Rich Woodson, P.E.

Alvine Engineering Promotes New Principals

Growing up, Rich was fascinated by his uncle’s job as a mechanical engineer. It inspired him to try drafting in high school, and later, pursue an engineering degree. His passion for the industry, learning, building relationships, and mentoring young engineers has inspired Rich to continue seeking leadership opportunities. His most recent leadership role is as a principal at Alvine Engineering.

Now, Rich plays an important role in guiding mechanical design at the firm, especially within the healthcare and senior living markets. He has worked on projects using a variety of delivery models throughout his career, including design-build, adapting to the specific needs of each individual situation. Rich’s mechanical system designs focus on both short-term functionality and long-term operational efficiency. This helps buildings achieve sustainability goals and better return on investment.

Rich’s love of learning also translates to education. He actively mentors younger engineers, both at Alvine Engineering, and within the community as a guest teacher in a healthcare construction class at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Working with young engineers and designers not only pushes Rich to be innovative, but think about how the industry can better take advantage of modern technology. This includes finding ways to use younger engineers’ strengths using technology to improve deliverables in engineering.

Highlights

  • Member and past president of the Nebraska chapter of ASHRAE
  • Member of BioNebraska
  • Member of Design-Build Institute of America
  • Project Review Board Member – University of Nebraska
  • Guest lecturer in a Healthcare Construction class at UNO to discuss Healthcare engineering

“I approach each project as an opportunity to learn something new. As long as I am still learning, then I still have the ability to teach and grow.”

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