Influential Environmental Restoration: What It Looks Like [VIDEO]

Posted by Sam Crawford, Project Manager on November 29, 2022

Brennan, working under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Chicago District, executed environmental dredging, sampling, capping, and habitat restoration to remediate an Area of Concern near East Chicago, IN. While complex, the objectives were clear: remediate sediment, mitigate oil sheen, and improve the ecological habitat. Successes and lessons learned during this project will influence operations and remediation efforts for the rest of Lake George Canal. 

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Brennan and UW-La Crosse Announce New Partnership To Strengthen Future for Students

Posted by Kimberly Walters on October 19, 2022

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) and J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. (Brennan) formally announce their partnership. The agreement between Brennan and UWL will further the educational opportunities for students studying environmental science, equipping them to start on the job right after they graduate.

Brennan is partnering with UWL to support student research and curriculum, and to strengthen the talent pipeline, both locally and within the environmental services industry.

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Brennan a Best Workplace in Construction, Ranked 14th Nationally by Fortune Magazine

Posted by Kimberly Walters on September 20, 2022

La Crosse, WI — Great Place to Work® and Fortune have honored J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. (Brennan) as one of the Best Workplaces in Construction. This is Brennan’s first time being named to this prestigious list, coming in at 14th place among small and mid-size companies. Earning a spot means that Brennan is one of the best companies to work for in the country.

The Best Workplaces in Construction award is based on the analysis of survey responses from over 25,000 employees from Great Place to Work-Certified companies in the construction industry. In that survey, 88% of Brennan’s employees said the company is a great place to work. This number is 31 points higher than the average U.S. company.

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Underwater ROVs: What Are They and How Are They Used?

Posted by Joe Baldoni on August 02, 2022

ROV stands for remotely operated vehicle. They are highly maneuverable unoccupied machines used to observe and work underwater, often in areas that are deemed too dangerous for commercial divers. ROV pilots can operate them from a nearby shore or boat.

Remotely operated vehicles are versatile tools commonly used in our industry to inspect, monitor underwater structures, and perform complex work tasks in depths divers cannot access. Although, more recreational ROVs are available with advancements in technology. These revolutionary machines are utilized by many industries to reduce costs to clients and keep divers safe in unknown or dangerous conditions.

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Local Partnership Provides Young Women With Opportunity To Explore the Trades [ VIDEO]

Posted by Kimberly Walters on July 11, 2022

Brennan worked in collaboration with The Boys & Girls Club of Greater La Crosse (Boys & Girls Club), the Women’s Fund of Greater La Crosse, Wieser Brothers General Contractor (Wieser), and Mathy Construction (Mathy) to organize an annual field trip for local female members. The event offered young women an opportunity to experience working at Brennan and to ask questions about working in the trades. It was a memorable day for all! Watch the video recap below: 

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Brennan Makes List of Top Contractors in America, 5 in Hazardous Waste

Posted by Kimberly Walters on June 15, 2022

LA CROSSE, Wis., June 14, 2022 ― Engineering News-Record (ENR) published its annual ranking of the largest U.S.-based general contractors, with specialty contractor J.F. Brennan Company (Brennan) making the list with an overall ranking of 351. Brennan is listed as the 5th largest contractor in the hazardous waste sector.

The demand for Brennan’s environmental remediation services has increased year over year on a national scale. Landing at the 5th spot among all hazardous waste contractors, Brennan is in an echelon of its own, as all its projects take place on, under, or alongside bodies of water.

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Brennan Announces Significant Expansion with New West Coast Acquisition

Posted by Kimberly Walters on May 03, 2022

LA CROSSE, Wis., May 3, 2022 ― Specialty construction firm J.F. Brennan Company (Brennan) formally announces its acquisition of California-based Harbor Offshore, Inc (HOI). HOI specializes in commercial diving, marine construction, maritime security barriers, and submarine cable installation.

Not only does the acquisition bring submarine cabling and maritime security barrier expertise to Brennan; it expands Brennan's operations geographically. With the addition of licensing along the West Coast, Hawaii, and Alaska, Brennan is now operable in all 50 states.

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Brennan Welcomes Hydro Expert Christopher Rousseau, P.E., F.ASCE

Posted by Kimberly Walters on March 10, 2022

Marine construction firm J.F. Brennan Company (Brennan) is excited to announce the addition of new Senior Estimator, Government Relations and Hydro Operations Manager Christopher Rousseau, P.E., F.ASCE to its team.

“We are fortunate to have Chris join our team,” says Vice President of Business Development Mark Binsfeld. “His firsthand knowledge of hydroelectric generation and surrounding regulatory factors will allow us to serve our clients more effectively.”

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J.F. Brennan Company Makes Safety A Priority

Posted by Shelley Byrne on December 14, 2021

Safety starts with putting people first.

It’s not just about checklists, inspections, and meetings, said Steve Skau, vice president of safety and compliance for J.F. Brennan Company. It’s also about everyone on a job having the ability to give feedback and know it will be valued.

“Everything we do at Brennan starts with safety, no matter what scope of work we’re doing,” Skau said. 

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Why Getting a Contractor’s Constructability Review Prior to Bid Release Matters

Posted by Derek Armstrong and William Simons on November 16, 2021

Constructability reviews are imperative to project success. They can save you money, reduce the risk of cost escalation, and are often provided pro-bono by a good contractor. When it comes to requesting a contractor's constructability review, timing is important. If the review is performed too late, problems could result, including confusion surrounding the project, loss of significant time and money, and hefty change orders later in the project. The question then is: when is the optimal time to have a contractor perform a constructability review?

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