David Prinzhorn



P.E., Member of ASCE & APWA

What are some of your favorite types of projects to work on?
I like tackling the challenges involved in water & wastewater engineering, mostly wastewater treatment plants. I’ve completed many wastewater treatment plant projects over the years, and each one was unique in its own way. I also have a strong background in Arizona hydrogeology, water well construction and rehabilitation, and securing long-term water supplies.

You’ve studied “Arctic Engineering” at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. How does Arctic Engineering differ from Civil Engineering?
Civil engineering in Arizona and Alaska are just about polar opposites. Long story short, Alaska first accepted my application for a Professional Engineering license, but one condition was taking the “Arctic Engineering” course through the University of Alaska. When dealing with civil engineering projects in the Arctic, the primary concern is keeping the infrastructure functioning in extreme cold, drifting snow, permafrost, blizzards, you name it. Much of the coursework focused particularly on how to construct water and wastewater utility infrastructure in that kind of environment. Since receiving my Alaska P.E. License, I have designed “frost-protected” foundations for multiple airports in Alaska.

What drew you to working for Civiltec?
I had been working as the Town Engineer for the Town of Cave Creek in Arizona, and was able to collaborate closely with Civiltec on the Cahava Springs project. I got to know some of the guys better through that project, and I really respected the overall quality of their product workmanship. The project list at Civiltec keeps growing (in a good way) and I’m proud to now be a member of this team.

When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?
I split time between my home in Upstate New York and being on-site for design and construction projects in Arizona for long stretches of time. My wife and I live in a historic Greek Revival house that her family built 190 years ago. When I’m in New York, I also help my wife manage the New York Historic Cemetery Preservation Society. I assist a lot with historical research back into the 1700s and 1800s to locate lost or abandoned historic cemeteries, and then I translate that information into modern-day mapping systems so that these historic treasures are not lost forever. Since we own a historic home, there is also a significant amount of upkeep required to keep the home restored.

One of my favorite things to do while in Arizona is to capture the natural beauty of the Southwest. I’m a semi-professional photographer (check out my work at http://www.f64photography.net). I frequently visit Utah and New Mexico to capture new images and I was a commercial photographer in Chicago before becoming a Civil Engineer.