Ackerman-Estvold is a full service architectural and civil engineering consulting firm serving clients on projects ranging from initial planning to closeout and every step in between. Our exceptional team is composed of highly experienced individuals with a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of architecture and civil engineering.
The company was founded in Minot, ND, in 2003 as a civil engineering firm by partners Alan Estvold, Rolly Ackerman, Ryan Ackerman, and Jeff McElwain, out of a deep desire to serve the residents of their hometowns in northwestern North Dakota. Ackerman-Estvold takes pride in recruiting young North Dakotans back to our state and provides them with job opportunities and phenomenal experiences just like those found in larger cities. Over the years the company has grown into the well-respected organization that it is today.
In 2013 Ackerman-Estvold expanded locations and service offerings by merging with AmeriTech Engineering Corporation, a civil engineering firm located in Williston, ND, and their partner firm ABC Building Concepts, LLC, a Williston based architectural firm. In 2018, Ackerman-Estvold expanded it's presence beyond the state's borders to serve the Boise, Idaho area.
Ackerman-Estvold’s current staff encompasses over 50 professionals within the Minot, Williston, Boise, and Ackerman Surveying offices. Our team includes civil engineering staff members, registered engineers, registered architects, architectural design staff, construction inspectors, GIS specialists, drone pilots, financial specialists, communications specialists, administrative staff members, and professional land surveyors.
Ackerman-Estvold is proud to be headquartered in Minot, North Dakota. Contact Us today for more information on how we can put our experienced team to work for you.
PRESIDENT/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
RYAN ACKERMAN, PE
Ryan Ackerman has over fifteen years of experience including project management, design and construction engineering, and land surveying. Ryan's technical expertise and passion lies in the area of water resources. Most notably, Ryan has led the Ackerman-Estvold team members involved in the large scale Mouse River Flood Protection Plan project while also serving as the local public communications spokesperson, all to help his community, and the communities he serves, recover from the devastating 2011 flood. In 2010, Ryan was acknowledged by Business Watch Magazine as one of their Top 40 Professionals Under 40 in the state of North Dakota.
VP/CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
STEVE EBERLE, PE
Steve Eberle has been a team member with Ackerman-Estvold since the organization was founded. Well versed in the field of design and construction engineering, Steve started his career as a Project Engineer and advanced himself to the role of Project Manager and now serves as both Chief Operations Officer in-house and Principal in Charge of numerous projects. Steve has significant experience with City of Minot projects, including large-scale transportation projects, storm water management plans, grading, water and sewer, and street improvement plans for numerous residential subdivisions and site development projects.
VP/LAND DEVELOPMENT LEAD
sean weeks, pe, leed ap
Sean Weeks has over 24 years of experience, including nine years operating his own civil engineering firm in Florida. Sean joined Ackerman-Estvold in January of 2011 as a Project Manager. His specialty lies in the area of land development for private clients. Sean also has been integral in guiding our municipal clients in their growth management plans during the unprecedented growth that northwestern North Dakota has recently experienced.
JEFF MCELWAIN, PE
Jeff McElwain has over 25 years of experience in the field of design and construction engineering, with an emphasis in the design and construction of site improvements. As the Vice President-Construction, Jeff's primary role is overseeing the construction engineering team members and projects.
TIM ARENS, PE
Tim Arens has more than fourteen years of civil engineering experience, specializing in transportation and construction. Following his graduation from North Dakota State University in 2003, Tim began his career at the Missouri Department of Transportation working in the traffic and construction divisions. Since joining Ackerman-Estvold in 2011, Tim has led the transportation team in the design and construction of several large roadway and bridge projects throughout western North Dakota.
VP/SITE AND MUNICIPAL LEAD
PATRICK SAMSON, PE
Patrick Samson has over sixteen years of civil engineering experience, with a focus on land development and municipal engineering. He began his civil engineering career in 2001 after graduating from the University of North Dakota. Patrick spent 10 years working in Chicago and Wisconsin before returning to North Dakota in 2012 to join the Ackerman-Estvold team. Since arriving in Minot, Patrick has been involved in a number of critical development projects to help grow the region including several residential developments; schools and school additions; along with capital improvement planning and infrastructure design.
PRESIDENT ACKERMAN SURVEYING & ASSOCIATES, INC
rolly Ackerman, PLS
Rolly Ackerman serves as Vice President of Ackerman-Estvold and has over 45 years of experience conducting land and construction surveying in the area. Rolly also serves as the President of Ackerman Surveying & Associates, Inc., which he founded in 1982. Rolly's leadership and involvement with the planning and construction of numerous projects in the area has been crucial to the growth and development of northwestern North Dakota. In 2003, the ND Society of Professional Land Surveyors recognized his efforts by awarding him their Surveying Excellence Award. Rolly is married to Vicki, and they have four children and ten grandchildren. He enjoys hunting and pontoon rides with his grandkids. Rolly serves his industry as a board member and past chairman of the North Dakota Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, and as a member and Past President of the North Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors.
Dennis Deutsch has been involved in all aspects of the architecture industry for nearly 40 years. In 2001, Dennis became the co-founder of ABC Building Concepts, LLC, in Williston, ND. In 2013, ABC merged with Ackerman-Estvold where Dennis currently serves as Vice President, and leads the Architectural team within the organization. He has played an integral role in the industry in western North Dakota and eastern Montana for almost 40 years. During that time Dennis has overseen numerous projects including schools, churches, emergency services facilities, maintenance shops, office buildings, medical and wellness facilities, and a number of Williston State College projects.
RYAN ANDERSON, AIA
Ryan Anderson has over 25 years of industry experience in Minot and the surrounding communities. Growing up just outside of Minot he learned the construction trade and turned that into a career as an Architect. A graduate of North Dakota State University in 2003, Ryan currently serves as Senior Architect and as Vice President at Ackerman-Estvold, leading and managing the Architecture team. Ryan has a broad range of experience from new buildings to remodels and additions, from small scale to large scale projects, and including many types of buildings whether commercial, education, religious, offices, aquatic, industrial, and everything in between. Ryan is licensed in five states including North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, and Idaho and is a member of American Institute of Architects.