WBK News

WBK is pleased to announce that Survey Practice Lead Donald Rericka has completed the Certified Federal Surveyors Program and has earned the CFedS certification.  Mr. Rericka is one of only three surveyors located in the State of Illinois with a current CFedS certification.

According to the CFedS website, the Certified Federal Surveyors Program is co-administered by the United States Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and provides extensive training for Professional Land Surveyors in dealing...

May 30, 2017 - WBK is pleased to announce that John Peradotti, PE, SE, has joined our Transportation Group as a Senior Structural Engineer.  John is a truly exceptional find in this industry.  He brings experience and a proven track record of success in the structural engineering area, which will be invaluable in meeting the departmental goals and objectives.  His experience includes work on Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Highway Tollway Authority bridges as well as local bridge projects.  

His most recent role has been to act as...

WBK on behalf of our clients is honored to have gained signifcant recognition for engineering achievement in 2016: 

Busse Woods Reservoir South Dam Modifications - Elk Grove Village
2017 American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois Engineering Excellence Award – Merit Award
2016 American Society of Civil Engineers Illinois Section Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement, <$10M

Spring Brook No.1 Creek & Wetland Restoration - Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
2017 American Council of...

APWA’s Fox Valley Branch has selected the Franklinville Road Over Franklinville Creek Bridge Replacement project as Public Works Project of the Year in the category Transportation – Less than $5 Million.  Through diligent planning, public involvement, project staging and environmental considerations, WBK Engineering worked with McHenry County Division of Transportation (DOT) to develop a progressive solution that exceeded the standard of care and enhanced local habitat. This project will next be submitted as a nominee for an award at the Chapter level.

The Busse Woods Reservoir – South Dam Modification project has been given the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. The award is given by the Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 

WBK Engineering developed the project approach, planning and design and resident engineering for construction of the dam modification to the Busse Woods Reservoir for flood risk mitigation.  “Working together, this project and the long range vision for flood mitigation infrastructure across two counties, was realized.  The Village of Elk Grove...

Monica Crinion has been selected by the Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to receive the Young Civil Engineer of the Year Award.

Monica joined WBK Engineering in 2014 and works with the structural department on projects performing project management and structural design.  She has 8 years of experience in transportation engineering including Phase I, II and III services on State, Municipal, County and Illinois Tollway projects.    “We are proud that ASCE recognized what we at already know - that Monica is a credit to the...

WBK Engineering, LLC, expanding its Midwest presence for professional engineering services, announces the opening of its third office location, this one in Battle Creek, Michigan.

“We are excited to bring the WBK model of providing innovative, sustainable design services and cost effective techniques to clients in Michigan”, said John Wills, President. Local resident, Justian Crane leads the Michigan operation, and brings to WBK his many years of engineering experience in the southwest Michigan area.

WBK Engineering is a civil engineering, planning...

The Kane County Division of Transportation (KDOT) has named WBK Engineering the 2015 Phase I / II Consultant of the Year.  This award was based in part on the successful implementation of the Walker Road over Burlington Creek and Jericho Road over Blackberry Creek Bridge Replacement projects, as well as getting the Allen Road over Hampshire Creek Bridge Replacement project to construction.

WBK recognizes Andy Underwager (Phase I Lead) and Brent Pottorff (Phase II Lead) on this special accomplishment.  These projects truly exhibit a team effort from the standpoint that...

The Klein Creek Flood Mitigation Project was the preferred alternative from the Klein Creek Watershed Plan Addendum, approved by DuPage County Board in 2010. Design and permitting of this project began in 2011 and was ready for bid in 2013 with construction beginning in June 2014. The project is a collaborative effort between DuPage County Stormwater Management, the Village of Carol Stream and the Carol Stream Park District to reduce flooding for approximately 60 properties in the surrounding neighborhood that...

The Busse Woods South Dam modification project in Elk Grove Village, Illinois features two adjustable steel gates.

This video shows the first test operation on the west gate:

Wills Burke Kelsey Associates, Ltd. is pleased to announce that we have been awarded an Individual Task Order IDIQ contract to provide civil engineering professional services to support Fermi Research Alliance LLC (FRA), the sole contractor to The United States Department of Energy for all operation and development of facilities at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois.  FRA is planning some exciting site renovations over the next few years as they work to stay competitive in the major physics research world and WBK looks forward to supporting their efforts to maintain and grow the...

Wills Burke Kelsey Associates, Ltd. is excited to introduce the newest member of our team. Chris Brazas, P.E. joined WBK on March 2nd as a Construction Project Engineer expanding the depth of construction experience we can offer to clients. Chris brings more than 30 years of industry experience; completing a successful career with the Illinois Department of Transportation. Chris’ most recent role at IDOT was as Local Agency Area Engineer for all of Lake and McHenry Counties.  His extensive construction project background and proficiency of IDOT practices make him an invaluable asset...

The Village of Carol Stream celebrated the successful completion of its project to replace the Illini Street Bridge over Klein Creek with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 27th. WBK performed Phase I, II and III services for the project. The existing Illini Drive Bridge was a two span 20.8 foot long pre-stressed concrete slab bridge over Klein Creek constructed in 1974. In 1993, the Village built a reinforced concrete slab over the old deck beams to help distribute the load on the existing structure. During a routine bridge inspection conducted in 2011 it...

In 2011 and 2012 Wills Burke Kelsey Associates provided professional ​engineering services to the Illinois Department of Transportation District 2 for the feasibility study and contract documents for the partial insertion lining of twin 14-foot CMP culverts carrying Mud Creek under I74/I280. The insertion lining system determined to be the best solution was a 144-inch diameter Smooth Cor pipe supplied by Contech Engineered Solutions.  To date, this is the largest culvert reline...

In the aftermath of the April 2013 floods, the Village of Downers Grove undertook a number of data gathering and analysis initiatives which culminated in the identification of a total of 21 locations distributed throughout the Village which would be the subjects of the 2014 Stormwater Project Analysis, performed by WBK. The purpose of this study was to develop at least one feasible project for each study area, then recommend a prioritization framework which the Village could use to determine how to focus their expenditures on Stormwater Infrastructure.

The result is a suggested...