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R&M Consultants Overview

Anchorage, AK
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Founded in 1969, R&M CONSULTANTS, INC. (R&M) is an entirely Alaska-based, employee-owned professional services consulting firm. Originally founded as a sole proprietorship offering geotechnical engineering, R&M has grown to a ... Read more

Mission: Providing innovative professional solutions - for Alaskan, by Alaskans - through uncompromised quality and world class expertise.

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  • R&M was ranked #29 nationally in Zweig Group's 2017 Best Civil Engineering Firms to Work For list. This represents R&M’s seventh year on the list.

    Each year Zweig Group recognizes the creation of outstanding workplaces at the top architecture, structural engineering, civil engineering, environmental, geotechnical engineering, landscape architecture/planning and multi-discipline firms through the Best Firms To Work For Award. Firms are selected based on their workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates and much more, evaluated through comprehensive employee surveys and corporate evaluations. Based on the survey results, R&M’s employees feel the firm has a culture of support and collaboration, is focused on quality and integrity, is a fun workplace and has great benefits. One respondent wrote, “Our firm routinely cares about its employees but has also shown great compassion for employees and families who are affected by tragedy and illness. We have a high standard of performance internally and we show that to our clients on a daily basis.”

  • Terry Gryting, EIT joined R&M as a Staff Engineer in May 2017, after graduation from UAA with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. As part of this group, she will assist with water resources design, and provide hydrologic and hydraulic analysis support on roadway, street, airport, site development and hydropower projects. Her responsibilities include calculation and estimation of peak and average runoff and stream flow; calculation of drainage structure hydraulics; analysis of scour and sediment transport; design of erosion control; and hydrologic and hydraulic data collection.

    Terry is currently working on the Seward Highway MP 17-22.5 Rehabilitation, where she has been responsible for delineating watershed basins and documenting drainage patterns, and the Kalifornsky Beach Road MP 9.6 Repairs, where she delineated the watershed basin, conducted flood frequency analyses, and assisted with culvert and riprap design

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R&M Consultants – Why Work For Us?

In 1968, Ralph Migliaccio was a research geologist and associate professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. About that time, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), the consortium now known as Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, consulted Migliaccio on certain geological points concerning the proposed oil pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez. It wasn’t long before TAPS began leaning so heavily on Migliaccio’s service that he was forced to make a choice – either remain with the University or devote full-time to his consulting work. He chose the latter and formed R&M Geological Consultants as a one-man firm.

At the time, Jim Rooney was a civil engineer specializing in cold regions geotechnics, working for the State Department of Highways. Migliaccio invited Rooney to join him at R&M. The company was at first contracted to conduct the initial subsurface soils exploration program along the proposed alternate pipeline routes. The broad objective of the project was to determine and make recommendations regarding the most feasible soil and geological conditions for the pipeline to follow from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. The entire proposed alignment was subject to a drilling program that permitted identification of soils within landforms, as well as allowing the evaluation of permafrost conditions and other pertinent geotechnical considerations. The firm’s name changed to R&M Engineering and Geological Consultants in 1969.

Within six months, Migliaccio and Rooney invited Malcolm Menzies and Jim Wellman to join the firm. Menzies and Wellman joined R&M for the purpose of performing engineering and related functions connected with the design, survey and construction supervision of the original 56 miles of the Alyeska Pipeline Haul Road, what is now known as the Dalton Highway. This particular section, extending from the Elliott Highway near Livengood north to the Yukon River, followed a design-build approach that left no time for conventional design approaches. Project design was initiated in early June 1969, and construction engineering work was virtually completed in just over four months.

R&M continued to support Alyeska for many years on tasks such as construction support, erosion control, revegetation, visual assessment and restoration efforts. R&M also began to diversify, providing surveying, engineering, geotechnical, planning and environmental services on projects throughout Alaska from offices in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau, Wasilla and Valdez. In 1974, the firm’s name changed to R&M Consultants, Inc.

In 1982, Jim Rooney was appointed President of R&M following the loss of Ralph Migliaccio to cancer. At that time, R&M had offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, Alaska; Irvine, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Houston, Texas.

In 1984, correctly predicting a contraction in Alaska’s economy, R&M downsized and split into three firms: R&M Engineering Consultants in Fairbanks, R&M Engineering in Juneau, and R&M Consultants in Anchorage. Jim Wellman assumed the Presidency in Fairbanks, Malcolm Menzies in Juneau, and Jim Rooney in Anchorage. R&M Engineering – Ketchikan, Inc. established a separate corporation in January 1989.

To this day, people often confuse R&M Consultants, Inc. with the other three R&M offices, usually mistakenly assuming that the four firms are one. For clarification purposes, R&M Consultants, Inc. is an entirely separate corporate entity, with headquarters in Anchorage and a branch office in Fairbanks. From time-to-time, the independent R&M offices collaborate on projects, but more often than not, we stand separate, and sometimes in competition.

In 2002, R&M employees purchased the company from Jim Rooney. R&M currently has 30 employee shareholders.

The management team at R&M frequently surveys our employees to make sure we have a clear understanding of the things they value. R&M has worked hard to build a culture that reflects our core values:

  • Our Clients. We listen to our clients and proactively strive to understand their needs and their expectations.
  • Excellence. We are committed to innovation and quality in all we do. We are always learning and improving.
  • Teamwork. By communicating well, mentoring our younger talent and empowering our staff, we work together to succeed.
  • Integrity. We honor our agreements and do what is in the best interest of all affected parties.
  • Our Employees. We maintain a work environment that respects family values. We support the personal and professional accomplishments of our people, and reward their contributions to our success. 

R&M is committed to ensuring our clients are completely satisfied with the quality of the products, services and support they receive on an ongoing basis. We are dedicated to doing everything we can to make every project successful and the experience of working with R&M a positive one.

R&M recognizes that by empowering our employees, treating them with respect and providing a workplace that fosters collaboration, creativity and teamwork, our employees will show the desired level of commitment to quality, client service and excellence that keep our clients returning to R&M.

With a significant presence in Alaska, R&M clearly recognizes our responsibility to give back to the communities in which we live and work. Over the past several years, R&M has focused our community involvement efforts, prioritizing our efforts to benefit local organizations.

The firm and its employees are involved in a variety of charitable and volunteer organizations year-round. As a firm, R&M has made the commitment to participate in one significant community event per quarter. Recent activities the firm has participated in include:

  • CANstruction - an A/E community-led benefit for the Food Bank of Alaska, where teams design and build structures entirely out of cans, which are then donated to the Food Bank.
  • An annual golf tournament thatbenefits a local group each year, such as Bean's Cafe, Big Brothers Big Sisters Alaska, Breast Cancer Focus, Parks for All, Healthy Futures, Children's Lunchbox and the Erin K. Johnson Memorial Fund. Since 2010, R&M has raised more than $31,000 for local charities through our golf tournament.
  • 100 Miles in May - an R&M-founded community wellness initiative that rolls a fun fitness competition among local firms into a fundraiser for Healthy Futures. Since 2013, more than $60,000 has been raised to benefit Healthy Futures through 100 Miles in May.
  • Toys for Tots
  • United Way Day of Caring Food Drive
  • Assembly of "beanie boxes" to benefit Anchorage's homeless during the holiday season.
  • A holiday drive for Covenant House Alaska.
  • Salvation Army Adopt-a-Family
  • 50 Bikes for 50 Kids

R&M also participates in the Alaska Departemtn of Transportation & Public Facilties' Adopt-a-Highway Program, and is responsible for cleaning up trash on the section of the Seward Highway between Huffman Road and O'Malley Road. 

R&M gives cash donations to a variety of organizations - prioritizing our annual contributions for local sports groups and organizations that are industry-related and/or our employees or clients are involved with on an individual basis. R&M staff members also give generously of their time and money to many local organizations.

R&M is dedicated to recruiting the best and brightest professional, technical and administrative staff. R&M is committed to maintaining a work environment that respects and supports the personal values and professional accomplishments of our our people. R&M offers competitive salaries, an excellent benefit package, and a dynamic, supportive work environment.

R&M was ranked #29 on Zweig Group's 2017 Best Civil Engineering Firms to Work For list. This represents R&M's seventh year on the list. Firms are selected based on their workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates and much more. Based on the survey results, R&M employees feel the firm has a culture of support and collaboration, is focused on quality and integrity, is a fun workplace and has great benefits. One respondent wrote, "Our firm routinely cares about its employees and has also shown great compassion for employees and families who are affected by tragedy and illness. We have a high standard of performance internally and we show that to our clients on a daily basis."

R&M's management team works hard to create an environment where employees can grow personally and professionally. We recognize that they are the source of creativity and innovation that fuels our growth and success. We continually seek ways to show our commitment to our people, from challenging projects and creative solutions, to firm sponsorship and active community involvement initiatives. Being recognized as "one of the best" confirms our investment we make in our people, our clients and our community.

R&M has carried out a successful intern program for many years. R&M recognizes that on-the-job experience can play an important role in advancing the careers of our future professionals. Internships are an excellent way for R&M to give back – they help students get their careers started and enhance the profession as a whole. Likewise, we understand the value our firm gets from interns through their creativity, energy and curiosity. R&M offers internship opportunities in all disciplines we provide, and focus our intern recruiting efforts on students majoring in those disciplines.

Through our internship program, R&M hopes to create relationships that last well beyond the internship. Many former R&M interns are now permanent employees at R&M or even members of client organizations.

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R&M Consultants photo of: R&Mers waiting in line for free coffee on BTW Day.
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R&M Consultants photo of: R&M Engineer Marc Frutiger, PE, PTOE educating Mayor Berkowitz on an innovative drainage system installed on the West Dimond project.
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R&M Consultants Awards & Accolades

  • Best Civil Engineering Firms to Work For, Zweig Group, 2017
  • Best Geotechnical Engineering Firms to Work For, Zweig Group, 2017
  • Best Civil Engineering Firms to Work For, Zweig Group, 2016
  • Employer of the Year, International Right of Way Association, Arctic Trails Chapter 71, 2015
  • ENR Top 500 Design Firms, Engineering News-Record (ENR), 2017
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