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UMIAQ LLC Adds New Staff


Lawrence Jorgensen, AIA, UMIAQ architect

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Lawrence Jorgensen, AIA has joined UMIAQ’s Design Division as an Architect and will be based in the Anchorage office. Lawrence is a lifelong Alaskan with over 20 years of professional experience in architecture. He earned his degree at Washington State University and became licensed in Alaska in 2005. Mr. Jorgensen has extensive experience in project design, management, and construction administration throughout Alaska. His project experience includes health care, education, government, retail/commercial, postal service, military, public housing, residential, historic, transportation, justice, and industrial facilities. Lawrence has recently completed work on the Barrow Replacement Hospital as the on-site Project Engineer/Project Manager. He was the Project Architect for the Warrior in Transition Complex at Ft. Richardson and the Project Architect/Manager for the National Park Service Emergency Services Fire Management Building at Denali National Park.

In response to UMIAQ’s new Municipal Services Division, Erika Green has been hired as a Senior Planner with twelve years of professional planning experience in local and state government land use planning, policy and community development. UMIAQ provides community planning with public, private and industry stakeholder engagement on land use, community services and capital needs with long-range visions for Municipal and Tribal Governments. Ms. Green has extensive experience working with Tribes and Alaska Native populations, most notably as a Community Planner/Division Manager with the North Slope Borough Planning Department, Community Planning Division where she oversaw the administration of the capital improvement program planning process and GIS services.  While employed at the State of Arizona, she worked as a regional planner, providing expertise and training to state officials, Tribes, municipal and county planning staff, and board members and commissioners through workshop facilitation and public presentations while also assisting in the development of two significant state growth policies that provided guidelines for managing growth. She has local government planning experience that includes general plan, subdivision, and land development plan review and land use ordinance preparation. She has earned accreditation from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and holds two master’s degrees in Planning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and is a member of the Alaska Chapter of the American Planning Association. Ms. Green also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, South America from 2000-2002.

In response to UMIAQ’s growing Environmental Department, LeAnn Buckner has been hired as a Staff Scientist with direct experience in environmental compliance. A significant increase in Alaska resource development projects have required additional services and expertise to be added at UMIAQ. Ms. Buckner has a background in environmental management, regulatory compliance, and permitting. She has worked closely with team members to successfully implement project-applicable regulations and permit stipulations. Ms. Buckner has assisted in preparation of National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) individual and general permits and the development of complementary Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWP3). She has also successfully implemented requirements of SWP3s to include periodic inspections, sampling, Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMR), and developed and provided annual training on SWP3 and SPCC requirements. Additionally, Ms. Buckner is anticipated to become an Alaskan Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead in May of 2014.

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