With 30+ years of experience in bridge building for the Texas Department of Transportation, Dean Van Landuyt (van-LAND-it) joins his long-time friend Greg Stephens on this episode to talk about bridges. They discuss the engineering and construction that goes into building, the challenges that often go unseen, and Dean’s experience constructing his own home over 25 years.

3 Key Takeaways

  • There are many unseen challenges to bridge building, including traffic, drainage, and cranes. Imagine remodeling your kitchen from November to January, while hosting Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas parties.
  • Dean found valuable feedback while at TxDOT working with maintenance and construction engineers. It allowed for more information to flow back and forth and improved the quality of their work.
  • Be bold and daring in your life. Dean’s most proud construction he worked on was the unprecedented West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth.

About Dean


Dean William Van Landuyt, P.E.


Associate Principal at Architectural Engineers Collaborative

•  BSCE:  1982 and MSE: 1991–University of Texas-Austin

•  32-year design career at TxDOT

•  Won national bridge design awards for bridges in Beaumont, Waco, and Matagorda

•  Member of Academy of Distinguished Alumni in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at University of Texas


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Documentary on Fort Worth Bridge