Brandon H. Backlund, Engineer

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1949-1976


DBA: B. H. Backlund & Associates

Brandon H. Backlund, Engineer, was president and treasurer of B. H. Backlund & Associates.[4] He served on the Ethical Practices Committee of the National Society of Professional Engineers from 1955-1956.[5]

Backlund’s company was organized in Omaha in 1952, first as Backlund & Jackson, then as B. H. Backlund & Associates. The company focused on “[e]ngineering reports and investigations; economic feasibility studies; comparative construction cost analyses; services and fees evaluations for government and industry; organization and management conception and implementation; engineering and architectural design; preparation of plans and specifications; master planning; city, community, regional planning; construction administration, management, surveillance, inspection, layout; land surveying, subdivision, [and] development.”[4]

In 1971, Backlund discontinued his private practice, and partnered in McGaughy Marshall McMillan & Backlund, Engineers, Omaha, Nebraska, as vice-president.

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1962-1968

Norfolk, Nebraska, 1960

Educational & Professional Associations

1946: engineer, U. S. Army Engineers, Omaha, Nebraska.

1948: salesman, Dunbar Insurance, Omaha, Nebraska.

1949-1951: field engineer, Portland Cement Company, Omaha, Nebraska.

1952-1953: Backlund & Jackson, Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

1954-1970: engineer and owner, B. H. Backlund & Associates, Engineers & Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1971-1976: vice-president, McGaughy Marshall McMillan & Backlund, Engineers & Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[a]

Other Associations

1958-1967: employed James T. Casperson, architect.

1972: employed Anthony C. Hazuka, draftsman.

Buildings & Projects

Photo Studio (1953).[6][7][b]

Cuming County Courthouse (1953-1955), West Point, Nebraska.[1:104][b]

Fremont National Guard Armory (1954), Fremont, Nebraska.[3]

Mills County Courthouse (1958), Glenwood, Iowa.[2]

Brown County Courthouse (1959-1960), Ainsworth, Nebraska.[1:107]

Boyd County Courthouse (1966), Butte, Nebraska.[1:111]

Notes

a. Last Omaha directory listing, 1976.

b. In association with Jack Comp Jackson.[6][7]

References

1. Oliver B. Pollak, "Nebraska Courthouses: Contention, Compromise, and Community", Images of America Series (Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2002).

2. “Iowa’s Courthouses: Mills County,” Iowa Courthouses website, accessed July 10, 2013, http://www.iowacourthouses.org/mills.html

3. Plans and Specs, in Archives Record, Nebraska Military Department, p. 74. Nebraska State Historical Society. Printed Materials: Reports, Plans, and Studies, 1955-1976. RG0018, SG2, S14, B1. Online: http://nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/research/public/state_finding_aids/military_dept.pdf Accessed July 10, 2013.

4. Company description, isolated and undated page on the Universal Digital Library website, accessed July 10, 2013, http://tera-3.ul.cs.cmu.edu/NASD/4dcb85c3-9fee-4c83-9e6d-fe6ce5522b59/China/disk2/20050325-067/31006947/HTML/00000080.htm

5. “Canons of Ethics for Engineers (1957),” Codes of Ethics Collection, accessed July 10, 2013, http://ethics.iit.edu/ecodes/node/3258

6. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory First Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 271, accessed March 3, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1956%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

7. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Second Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 342, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1962%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Brandon H. Backlund, Engineer,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, January 27, 2013. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 20, 2019.


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