Business Profile: PDC Inc. Consulting Engineers

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Name of the company: PDC Inc. Consulting Engineers

Established: 1975

Location: 1028 Aurora Drive, Fairbanks

Telephone: 907-452-1414

Major focus of services: PDC Inc. Consulting Engineers provides civil, electrical, structural and mechanical engineering services as well as surveying and environmental work.

History of the company: PDC traces its roots to two engineering firms founded the same year in Alaska, Rowen Design in Fairbanks and Fryer Pressley in Anchorage. The two companies merged in 1990. The firm merged with Loftus Engineering of Fairbanks in 1998. In January 2000 PDC completed a merger with Lake Boswell, the oldest Fairbanks engineering firm, started in 1973.

The original merger marked the addition of different engineering disciplines. Rowen Design specialized in civil engineering and surveying while Fryer Pressley handled mechanical and electrical engineering. In the 1980s the owners recognized the importance of multiple disciplines, noted PDC Principal Ron Gebhart. Since then company leaders have aimed to add all the different engineering types at both the Anchorage and Fairbanks offices, he said. In the mid-1990s PDC added civil engineering at its Anchorage office, and last year incorporated structural work there as well. The acquisition of Lake Boswell brought electrical engineering to the Fairbanks office.

These additions have led PDC to serve as a prime consultant on projects rather than a subcontractor.

Past projects include structural design for the new Fairbanks courthouse, work on the Eielson Air Force Base fuel hydrant system, mechanical and electrical design for the Anchorage Consolidated Public Health Laboratory and Medical Examiner’s Office and mechanical and electrical work for the Elmendorf AFB Joint Military Mall.

Current design projects include the University of Alaska Fairbanks museum addition, the Chena River Centennial Bridge and bicycle/pedestrian path, the Alaska Railroad passenger depot and the Alaska Psychiatric Institute replacement facility in Anchorage.

In Fairbanks PDC employs 44 people plus another 40 employees in Anchorage.

Top accomplishment of the company: Gebhart cited PDC’s "growth from a small firm with limited opportunities to the second largest design firm in Alaska." As a result of PDC’s growth, the company has gained opportunities to work on interesting and challenging projects, which attracts top engineers, he said.

Major player: Ron Gebhart, principal, PDC Inc. Consulting Engineers

Gebhart earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from South Dakota School of Mines. He worked as a transportation consultant and for the South Dakota Department of Transportation before moving to Alaska in 1984.

-- Nancy Pounds

02/03/2002 - 8:00pm