WBK Positioned for Growth in 2019

WBK Positioned for Growth in 2019

In March of 2019, ownership of WBK Engineering, LLC transitioned from 51% to 100% tribally owned, precipitated by the desire to speed up and enhance the growth objectives of the company. At the same time, a change in leadership occurred with Greg Chismark, P.E. being named President, and Chuck Hanlon as Vice President of Operations. The prior president, John Wills, will continue to work with WBK on a project by project basis. WBK looks forward to new collaborative efforts with Seven Generations  A + E, an architectural firm based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and expanding our geographic footprint and engineering / professional service opportunities throughout the Midwest.

“We look forward to the future with optimism, building on the prior success of WBK Engineering. We are committed to providing excellent service, quality solutions, efficient project delivery and creating a work environment that promotes growth and development.”  – Greg Chismark

Doug Breunlin Retires

Doug Breunlin Retires

Doug Breunlin will retire at the end of 2018!  Doug has been an integral part of our company for the last 46 years, starting with Robert H. Anderson Associates in 1972 and staying with the same firm through all the changes to WBK Engineering today.  Doug will be remembered for his commitment, thoroughness and attention to detail and team spirit by all those who have worked with him and by many longstanding clients as well.  WBK wishes Doug many wonderful years of retirement.  He will be missed!

WBK Welcomes Summer Interns

WBK Welcomes Summer Interns

WBK welcomes three summer interns who will join us starting next week.  Cole Bonebrake, current student at University of Alabama, joins the Transportation Group; RJ Yoder, recent University of Purdue graduate, joins the Water Resources Group; and Matthew Parks, current student at Taylor University, joins WBK’s Michigan Practice Group.  We look forward to hosting you for the summer!  

WBK Awarded Federal SBA 8(a) Certification

WBK Awarded Federal SBA 8(a) Certification

WBK Engineering, LLC has been certified as a participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s SBA 8(a) Business Development Program.  

The 8(a) Business Development Program is an assistance program for entities considered small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.  The Native 8(a) program is a designation for those companies certified which have Native American ownership.  WBK qualifies for this program as a member of the Mno-Bmadsen Family.  Mno-Bmadsen is the investment enterprise of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.

“This represents a big step forward into new markets, opening new possibilities for WBK Engineering LLC and through WBK the citizens of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians”, says John Wills, President of WBK.  “The goal of our partnership to bring the strength of our tribal nation together with a great group of scientists and engineers is rapidly taking shape,” says Troy Clay, President & CEO of Mno-Bmadsen.  “As partners, our primary growth objective was in federal contracting.  We are well on our way there.” 

2016 Achievements

2016 Achievements

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 Engineering Companies of Illinois Engineering Excellence Award – Special Achievement Award

Franklinville Road Over Franklinville Creek Bridge Replacement – McHenry County Division of Transportation 
2017 APWA Awards – Fox Valley Branch Public Works Project of the Year in the category Transportation – Less than $5 Million

Klein Creek Flood Mitigation Project – DuPage County
2016 Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (IAFSM) Project Awards Winner
2016 American Public Works Association Public Works Project of the Year Award – Suburban Branch 
2016 American Public Works Association Public Works Project of the Year – Chicago Metro Chapter 
2016 American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois Engineering Excellence Award – Special Achievement Award

Monica Crinion, PE
2016 American Society of Civil Engineers Illinois Section, Young Civil Engineer of the Year Award

WBK Engineering, LLC
Kane County Division of Transportation Phase I/II Consultant of the Year 2015 (Awarded in March, 2016)

Franklinville Road Bridge Project Wins APWA Fox Valley Branch Award

Franklinville Road Bridge Project Wins APWA Fox Valley Branch Award

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.

Busse Woods Reservoir – South Dam Modification Project given Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award

Busse Woods Reservoir – South Dam Modification Project given Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award

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 Village was the driving force in seeing that every hurdle was overcome,” said John Wills, President of WBK.

“The Busse Dam modification project is helping to alleviate flooding in both Cook and DuPage Counties.  Elk Grove Village as well as the many communities downstream along Salt Creek are benefitting from the reduction in flooding,” according to the project owner, Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

This award is presented to the engineering project within the ASCE Illinois Section that exhibit greatest engineering skills and represent the greatest contribution to Civil Engineering progress and Mankind.  Award winners will be honored at the 2016 ASCE IL Section Awards Gala to be held on October 13, 2016.

WBK Expands Midwest Operations

WBK Expands Midwest Operations

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, survey and environmental resources consulting firm dedicated to providing customer centered professional engineering services to clients throughout the Midwest, with two office locations in Northern Illinois and now in Michigan. WBK is a member of the Mno-Bmadsen family of Companies.

The new office location is at 14250 Beadle Lake Road, Suite 120, Battle Creek, Michigan, 49014. For more information about the new location, call 269.224.3182.

WBK Named KDOT 2015 Phase I/II Consultant of the Year

WBK Named KDOT 2015 Phase I/II Consultant of the Year

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 nearly all of WBK service areas were critical to the successful completion of the projects.   These projects required survey, hydraulic design, resource management, permitting, structural design and highway design.

2015 is KDOT’s inaugural year for these awards and WBK is truly honored to have been selected for this recognition.  Celebrating eighteen years of service in northern Illinois, the staff members of WBK are recognized experts in the areas of municipal engineering, stormwater management, wetland and environmental resources, plan review, transportation and structural engineering, survey, planning, design and permitting.  

Klein Creek Flood Mitigation Project wins APWA, ACEC and IAFSM Awards

Klein Creek Flood Mitigation Project wins APWA, ACEC and IAFSM Awards

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 were subject to severe flooding in September 2008, July 2010 and April 2013. The project is a two-reservoir system that intakes water from the adjacent Klein Creek during flood events. The first reservoir in the system is a smaller gravity-operated reservoir that takes in water over a fixed, concrete weir. Once elevations reach a certain height in the smaller reservoir, they are pumped to the larger reservoir. Each of the two large pumps can pump at a rate of 20,000 gallons per minute. Once elevations in Klein Creek recede, the larger reservoir is dewatered through a 60-inch siphon that bypasses that surrounding neighborhoods and distributes the water back to the creek approximately half a mile downstream. In total, the reservoirs have a capacity to hold nearly 113 acre-ft of floodwater. The project also offers environmental features with native plants treating the floodwater in both reservoirs, as well as a wetland feature designed to collect and treat standing water outside of the basins. The County also paved new bike and walking trails, including nearly a mile stretch on the perimeter of the large basin, for recreational purposes throughout the park. This project had a BCA over 1.0 and was funded by DuPage County Stormwater Management and HUD Disaster Recovery Funds for a total project cost of $12.5 Million.

WBK was part of the consultant team providing civil design and working with the DuPage County on the successful completion of this project which has been awarded the following:

  • APWA Chicago Chapter 2016 Project of the Year, Category: Environment: $5 million, but less than $25 million
  • APWA Suburban Branch 2016 Project of the Year, Category: Environment: $5 million, but less than $25 million
  • 2016 ACEC-Illinois Engineering Excellence Award, Category: Water Resources
  • 2016 IAFSM Flood Reduction Award