We are problem solvers with sustainable solutions to complex challenges

We are civil, structural, water resource, and transportation engineers, land planners and urban designers, and environmental and ecology specialists, impacting how people live and move in relationship with built and natural environments.

Civil engineering, planning, and environmental consulting in collaboration with land and water

WBK Engineering has been providing civil engineering and related services to public and private sector clients for more than 25 years. Our staff includes an experienced team of experts, and our practice areas include Transportation & Roadways, Bridges & Structures, Municipal & Civil Engineering, Planning & Development, and Water & Environmental Resources. WBK is tribally owned and a federally certified 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB). WBK is also a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), listed in the Illinois UCP Directory and recognized by Illinois DOT, Illinois Tollway, Metra, Chicago DOT, and Chicago Transit Authority.

Our philosophy and values

As a tribally-owned group of companies on mission to grow the economy and legacy of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, we fuel our work through our shared values. The Pokagon Seven Generations philosophy instills in us the value of working together to plan for our shared future and for what may come for generations we will never meet. This is not a plaque on our wall, our values are embedded in how we work and relate to each other and our clients and partners.

Wisdom | Mbwakawenewen

To cherish knowledge is to know Wisdom. Wisdom is given by the Creator to be used for the good of the people.

Love | Debandewen

To know peace is to know Love. Love must be unconditional. When people are weak they need love the most.

Respect | Wdetenmewen

To honor all creation is to have Respect. All of creation should be treated with respect. You must give respect if you wish to be respected.

Bravery | Wedasewen

Bravery is to face the foe with integrity. To do what is right even when the consequences are unpleasant.

Honesty | Kwekwadzewen

Honesty in facing a situation is to be brave. Always be honest in word and action. Be honest first with yourself, and you will more easily be able to be honest with others.

Humility | Edbesendowen

Humility is to know yourself as a sacred part of Creation. You are equal to others, but you are not better.

Truth | Debwewen

Truth is to know all of these things. Speak the truth. Do not deceive yourself or others.


Long-term relationships are essential to the work we do and the environments we protect

WBK Engineering is headquartered in St. Charles, Illinois, and our roots in the Fox River Valley go back more than 50 years. Care for our waterways has been fundamental to our values since our founding in 1998. Building upon this legacy, WBK has also become a leader in environmental services. We help clients protect the natural environment and see it as a partner to inform how we design, use, and care for the spaces we create within the ecosystems we live in. This applies to all the work we do – from planning, site development, and municipal infrastructure to bridges, roadways, and construction oversight.

Success and growth driven by the Bodwé vision

As wholly owned companies of the Pokagon Band, the mission and values we hold, and the name we have chosen, lead us to brave and meaningful service for Indigenous, civic, veteran, student, patient, and wildlife communities.


The WBK Board of Managers

Our Board of Managers oversees the business and day-to-day operations of the firm with our six practice group leads focused on serving the needs of clients.

Renee Gaipa
Renee Gaipa
Joanne Zuo, PE, SE, PhD
Joanne Zuo, PE, SE, PhD
Structural Practice Manager
Yemi Oyewole, PE
Yemi Oyewole, PE
Transportation Practice Manager

Awards & Recognitions

We are honored to be recognized by other organizations for our innovative solutions. Here are a few.


Project of the Year

Franklinville Creek Bridge
APWA Fox Valley

Force of Nature

Spring Brook Creek and Wetland Restoration
Chicago Wilderness

Engineering Excellence Award

Raymond Street Tunnel at Fox River Trail
ACEC Illinois

Contact us

If you are interested in beginning a new project, you are a potential teaming partner, or you just want to chat about great architecture and engineering, please drop us a note.


St. Charles Office
116 W Main Street, #201
St. Charles, IL 60174

Battle Creek Office
68 E. Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49017

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