Mike Renner and Harper College Health & Recreation Center Honored at 14th Annual IAPD Gala

Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) celebrated two achievements at the 14th Annual Illinois Association of Park Districts’ Best of the Best Awards Gala on November 12th!

Mike Renner received the 25-Year Board Member Anniversary Award for his service with the Cary Park District.

Our long-time client, Harper College, was also recognized for collaboration with the Palatine Park District on the Harper College Health and Recreation Center (Building M), receiving the Intergovernmental Cooperation Award.

EEA is proud to have provided civil engineering and landscape architecture on this award-winning project. You can learn more about EEA’s role on the project here.

Congratulations to Mike Renner, Harper College, Palatine Park District, and CannonDesign!

EEA Welcomes Back Josh Cap

Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) is excited to welcome back Josh Cap, PE!

Josh first joined the EEA team in 2014, and after briefly exploring public sector work for a year, he has returned to the firm.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Josh prides himself on his responsiveness to owners, clients, and other team members. 

Welcome back, Josh!

EEA Celebrates 10 Years at Harper College

Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) is celebrating 10 years of client service at Harper College. Starting with the development of the Campus Master Plan in 2010 to guide future projects, Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) has completed more than 50 projects at the campus to date.

The anniversary especially hits home with EEA’s Principal and Director of Client Relations, Tom Petermann. “Having attended classes, played in athletic events, and worked on projects at the campus, Harper College holds a special place in my life. Seeing firsthand the campus evolve into a dynamic learning space is truly special. It inspires me to work creatively and collaboratively.”

To learn more about our featured civil engineering, landscape architecture, and traffic engineering portfolio, visit our Harper College page.

Celebrating EEA in Wisconsin

Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA)’s expansion into Southeastern Wisconsin was driven by our growing number of projects in the region and team members who already call the state home. It’s now been over a year since we leased our Downtown Milwaukee office space in early 2019 and held our official office launch on August 6, 2019.  

Our team recently celebrated these milestones with a virtual happy hour complete with Wisconsin trivia.

EEA’s Stefany Adholekar Elected as SMPS Chicago Secretary for 2020-2022

The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Chicago Chapter recently announced the results of its 2020 Board elections. Amongst its nine newly-elected Board members, Stefany Adholekar, EEA’s Marketing Manager, was elected Board Secretary for a two-year term beginning on September 1, 2020.

SMPS is a diverse community of marketing and business development professionals working together to move the A/E/C industries forward.

Stefany earlier served on the Board from 2017-2019 as the Director of Professional Development. 

Congratulations, Stefany!

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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 

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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. 

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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.