"Make it Monday" forum - 2023 Summer Construction Update

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Name: "Make it Monday" forum - 2023 Summer Construction Update
Date: August 7, 2023
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM AKDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

Melinda Kohlhaas, Project Manager / Acting Director at the Municipality of Anchorage, Project Management & Engineering Department, and John Linell, P.E., Central Region Deputy Director at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will inform members of what road improvements are in progress, and what to expect from the remaining 2023 construction season.

PLUS, a member presentation from Desire Wellness.

Melinda Kohlhaas, P.E. is a professional civil engineer with over 31 years of engineering experience.  A week after graduating from the University of Washington, she came up to Anchorage for a summer visit and decided Alaska was a great place to live and work.  

She started her career working in the private sector designing sanitation improvements throughout Rural Alaska for 13 years.  In 2005, she began work with the Municipality of Anchorage initially working for Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility and later joined the Project Management & Engineering (PM&E) Department in 2008.

She is currently working as PM&E’s Acting Director overseeing the design and construction of capital improvement projects for roadways, drainage systems, and facilities for active transportation use.  She finds great satisfaction in serving Anchorage residents by delivering projects.  And for fun, she enjoys walks with her husband on the Chester Creek trail system, pickleball, traveling abroad, and binge-watching shows!

John Linnell is a professional civil engineer with 30 years of specialized transportation experience. As a UAA student in the early 1990s, John began working for Central Region DOT&PF as an intern. After graduation, John worked for R&M Consultants for two years before going back to DOT&PF.  While at DOT&PF he has worked in successive positions as an engineering assistant, squad leader, and project manager. During his time in design, he developed the Minnesota Dr and International Airport Interchange and was the Project manager for the Trunk Road Realignment project.  John expanded upon his transportation expertise as group chief in Traffic, Safety, Utilities and Right of Way sections assisting the department’s efforts to update and modernize the statewide utility and right of way manuals. He subsequently served as the preconstruction engineer for several years. In March 2021, John accepted the role of Deputy Director at Central Region. John enjoys spending time in the outdoors with family and friends doing all of the typical Alaska activities; hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, skiing, snow machining, and exploring all that our great state has to offer.  

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Event Sponsors:
Dena'ina Center, 2nd floor
Date/Time Information:
11:30 am to Noon - Networking
Noon to 1 pm - Presentation
Contact Information:
Tosha Swan

Registration is due by 5 pm the Thursday prior, but please RSVP at your earliest convenience. A $2 fee will be added to all walk-in registrations, and available seating is not guaranteed.

  • General Admission +  Lunch: $35 Members / $40 Non-Members
  • Table Reservation (Seats 8):  $230 Members / $280 Non-Members
  • Coffee Table Reservation: $13 Members / $15 Non-Members
  • Students: $15 w/ID
  • Virtual via Zoom: $10 Members / $15 Non-Members
  • Punch Card (10 lunches): $330 Members / $380 Non-Members

CANCELLATION NOTE: For a full refund, registration must be canceled by 5 pm the Thursday prior. No refunds will be given after this date. If you do not arrive by 12:00 pm, your seat will be forfeited. All registrations are transferable to another person upon your request.

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