Brandon H. Backlund, Engineer
DBA: B. H. Backlund & Associates
Brandon H. Backlund, Engineer, was president and treasurer of B. H. Backlund & Associates. He served on the Ethical Practices Committee of the National Society of Professional Engineers from 1955-1956.
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.”
In 1971, Backlund discontinued his private practice, and partnered in McGaughy Marshall McMillan & Backlund, Engineers, Omaha, Nebraska, as vice-president.
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.
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]
1958-1967: employed James T. Casperson, architect.
1972: employed Anthony C. Hazuka, draftsman.
Buildings & Projects
Fremont National Guard Armory (1954), Fremont, Nebraska.
Mills County Courthouse (1958), Glenwood, Iowa.
Brown County Courthouse (1959-1960), Ainsworth, Nebraska.[1:107]
Boyd County Courthouse (1966), Butte, Nebraska.[1:111]
a. Last Omaha directory listing, 1976.
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
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, October 6, 2022.
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