New Faces and Project News

Taylor Newton Joins EEA

We are thrilled to announce that Taylor Newton has joined the Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) marketing team! Taylor completed an internship with EEA over the spring and has jumped right into providing marketing and business development support as a Marketing Assistant. Taylor is a proud Public Relations alumna of Marquette University. Welcome, Taylor! 

727 West Madison Receives Excellence in Structural Engineering Award

Congratulations to WSP, FitzGerald Associates Architects, and all of the project team for receiving the Excellence in Structural Engineering Award in the Best Project – $50 Million to $150 Million category from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) for 727 West Madison. EEA created a cost-efficient stormwater management plan that reduced the amount of new concrete needed on the project. Photo Credit: FitzGerald

Collins Elementary School Construction 

collins elementary school schaumburg

Construction is well underway for the two-story, four-classroom addition to Collins Elementary School at 407 S. Summit Drive in Schaumburg. EEA is providing civil engineering services on this project, which is the most significant upgrade to any of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s 28 buildings this summer. The planned addition at the northeast corner of the school will increase the size of the currently 61,650-square-foot building by 6,400 square feet. The new construction is expected to closely match the design and materials of the existing building. Photo Credit: STR Partners

Cyber Security Warning during COVID-19

While working remotely, employees and employers need to be on the lookout for identity theft and phishing schemes which have spiked during quarantine.

Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) has been on high alert. A domain name that mimics EEA’s legitimate domain name has been recently registered. Imposters have been sending convincing emails to clients of EEA requesting payment for illegitimate invoices.
 
The domain name used for these illicit emails is EEA-LLTD.COM, which contains an extra “L.” Fortunately, our affected clients in these situations have noticed irregularities within the fake emails and have contacted us directly. If you receive these emails, please do not respond or click on links; instead, please notify EEA.  
 
EEA has opened an abuse complaint against this domain name holder and we hope to have a resolution shortly. In the meantime, we recommend that your IT staff blacklist the domain name, EEA-LLTD.COM, with your email server to prevent receiving any malicious or deceptive emails.
 
In addition to illicit emails, please also be on guard for irregular phone calls, text messages, and direct messages on your social media accounts.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Principal/Director of Client Relations Tom Petermann or to the EEA team members you work with regularly. You can also learn more about how to protect yourself from phishing attacks on the Federal Trade Commission website.

Staff Recognition: International Women in Engineering Day

In honor of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) this week, EEA would like to recognize our team members, Kristen Meyers, Laura Rosenbauer, and Melanie Carollo for raising awareness of women in the field of engineering.

INWED is an international awareness campaign by the Women’s Engineering Society to profile women in engineering and focus attention on career opportunities in this exciting industry.

We hope that you will take the time to read the profiles of these amazing women who are bringing creativity and innovation to their jobs every day.

Countryside City Hall and Police Headquarters Receives LEED Gold Certification

The Countryside City Hall and Police Headquarters project in Countryside, IL has exceeded the design team’s sustainable certification target and has received LEED Gold Certification.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building rating system and is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. To achieve LEED Certified status requires 40 points; 50 points will put a project at the Silver level; between 60 and 79 points earn Gold certification; and buildings that reach a minimum of 80 points are awarded Platinum status.

This 34,900-sf facility is also the first net zero designed municipal building in Illinois. 

Read more about EEA’s role providing civil engineering and traffic engineering services on this project here.

Photograph courtesy of Hitchcock Design Group

EEA is 25

Especially during this time, we are thankful to celebrate 25 years of results and relationships.

Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) was founded in 1995 with client connections in mind – looking beyond each individual project to long-term growth and relationships. Each member of our team provides valuable insight, bringing his or her unique perspective to the table.

We look forward to our next chapter where we will continue to serve our communities, grow within the Midwest, and diversify our pool of talent. 

Thank you for the past memories and the memories to come.

The EEA Team

It’s May! We’re Still In This Together.

Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) is with you during this unique time, whether it is to evaluate a project site, to implement improvements, to provide market research and analysis, or even to provide some comedic relief. As your advocate, we wholeheartedly believe that we’re all in this together.

Market Watch

Electrical Vehicle Ordinance for New Construction
The Chicago City Council passed an ordinance mandating Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) readiness on new-construction multi-family and commercial properties. The ordinance requires accommodating EVSE on 20% of any supplied parking spaces for newly-built residential buildings with five or more units and onsite parking, and commercial properties with 30 or more parking spaces. 
Read more: Chicago Enacts Electrical Vehicle Ordinance for New Construction

Senior Housing Will Need to Fight More Than the Virus
The industry’s response to Covid-19 is a war with three fronts: keeping residents and staff safe; keeping businesses financially sustainable; and combating reports from news outlets that the long-term care space is unsafe for residents at this time. 
Read more: Senior Housing Will Not Return to Normal After COVID-19

Water Quality Could Change in Unoccupied Buildings 
It’s possible that water left sitting for long periods of time could contain excessive amounts of heavy metals and pathogens concentrated in pipes nationwide, say researchers at Purdue University who have begun a field study on the impact of a pandemic shutdown on buildings.
Read more: Water Quality Could Change in Buildings Closed Down During COVID-19

Want to know more about Legionella? EEA’s Technical Director Tom Hill has a webinar in the works covering this very topic. Contact Tom at thill@eea-ltd.com if you are interested in viewing his presentation.

Making WFH Work  

Helpful Tips, Music, and Food
After nearly two months working from home (WFH), EEA has some tips to help you get your work done as well as feed your cravings.
Read more: EEA’s Work From Home Tips 

Avoid Zoom Fatigue 
If you’re finding that you’re more exhausted at the end of your workday than you used to be, you’re not alone. Harvard Business Review has five research-based tips that can help make video calls less exhausting.
Read more: How to Combat Zoom Fatigue 

Just for Laughs  

To keep our spirits up, EEA has been celebrating Spirit Week. We encourage you to have your own Spirit Week, just be sure to tag us on social media! If you’re looking for some ideas, check out our videos. 

EEA Spirit Week 1
EEA Spirit Week 2 

Stay Home, Save Lives.   

EEA hopes you are staying safe and healthy. We cannot thank those on the front lines enough for the essential efforts they are putting forth to keep our collective lives moving forward.


EEA COVID-19 RESPONSE

To our valued Clients and Partners:

Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) would like to reassure everyone that our operations have not been substantively impacted by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). To protect the health and welfare of our employees and to ensure that our service to you is not interrupted, we have instituted new protocols and procedures on self-isolation, travel and events, remote working, and the hygiene of our office environment. EEA has also reduced all non-essential in-person meetings and site visits and has instead arranged virtual meetings and teleconferences. These procedures have been put in place effective immediately and will continue until further notice.

We are closely monitoring the situation and the recommendations of health officials. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me any time at 847.223.4804 Ext. 12.

With your understanding and cooperation, we can all help flatten the curve.  I hope you stay safe and healthy throughout this crisis and take time with your families.

Sincerely,

Glen Eriksson
President/CEO
Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd.

Tom Petermann takes 3rd Place in 2020 White Sox Speed Pitch Challenge

On February 13, EEA’s Tom Petermann participated in the 2020 Chicago White Sox 2020 Speed Pitch Challenge at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Tom’s pitch clocked in at 78 mph, beating his 1st place, 76 mph pitch from last year’s challenge.

He celebrated his victory with Hope Petermann, Linda and Tom Petermann, Rob Podgorny, and Bill Dickinson.

Congratulations, Tom!

Pat Dimmer Promoted to Principal of EEA

EEA is pleased to announce Patrick Dimmer, PE has been promoted to Principal of the firm. 

“Pat has built a reputation of trust and responsiveness with our clients as well as our staff,” shared Glen Eriksson, Founder and President of EEA. “His unwavering commitment to our firm and his selfless, can-do attitude are something to be admired. We are thrilled to recognize Pat with this opportunity to become a shareholder and look forward to the contributions he will make to our leadership team and EEA.”

Pat Dimmer joined EEA as Design Engineer in 2005 and now serves as Senior Project Engineer.  He is best known to our clients for his critical problem-solving skills and vast technical knowledge of stormwater management and floodplain issues. He has further distinguished himself by balancing project leadership and technical excellence by becoming an invaluable mentor, fostering the growth and development of other team members.

Eriksson Engineering Associates Launches Wisconsin Office

Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) recently opened its doors in downtown Milwaukee at 229 E. Wisconsin Ave. After establishing multiple Midwest offices during its 24-year history, EEA’s expansion into Southeastern Wisconsin was driven by their growing number of projects in the region and their team members who already call the state home.

“Milwaukee has an undeniable energy, and its momentum is fueled by a community who supports change and encourages growth,” said Glen Eriksson, President and CEO of Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. “People are invested in the city’s future and committed to honoring its heritage. We are too, and we’re excited to now be a part of it.”

EEA offers civil and traffic engineering, as well as landscape architecture services exclusively to architects and developers. With a full suite of design services under one roof, EEA aims to streamline the workflow process, resulting in faster, cost-effective solutions to complex issues.

The firm has a comprehensive portfolio of work that includes urban and residential development and redevelopment, health care, commercial, recreation, and public and private education projects. With diverse experience working on projects throughout the Midwest, EEA brings a new perspective and creative site solutions to the rapidly-growing Milwaukee market.

Founded in 1995, EEA currently has locations in Illinois and Indiana. The Milwaukee office is staffed by a mix of Milwaukee-based team members and traveling regional project managers, with plans to expand to meet the needs of its Wisconsin clients.

With the MWRD’s Revised Ordinance Comes Opportunity (If You Act Quickly)

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) announced significant changes to the Watershed Management Ordinance that has implications for property owners and developers throughout Cook County.

These changes are directly linked to newly published rainfall data and are impacting stormwater management practices across the state of Illinois. The MWRD is not the only agency adopting changes since the release of the data. Lake County and DuPage County are expected to follow suit.

About the MWRD and the Impacts of the Ordinance    
The MWRD has the authority by the state of Illinois to regulate and oversee stormwater management in Cook County (excluding the City of Chicago). The new Watershed Management Ordinance revisions reflect observed changes in weather patterns and analysis of vulnerable flooding areas in the county. It is the agency’s responsibility to uphold public health and safety standards on projects under its jurisdiction.

EEA expects the requirements for stormwater detention to rise across Cook County.  These changes will increase project costs associated with managing larger amounts of water on site and releasing it at slower rates.  However, an opportunity exists for landowners and developers who act quickly.

An Opportunity to Plan Ahead  
The MWRD will begin enforcing these ordinance revisions for all projects submitted after January 1, 2020. Expediting submittals to the MWRD prior to this date offers design team partners and owners an opportunity to avoid these increased costs, and construct their projects under the current rules.  This incentivizes owners who are currently designing to act quickly to maintain project budgets and land use plans.  We encourage our clients considering land development projects in Cook County in the near future to take advantage of this cost-saving opportunity.

For more information about submitting your project prior to the 2020 deadline, contact your current EEA project team member or reach out to our Technical Director, Tom Hill, at thill@eea-ltd.com or at (847) 223-4804 ext. 23.

The new 100-year storm: 3 ways the Bulletin 70 update will affect your project or facility

Does it seem like the 100-year storm is happening more regularly than it should? In light of the recent rainfall data updates included in the Illinois State Water Survey’s (ISWS) Bulletin 70, 100-year storms are occurring more frequently.

Bulletin 70 was last updated in 1989. This document sets 100-year storm standards that guide floodplain policies, development regulations, and stormwater requirements across much of Illinois.

Upon reviewing the new bulletin, our team concluded that the new standards for the 100-year storm will have design and cost implications trickling all the way down from state and county programs, to municipal regulatory agencies, to developers, facility owners and design teams.  

Potential Impacts to your Project or Facility

1. Redrawn Flood Plain Maps: Flood-prone areas may be reclassified as regulatory flood plain, increasing development costs and potentially triggering mandatory flood insurance coverage.

2. Larger Detention Systems: Some local stormwater agencies are already pursuing changes to their requirements based on the updated bulletin.  As regulatory agencies change their ordinances, projects will require more costly stormwater management systems to account for larger volumes of stormwater runoff.

3. Land-use Obstacles:  Adjustments to the flood plain maps could deter property owners from developing their land if sites are deemed within expanded flood plain zones.

For more information about how updates to Bulletin 70 could impact your project or facility, contact EEA’s Technical Director, Tom Hill, at thill@eea-ltd.com or at (847) 223-4804 ext. 23.