Employee Owner Spotlight: Faith Walters, Operations Manager, Beaumont, Texas

We recently met with Faith Walters, operations manager from our Beaumont, Texas office to discuss her expertise with asphalt and what it means to her to be an employee owner. What does it mean to you to be a successful woman in such a male-dominated field?I’ve been a tomboy my whole life, but people were always surprised when they saw me come to the field. I was fascinated with how many tests you can run on aggregates and soil, so I wanted to learn everything I could get my hands on. I’ve always been the only girl until I joined Braun...

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What to Know for the 2021 TCEQ Stormwater MSGP Renewal

Stormwater MSGP

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is in the process of renewing the 2016 Texas Pollution Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Multi Sector Generator Permit (MSGP) – TXR050000, which expires on August 14, 2021. The MSGP authorizes point source discharges of stormwater associated with industrial activities and certain non-stormwater discharges to surface waters in the state. MSGP coverage is based upon Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes, Industrial Activity Codes, and discharges subject to federal effluent guidelines under 40 CFR Parts 400-471. Existing MSGP requirements include the development and implementation of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3), application submittal (Notice of...

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Market Outlook and Limiting Liability for Distressed Properties

According to the Houston Chronicle, an estimated $126 billion in commercial real estate will be sold at distressed prices through the year 2022, according to data provided by CoStar Group, Inc (CoStar).  Following the battering of real estate and rental properties from the COVID-19 pandemic, most of these distressed properties have not come to market yet because either (a) banks are hesitant to foreclose, (b) rent prices have not dipped enough, or (c) federal funds under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) have kept property owners from going under. That is expected to change in 2021. Distressed hotel, retail, office, and...

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The Importance of Finding a Qualified Wetland Consultant

Whatever region of the United States you’re in, wetland consultants are a dime a dozen. This includes the one-man show all the way up to a Fortune 500 company. All promise the same things: to complete your project in a timely fashion and under budget with an approved jurisdictional determination (JD) and/or wetland permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). But do all consultants yield the same results? Wetland consultants are hired by developers, property owners, engineering firms, commercial and industrial clients to provide a number of services, including wetland delineations, wetland permitting and mitigation assistance. Wetland consultants...

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Kevin Williams On Leading Port Engineering & Construction Projects at Braun Intertec

Port Geotechnical Engineer and Testing Servicesing

Braun Intertec specializes in delivering services for a range of transportation project needs in several different market sectors, including aviation, heavy rail, local, county and state aid highway, ports, state DOTs, design-build, and transit. Each market sector has a highly experienced leader tasked with confirming client needs are met as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. Kevin Williams is the Braun Intertec transportation leader responsible for handling port projects. An Inside Look at the Braun Intertec Ports Transportation Team Since joining Braun Intertec, Kevin was hired to develop the Southern Gulf region. He started at the Texas City office and has...

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Engineer Amy Grothaus Leads the Braun Intertec Local, County and State Aid Highway Team

Asphalt Road

Account manager and senior engineer Amy Grothaus, has spent more than half of her career working for Braun Intertec. Now leading the company’s local, county and state aid highway team, Amy maintains her passion for civil engineering because of the way it improves the quality of people’s everyday lives. Braun Intertec clients who work with Amy experience her special brand of client attentiveness and her unique ability to run projects smoothly. Amy is a great example of the possibilities for career growth Braun Intertec offers employees. She started at Braun Intertec right out of college and was hired for a...

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Meet Transit Market Leader Josh Kirk

Central Corridor Light Rail Transit

Josh Kirk joined Braun Intertec straight after graduating college in 2002. He started in the field as an engineer in training (EIT) for about five years, and then transitioned into the office as a project engineer. Josh handled the management of testing work on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Line in 2009, and has been leading the transit market sector ever since. Now a senior geotechnical engineer in the Braun Intertec Engineering and Testing division , Josh is a leader in the transportation market sector, focusing on transit as his area of expertise. His experience working at Braun Intertec...

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Braun Intertec Aviation Leader Aaron Tast on Client Communication and Professional Development

Duluth International Airport

As a nursing major in college, Aaron Tast never imagined he’d one day be working for a geotechnical engineering firm on aviation projects. Newly married and with young children, Aaron had family working in contracting and construction, which got him interested in the industry. The skills he learned from his family evolved into a career path that led Aaron to Braun Intertec. Aaron is now a leader in the transportation market, specializing in aviation. He handles client interaction, communication, project management, throughout the project’s timeline. Leading Successful Aviation Projects Aaron works on a range of aviation projects, and truly appreciates...

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Braun Intertec State DOT Market Leader Jeff Gebhard Shares the Key to Effective Project Management


Jeff Gebhard is a great example of the opportunities available when Braun Intertec employee-owners discover their niche and continually aim to level up for the sake of professional fulfillment and client satisfaction. As vice president and principal engineer for the Braun Intertec transportation group overseeing state DOT projects, Jeff worked his way up in the industry, and has advice to share for those looking to do the same. Starting a Career in Geotechnical Engineering Jeff graduated from Iowa State University with an engineering degree. started with MnDOT in geotechnical engineering right out of Iowa State University . He joined Braun...

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Bryan Field Leads Design-Build Projects for Transportation

Hastings Bridge

Bryan Field is senior engineer and a leader in the transportation group at Braun Intertec, responsible for overseeing the design-build process. As a leader prioritizing collaboration and communication, our clients benefit from having Bryan at the helm of their transportation projects. What is Design-Build? Understanding the range of Bryan’s expertise at Braun Intertec requires a brief primer on design-build. Design-build is a streamlined project management process that allows Braun Intertec to work directly with a client to deliver project services from concept through to completion. Design-build can be effectively applied to any project type and size, which can lead to...

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