Daniel Folmar, P.E., S.E.

Principal & NW Region Production Manager, Alaska Office

Backstory

Daniel was born and raised in Alabama and worked for design firms in Missouri, California, and Colorado. He joined the Anchorage office of Schneider Structural Engineers in 2005 to expand his experience of working in extreme climates and terrain. He excels in providing safe, efficient and creative solutions to meet the environmental and logistical challenges of building in Alaska.

How He Got His Start

Daniel will tell you that he was the kid who tinkered with Legos way too long into adolescence! Even so, he didn’t consider engineering as a career path until several years into a liberal arts college program, when a professor suggested that he take Statics. From there, structural engineering was in his blood. In the first few years of his career, Daniel designed prototype retail buildings for national clients all around the country. He credits this early experience with accelerating his knowledge of different building materials, construction methods, and seismic design.

Lasting Lesson Learned

The best designs are almost always the simplest ones. A great design often belies the tremendous effort that went into it. The eraser is often the engineer’s best tool, as ideas are developed, hammered out, and boiled down to the best solution.

Where You’ve Seen His Work

  • The renovation of the historic 1940s Alaska Railroad Freight Shed in downtown Anchorage, Alaska
  • F-22 Squad Ops and 6-Bay Hangar facility at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska
  • State Library Archives Museum (SLAM), Juneau, Alaska
  • Cook Inlet Tribal Council Intermodal Transportation Center, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Elmendorf Air Force Base 306 Aeromedical Services/Mental Health Clinic, Anchorage, Alaska

Specialties

Daniel’s projects have made extensive use of sustainable construction materials and building systems.
Over the past eight years, he has engineered new structures throughout the continental U.S. and Alaska, as well as performed investigation and provided retrofit design services for existing structures.

State License

Daniel is licensed to practice in Alaska.