A Day in the Life of an MFA Senior Engineer

Author: Kristi Boon, PE Published: February 24, 2022

National Engineers Week 2022 is in full swing! Today we are taking you through a day in the life of Kristi Boon, senior engineer, who has been at MFA for over five years. A senior engineer’s day might look a little different than Staff Engineer Garrick Kalmeta. Read about Garrick’s day here: A Day in the Life of an MFA Staff Engineer


A senior engineer’s day


Kristi Boon

Kristi Boon, PE, senior engineer

7:30 a.m. Arrive at the Vancouver office. Grab my morning coffee and review and respond to email. Then prepare a to-do list for the day.

8:00 a.m. Prepare a scope of work and fee estimate for conceptual design of a potential waterfront mixed-use development on a former mill site. Major components of the work include cleanup of the mill remnants, a stream relocation, roadway design, extending utilities about a mile to serve the site, and steep slope considerations.

10:00 a.m. Reach out to my contact at Clark County regarding the permit status of a recreational trailhead expansion project. Then update the project client and discuss how MFA will aid in construction contracting and scheduling.

10:30 a.m. Meet with team member Garrick Kalmeta, staff engineer, to see how he is doing, how his project workload is, and discuss everyday action items to help his career progress.

11:30 a.m. Get lunch at a local favorite, Shanahan’s Pub & Grill with Stacy Frost, principal engineer.

12:30 p.m. Review design plans and a hydrology report for a stormwater treatment retrofit project in the City of Portland. Attend a virtual meeting to discuss changes and additional information needed with Alfredo Aguirre, staff engineer, and Brooke Harmon, project engineer.

2:30 p.m. Call the client for the stormwater treatment retrofit project to update them on project status and the next steps in the permitting process.

3:00 p.m. Meet with Curtis Riley, project landscape architect and planner, and Ben Johnson, project planner, to discuss conceptual design layouts and cost estimates for a mixed-use development for the Port of Skamania County and a potential restaurant for the Port of Sunnyside.

4:00 p.m. Respond to email and wrap up.

4:30 p.m. Leave the office.

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