Frank P. Moolin Jr. Seminar:

Alternative Project Delivery Systems for Governments

18 November 2015, Fairbanks, Alaska Moolin


File:800px-Trans Alaska Pipeline Denali fault shift.JPGFrank P. Moolin, Jr., served as Senior Project Manager for the pipeline portion of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline project from 1973 to 1977, successfully managing the construction of the 800 mile long pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez.  It was a project of historic proportions and at the time was the largest privately funded construction project in history, with a workforce as high as 22,000, major logistical challenges, and environmental conditions more severe than most other locations in the world.  The project was completed on schedule, with oil flowing thorough the line for the first time on June 20, 1977.  After his task on the pipeline was complete, Frank formed Frank Moolin & Associates, Inc., and continued to provide his management expertise to several other major projects. Moolin had a dream to become a teacher so as to share his insights into management, and especially the management of very large “mega” projects, with the next generation of engineers and project managers.  Unfortunately, that dream was not to be fulfilled, as he died of leukemia in 1982.  Following his death, Mr. Moolin’s family generously contributed funds in his memory to support engineering management education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

With partial funding from the Moolin endowment, the UAF Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering sponsored seminars about mega-project management in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Juneau in May 2013.  This year’s seminar is jointly sponsored by the Fairbanks Branch of the ASCE with support of the AGC of Alaska.


1.    Agenda

2.    Speaker Bios and Contact

3.    ASCE Officers

4.    UAF student participants

Alternative Project Delivery Systems for Governments in Alaska

November 18, 2015, Fairbanks, Alaska


8:00 – 8:15  Coffee and Social

8:15 – 8:30  Welcome and Introductions.  Review of Project Delivery Systems and Contracting Methods

               Dr. Robert A Perkins, PE, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UAF

8:30 – 9:15 Job Order Contracting, Air Force SABER

               Capt. Christopher Edlund, Engineering Flight Commander, 354 Civil Engineer Squadron, Eielson AFB

9:15 – 9:45 Bush Construction, Quality Control 

               (Dr.) Paul Perreault, PE, UAF

9:45 – 10:00 Break

10:00 – 11:00 Emergency contracting, force account, FEMA and FHWA emphasis

               Clark Milne, PE, DOWL

11:00-11:30 Legal

               Mike Kramer, Kramer and Associates

11:30-12:00 Rural Alaska Contracting

               Katrina Lee Monta, UAF ESM student

12:00 – 1:15 Lunch served

               ASCE meeting, Ed Yarmak, Arctic Foundations

1:00 – 1:45 Design Build

             Michael Gaulke, P.E., S.E., Assistant Chief, Design Branch, Alaska Engineer District, US Army Corps of Engineers

             Paul R. Schneider, P.E., Assistant Area Engineer & Chief, Northern Office Engineering, Engineering and Construction Division, Alaska Engineer District, US Army Corps of Engineers

1:45 – 2:15 GC/CM  Vertical by DOT & PF

               Dave Kemp, P.E., PMP, Director of Statewide Public Facilities and Tribal Relations Liaison

               Scott Davis, Kiewit Building Group

2:15 – 2:45 GC/CM Vertical by UAF

               Mike Ruckhaus, PE, UAF Facilities Design and Construction

               Cameron Wohlford, PE, UAF Facilities Design and Construction



2:45-3:15 GC/CM DOT Horizontal

               Lauren Little, P.E., Project Manager (Design/Preconstruction)

               Michael Lund, P.E., Project Manager (Construction)

3:15-3:30  Break

3:30 – 4:30 Discussions

               Rural Projects, Katrina Lee Monta

               Quality Control under the various systems, Jerry  Pehrson

               Claims under the various systems, Matt Cryer

4:30       Wind up, certificates, evaluation


Alternative Project Delivery Systems for Governments in Alaska

November 18, 2015, Fairbanks, Alaska

Our Presenters

Dr. Robert A Perkins, PE.  Bob joined UAF in 1998 following 30 years of engineering and construction experience.  He managed pipeline and industrial projects in Alaska, four other states, and in Africa.  He became an expert in project risk analysis and health and safety. Today he is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UAF.

Capt. Christopher Edlund,  Capt. Christopher Edlund is the Engineering Flight Commander, 354 Civil Engineer Squadron, Eielson AFB.  Captain Edlund is a native of Comstock Park, MI, and has lived in Fairbanks since 2013.  The 354 Civil Engineer Squadron's Engineering Flight is a multi-skilled team of  34 military, civilian, and contractor engineers encompassing the full scope of  design, construction, and engineering services for Eielson AFB and several  remote sites around Alaska.  The team translates customer requirements into projects that include repairs to the base transportation networks, the sustainment of facilities and critical infrastructure, as well as the construction of new facilities.

(Dr.) Paul Perreault, PE, UAF.  Paul Perreault designed and managed construction of projects for the Catholic Bishops of Alaska.  In thirty-five years, he has worked in over 50 rural Alaskan villages.  He is currently completing his PhD in Arctic Engineering at UAF and is almost finished.  

Clark Milne, PE, DOWL.  Clark has lived and worked in Fairbanks and Anchorage for the last 40 years, working as a civil and environmental engineer.  Most of the last decade he served as the Northern Region DOT&PF Maintenance Engineer, and thus dealt with a number of emergency responses, as well as the normal ongoing needs of DOT&PF maintenance work for highways, airports and public buildings.  He is now working at DOWL – Fairbanks, focused on mining industry projects. DOWL is a multi-disciplined engineering consulting firm, founded in Anchorage over 50 years ago, that provides testing and inspection, survey, civil and geotechnical engineering, and environmental services from 25 offices in 8 western states.

Mike Kramer, JD.   Michael Kramer is a lifelong Alaskan and has practiced law in Fairbanks since 1996. Mike is a principal in Kramer and Associates, a statewide law firm specializing in litigation and trials against government agencies. He has been involved in several construction related disputes and regularly interprets and advises clients regarding contractual provisions.  He has served as an adjunct professor for the Engineering Department, teaching a graduate course on construction law.

Michael Gaulke, P.E., S.E.   Mike has worked for the Corps since June 1997 all with the US Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District. He spent 9 years as a Structural Engineer mostly on military projects designing family housing, barracks, training facilities, vehicle maintenance facilities and large industrial facilities.  The last 9 years as Assistant Chief of the Design Branch managing design work, A-E Contract Management, the Bridge Inspection Program, and quality management program for the Alaska District’s Design Branch for the military construction program with support to other programs; Interagency and International Support (IIS) and Civil Works (CW). Mike has received training in the Design-Build contracting methodology from the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mike is a registered Structural & Civil Engineering in Alaska and holds a Master’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Paul R. Schneider, P.E.  Paul is the Assistant Area Engineer and Chief of the Northern Engineering Office for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District.  He has worked for the Corps in Fairbanks for the past 21 years.   Prior to moving to Fairbanks, he worked for the Department of the Interior for 15 years as a petroleum engineer in Anchorage and Washington D.C.  Paul earned his civil engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1979.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, is a procurement, design, and construction agent for the Army, Air Force, Missile Defense Agency, Navy, Cost Guard, and other Federal Agencies throughout Alaska. 

Dave Kemp, P.E., PMP.  Dave started his career in 1981 working as an engineering technician for the Rural Water Supply Board of Swaziland in Southern Africa. For the international development organization in Bolivia, Dave also worked with rural communities in the planning, design and construction of water projects.  He was a project manager for the City of Austin Public Works Department for six years and was the Director of Public Works and Public Utilities for the City of Unalaska from July of 2000 until 2005. From 2005 until 2013, Dave worked as a Senior Project Manager for the ADOT&PF, managing the planning, design and construction of the Ruth Burnett Sport Fish Hatchery in Fairbanks ($42M), the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery in Anchorage ($92M), the Kodiak Near Island Administrative and Laboratory ($18M) and various other projects. Since spring of 2013, Dave has been the Director of Statewide Public Facilities and he recently was also asked to serve as the Tribal Relations Liaison for ADOT&PF. Statewide Public Facilities is responsible for the planning, design and construction of most new and renovation projects for most departments within the State of Alaska. 

Scott Davis.  Scott has spent the last 20 years of his career with Kiewit, immersed in large and complex construction projects. He is currently the Business Development/Project Manager for Kiewit Building Group, out of the Anchorage office. Scott's Alaska project experience includes working on the Anchorage Sport Fish Hatchery, Anchorage International Airport, C-17 Mission Hangars, UAF Atkinson Power Plant, and Critical Electrical Upgrades at UAF.  The Kiewit Building Group’s roots in Alaska go back more than 66 years. Kiewit has been a part of many milestone projects including the Whittier Tunnel, The Hotel Alyeska, Anchorage VA Clinic, Anchorage International Airport, the Anchorage Sport Fish Hatchery, as well as many projects at the University of Alaska Fairbanks over the years.

Mike Ruckhaus, PE.  Mike Ruckhaus is an Alaskan PE with over 30 years’ experience in design and construction in Alaska.  With UAF Facilities Design and Construction, he initiated the use of CM/GC at UAF and has managed CM/GC projects for UAF including Lena Point, Critical Electrical Renewal, and the Combined Heat and Power Plant.

Cameron Wohlford, PE. Cameron Wohlford is a Senior Project Manager for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Facilities Design and Construction with nearly 18 years of project management experience.  He is a 1997 graduate of UAF with a BS in Civil Engineering and obtained his professional engineer's license in 2002.  Cameron was a key developer of the Construction Manager at Risk delivery method at UAF and has utilized this procurement to deliver nearly $250 million in new construction and renovation work over the last 6 years.  

Michael Lund, P.E.  Mike Lund is a Construction Manager with Northern Region DOT&PF.  He has worked for DOT since 2002, spending time in construction, design, statewide foundations, and T2.  Mike was the project manager the Parks Hwy MP 237 Riley Creek Bridge Replacement project.  Mike is a licensed engineer, and has a BS in Civil Engineering and a Master’s in Engineering and Science Management – both from UAF.  The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 249 airports, 11 ferries serving 35 communities, 5,619 miles of highway and 720 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

Lauren Little, P.E.  Lauren Little is a design project manager with Northern Region DOT&PF. She has worked for DOT design since 2008. Lauren was the project manager and designer of record for the Parks Hwy MP 237 Riley Creek Bridge Replacement project, the Department’s first horizontal CMGC project.



Fairbanks Branch of ASCE

ASCE's Vision - Civil engineers are global leaders building a better quality of life.

ASCE is dedicated to the advancement of the individual civil engineer and the advancement of the science and profession of civil engineering through education. The Fairbanks branch of ASCE boasts a diverse range of civil engineer members from across interior Alaska. Monthly meetings are conducted through the winter months, contact for further information


Fairbanks Officers (2015 – 2016):

Fairbanks Branch President

Nick Ferree, EIT is a civil engineer for PDC Inc. Engineers in Fairbanks working on transportation, facility and utility projects. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2011 and has worked at PDC since. Nick served as the Fairbanks Branch Vice President in 2014 – 2016.

Fairbanks Branch Vice President

Jennifer Meyer, EIT is from Casper, Wyoming and has lived in Fairbanks for 2 years.  Jennifer graduated with a B.S. in Engineering Physics in 2008 from Northwest Nazarene University.  She is employed with Kinney Engineering, LLC in Fairbanks working on traffic and transportation projects. Prior to working at Kinney Engineering, Jennifer worked for Cameco Resources, an uranium mining company and Tetra Tech, Inc..

Fairbanks Branch Secretary

Jennifer Schmetzer, PE works for Kinney Engineering, LLC on a variety of transportation, utility, and pipeline planning, design, construction, and maintenance projects.  She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Penn State University in 1994 and has been in Fairbanks since 2002.




Fairbanks Branch Treasurer

Quentin Gehring, PE works for the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Fairbanks. He received his M.S. in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering in 2006 and has been in Alaska since. He has served in numerous roles within ASCE over the past few years including as the Fairbanks Branch President.



UAF Students

Gerald Pehrson is a maintenance and quality assurance professional of more than 10 years.  He led safety and equipment maintenance operations in the U.S. Air Force.  Later, his attention to detail was a perfect fit managing the quality assurance program for facility maintenance at Fort Wainwright.  With a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering Technology he also streamlined procedures and led quality assurance for a mobile-shelter manufacturer in Fairbanks.  Gerald is graduating from UAF with a M.S. in Science Management in December 2015 and is currently seeking employment in the Fairbanks area where he has lived since 2006.  Gerald can be reached at . 


Katrina Lee Monta is a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks working on her Master’s of Science in Engineering Management degree. After completion of her Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering, in spring 2014, Katrina entered into the Engineering Management program and will graduate in December 2015. After finalizing her master’s project, Katrina will return to her hometown in Ketchikan and pursue a full-time position. She has had experiences in both the private and public sector while participating in engineering internships in Ketchikan.



Matt Cryer is an undergraduate student studying civil engineering at UAF.  Originally, determined to specialize in structural engineering, he discovered through his studies at UAF that construction engineering is more appealing.  When he graduates this spring, he plans on immediately working for a contractor.  During his academic career, Matt set a goal to familiarize himself with the construction industry as much as possible.  He has been employed as an intern on both horizontal and vertical construction projects, and has worked on projects located in Anchorage and on the North Slope.