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Steve Adamczak

Steve Adamczak, PE

Vice President

Steve Adamczak has more than 38 years of experience in Alaska and has been involved in more than 2,400 geotechnical projects throughout the state. He has extensive experience in the geotechnical design of foundations, roadways, and earth structures in continuous and discontinuous permafrost as well as thawed soils, with many innovative designs to his credit. He has developed specific recommendations for assessments of geologic hazards and geotechnical design concerns (i.e., liquefaction and other seismic hazards), slope stability, permafrost thaw settlement, foundation bearing capacity and stability of earthwork structures, slope stability, excavations, dewatering, and groundwater control.

Steve has developed specific design recommendations to mitigate slope and earthwork instability, improve foundation performance during design seismic events, stabilizing excavations, control groundwater during construction, and maintain permafrost. He has prepared unique geotechnical designs that have included geosynthetics, passive refrigeration, helical anchors and piers, frost-protected foundations, construction of frozen earth embanks, and/or air convection embankments. Steve has extensive experience with logistics and planning for field investigations in villages and difficult remote areas of Alaska; terrain mapping of permafrost and other geologic hazards; and highway, railroad, and power transmission line access route corridor geologic and geotechnical evaluation. He has also provided forensic geotechnical engineering services to assess causes of distress or failure in existing foundation systems; particularly in permafrost areas.


  • MS, Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Specialty), Syracuse University, 1980
  • BS, Environmental and Resource Engineering, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 1979


  • Professional Engineer (Civil), Alaska


  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
  • Alaska Department of Geologic and Geophysical Services, Geologic Mapping Advisory Board
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Advisory Board
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