal business lines, including architecture, building engineering, transportation, water resources, and surveying, in addition to energy services.

"This is an exciting opportunity for WHPacific and fully supports our intentions to better serve both the NANA and Bering Straits Region clients with engineering services," said Helvi Sandvik, president of NANA Development Corporation. "Being closer to clients in Northwest Alaska will facilitate the delivery of quality engineering and architecture services, while local access saves them money and helps keep resources in the community."

"The office will help engage NANA shareholders and other local people in the execution of projects. We have found one of Kotzebue's own residents to lead the new office. This approach has proven locally beneficial in Barrow, where WHPacific has had an office for many years, " Sandvik adds

WHPacific has hired Matt Bergan, PE, of Kotzebue, to be the Northwest Alaska operations manager. Bergan is a mechanical engineer with more than 12 years experience with both Kotzebue Electric Association and most recently with Maniilaq Association. His broad experience includes installation, maintenance and operation of wind power projects, diesel power plant operations and maintenance, and rural health facilities infrastructure replacement and build-out.
Bergan has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. His professional affiliations include American Society of Mechanical Engineers and National Society of Professional Engineers.

WHPacific, Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of NANA Development Corporation with headquarters in Anchorage, Alaska, and 500 employees providing engineering, architectural and technical services from 14 locations in the Lower 48 and five in Alaska. The company is nationally ranked at number 148 in Engineering News Records' top 500 Design Firms (2009).

For information:
www.whpacific.com
Contact: emiyshiro@whpacific.com
Phone: 907-339-6500

Posted Sept. 9, 2009

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