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Municipality of Anchorage Settles Port Lawsuit with PND Engineers


Jim Campbell


ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Municipality of Anchorage, which sued PND Engineers, Inc. in 2013 over the failed Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion project and sought more than $100 million in damages, has settled with PND for $750,000. 


PND was the designer of record on the project, which was halted before completion of the construction. “We are happy to settle this meritless suit against us for less than the cost of going to trial, and move on with the business of engineering,” said Jim Campbell, PND President.


PND's Open Cell Sheet Pile™ design was originally selected for the Port of Anchorage Expansion Project after a lengthy review by multiple local, state and federal agencies, and subject experts in soil mechanics and seismic design. To combat the Municipality’s subsequent contention that the project suffered design problems, PND and other design defendants brought in additional top internationally-recognized experts in engineering, soil mechanics and seismic stability, who were able to clearly explain why the Municipality’s contentions were wrong, and that the design was suitable.


PND stands behind its Open Cell Sheet Pile design which has been used successfully in more than 180 projects worldwide. “The OPEN CELL™ design provides advantages in many infrastructure projects and has been successfully installed all over the world,” said Campbell. “As the lawsuit progressed, testimony and expert studies showed that PND’s design was suitable for the project and the problems with the Port of Anchorage project in 2008-2009 were the result of poor management and construction practices," said Campbell.  PND was the first to raise construction concerns and called for dredging and dive surveys that confirmed construction‐related damage in 2009.


PND Engineers is consistently ranked as one of the top firms in the country in our field.  Most recently, PND received the 2017 Silver Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies for use of the OPEN CELL SHEET PILE technology to support new pump stations adjacent to Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, a project that was administered by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to replace temporary facilities post Hurricane Katrina. 


PND looks forward to the opportunity to air the full and complete facts of the lawsuit now that it is settled, as it appeared to be motivated not by the facts of the situation, but by the political fallout from a project that has been mired with challenges.


About PND Engineers
PND Engineers, previously known as Peratrovich, Nottingham and Drage, was founded in 1979 and is based in Anchorage, Alaska, with other offices in Palmer and Juneau, AK, Seattle, WA and Houston, TX. PND has completed engineering for more than 500 marine projects in Alaska. For more information, visit www.pndengineers.com.  


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