Mark Behrens (Geo Tech)

Who is Mark?

Mark Behren’s international experience in both private and public sector projects brings a unique and valuable perspective to civil engineering.  Mark’s civil engineering specialties include geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, and surveying.

Until September of 2008, Mark served as the director of Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Materials Testing (CMT) Division for The Schneider Corporation. Prior to his employment with Schneider, Mark accumulated several years of experience in southern Africa, beginning in the early 1980’s. He gained experience in civil, surveying, structural, transportation engineering, pavement analysis /design, bridge inspections and geotechnical engineering by working for a large multi-disciplinary international engineering consulting firm (Stewart & Scott International).

His work experience and expertise in the United States has primarily focused on the geotechnical engineering sector. He also gained valuable experience in various aspects of civil, geotechnical forensic engineering, pavement analysis/design, geophysical and environmental engineering.

Terra Site Development, Inc.

As a company principal of TERRA, Mark Behrens is Director of Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Materials Testing (CMT) services and oversees all aspects of company services and managers TERRA’s engineering staff. He co-managers other corporate functions including business development for TERRA’s private and public clients, strategic partnerships, financial, quality control and community outreach services.


What you don’t know during the property purchase period can come back to haunt you after you have purchased your property. What is under a piece of property can be as important as what is on it. This is especially important when construction is being considered or when there may be contamination of soil or groundwater. The information obtained by a geotechnical investigation can help eliminate uncertainty, limit liability, and ultimately save time and money on construction projects. It is used by a wide variety of professionals such as architects, developers, bankers, civil/structural engineers and contractors


TERRA civil engineering consultants offer comprehensive civil and site design services. We collaborate and form a working partnership with clients so that they are informed throughout the engineering process. Our focus and ultimate goal is to deliver value engineered designs by performing the necessary due diligence and by performing a comprehensive study of alternative options prior to the final design phases of the project.  TERRA is a proponent of utilizing the latest cutting edge technologies such as 3D CAD software and when necessary to partner with experts in the industry in order to deliver the expected quality and value engineered option. Please give us a call at 317.399.1216 so that we can learn more about your specific needs.

Site Due Dilligence

♦ Environmental Phase I Assessment / Phase II Investigation

♦ Conceptual Site Evaluation /Layout

♦ Geotechnical Engineering Investigation/Design

♦ Geological & Geophysical Consulting

♦ Geotechnical / Soils Laboratory

Development Design

♦ Civil Engineering Site Design/Plan Development/Permitting

♦ Brownfield Site Inventory/Selection/Financing

♦ NEPA Environmental Documentation

♦ Environmental Remediation & Regulatory Closure

♦ Brownfield Redevelopment Project Management

Construction Consulting

♦ Owner’s Technical Representation

♦ Construction Materials Testing (CMT)

♦ Geotechnical Inspection

♦ Construction Materials Testing Laboratory


Honda Manufacturing Facility, Greenburg, Indiana

Managed the geotechnical engineering for the new $550 mil automotive facility on a 1,700 acre site. The study entailed shallow and several deep foundation options including various pavement design options such as compacted concrete pavement designs & specifications. Managed the on- site owner’s construction representative (engineer) for the geotechnical and civil engineering construction phases of the projects.

Purdue University

Mackey Arena Building expansion, West Lafayette, Indiana Managed and provided geotechnical consulting services for the expansion of the basket ball area.

H2O Mariner Project, Nashville Tennessee

Assisted and performed due diligence studies for this Brownfields redevelopmentproject. Thestudyincludedenvironmental,geotechnical and geophysical studies in order to delineate the extent and depth of a large buried landfill.

GETRAG / Chrysler Transmission Plant, Tipton County, Indiana

Geotechnical engineering study and Construction Consulting services for the new 850,000sf automotive facility on an approx. 230-acre site.

Purdue Research Parks, West Lafayette, Merrillville, and New Albany, Indiana

Performed geotechnical engineering studies for master planning purposes and building specific Purdue buildings at all three research parks. The studies entailed geotechnical and geophysical studies and 3-D modeling of large areas of buried peat bogs encountered at the Merrillville research park. Construction Materials Testing and Construction owner’s representative consulting services were performed for all the Purdue buildings.

PSI / Cynergy Combustion Turbine facility, Cadiz, Indiana

Geotechnical study which included deep foundations & mat foundations for the large gas turbine facility.

Indiana Heart Center Facility, Carmel, Indiana

Six-story, geotechnical investigation and foundation recommendations.

City of Carmel, Carmel, Indiana

Geotechnical investigations of several bridges, culverts and roundabouts.

Plainfield Metropolis Mall, Premier Properties USA, Plainfield, Indiana

Geotechnical engineering and Construction Materials Testing (CMT) services for the entire 850,000sf mall, which included anchors such as JC Penney, 18- screen Rave Theater, Dick’s Sporting Goods and over 60 individual stores.

110 Million Gallon Ethanol Plants, Linden & Marion, Indiana

Construction Materials Testing services for the owner and several sub- contractors.

PepsiCo Distribution Warehouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

Geotechnical engineering study of the approx. 1.1million sf facility.

Plainfield Waste Water Treatment plant, Plainfield, Indiana

Geotechnical engineering investigation of the large waste water treatment plant supporting sewer utilities and lift stations.

SuperTarget Store, Target Stores, Lafayette, Indiana

Geotechnical engineering study and Construction Materials Testing services.


Education and Affiliation

♦ Diploma in Civil Engineering, Cape Technikon, Republic of South Africa

♦ BS, Civil Engineering, Arkansas State University

♦ American Society of Civil Engineers

♦ Toastmasters International (1997 to Present)

♦ Purdue University, Engineering Department Student Advisory Committee (2006 to 2008)

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