Juneau, AK – October 1, 2016 – PDC Inc. Engineers (PDC) welcomes Murray & Associates Consulting Mechanical Engineers (M&A) to their growing team in Juneau. PDC’s Juneau office staff now exceeds 20 professionals offering in-house civil, structural, mechanical, and geotechnical engineering; as well as land survey and materials testing services. M&A owner Douglas Murray will maintain his leadership position as a Principal at PDC, while their full staff will continue in their same capacity.  Doug Murray has provided mechanical engineering in Southeast since the 1980s.
Though PDC has successfully teamed with M&A numerous times in the past, this is the story of a common employee that led to the two companies joining forces.  Danny Rauchenstein was a young Engineer-In-Training (EIT) in 1998, having recently graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with his mechanical engineering degree.  He was living in Talkeetna with his soon-to-be-bride when his college professor called asking if Danny was looking for work.  His professor helped coordinate a meeting with Doug Murray (a UAF Alumni) at the Anchorage Airport that very weekend.  Rauchenstein had received an offer from a Fairbanks firm, but Danny saw more promise in Southeast Alaska – so he moved to Juneau. 
It was working for M&A that Rauchenstein found his passion when he discovered building mechanical systems design, which includes HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), plumbing, and fire suppression.  Rauchenstein thrived under the leadership of Vern Akin and Doug Murray until his wife took a job in Anchorage in 2001. Upon relocating, Rauchenstein joined the PDC team.  Last year he was promoted to Mechanical Department Head. The acquisition of M&A now brings the PDC Mechanical Department staff to 20 employees across the state.
Over the past three years alone, PDC and M&A have jointly completed design and construction administration services for several notable projects.  These include the recently constructed UAS Freshmen Dormitory; the Walter Soboleff Center (aka the Sealaska Heritage Institute Southeast Alaska Native Cultural and Visitor’s Center); as well as the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, Juneau Forestry Sciences Lab (completed as a design/build project). The newly expanded team will continue to build on their solid working relationship to benefit the community and their clients.  The design staff is excited about the opportunity and both companies look forward to working together.     
PDC is a full-service engineering, planning, and survey firm with offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Palmer, and Soldotna.  To learn more about this 100-percent employee-owned, award winning firm, visit www.pdceng.com.



From our present location in Juneau, Alaska, we have provided comprehensive engineering services for clients in Juneau, most areas of Southeast Alaska, as well as other areas within Alaska for over 30 years. Our firm is small by design, enabling us to provide a focused attention to detail with each of our projects.  Our firm is very familiar with the State of Alaska code requirements and the City and Borough of Juneau Title 19 revisions and have long enjoyed a pleasant and productive working relationship with State and Borough officials involved in code interpretation and enforcement. Douglas Murray has been a member of the Juneau City and Borough Code Advisory Committee since 1992. Mr. Murray is also a member of the Emergency Response Team for Bartlett Regional Hospital. Our firm is uniquely qualified to provide a quality engineering experience for Southeast Alaska conditions in many ways including design and construction of mechanical systems suited for our rain and wind but most importantly we are local and have lived in our unique environment with most employees having grown up in Juneau or Southeast.  JDHS Graduates include Douglas Murray (1978), Roger Smith (1988) and Stephen Bishop (2005).  Also, UAF collegiate graduates include Murray (1983) and Bishop (2014).


We endeavor to maintain the high standard of professional service established by Vernon Akin & Associates. There is no compromise on quality within our firm, whether in the early stages of design conceptualization or in the completion of CAD and specification contract documents.. 

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