Coffman Promotes Stielstra to Principal
Coffman Engineers announced the promotion of Matt Stielstra to Principal and Structural Department Manager at the Anchorage Office.
Stielstra received his bachelor’s in architecture from Oklahoma State University and his master’s from Penn State University. He worked at an A/E firm in Springfield, Missouri his first year after graduate school before moving back to his home state of Alaska and joining Coffman in the fall of 2008. Matt is a licensed civil engineer in Alaska, a license structural engineer in Alaska & Hawaii, and a licensed Building Systems Engineer (Architectural Engineer) in Washington.
Stielstra has worked on an array of building and nonbuilding structures for industrial, oil & gas, commercial, and government clients. Project types have varied from steel framed modules on Alaska’s North Slope, to wood framed rural schools, to concrete warehouses in Guam. He has designed structures utilizing lumber/timber, light gauge steel, structural steel, masonry, cast-in-place and precast concrete.
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50 Years of ANSCA
Fifty years ago, as the Watergate scandal swirled around then-President Richard Nixon, he signed into law the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). It was the largest land claims settlement in the nation’s history and a stark departure from agreements forced on Tribes in the Lower 48.