Hardesty & Hanover taps Farmer to lead freight rail

Written by Kyra Senese, managing editor
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Bret Farmer, PE | Photo: Angela Perry/ Hardesty & Hanover

Hardesty & Hanover (H&H) has added Bret Farmer, PE, as the firm’s new national director of Freight Rail.

In his new role, Farmer will lead the practice, which includes bridge, station and facility design, inspection and maintenance services for the firm’s freight railroad clients.

H&H says he is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota, where he served on the Board of Directors, and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, where he currently serves as incoming chairman of Committee 8 – Concrete Structures and Foundations.

Farmer brings to H&H more than 26 years of experience in transportation engineering, focusing on freight rail projects.

Most recently, he served as vice president of a national engineering firm, leading its rail practice.

He managed all aspects of the firm’s multidisciplinary rail group, which was comprised of more than 45 engineers, architects, surveyors, designers and construction managers located in six offices throughout the U.S.

His experience includes work with Class 1, shortline and passenger railroads, as well as providing railroad coordination for public agencies and private industrial clients.

An alumnus of Iowa State University, Farmer earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil and Construction Engineering with an emphasis in structures and his MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

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