Coffman Engineers Welcomes New Fire Protection Engineer
Coffman Engineers announced the addition of Richard (Rick) Harvey, FPE, to their Anchorage office team.
Harvey brings to Coffman more than thirty years of experience in fire protection engineering, mechanical engineering, and project management of government and industrial projects including both new facility design and renovation of existing systems. He holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is a registered fire protection engineer in Alaska and Alberta, Canada, and is also a registered mechanical engineer in Alaska. Harvey’s background includes serving as fire protection engineer in responsible charge for clients in Alaska and Canada. He has provided program management of the fire protection program for the Federal Aviation Administration in Alaska.
Harvey joins Coffman’s nationwide fire protection engineering department of seventy fire protection focused staff. Coffman’s national fire protection engineering team works with clients to provide fire and life safety consulting for new facility design, designs for upgrades and renovations of specific protective systems in existing buildings, as well as litigation support following a fire incident. They have experience designing a variety of building construction types and occupancy classifications, fire suppression, detection, alarm, and communication systems. Coffman’s fire protection engineers also routinely provides analysis and recommendations for the evaluation and design of water supply and distribution systems including on-site water storage, fire pumps, hydrant installations, and water supply systems.
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The Marx Bros. Café
Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.