Brandon H. Backlund, Engineer

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Norfolk, 1960, and Omaha, Nebraska, 1962-1968

DBA: B. H. Backlund Associates, Engineers & Architects, Omaha, Nebraska, 1952-1968

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 of Nebraska architect entries 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]


a. Last Omaha directory listing, 1976.

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


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,

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: Accessed July 10, 2013.

4. Company description, isolated and undated page on the Universal Digital Library website, accessed July 10, 2013,

5. “Canons of Ethics for Engineers (1957),” Codes of Ethics Collection, accessed July 10, 2013,

6. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory First Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 271, accessed March 3, 2010,

7. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Second Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 342, accessed April 4, 2010,

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. Accessed, December 5, 2022.

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