Brendan Quirk’s attraction to geology stems from his enthusiasm for the outdoors and his fascination with natural history. He began his professional development studying at James Madison University where he gained experience identifying the characteristics and attributes of the different geologic environments and formations of the east coast. After achieving his Bachelor’s degree in geology, he continued his education at Virginia Tech, studying geotechnical engineering so as to better apply his knowledge to real world settings, as opposed to remaining in the realm of the purely academic.
Brendan has worked on projects located in all five of Virginia’s major geologic regions as well as Maryland and overlying dozens of unique geologic formations. He has produced reports of Subsurface Exploration and Geotechnical Engineering Analyses which provided information about the conditions of the particular sites and recommendations concerning geotechnical related aspects of the proposed construction. Brendan’s involvement with these project typically continues into the construction phase where additional geotechnical consultation is warranted and testing and inspection services are required.
Besides the emphasis on geotechnical work, Brendan has performed the role of F&R’s project manager for countless CMT projects which have included sizable projects such as academic buildings, apartment complexes, parking garages, and collegiate student housing. As a result of his exemplary work in the realm of construction materials testing, he was awarded F&R’s 2014 CMT professional of the year and since assuming the role of Branch Manager, he was recognized as Manager of the Year in 2018.
As the newly appointed Director of Energy Client Services, Brendan interacts closely with some of F&R’s largest clients (and gets to relocate again!). He is also responsible for generating new relationships within the Energy sector. He coordinates interoffice efforts within F&R to ensure that deadlines are met and deliverables are maintained. This includes the logistical operation of sharing drilling assets, coordination of site layouts, balance of personnel work loads, and maintaining open communication regarding the expectations of the client and progress of the work. When needed, he provides review or engineering support to projects.