Charles Hanlon Presents at Builder’s Mega Conference

Charles Hanlon Presents at Builder's Mega Conference

WBK Urban Planning Principal, Chuck Hanlon, presented “Land Planning Considerations for Small & Infill Projects” at the Builder’s Mega Conference on May 21st in Lisle, Illinois. To view the presentation, click here: WBK Builders-Mega-Conference 2013.

Chuck Hanlon is an urban planner and has practiced for over 29 years working primarily in the 8 County Chicagoland market.  Chuck very recently incorporated his 22 year old firm, Land Vision, Inc. into Wills Burke Kelsey Associates, Ltd.  As a founding principal of WBK, Chuck will continue as the firm’s Urban Planning Principal focusing on private sector development and entitlement clients and projects.

South Street Tunnel Breaks Through

South Street Tunnel Breaks Through

Tunneling for the Kane County Division of Transportation’s 140-foot long South Street Tunnel has broken through the east side under Randall Road.  WBK provided Phase I and Phase II structural and civil engineering of this bicycle/pedestrian tunnel under Randall Road. The project is approximately 1,200’ in length and includes a 140-foot long, 12-foot inside diameter concrete jacking pipe that was bored and jacked in place. 

Phase I engineering included a comprehensive preliminary engineering study, which included a Project Development Report, environmental survey, geotechnical investigation, preliminary design survey, stream survey, right-of-way survey, plats and legal descriptions.

Phase II design included cast-in-place culvert end sections, 6’x4’ box culvert and end sections, HMA bikepath, curb and gutter, traffic signal modifications, guardrail, and restoration. The project is being funded by the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program.

DuPage County Ordinance Wins IAFSM Award

DuPage County Ordinance Wins IAFSM Award

The DuPage County Countywide Stormwater and Flood Plain Ordinance was awarded the Stormwater Management Project of the Year Award at last week’s Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (IAFSM) Conference. 

WBK was the lead engineering firm, working with Christopher B. Burke Engineering and Michael Baker Jr., on the first comprehensive re-write of the DuPage County Countywide Stormwater and Flood Plain Ordinance since its adoption in 1992. The rewrite of the Ordinance was a collaborative effort between the consulting team, DuPage County Stormwater Division, and a Steering Committee of county and municipal staff. The process involved a review of other stormwater programs on a national scale, a survey distributed to permittees, and re-writes of all technical regulations including stormwater detention, wetlands, best management practices and floodplain management. The public was kept informed through a project website which for WBK provided the content.

US 20 Retaining Wall Completed

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WBK assisted IDOT District 2 in the​ analysis of alternatives for a 365-foot long retaining wall system along US Route 20 in Jo Daviess County. The high embankment, steep slope and soft soil limited the types of retaining structures that could be utilized. Working with the geotechnical sub-consultant, a precast modular retaining wall was selected as the best solution for the site conditions. Contract plans and special provisions were prepared for the General Contractor to submit for competitive bids for the fabrication of wall components. The wall is founded on the existing variable rock ledge and varies in height from 3 feet to 20 feet.  Construction of the wall was completed in the Fall of 2012.

Bob Leonard Riverwalk – Brownstone – Now Open!

The Bob Leonard Riverwalk adjacent to the Brownstone in downtown St. Charles is now  open! WBK was selected by the City of St. Charles to provide preliminary and final engineering services for this section of the Riverwalk. The project is an extension of the Bob Leonard Walkway which was designed by WBK in 2009 and constructed in 2010. This project involved reconstruction of the multi-use path and riverbank stabilization along the west side of the Fox River between Indiana Street and Prairie Street. The reconstruction was the final phase in restoration of the path from Illinois Street to Illinois Route 64.