Is Building Enclosure Commissioning Necessary for My Project?

Braun Intertec Building Enclosure Commissioning BECx

What is a building enclosure? Before we dive into the concept of building enclosure commissioning, let’s first dig into building enclosures. What are they and what parts make up a complete enclosure? A building enclosure is made up of a building’s roof, walls, windows, doors and base floor system. This includes all materials, components, systems and assemblies whose function is to separate the interior of the building from the exterior. The building enclosure is meant to be airtight, waterproof, energy efficient and, sometimes, address safety issues like firestopping. What is building enclosure commissioning (BECx)? Building enclosure commissioning, which is often...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Thomas Dunnam, Materials Lab Manager, La Porte, Texas

This spring we met with Thomas Dunnam, Materials Lab Manager for our La Porte, Texas location about his new role, how he built his laboratory to include specialty sulfate and chloride soil testing and what it means to him to be an employee-owner. How long have you been the La Porte Materials Lab Manager with Braun Intertec?I’ve been here since May 2019. Before that I worked in materials labs in the La Porte area for almost five years. What is your background?I got a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Texas Tech University in 2011 and then I went on to...

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Leadership Spotlight with Josh Van Abel: Vice President

We recently sat down with Josh Van Abel to learn more about his new role as a Vice President and Twin Cities Engineering Group Manager. We asked him about his new role, how he got his start at Braun Intertec and the advice he has for new engineers entering the field. What is your current role at Braun Intertec?My current role is Vice President and Manager of the Twin Cities Engineering Group, which includes around 55 professional staff based in Bloomington and White Bear Lake, Minnesota. My other primary responsibilities include account manager and Principal Engineer on projects.  What is...

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Top 3 Things AWS CWIs Need to Know About Nondestructive Examination

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What Do AWS CWIs Need to Know About Nondestructive Examination? Certified welding inspectors’ (CWI) work is vital to confirming the safety and quality of the projects they support—but do you know how to properly leverage the insight your nondestructive examination (NDE) reports provide? As a CWI, you’re likely well-versed in visual testing (VT) but understanding methods like radiographic testing (RT), magnetic particle testing (MT) or ultrasonic testing (UT) and how they fit into the scope of a your day-to-day work will add critical value to your inspections. Familiarity with these methods and the report an NDE consultant will generate when...

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Veteran Jeff Smith Joins Braun Intertec

Braun Intertec, a Minneapolis-based engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the United States, is pleased to announce Jeff Smith, a 30-year veteran of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), has joined the Braun Intertec Environmental Consulting Group as a principal scientist and director of environmental compliance and permitting for the Upper Midwest. In his new role, Smith will be responsible for developing the environmental permitting and compliance practice and providing clients with best-in-class regulatory services. Jeff Smith, Principal Scientist and Director of Environmental Compliance and Permitting “I am delighted to welcome Jeff Smith to Braun Intertec,” says CEO,...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Terrence Young, Construction Materials Testing Project Manager in Beaumont, Texas

We recently visited Terrence Young out on a project site and asked him about his background with Braun Intertec, why he joined the company, our culture of safety and what he’s looking for when he’s filling CMT technician roles in the Beaumont, Texas office. Can you tell us about how long you’ve been with Braun Intertec and what attracted you to the company?I started two years ago in January. I have about twenty years of experience in construction materials testing (CMT) and started out as a senior CMT technician when I joined the Braun Intertec team. One of the reasons...

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Leadership Spotlight with Kim Macy: Vice President

We recently spoke with Kim Macy to learn more about her new role as Vice President and leader of the South Central Engineering and Testing group. We asked her about her background, what she enjoys about working at Braun Intertec in this new role, and advice she has for those just starting their career. What is your current role at Braun Intertec?I lead the engineering and testing group for the South Central Region and am a Vice President. We have more than 200 employee-owners in our group who strive daily to be the consultant of choice for our clients. Additionally,...

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Braun Intertec Office Spotlight: Port Arthur, Texas

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One of the newest Braun Intertec office locations is Port Arthur, Texas. This location is dedicated specifically to our drilling services in contrast to other Braun Intertec Texas locations that house our full suite of services which range from geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and nondestructive examination. We spoke to Bryan Landers, a Business Unit Leader based in our Beaumont office, to learn more about what makes our drilling location in Port Arthur special. Why did we open an office in Port Arthur?With the massive amount of growth we have been seeing in this region, demand for our geotechnical drilling...

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Leadership Spotlight with Gene Murray: Vice President of Sales

We recently spoke with Gene Murray to learn more about his new role as Vice President of Sales at Braun Intertec. We asked Gene about his background, what his favorite part of his role is, and what he feels makes Braun Intertec unique. What is your current role at Braun Intertec?I am the Vice President of Sales, so my team is responsible for bringing in new clients to the company. What is your professional background?I received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Earth Science from the University of South Dakota. I’ve also received a master’s degree in Hydrogeology from the University...

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Leadership Spotlight with Andy Adams: Vice President and Principal Scientist

We recently spoke with Andy Adams to learn more about his new role as Vice President and Principal Scientist. We asked him about his background, what he enjoys about working at Braun Intertec and his new role, and his advice for those just starting their career. What is your current role at Braun Intertec? I am a Vice President and Principal Scientist in the clients and markets section that focuses on Energy, Industrial, and Legal sectors. I work specifically on energy and industrial projects, but also aid the greater Environmental Consulting (Encon) office on any and all projects. What is...

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