WBK News

WBK Engineering is excited to announce the hiring of a new Design Engineer joining our Transportation Practice. 

We are pleased to welcome Supraja Sundaresan, as the latest member of the WBK team in our St. Charles office.  

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On Saturday October 17, WBK volunteers assisted the Elmhurst Park District with a clean up on the Prairie Path in Elmhurst. 

WBK was recently selected by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (ISTHA) for a Systemwide, Design Upon Request (DUR) on its last Professional Services Bulletin (PSB) 20-1.  This is WBK’s first contract with ISTHA as a Prime.  This project has a 28.0% D/M/WBE participation goal and 3.0% VOS/SDVOSBE participation goal.  WBK is required to provide Phase II engineering services for work tasks that may include preparation of contract plans and engineering studies and other technical services as directed by the Tollway. Typical tasks will include projects that are required...

Kenneth Cortopassi joined WBK’s transportation team. He has extensive experience gained over the years as a transportation and municipal consulting engineer and has been a team leader in the design and oversight of both locally and federally funded Phase 1 (Project Development) and Phase 2 (Design) projects. His Phase 3 (Construction Inspection) experience has provided insight to creating enhanced Phase 2 designs.

WBK staff is working this week in the Southwest completing civil site assessments in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. We will develop a matrix to list site deficiencies and provide cost estimates for remediation, infrastructure replacement and recommendations for new site improvements as may be needed. This work will allow our client to make informed decisions and to prioritize projects going forward. Soon we will be heading to South Dakota to complete this round of our assignment. This photograph captures early evening downtime with staff enjoying local scenery near the project site.


WBK Engineering is excited to announce the hiring of a new Transportation Practice Manager. We are pleased to welcome Yemi Oyewole P.E., as the latest member of the WBK team in our St. Charles office.

Yemi brings with him more than 30 years of experience in civil design and project management, spending 17 of those years at IDOT-District One in various roles, completing numerous typical and complex projects as a Project Studies Specialist. Yemi has accumulated experience in all phases of transportation engineering including preliminary and conceptual engineering,...

Joanne brings more than 20 years of structural engineering and design expertise, most recently leading the design of the I-80/I-35 Bridge over the Des Moines River for Parsons Corporation and a team of nine others.

Joanne’s academic background includes study at Tong-Ji University (Shanghai, China) with a degree in Structural Engineering. She followed by earning her PhD from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Much of Joanne’s career has been focused in the transportation field in the design of bridges throughout the country. Joanne has also accumulated significant...

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...

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 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 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...

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...

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...