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The Chicago Building Congress Merit Awards 2017 is Almost Here

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, professionals in the AEC industry will gather for the annual Chicago Building Congress Merit Awards Night dinner at the Marriott Magnificent Mile.

The event, hosted by the Chicago Building Congress (CBC), celebrates exceptional Chicagoland building industry projects completed within the last three years. Finalists are selected through an application process, followed by a group interview conducted by the CBC Awards committee to determine the award category winners. All projects are judged on distinctive/functional design, quality of construction, impact of the project on the community, and safety record.

What sets these awards apart is how project teams across multiple disciplines join together, sometimes even involving owners, to advocate for work they truly believe positively impacts the community.

This year, Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA), was honored to act as consultants on the following nominated projects:

Infrastructure Construction

QTS Data Center

New Construction Suburbs

Harper College – Building D and Amphitheater

Amita Health Cancer Institute & Outpatient Center

Our firm would like to congratulate all of the CBC Merit Awards 2017 finalists and we look forward to being a part of this important industry event.

 

Meet Our Team: Kristen Meyers, PE

Kristen Meyers, PE, is a Senior Design Engineer at Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd (EEA). She graduated from Bradley University in 2005 with a degree in Civil Engineering and brings 12 years of industry experience to EEA’s civil engineering team.

Kristen first joined EEA as an intern after meeting the firm’s president while leading a college campus tour at her now almamater, Bradley University.  She returned to EEA in 2016, and now works with suburban clients on a variety of projects.

What inspired you to choose civil engineering as a career path?

I was introduced to civil engineering at a very young age. My dad is a civil engineer and I frequently visited his office and this is where I saw my first set of engineering blueprints. Once I expressed some curiosity in the field, my dad continued to encourage my interest in math, science, and construction.  He would often explain his projects and site plans to me while working on his home office drafting table. When I was accepted to Bradley, I selected civil engineering as my major without hesitation.

 What is your role at EEA?

As a Senior Design Engineer, I am involved in many facets of site development. I perform site design, coordinate underground utilities, oversee the permitting process and help clients solve an array of site issues.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Serving others through our clients. Our firm works on many healthcare campuses, schools, senior living facilities and colleges/universities. As consultants, our works helps owners achieve their project’s vision- improving the lives of people in their communities.

What is your favorite EEA project to date?

I’m currently working on a bridge removal project for a suburban residential development. As the prime consultant, our team is working directly with the owner on developing a project manual, performing the design work, leading the bidding process, and overseeing the construction phase. This project captures what I like most about working in this field, the variety of work we perform on any given day.

Outside EEA, Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters on their sailboat.

 

 

EEA Promotions and New Hires

 Promotions

Tim Brown, PE, was promoted to Project Engineer.

 

 

 

 

 

New Hires

Kara Beck, Landscape Designer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Geldmyer, Design Engineer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristen Meyers, PE, Senior Design Engineer

 

Tom Petermann Featured in SMPS National Profile

Tom Petermann, P.E.

 

Tom Petermann, PE, Principal at EEA and the President of the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), was recently featured in the May issue of SMPS.

In the April issue of the nationally circulated publication for the organization, Tom was interviewed for the “SMPS Member Spotlight.”

Read the full-length feature here

 

New Chicago Location, Same Site Development Services

May 1, 2017 our Chicago office will be located three blocks south at:

135 South Jefferson Street

Suite 135

Chicago, IL 60661

EEA’s Chicago-based civil engineering, traffic & parking and landscape architecture staff can still be reached at:

(312) 463-0551

 

Our Take:  Will County CED Releases 2016 Growth Data

The Will County Center for Economic Development (CED) recently released its 2016 Annual Report. The county acquired 49 new business projects in 2016 which created more than 8,000 new jobs, $751.3 million in new investments and 15.2 million square feet of development. In light of the county’s development growth, we asked two of our project leaders to weigh in based on their professional experience working in Will County.

Civil Engineering in Will County

Rick Sinnott, senior project manager and head of EEA’s Mokena Office has lived and worked in Will County for nearly 30 years. He served on the Will County Stormwater Management Committee, South Suburban Home Builders Association legislative committee and was the chairman of the Mokena Site Plan & Architectural Review RickSinnot_03Committees.

From a civil engineering perspective, Sinnott believes the Will County Stormwater Ordinance will continue to benefit growing development. The ordinance
was created in 2002 to alleviate flooding and to minimize stormwater impacts from development.

“The biggest benefit is that all of the municipalities within Will County are using the same stormwater ordinance, so it has standardized the requirements,” said Sinnott. “My advice however is to always cross check with a licensed civil engineer to verify detention is not underestimated.”

Sinnott was most recently consulted about stormwater detention during the planning phases for a healthcare campus and medical office buildings in Will County.

Landscape Architecture and Conservation in Will County

Steven Gregory, PLA, ASLA, is EEA’s Director of Landscape Architecture. Gregory has worked in the south suburbs, including Will County for more than 20 years. He believes that another advantage of developing in Will County from a residential standpoint, is the adoption of the Will County Subdivision Ordinance. As a member of the South Suburban Builder’s Association (SSHBA), Gregory was previously the Municipal Outreach Committee Chair. He acted as a liaison between the SSHBA and Will County planning staff to revise the Will County Subdivision Ordinance in 2009. This gave him a deep understanding of the area’s development community.

What is the Will County Subdivision Ordinance?  

The recent change to the Will County subdivision Ordinance focuses on incorporating existing environmental elements including stands of native trees, wetlands, floodplains, and other topographic constraints into the design of a project. This concept is part of Low Impact Development (LID). In recent years unincorporated Will County has moved from traditional suburban development to a more conservation focused design approach.

The idea of LID is not a new concept, but before Will County Steven Gregory Eriksson Engineering.incorporated the principles into the ordinances it was seen as a suggestion. Now in ordinance form, it is enforceable and helps the county develop in a manner that is more respectful of natural features.

“By offering density bonuses for implementing conservation design principles, developers are encouraged to build projects with the same density on smaller footprints and strike a balance with either open site space and/or conservation easements,” said Gregory.  “In some cases this allows builders to keep or increase the number of units on a project while maintaining other open areas of the site for passive recreation opportunities.”

EEA is currently working on several projects within Will County, the south suburbs of Chicago and into Indiana. For more information about our civil engineering, landscape architecture and traffic engineering services please contact Principal and Director of Client Relations Tom Petermann at tpetermann@eea-ltd.com.

EEA Staff Promotions

Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) is pleased to announce the following staff promotions:

Christopher M. Fish, P.E. was promoted to Project Engineer. 

Patrick Dimmer, P.E. was promoted to Senior Project Engineer.

Congratulations Chris and Pat!

Christopher M. Fish, P.E. (right); Patrick Dimmer, P.E. (left)

Christopher M. Fish, P.E. (left); Patrick Dimmer, P.E. (right)

 

29th Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards: Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. 2017 Award Finalist

CREA Award FinalistEriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA), is pleased to announce the firm was selected as an award finalist for the 29th Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards in the category of Consulting Engineer of the Year. The proceeds from the awards program benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

“Our firm’s opportunities to work with Chicago’s top architects, design professionals and real estate developers on retail, mixed-use and other redevelopment projects is truly an honor,” said Mike Renner, vice president and urban redevelopment leader at EEA. “EEA especially values the mission behind this event- to help the local community by supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.”

EEA completed several commercial real estate projects in 2016, including Rosenwald Courts in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, Elmhurst 255 in Elmhurst Illinois, as well as a special redevelopment project for the DeKalb Public Library.

Eriksson Engineering Associates was selected as one of four finalists for the category. All nominations are reviewed and selected by the designated Blue Ribbon Panel. Winners will be announced at the event held on Wednesday, March 16, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago.

Something’s Brewing: EEA Assists Eris Brewery with New Cider House and Brewery

Chicago’s Old Irving Park Neighborhood will soon be home to the City’s first dual cider house and brewery. The Eris Brewery project entails converting a former masonic temple into a multi-story restaurant and brew pub. EEA worked closely with the design team to minimize the cost of the site improvements. Site improvements were phased to keep the project below the City’s stormwater ordinance regulation threshold. The cost savings from the storm water detention allow the Owner to use more of their budget toward building out the pub and brewing world-class cider. Follow the project’s progress on the Eris Brewery Facebook Page. 

Improving School Pedestrian Safety through Traffic Engineering Solutions

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Stephen B. Corcoran, P.E., PTOE

By Stephen B. Corcoran, P.E., PTOE

Schools are among a list of destinations in which mid-block crosswalks can create unsafe and unpredictable situations for both pedestrians and vehicles. Increasing pedestrian safety while maintaining reasonable traffic flow, requires careful assessments of school parking lots, vehicular traffic on bordering roads, as well as, pedestrian foot traffic.

Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB)

Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB)

Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB)

Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB) boost safety at unsignalized intersections and mid-block pedestrian crossings by raising driver awareness of pedestrians. RRFBs are activated by pedestrians with a push of a button trigger flashing signals instructing vehicles to stop while pedestrians are crossing.

Hersey High School

Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois wanted to improve a parent drop off and pick-up parking lot as well as enhance the safety of the 500 daily student crossings across a three-lane collector road.
After assessing the site, EEA redesigned the parking lot to direct exiting traffic away from the crosswalk and recommended the installation of a fence and landscaping to direct students to a single crossing point with a RRFB. The new crossing point consisted of a marked cross walk, advanced signage, signage at the crosswalk and RRFB facing both directions.

High Intensity Activated Crosswalk signals

Hawk Signal

Hawk Signal

High Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) signals, are hybrid traffic beacon devices used to assist pedestrians crossing busy streets. Like RRFBs, Hawk signals are activated by pressing a button, but also include highly visible overhead lights, similar to traditional stop lights. The initial flashing yellow lights alert drivers that pedestrians have activated the signal, then quickly turn solid, warning drivers to make a complete stop. When the lights turn red, pedestrians receive a white “walk” sign signaling they may proceed across the intersection. Following the countdown, flashing red lights appear telling drivers that if the road is clear, they may proceed with caution. Following the activation, the beacon goes dark and traffic continues as normal. Pedestrian hybrid beacons provide a safer crossing alternative than traditional crosswalks, especially in mid-block locations, and since devices require manual activation, drivers experience minimal delays.

Highland Park High School

Highland Park High School Aerial

Highland Park High School Aerial

Highland Park High School and the City of Highland Park were seeking a solution for pedestrians to safely cross a street with several curves along the east side of the school’s campus. The road’s limited sight distance meant an RRFB would not provide enough warning to approaching vehicles. Instead, EEA recommended a HAWK signal because it requires all vehicles to come to a complete stop before pedestrians can cross the street to address the challenges presented by the winding road, EEA also implemented advanced flashing signs on the approaching routes to further warn drivers.

Interested in determining if a RRFB or a Hawk signal is right for your school project? A comprehensive traffic study identifying existing school circulation patterns, volumes, and needs can help determine how to increase safety for both drivers and pedestrians with these devices or other solutions