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CBJ Port Engineer Erich Schaal selected as Juneau’s Engineer of the Year

March 4, 2020 – News

The Juneau Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recognized City and Borough of Juneau Port Engineer Erich Schaal as Engineer of the Year at the Alaska Capital Engineers’ Banquet on February 29. The award recognizes a Juneau engineer each year that has demonstrated excellence in engineering within Alaska and the local community.

With the retirement of his predecessor, Gary Gillette, Schaal was praised for his performance carrying the load of two engineers at the Port of Juneau for nearly half of 2019. He’s played a significant role in the project management and permitting of the Archipelago public development improvement along the Seawalk. His efforts led to the award of $12.4 million to Trucano Construction for decking over portions of the waterfront to expand public open space and parking. 

Schaal has also professionally managed the Statter Harbor Phase III project for construction of “for-hire floats” and associated bus loading uplands. The first element of the project is to dredge 25,000 cubic yards of material and remove nearly 2,000 yards of rock using explosives. The work was awarded in July to Pacific Pile & Marine for $4.1 million after nearly two years of permitting efforts. The first phase remains on budget and on schedule for completion in April. Finally, Schaal has been coordinating the construction of two Security Checkpoints along the Downtown Waterfront.

]For more information, contact Port Director Carl Uchytil at 586-0294 or Carl.Uchytil@juneau.org.