Will Veelman Celebrates 40 Years with Coffman Engineers
Will Veelman celebrated his 40-year anniversary with Coffman Engineers. Veelman is a principal at Coffman and he serves as the longtime structural department manager of Coffman’s Anchorage office, as well as Chair of Coffman’s Board of Directors.
Will has provided structural assessments, repairs, renovations, and full engineering design for important Alaskan infrastructure.
He has worked on many notable Alaska buildings, including the Anchorage Nesbit Courthouse and Ted Stevens AIA Concourse C, as well as many industrial facilities throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest
When asked what engineering projects impacted Will as a professional engineer, he says, “There are a number of clients I have provided as-needed engineering for consistently over the years. The long-term relationships developed and projects completed were rewarding to our clients, our business, and myself.”
These clients include the owners of Anchorage’s power generation utilities and Cook Inlet offshore and onshore gas and oil facilities, both of which we have been providing services for since 1988.
Will has had tremendous impact on the success of Coffman’s growth and development of our employees over the years.
“I have had the privilege of working with Will the last twelve years. My first day on the job, I was told by a colleague I was lucky to have Will as a mentor, and that has proven to be more than true. Will’s mentorship extends beyond the structural department that he manages. Coffman is fortunate to have had Will for the past forty years and all those that have worked with him have benefited from his leadership, and willingness to share his technical expertise and engineering creativity,” says Matt Stielstra, a structural engineer at Coffman.
According to Coffman Engineers founder Dave Coffman, “Will’s contributions during the last forty years are a big reason for the company’s continued success. Will is beloved by employees and clients for his understated leadership style, integrity, and sense of humor. I am proud of all Will has accomplished and am proud to have him serving as the Chair of Coffman’s Board of Directors. Our company would not be where it is today without Will’s dedicated service.”
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