William L. “Bill” Bredar – Honored in 2002
A professional engineer and former Navy pilot, Bill Bredar's training as an aviator enabled him to bring the skills of a prominent engineering firm to government throughout Colorado. His unique abilities in flying and engineering served clients in the most remote areas of this state.
He and his colleagues at the firm of Henningson, Durham and Richardson (IIDR) designed projects large and small in Colorado including portions of Denver International Airport.
Bill was born in Davenport, Iowa in 1924. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy to become a pilot. He soloed in 1944 and graduated in 1945 with the Gold Wings of the U.S. Navy. After separation, he earned a civil engineering degree from Iowa State College, joined HDR in Omaha and later opened their first branch office in Colorado Springs in 1957.
As he served cities, towns and other units of government over 30 years, he flew into 62 different Colorado airports. He once landed the company's 180 on Lake City's unpaved River Street which doubled as the town's air strip.
In addition to the DIA projects, HDR designed the original Metro Denver Sewage Treatment Plant, the Air Force Accounting and Finance Center at Lowry and the addition to the Cadet Library at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Other projects followed throughout the west.
Bill became expert in aerial photography and shot hundreds of his firm's projects. He has taken many aerials of various facilities and donated them to churches and other institutions.
He has flown mercy flights aiding those in medical need, and his written works have been published in engineering and aviation publications.
In his 37 years with HDR, he flew hundreds of clients to and from projects promoting Colorado commerce and industry. He currently is an active pilot in his A36 Bonanza.
In 53 years of flying, Bill has accumulated some 8000 hours piloting both company and his own aircraft.
Bill Bredar is known around Colorado for his integrity, character and loyalty to the aviation, engineering and business communities. He and his family are significant contributors to their church and cultural organizations. He is a Fellow and Life Member in the American Society of Civil Engineers and belongs to many aviation organizations.
Flown west 4/24/2020