David L. McVeigh

David L. McVeigh

David L. McVeigh


Dave is defined by his ability to see the “big picture” and to share it with every team member, helping RIM to shape the future together. As a visionary leader, Dave guides the overall direction of the company, yet he also enjoys diving into the trenches with the team to be a part of the action. Dave’s career with RIM Architects has given him the opportunity to live in Guam, Hawaii and now back home in Alaska. His passion for RIM as a global company as well as his eye for hospitality design has brought him to diverse locations in Asia and the South Pacific. Dave has a Bachelor of Architecture in Design from Texas Tech University.

Interests: Skiing, cycling, triathlon, traveling and Karaoke.

Licensed in: Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, Texas, Missouri, Nevada, Illinois, Idaho, and Kansas.

Expertise: Federal, Hospitality, Project Management, Residential

Favorite Quote: “It’s not an individual act, architecture. You have to consider your client. Only out of that can you produce great architecture. You cannot work in the abstract.” – I.M. Pei

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RIM served as Architect of Record for the newly opened Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, located on the Kona Coast of the Island of Hawaii. As the first Auberge Resorts property in the Aloha State, this popular, luxury hotel has experienced up to 100% occupancy during its first few weeks of reopening. The redesigned resort is sited on 32 oceanside acres and offers three distinct pools, five restaurants, two golf courses, a fitness center, a spa and wellness center, and various outdoor programs.

The famous Canoe House, which is the resort’s iconic signature restaurant, was largely preserved structurally, maintaining the large volume ceilings and heavy timber beams. The interior and exterior spaces, including the central bar, are completely new with a wide range of casual seating opportunities and exquisite décor. The Canoe House is recognized as the kitchen where modern Hawaiian cuisine pioneer Alan Wong made his mark. Canoe House is carrying on this tradition under Chef Matt Raso.

RIM’s in-house team included David McVeigh, Principal-in-Charge, Brent Wiese, Project Manager; Eric Nelson, On- Site Construction Administrator; Molly Logelin; Jagit Riyait, Jamie Busch, Dana Aiken, Louie Garcia, and Leo Bisarra, Jr., and a host of RIM’s talented designers, technicians, and support staff. The team was supported by 16 other outside consultants.

We asked Eric Nelson, about his involvement.

“I was heavily involved throughout the entire construction process, providing construction administration services and advising about design details. This project had a 12-month construction schedule which is very short for a $200 million construction project. During construction, many changes occurred. Brent and Molly managed the construction documents and design changes, and I oversaw real time construction design and administration.

Mauna Lani was an extremely complex and expedited project. Hawaiian Dredging did a magnificent job of managing all the complex and intricate construction tasks required to complete this project in the time allowed. At times, work was being accomplished by over 400 workers; simultaneously constructing atriums, restaurants, lobbies, fitness areas, markets, 330 guest rooms, swimming pools, landscaping, and site improvements. The owners, the contractors, the operator, the construction manager, and the Architects and Engineers all worked together as a very good team to accomplish this exceptional project.”

What was the highlight of this project for you?

“The construction documents were primarily completed under the management of Brent and Molly. For me, being full time on site, the highlight was that my fingerprints were on almost everything–from the rooms to atrium spaces. For example, for the 12’ high Teak Screens, I sat down with the fabricators and described how the screens should be built, determining the wood detailing, and how they would be anchored into the floor and ceiling. I also had the opportunity to design the Grand Stairway which is one of the major design features in the Atrium. It was a real pleasure working directly with the contractor daily to ensure that the design intent was understood and achieved. ”

What were some of the greatest challenges from your perspective?

“The schedule and the complexity of the project were the biggest challenges. The sheer volume of work to review and approve $200 million worth of work while construction is occurring is quite daunting. During the last five weeks of the project, previously unknown site conditions were discovered. This required an incredible amount of unanticipated construction to occur in order to maintain the targeted opening date.”

Brent, from your perspective, what was the biggest challenge and what is your favorite part of the project?

“The tight schedule, necessitated by the pre-determined opening date, was the biggest challenge. My favorite part of the project is the Canoe House which we successfully managed to save from installing a fire sprinkler system in that beautiful open beam, exposed wood ceiling.”


Scott Bohne Celebrates 30 Years

Scott Bohne Celebrates 30 Years

Scott Bohne Celebrates 30 Years


What brought you to Alaska?

When I graduated from college, (with my degree in Architecture), the construction industry was in a deep recession. In my hometown in Minnesota there were no jobs locally, and the big firms just laid off more than 100 experienced people. After researching, I discovered Alaska’s construction industry was quite busy, so I decided to give it a try for a year and sent out some resumes. Upon receipt of an offer, I packed my car and headed north to the “Last Frontier.” While there, I met my wife and we bought a small house and put down roots.

What was your first experience with RIM?

Larry Cash hired me as an intern while he was working at another firm, prior to starting Larry S. Cash Architects, now RIM Architects. Once Larry left that company to establish his own architectural firm, I knew I wanted to work there. I updated my resume, printed two copies, and handed Larry one. I was hired. As a newly registered professional architect, my first project was a Boiler Room Addition to Providence Hospital.


What is your favorite project and why?

That’s like asking: “Which is your favorite child?” How about a few projects?

  • Northrim Bank, Southside: This was one of my first designs of a free-standing building with a client seeking a signature building to reflect their place in the banking community. I had total design control of all aspects of the building and think it was one of my best designs.
  • UAA/APU Consortium Library: My role was limited to answering questions and writing the specifications. I led the Construction Contract Administration phase and resolved many issues. Knowing this was an iconic design for both the firm and the client, I worked hard to maintain a high level of construction quality and aesthetics. I worked with the Contractor to identify potential coordination issues in advance and came up with creative solutions to complicated problems.
  • Department of Corrections projects: One of my mantras is to learn something new every day. These projects required me to learn detention door hardware and to think about security and safety in a different way. This tested my knowledge and required learning new skills. This work was also instrumental in leading to my fascination with roof replacements.

Why did you decide to specialize in roofs?

Roofing kind of found me. I’ve always been a technical detailer versus the creative designer. One of my earliest projects with RIM was to replace a roof for the Department of Corrections (DOC) where they decided to install the roof themselves, using inmate labor. Our design drawings were more like shop drawings showing every lap and layer of built-up roofing. I worked with a roofing consultant and roofing manufacturers to learn all I could to develop these documents. We also worked with a former roofer as a field quality control inspector to assist DOC in the installation of the roof. I learned a ton and started expanding this knowledge base. Afterwards, we won a roofing term agreement with the State of Alaska DOT&PF and I learned even more in terms of design and installation. Roofing Contractors have taught me more than any book I have ever read on roofing. By the way, that roof I designed, using inmate construction labor lasted nearly 30 years and I am now designing a roofing replacement for that same building.

What achievement are you most proud of while working at RIM?

I have become a talented problem solver, capable of taking a challenging problem and breaking it down to manageable tasks that can be resolved. I bring valuable experience to review a set of documents and coordinate all disciplines to tighten up the documents, including constructability reviews. I have become a respected member in the architectural/ engineering/ construction community and am specifically known for my roof replacement design abilities. I have developed a studio that specializes in roof and siding design and repairs to continue this legacy. When people asked Larry what made him successful, he replied “I hired good people and I listened to them.” I like to think I was part of that.

What is your favorite thing about RIM?

My favorite thing is the people. I love working with these talented and creative people, and I appreciate the fun and humor they bring to the workplace.  

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