William F. Braun, P.E.

William F. Braun, P.E.
Principal / Project Manager

EDUCATION: Pennsylvania State University
B.S. in Civil Engineering, 1988

REGISTRATION: Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION:  American Society of Highway Engineers
Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Mr. Braun has more than 22 years of experience as Project Manager and Design Engineer of private and public works project in the fields of civil and municipal engineering.  He has experience in design and construction inspection of roadway/bridge replacement and rehabilitation, trails, industrial/commercial buildings and civil site design.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Mr. Braun is responsible for preparation, management and coordination of commercial building and roadway/bridge replacement and rehabilitation projects including planning, subsurface investigations, environmental assessments, utility coordination, hydrologic/hydraulic reports, erosion and sedimentation control plans, structural design and analysis, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection permit requirements.  Duties include supervision of staff, technical direction, quality control, budgeting, scheduling and coordination.  Also, Mr. Braun has extensive hydrologic and hydraulic experience on civil engineering project including bridge design, bridge inspection, culvert design and stream improvements. Mr. Braun has intimate knowledge of hydrologic methods such as TR-55, Rational, PSU-IV, and hydraulic methods such as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Computer Program HEC-RAS.  Has experience in obtaining Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan approvals and DEP Dam and Waterway permits, structural design of both steel and masonry building, including foundation designs.  Mr. Braun has also completed ATC-20 and ATC-45 Post-Disaster Safety Evaluation Training. Projects include the following:

Commercial Buildings:

  • Creekside Mushrooms, Ltd. – Supervised the planning, design and construction of three separate phases of multi-million dollar composting buildings.  Evaluated industrial, recycle and storm-water management, structural design of unique concrete/laminated timber building with aerated floor, Labor and Industry approvals, coordinated design with European composting technical experts.  Also prepared evaluation of concrete and masonry sterilization buildings for maintenance requirements and future expansion options.  Included structural evaluations and roofing repairs/replacements.
  • Manor Township Municipal Building, Armstrong County – New 5700 SF single story masonry building.  Responsible for the design of the reinforced masonry walls, wood truss roof and spread footing foundations.  Over-excavation and compacted backfill was required for the foundations due to loose alluvial soil conditions.
  • City Hall Building Renovation , City of McKeesport, PA– Renovation of six-story commercial building converting it to municipal office use.  Designed covered “bridge” emergency exist over second floor roof and enclosed stair tower.  Structural design of proposed Council Chamber building which had a “green vegetated” roof.
  • Kiskiminetas Township Municipal Building, Armstrong County – Design of 2-story building addition for use of offices, meeting rooms and file rooms.
  • Kaminsky Building, Kittanning, PA – Building renovation to convert retail to professional offices.  Designed new wood truss roof system and 2-story elevator shaft walls and foundation.
  • Armstrong County Health Center – Designed four story elevator tower and foundation.

Bridges:

  • Preliminary and final design and construction inspection of the following Federal and/or State funded bridge replacement projects.  Includes alignment studies, pavement design, traffic control plans, environmental reports, T.S. & L reports, right-of-way plans, Hydraulic and Hydrologic Reports, foundation reports, structural design, P.S.&E., and construction inspection/management:
  • Betty Mill Bridge Replacement, Armstrong County, Beatty Mill Road over Buffalo Creek Construction Inspection and Management only.
  • Climax Bridge Replacement, Clarion, Armstrong County, T-970 over Redbank Creek – Construction Inspection and Management only.
  • Nulton Bridge Replacement, Armstrong County, T-572 over Cowanshannock Creek
  • Johnston Bridge Replacement, Armstrong County, T-666 over south Branch Plum Creek
  • Pine Furnace Bridge Replacement, Armstrong County, T-566 over South Fork Pine Creek
  • Lower McWilliams Bridge Replacement, Armstrong County, T-771 over Pine Run
  • McCrea Furnace Bridge Replacement, Armstrong County, T-748 over Mahoning Creek
  • Sagamore Bridge Replacement, Armstrong County T-718 over Cowanshannock Creek
  • Sherret Bridge Replacement, Armstrong County, T-840 over Huling Run
  • S.R. 66 Section 002, Clarion County, over Little Piney Creek
  • McMillen Bridge, Butler County, Morrow Road over Buffalo Creek
  • Frazer Bridge, Butler County, Keck Road over Branch of Bonniebrook Creek
  • Martin Mills Bridge Demo Project, Armstrong Co., T-628 over South Fork Pine Creek
  • Gilpin Township, Armstrong County – preliminary and final design and construction inspection of Federally funded bridge replacement project over Brady Run.
  • Gilpin Township, Armstrong County – box culvert replacement projects over Elder Run
  • Crompton Corp., Petrolia, PA – precast concrete arch bridge replace with timber bridge.
  • Allegheny Township, Westmoreland County – Copeland Bridge design and construction inspection of PennDOT funded project

Bridge Safety Inspector/Manager for:

  • N.B.I.S. Bridge Inventory Program for Butler County (144 bridges)
  • N.B.I.S. Bridge Inventory for Armstrong County (65 bridges)
  • N.B.I.S. Bridge Inventory for Indiana Borough (10 bridges)
  • N.B.I.S. Millvale Borough (11 bridges)
  • N.B.I.S. City of McKeesport (4 bridges)
  • N.B.I.S. Elizabeth Township (4 bridges)

Roadway:

  • Air Products, Inc. – Engineering and design of proposed haul road optimizing roadway alignment to facilitate right-of-way, environmental concerns, earthwork volumes, and wetland mitigation.
  • Design and permitting for flashing beacon at S.R. 66 intersection in Gilpin Township.
  • PennDOT, District 10-0 and 11-0 – Level 2 Drill Rig Inspector.

Trails:

  • Armstrong Tail Section 193, Armstrong County – Final Design and P.S.&E. of 1.4 mile bike/walking trail, work included trail design, access ramps, trail barriers, and cost estimates. Also, performed Inspector-In-charge duties during construction.
  • Allegheny Highlands Trail Master Plan, Somerset County – structural evaluations of existing tunnels, bridges, viaducts, culverts, and walls along with recommendations and cost estimates.
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