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 Environmental Engineer, Kaitlin Ouverson, Nominated for MNCREW Community Impact Award

Today, Braun Intertec environmental engineer Kaitlin Ouverson will be recognized as a nominee for the Community Impact Award at the MNCREW celebration awards. This awards ceremony recognizes outstanding women who have displayed leadership, an understanding of the commercial real estate industry and have been a positive influence within their own firms and the greater industry. MNCREW, Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women, is an organization whose mission is to transform the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. Members of this organization include anyone involved in a real estate transaction such as brokers, developers, general contractors, engineers, attorneys and marketing...

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Brian Conrad joins Braun Intertec in Kansas City

Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the central United States, is pleased to announce Brian Conrad has joined our Kansas City office. Conrad joins the firm as a senior environmental scientist bringing nearly 20 years of field investigation and project management experience under state-led environmental programs and private consulting since 2004. “We are pleased to welcome Brian as a new employee-owner to Braun Intertec,” says Jon Carlson, CEO of Braun Intertec. “Brian’s blend of experience in environmental policy, private-sector due diligence and brownfield site redevelopment will be a major asset to our firm as we...

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2017 ReScape Awards: Braun Intertec Project Winners

Rescape awards CHPP team

Three projects that Braun Intertec participated in recently won a ReScape award at the 2017 Minnesota Brownfields ReScape awards event. Every year, the ReScape awards recognize unique projects that demonstrate innovation, collaboration, and exemplary results in revitalizing formerly contaminated land. Braun Intertec was a significant contributor in six of the twelve finalist projects featured at the awards event. The six finalist projects were: 700 Central (Minneapolis): Community Impact Award Winner University of Minnesota Combined Heating and Power Plant (Minneapolis): Environmental Impact Award Winner Northern Stacks Buildings II & III (Fridley): Small City Impact Award Winner Catholic Charities Higher Ground St. Paul...

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Brownfield Site Basics: What to Expect

Brownfield Site Basics

We’ve all heard the term “Brownfields.” For many, it’s a lackluster term that elicits visions of a brown ugly piece of land – and often that description is not too far off!  For others, it’s a potential diamond in the rough that just needs the right cut and a little polishing to make it shine. Brownfield sites are abandoned, idled or underused industrial and commercial properties where there is real or perceived contamination that is inhibiting the redevelopment of that property. Prior to the Land Recycling Act in 1992 (and subsequent revisions), redevelopment of Brownfield sites was uncommon as many...

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Braun Intertec Research Highlighted at MN Brownfield Event

MN Brownfields

Braun Intertec, one of the Upper Midwest’s premier engineering, consulting and testing firms, had the honor of sending two representatives as highlighted speakers in a joint presentation with MnDOT at the recent Minnesota Brownfields Vapor Intrusion Forum. From the Environmental Consultant group: Mike Beck, Senior Engineer, and Jackie Dylla, Senior Scientist, were invited to present the results of a recently completed project with MnDOT in which Braun Intertec researched and identified guidance documents applicable to managing intrusion of contaminated soil vapor into utility corridors constructed within MnDOT roadways. The research included reviewing guidance documents published by Minnesota and federal regulatory...

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