Since its inception in 1981, Brander has encouraged the concepts of sustainability and preservation by finding ways to reinforce or repair older buildings and structures, often when the client had been told that nothing short of demolition and replacement would suffice.
This concept of extending the useful life of existing buildings and structures has since been extended to the preservation of historic buildings. Brander has performed structural assessments and designed structural rehabilitations of historic buildings in the Green Bay area, including buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
More recently, Brander completed a Historic Structure Report for the 1903 Chase Stone Barn in nearby Oconto County, which the Town of Chase intends to convert into a community center with agricultural museum space. Working closely with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Brander identified the history, structural condition, and cultural resources of the building, which is listed on the National Register. To supplement our own expertise, Brander obtained and coordinated the services of six different specialty consultants, and incorporated those findings into the report.
With the understanding provided by our forensic engineering experience and the foundation provided by our structural testing and inspection ability, Brander is able to correctly identify building concerns and develop imaginative yet respectful solutions for the preservation of older and historic buildings.