Congratulations to our expanded leadership team

We’ve got some exciting news to kick off the new year (and new decade)! You may have noticed some new names and faces on our Leadership page. We are thrilled to share with you some changes we are making at Braun Intertec and announce several promotions to our leadership team. Our diverse and talented team of leaders continues to grow just as our organization has expanded into new markets and service offerings. Senior Leadership We have added the following individuals to our senior leadership team: Nic AndreaniScott BeadlestonMichael BratrudTim LenwaySean SwartzRyan Venable These leaders join the current senior leadership team,...

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Meet Ben Albrecht: From Co-Op to Staff Engineer

Meet Staff Engineer Ben Albrecht Ben Albrecht first joined Braun Intertec as a co-op, and now works full time as a staff engineer with our geotechnical consulting group. We asked Ben about his experience as a Braun Intertec co-op, what advice he had for incoming co-ops and how the co-op program prepared him in his career path. What is your current position at Braun Intertec and what did your career path look like to get there? I’m currently a staff engineer at Braun Intertec. I originally signed on for a 3-month summer internship with our geotechnical consulting group. After the...

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Braun Intertec Supports Engineers Without Borders to Build New School in Guatemala

Engineers without Borders - Guatemala

Ben Tanko, a geotechnical engineer from our Bloomington office, recently traveled to Guatemala with a group of engineers from Minneapolis/St. Paul to help build a school in a rural community. Ben is a member of the Minnesota chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). EWB is a nonprofit organization that partners with communities in developing countries to help design, fund, and construct projects they need. Common projects that many communities request include new schools, water distribution systems, sanitary systems or bridges. Since March, Ben and the rest of the design team have been working on designing and funding a new school...

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EPA Repeal of 2015 Clean Water Act Rule: What’s Next?

Wetland delineation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced September 12 the finalized repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Act rule which expanded the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and limited pollution into surface waters of the U.S. through regulations and permitting. The EPA rule is now expected to cover fewer waterways and narrow existing protections, covering only wetlands adjacent to a major body of water, or bodies connected to a major waterway by surface water. Opponents of this rule have felt this repeal was long overdue and expect it will reduce federal permitting requirements for development and industry. History...

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Meet the Team: La Porte Office Spotlight

About Our Team Home to more than 30 engineers, technicians and scientists, our La Porte, Texas office first opened in May 2019, and currently provides geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and nondestructive examination services. We sat down with the La Porte Operations Manager, Kevin Williams, to discuss what services and expertise our La Porte office can provide to clients on the Gulf Coast, what sets the team apart from other engineering firms in the area, and our involvement in the community.  Why did we open an office in this area?La Porte is located in the center of the oil and...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Tim Williams, Level Three NACE Inspector

Employee-Owner Spotlight: Tim Williams, Level Three NACE Inspector We recently spoke with Tim Williams to learn more about his role in our nondestructive examination group (NDE) as a level three National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) inspector from our Bloomington, Minnesota office. We wanted to get to know his professional background, his experience as a Braun Intertec employee-owner and whether he had advice for future Braun Intertec employees and future NACE inspectors. What is your role at Braun Intertec? Tim: I’m a level three NACE inspector. Typically, level three work requires writing and reviewing specifications, looking at coating systems, evaluating...

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Braun Intertec Volunteers with Adopt a Highway

Several of our employee-owners recently volunteered their time to clean up a two-mile segment of I-94 as part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) Adopt a Highway Program. Braun Intertec has participated in the program since 2015, which has volunteers pledge to pick up litter along Minnesota’s state highways at least twice a year. The Adopt a Highway program first started in 1990 and helps the state of Minnesota save over $7 million each year. Braun Intertec is proud to volunteer our time to help keep our roadways free of litter and contribute to a cleaner environment in our...

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Why Site Redevelopment with Both Geotechnical and Environmental Engineers is Critical

Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants

Redeveloping property is often a thorny task. This is particularly true for sites with a history of industrial use which are frequently littered with uncontrolled fills, construction materials, abandoned structures and industrial waste. Now, imagine these materials scattered anywhere near or below the groundwater surface and you have a bit of a predicament on your hands. The steps you need to take next to address these impacts can be very costly. Some of the costliness is a result of uncoordinated environmental and geotechnical investigations which could have been avoided with the right project partners. In these scenarios excessive costs originate...

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Braun Intertec Volunteers at Girl Time 2019

A few of our Braun Intertec employee-owners recently made their way out to the Works Museum to lead an activity for its Girl Time 2019 event. Girl Time is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) event that allows girls and their families to experience the work of women scientists and engineers through hands-on demonstrations. Promoting Women in STEM With women representing only 13% of the engineering workforce, this event aims to inspire girls and get them excited about the possibilities of engineering from female role models. Girl Time provides an opportunity for girls to interact with women in STEM...

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