Along with his geotechnical colleagues at GeoEngineers, Shaun provides engineering design for the “earth” components of projects by evaluating the soil and groundwater loads on a structure and determining how much load the soil can support. In addition to his technical responsibilities, Shaun also has a management role, serving as geotechnical group leader for the north Puget Sound offices.
Shaun says he really enjoys being outside and getting his hands dirty. “To be an effective geotechnical engineer, you really need to see and feel the soils to understand how they will respond during construction,” he says. “Every project is different and I learn something new every day.”
As a soils specialist, Shaun has a uniqe perspective on sustainability issues in the engineering and constuction industry. He earned a LEED© AP certification and works closely with architects and contractors to implement sustainable designs, including permeable pavements, use of recycled materials, stormwater infiltration and other low-impact development techniques. “I try to implement sustainable solutions as much as possible, both at work and at home,” he notes.
In Shaun’s off time, he coaches his son’s youth baseball and football teams, is an avid poker player and enjoys the outdoors.
ACEC-Washington, Silver Award, Exceeding Client/Owner Needs, Olympic Pipeline Span Protection Project, Whatcom County, WA, 2011
ACEC-Washington, Gold Award, Original or Innovative Application of New or Existing Techniques, 1918 Eighth Avenue Shoring, Seattle, WA, 2011
ACEC-Washington, Silver Award-Complexity, Alaskan Way Earthquake Damage Repair, Seattle, WA, 2004
ACEC-Washington, Silver Award-Structural Systems, Renton Elevated Water Tanks Seismic Retrofit, Renton, WA, 2004