WBK News

 

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...

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...

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...