Project Description

Rich Phaneuf

Senior Engineering Technician

“I’ve always liked to draw, and as a kid, I dreamt of being an architect,” Rich says. While he ended up choosing a slightly different path, his expertise in computer-aided and hand-drafting plans (he learned CADD when he was 14) has led him to work with several architectural and engineering firms.

Rich grew up in Flint, Michigan, moving west in ’96, to attend college in Bozeman, Montana. He discovered Inter-Fluve at a time when we were in dire need of a CADD expert. Rich has worked with us ever since, and has assisted with hundreds of projects ranging from bioengineered stream-bank stabilization, to large-scale river channel relocation, to wetland creation and habitat enhancement for trout and salmon. He typically manages several drafting projects simultaneously for multiple Inter-Fluve offices, and is skilled in a variety of digital drawing applications.

“I enjoy the balance of field and office time: surveying a site, then coming back and putting it all together. It’s never boring because each project is unique.” Other creative outlets? “I’m a musician — mainly a guitar guy — and I collect music.” Rich also enjoys fly-fishing (“it’s therapeutic”), road trips, camping, and biking.

“I enjoy the balance of field and office time.”