Gene has always enjoyed building construction because it involves understanding how things work and finding creative solutions to problems. Engineering seemed like a natural fit and prompted him to attend Southeast Community College for architectural engineering.
As an associate principal, Gene is a respected leader in Alvine Engineering’s Lincoln office. This leadership is reflected in many successful projects, especially within the Nebraska State Capitol building – a well-recognized icon throughout the state. Gene has been on a variety of design teams continuing to maintain the building since the early 1980s. From the very small improvement projects to the current HVAC infrastructure upgrade, the nearly 100-year-old building and National Historic Landmark requires a different mindset all the time. As an electrical designer, he must find ways to make features like period-accurate lighting fixtures work within modern electrical and safety codes.
Gene would like to see the architecture, engineering, and construction (A-E-C) industry continue to embrace older buildings – respecting the buildings’ histories while providing modern systems to accommodate everything from living spaces to offices. He mentors young engineers in identifying solutions to the unusual challenges that can come from working in older buildings. He also teaches them the importance of preserving the historic nature of each building for future generations.
“The A-E-C industry is in constant motion and always changing. It’s important for our clients that we stay on the leading edge of the industry so we can bring innovative, cost-effective solutions to their projects.”