Coffman Announces Changes to Leadership in Mechanical Engineering Department
Coffman Engineers, Inc. (Coffman) is pleased to announce leadership changes to the mechanical engineering department. In order to best serve our clients, Coffman has reorganized our overall mechanical engineering department into two departments focusing on commercial and industrial clients.
Our commercial mechanical department is led by Brent Little, PE, and the industrial mechanical department is led by Trevor Buron, PE. Brent and Trevor are both Principals and owners of the firm and have been key factors in the success of Coffman’s mechanical group. This change to our management group provides focused service to our clients. Under Jeff Gries’ leadership the mechanical department has more than doubled over the last fifteen years. As vice president of oil and gas services, Jeff Gries, PE, remains responsible for the development of Coffman’s oil and gas services throughout our company. Jeff will remain active in the Alaska market and will continue to provide mentorship to Brent and Trevor and the mechanical group as a whole.
Brent Little, PE, has more than fifteen years of mechanical design experience and has been with Coffman for a decade. He was born and raised in Eagle River and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. Brent leads our commercial mechanical engineering department of ten staff and is critical to the continued development of the direction of Coffman’s commercial mechanical services in the Anchorage office. Brent specializes in engineering for federal, corrections, utilities, education, and healthcare projects.
Trevor Buron, PE, has fourteen years of experience, all of which have been with Coffman. He was born in Fairbanks and raised in Healy and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho. Trevor leads the industrial mechanical engineering department of twelve staff and is key to the continued success of the industrial mechanical engineering services in the Anchorage office. Trevor specializes in industrial facility engineering, pipeline design, and all aspects of implementing in-line inspections, integrity assessments, and repairs of oil and gas pipelines.
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The Art of Architecture
Architects often find themselves facing something of a chicken and egg dilemma. When it comes to design, what takes precedence—form or function?
“It’s a great question, and it’s probably a loaded question,” says David McVeigh, president of RIM Architects. “You can ask ten different architects and get ten different answers.”
Many of the factors that influence those answers land outside the architect’s control. The client’s vision for the building, its location and intended use, the project budget, and whether the design must conform to specific guidelines are all details the architect must consider when determining how much emphasis to place on aesthetics and how much on function.