Structural engineers aren’t typically enthusiastic when it comes to architecture—usually they prefer function over form, formulas and calculations over a design charrette. But typical isn’t the adjective that comes to mind when talking about Amanda Jandreau, one of Harriman’s newest Structural Engineers. With an analytic mind, and a designer’s eye, Amanda had a tough decision coming out of her small high school in northern Maine- pursue architecture and college in big-city Boston, or opt for the engineering life at the more pastoral University of Maine, Orono (UMO).
Ten years later, and a Professional Engineering (P.E.) accreditation to her name, Amanda made the choice to be an engineer, and is now an integral part of Harriman’s engineering team, joining the firm a little over a year ago, coming over from Portland-based Becker Structural Engineering.
Married to her UMO college sweetheart, Adam, who is also an engineer, they are as similar as they are different. Adam, says Amanda, is pragmatic and an engineer in every sense of the word. When describing herself, Amanda says she still has the passion for design and architecture, remembering a high school trip to Europe, visiting London and Paris, and marveling at the classic architecture of Europe.
She and Adam express themselves well working together on family projects at their home in Cumberland. At home, she leads the design effort of every remodeling project, while Adam is content with the details and functionality of the work. Together they bring the right balance to form and function, architecture and engineering.
Being young parents to children, Autumn (2 years) and Jeremiah (5 months), the couple balances their challenging profession, and still finds plenty of quality time to be parents enjoying, their children, family, and the free and outdoor lifestyle so many Mainer’s value.
Reflecting fondly on her time thus far at Harriman, Amanda says she really loves the collegial and collaborative atmosphere at the Auburn office, and says she really embraces the technical aspect of her profession. “I’m a numbers person really”, says Amanda, “so working with calculations and formulas is something I really enjoy”, she says.
When asked about her favorite project at Harriman, Amanda is quick to point to the Mildred L. Day K-5 Elementary School Additions and Renovations Project in Arundel, Maine. “The school addition and renovation was particularly challenging considering parts of the existing school were sinking due to be being built improperly on very soft soil” she said. “I love what I do, and find the work at Harriman, and my profession to be constantly challenging, and I embrace the challenge every day”, she said.