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Brad Lindaman

Vice President, Senior Water Resources Engineer

In 1982, Brad set out to study landscape architecture at Iowa State University following his passion for golf in pursuit of his dream job: designing golf courses. Through his coursework, however, he found himself drifting more toward civil engineering, focusing mostly on water-related concerns. With an engineering degree in hand, Brad landed at Barr, where he developed expertise in surface water quality, lake protection and remediation, and flooding issues.

During much of Brad’s 24-year career he has served as the District Engineer for the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, helping the organization reduce flooding and improve surface water quality throughout their 56-square-mile drainage area on the east side of St. Paul.
When a flood-control project came up at Minnesota’s Owatonna Country Club in 2002, he jumped at the chance to combine his engineering experience with his design background and love of golf. Brad led the final design effort including writing the specifications for the course’s greens, tees, bunkers, fairways,  and hazard areas. In 2006, the project won a “Grand Award” for engineering excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies (Minnesota) and a “Seven Wonders of Engineering Award” from the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers.  This work has led to projects at other Twin Cities courses, including Interlachen, Deer Run, Windsong, and Highland Park.
Brad’s other great passion—water skiing—found a way into his work, too. At a water skiing tournament with his family in 2000, Brad had a chance meeting with an avid waterskier/land developer who needed help developing manmade lakes specifically suited to the sport. Since then, he’s served as the principal, project manager, and lead designer for several man-made water skiing lakes in the upper Midwest.
Brad recently took on the leadership of Barr’s Water Resources group. In this role, he oversees strategic planning, client service, business and staff development, and serves on Barr’s Management Team.
Outside of work, Brad enjoys spending time with his wife and three children—often on the water or the golf course.