Ryan Benson, PE Joins Braun Intertec

Ryan Benson, PEPrincipal Engineer Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with more than 35 offices in seven states, is pleased to announce Ryan Benson, PE has joined the Braun Intertec team in Hibbing, Minnesota. Benson brings more than 20 years of experience in geotechnical consulting, foundation system design, design of value engineered ground modification foundation systems, project management and land development. “We are thrilled to welcome Ryan to our team of employee-owners at Braun Intertec,” said Jon Carlson, Braun Intertec CEO. “He is an exceptionally well-rounded leader and skilled engineer who brings experience in multiple industries, operational leadership,...

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Environmental Consulting Firm Anderson Kelsey Group Joins Braun Intertec

Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with more than 35 offices in seven states, is pleased to announce the entire team of  Anderson Kelsey Group (AKG), a Minnesota-based environmental consulting firm, has joined Braun Intertec. “I am pleased to have the talented team from AKG join our employee-owners,” says Jon Carlson, CEO of Braun Intertec. “The addition of AKG expands our permitting and compliance practice and enhances our ability to provide these services to clients nationwide.” The AKG team has deep experience working with clients ranging from industrial, healthcare facilities, and national retailers. One recent example is assisting...

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The 3 Most Common Deep Foundation Integrity Test Methods

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Successful projects all start with planning and design, end with construction, and include quality programs for every step. For successful deep foundation projects, that means quality control and assurance to validate design assumptions and determine if the deep foundation was installed as planned. To do this we perform integrity testing, which is a set of nondestructive tests that assist engineers as they evaluate the in-place condition of a deep foundation. What are the most used test methods for deep foundation integrity testing? Braun Intertec performs integrity tests most often on drilled, deep foundations since the act of driving a pile...

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Exposed Drilled Soldier Piles for Permanent Foundation Walls

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2020 issue of Foundation Drilling Magazine The Archive, located in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis’s Historic Warehouse District, is a 270,000 square foot apartment building consisting of six levels above-grade and three levels of below grade-parking. The 312 below grade parking spaces will provide public parking and service the 198 apartments in the building; providing considerably more parking than available to adjacent residences in this fast-growing hipster neighborhood. The North Loop name refers to the streetcar line that once served the area. Historically, the North Loop was an industrial area packed with...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Pat LaPlante, Level II NDE Technician, Minneapolis, MN

We recently met with Pat LaPlante, Level II NDE Technician out of our Minneapolis, Minnesota office to discuss his role and what he loves about his job. What is your role at Braun Intertec?I’ve grown with Braun Intertec for more than 30 years and have been lucky enough to work on some major projects with my team. My role here is to perform nondestructive testing services on various components in the field and laboratory. Some of my everyday tasks include structural steel inspections, welder certification, bolting inspections, plan detail interpretation, and code book interpretation. I am responsible for communication with subcontractors,...

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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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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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Bob Janssen Recieves Friend of Minnesota Counties Award

Pictured above: Don Theisen, Washington County Public Works Director, and Bob Janssen, President and Principal Engineer at Braun Intertec. Congratulations to Bob Janssen, President of Braun Intertec, for receiving the “Friend of Minnesota Counties Award” from the Minnesota County Engineers Association (MCEA), an association of county engineers from each of Minnesota’s 87 counties who work to promote their profession and uphold the engineering code of ethics. The "Friend of Minnesota Counties Award" is presented at the MCEA Annual Banquet to an individual who upholds the engineering code of ethics and has served Minnesota counties with excellence in supporting transportation endeavors...

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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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Charles Cadenhead, PE Joins Braun Intertec as Minnesota Transportation Division Director

Braun Intertec is pleased to announce that Charles Cadenhead, PE has joined our team as Principal and Minnesota Transportation Division Director. Leading our Minnesota transportation operations, Charles will assist with quality initiatives, including transportation-related construction services, as well as business development pursuits related to transportation in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Charles brings 25 years of experience in all aspects of transportation engineering, including planning, design, construction, and maintenance. With significant experience as both an engineer and construction manager for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Charles provides unique insight to Minnesota’s transportation needs. Most recently, Charles served as the Associate...

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