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Stantec’s Earl Korynta Named Northwest Legacy Award Winner


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Anchorage's Earl Korynta, PE, winner of ENR's Northwest Legacy Award.

​Stantec’s Earl Korynta, PE, was recently selected as the Northwest Legacy Award winner by Engineering News Record (ENR) magazine, the nation’s largest industry journal for contractors and design firms. The Legacy Awards are handed out across several regions in the United States and acknowledge the winner’s contributions to the industry. The Northwest region includes Alaska, Washington, and Oregon.

Korynta, who co-founded USKH Inc. in the early 1970s, has worked in Alaska for nearly half a century. Stantec acquired USKH in 2014. Korynta, a private pilot with thousands of hours of flying experience, has worked on airport projects across Alaska, from Barrow to Ketchikan and Unalaska to Kotzebue.

“If there’s an airport in Alaska, there’s a good chance Earl has provided some engineering on it,” says Zane Shanklin, Stantec principal and civil engineering manager in Anchorage. “Earl is the most perceptive engineer I’ve ever met. He bridges the gap between planner and engineer, seeing the big picture in every project. He’s an ‘engineer’s engineer,’ and I’m proud to work with him.”

In addition to his aviation experience, Korynta has worked on important projects for school districts, the military, the Municipality of Anchorage, and the Port of Anchorage.

Korynta was named the Alaska Engineer of the Year in 1980 and was a founding member and the first president of the Alaska Professional Design Council. He also is a past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers-Alaska Section and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, with a master’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.


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