Business Profile: Bill Pence

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Title and firm: William "Bill" Pence, professional land surveyor, is partner with Peter Hildre, professional engineer, in the firm of Toner Nordling & Associates. Hildre has been with the firm since 1981 and was named Engineer of the Year in 1998 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The firm was founded in the 1930s by Felix Toner, who came to Juneau as a mining engineer. Rod Nordling, an engineer and surveyor, joined the firm around 1950, Pence said. Both founders are deceased, but still have descendants living in town. Pence, a hands-on person who enjoys working in the field, became a partner a year and a half ago. The office has five personnel in the winter, with more during the summer building season.

Services: The firm specializes in civil engineering for roads, streets, subdivisions, water, sewer and storm drainage as well as land surveying for property, as-built surveys and construction surveying. Some of their projects include the Franklin-Seward-Front Streets rehabilitation project, the Evergreen Avenue reconstruction, the Nancy Street-Tongass Boulevard project, and the Gold Street-Sixth Street project. They are working on the survey for the design of the NOAH/UAF Facility access road at Lena Loop and a project involving streets in Lemon Creek. Toner Nordling provides design amenities in conjunction with city planners, as well as construction contract administration services.

Background: Pence earned a bachelor of science degree in surveying from the Oregon Institute of Technology. "I always wanted to come to Alaska, and as far as surveyors in the early 1980s, it was the place to be," he said. "So much is new here and things are happening."

Quotable: "We are very detail oriented," Pence said. "We try to get the job out right the first time."

Family: Pence is married to the former Gretchen Derr.

Contact Information: Toner Nordling & Associates is at 5368 Commercial Boulevard. Phone is 780-3533. The Web site,, is still under construction, Pence said.

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