R&M Staff Earn Professional Designations
Taryn Oleson, AICP, recently earned her AICP through the American Planning Association’s professional institute. The AICP certification is the only nationwide, independent verification of planner’s qualifications. Certified planners pass a rigorous, comprehensive examination that demonstrates their abilities and essential skills required to serve the community effectively. Oleson has been with R&M since 2014 and specializes in land use, transportation, and community planning and is experienced in educating diverse publics on a wide range of issues and technical projects. Since joining R&M, she has provided land use planning, community involvement, and steering committee facilitation for the City of Houston’s Community Impact Assessment and Comprehensive Plan Revision. Other projects include the Big Lake Pedestrian Improvements Study, Muldoon Park Master Plan Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions Travel Demand Model Update.
Joe Horazdovsky, PE, is R&M’s latest staff member to receive a professional engineering license. He passed the Principles & Practice of Engineering Exam, gaining his Alaska license in civil engineering. With the firm since 2014, Horazdovsky says, “A lot of work goes in to obtaining a professional license. I am grateful to everyone at R&M who provided advice and guidance regarding what to expect and how best to prepare for it. Now that it’s over, I look forward to never having to do that again.” Over the past five years, Horazdovsky has gained a wide variety of experience working on transportation, waterfront, and construction administration projects. As part of R&M’s Surface Transportation team, he has participated in pavement rehabilitation and new road construction projects, including the Seward Highway MP 100-105 Improvements, West Dimond Boulevard Upgrade, and Peger Road Resurfacing.
R&M’s newest PLS, David Brock, successfully passed the required exams for licensure, including the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying Professional Surveying Examination and Alaska Land Surveying Examination. Brock joined R&M as a survey technician in 2012. Since joining the R&M team, he has worked as an instrument person, field surveyor and party chief, and supported a variety of airport, road, utility, and harbor projects throughout Alaska. Recent projects Brock has been involved in include the West Romig Middle School Improvements, Chugach Foothills Northeast Connector, and Sterling Highway MP 45 to 60.
This year the Alaska Railroad is celebrating 100 years of transportation people and cargo around Alaska. While the railroad is one of the states oldest transporters, it certainly isn’t the only one, and in this issue of Alaska Business we also check in on the Marine Highway, Span Alaska, and the White Pass & Yukon Route. For those interested in Southeast, our focus on that region provides updates on Kensington Mine, Tongass FCU, the troll fishery, and Juneau’s growing landfill.