We Know the Arctic

Deep seasonal frost, continuous and discontinuous permafrost, and associated ground-ice characteristics pose unique challenges for infrastructure projects across arctic and sub-arctic regions. From logistically difficult field explorations to finite element thermal modeling to permafrost foundation designs including refrigerated foundations, RESPEC understands the challenges associated with extreme environments.

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Our experience spans Alaska, the Yukon, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, as well as Greenland and Antarctica. Cloud-based Building Information Management (BIM) and live virtual reality sessions have helped us to manage projects across continents. This work history in remote locations gives us a keen interest in getting the job done right the first time.


The Arctic is a unique environment requiring an innovative approach to traditional designs. Fragile ecosystems, difficult terrain, and permafrost are just some of the issues we have taken on with our full suite of planning, surveying, and engineering services.


More than a quarter of RESPEC’s 500+ employees are Alaskan and Canadian residents, most living in the subarctic region. We know what extreme cold, wind, and rain can do if not mitigated. Our years of experience and everyday lives inform our designs, making sure your project is truly built to last.