Eriksson Engineering Associates and Team Partners Receive “Structural Ingenuity” Award at Canstruction Chicago 2015

EEA Chicago Canstruction 2015

Teammates from Eriksson Engineering Associates, Fitzgerald Associates Architects, ECS Midwest and Power Construction participated in the Canstruction Chicago 2015 can building competition benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository and received the “Structural Ingenuity Award” for the team’s sculpture “__ in 6.”

Judges were asked to make the selection based on the sculpture that, “Pushes the limits of gravity and physics to turn a basic can of food into a structure that makes you say, “Wow, how did they do that?”.

“_ in 6” attempts to reach to the bounds, but leaves space between food deserts, perhaps, or underfunding. The void in “_ in 6’s” center— 5’-0” in diameter, here— represents 1/6th of our build-able area and, more importantly, the 1 in 6 people who are hungry in and around Chicago. We hope that with attention and ever-increasing efforts, the gaps will be closed, the voids will be filled, and the hungry will be fed.

The team’s structure was built with 8,000 cans that were donated directly to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

On behalf of EEEA, we would like to thank our supporters and team sponsors for their generosity.

EEA Welcomes Design Engineer

AaronBruder38Eriksson Engineering Associates is also pleased to announce the addition of Aaron Bruder. Aaron previously interned with EEA’s design team and was recently brought on as a full-time Design Engineer.

Prior to completing his degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois, Aaron attended the prestigious Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy where he graduated with his high school diploma at the age of 16.

Aaron is based in EEA’s Grayslake office and will support the design team with engineering design and construction monitoring.

Although Aaron has strong engineering and technical skills, he also has a background in marketing. While at the University of Illinois, he worked as a marketing intern and assisted with the development and administration of several online marketing campaigns.

As a Grayslake native, Aaron is very excited to kick off his engineering career back in his home town. Outside EEA, he continues to volunteer for his Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda on both a local and national level.

Eriksson Engineering Expands Service Offerings with New Project Manager

Steven Gregory Eriksson Engineering.Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. is pleased to announce Steven Gregory, RLA, ASLA has joined the firm as a Project Manager and Director of Land Planning and Landscape Architecture, expanding EEA’s service offerings to include civil engineering, traffic and parking, and landscape architecture.

Steve has more than 25 years of experience in land planning and landscape architecture. His portfolio includes work for both private and public sector clients on a variety of projects from small single lot developments to large mixed use developments.  In addition to preparing site and landscape plans for private developments Steve has also worked with several clients to prepare Design Guidelines for community submittal and approval requirements. His background reviewing development submittals and preparing landscape ordinances for municipalities gives him an informed approach when directing  EEA clients through the development process.

Steve is a Registered Landscape Architect and member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He also serves on the South Suburban Home Builders Association as chairman of the Municipal Outreach Committee. In 2009 Steve was named Associate of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Illinois for his efforts in shaping the Will County Conservation Design Ordinance on behalf of the South West Suburban Home Builders Association (SSHBA).

Steve is based in EEA’s Chicago office and will work alongside the design team to provide clients with an additional service offering leading to a more streamlined approach to site development.

Outside of EEA, Steve enjoys woodworking and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Disabled Patriot Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disabled veterans.

EEA Celebrates 20th Anniversary


EEA recently celebrated its 20th anniversary of providing of civil engineering, traffic and parking services to clients throughout Illinois.

EEA was founded in 1995 by Glen Eriksson. Since then, EEA has expanded to a staff of 23 employees spread between three offices located in Grayslake, Chicago and Mokena, Illinois.

To commemorate the milestone, staff kicked off the week-long celebration by throwing EEA a 20th birthday party between the Chicago and Grayslake offices. The celebration continued at the annual summer rooftop party with a cake cutting by principals George Dreger, Glen Eriksson, Mike Renner, and Kevin Camino. EEA also produced a 20th anniversary logo and company timeline detailing firm’s evolution into several markets and through welcoming senior leadership.

President Glen Eriksson commented, “It’s been an incredible journey so far, and I attribute that to our dedicated staff and clients who have trusted us to navigate and solve their project concerns. I’m really looking forward to the next ten years as we transition to the next generation of leadership, and helping our staff grow and continue a tradition of excellence in client service.”


EEA Principal Elected Chairman of Illinois Association of School Boards’ Service Associates Executive Committee

GlennEriksson_27Principal Glen Eriksson was recently elected as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) Service Associates branch. Eriksson will represent the 12-person committee as a non-voting member on the IASB’s statewide Board of Directors.

EEA was first invited to join the IASB Service Associates in 2009, after Glen completed 16 years of elected service as a Board Member for Grayslake Community High School District 127 in central Lake County. In 2011 EEA was elected to represent the Service Associates on its Executive Committee.

IASB is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization made up of local school boards with the common goal of developing high standards in school district governance.  Businesses invited to join the Service Associates branch are committed to providing outstanding school-related services to school boards and have a proven interest in advancing public education in Illinois.

“I always felt that as a school board member, my highest priority was serving the needs of students, and exceeding the expectations of our community in a fiscally responsible manner.  Getting involved in IASB after my board tenure was a logical next step since EEA has worked directly with school districts for more than 20 years,” said Eriksson. “As Chairman of the Executive Committee, it is my goal to continue the mission of the group by providing valuable advice and acting as a resource for school board members.”

Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) provides civil engineering, traffic and parking services for architects, institutional owners and developers throughout the Midwest. EEA consultants focus on the overall project goals and advocate on behalf of clients through the municipal and public review process.


EEA Adds Senior Design Engineer Christopher M. Fish to Chicago Office

Headshot_Chris F.Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of Christopher M. Fish, P.E. as Senior Design Engineer. Chris is based in EEA’s Chicago office and brings more than 10 years of experience in civil site development and transportation engineering throughout northeastern Illinois.

Since graduating from Southern Illinois University, Chris has performed work in a variety of market areas including, commercial, industrial, parks and recreation, education, transportation and aviation. In his most recent role as a transportation engineer, Chris worked with several local and state agencies including CDOT, IDOT, ISHTA, CDA and CDWM. His recent work included design of safety, geometric, and drainage improvements for the Bloomingdale Trail, also known to Chicago residents as The 606 (a recreational trail and park using an elevated rail line), reconstruction and rehabilitation of Taxiways Y and K as well as south ramp improvements at Chicago Midway International Airport, and streetscape improvement projects for the University of Chicago.

Chris’s diverse background working with public agencies expands EEA’s knowledge-base, and further solidifies our strong relationship with the City while advocating on behalf of our clients.

Chris is a Chicago-area native, and currently resides in Des Plaines.  When he is not leading or designing projects, you can find him knocking down strikes with his bowling league and preparing for the next Tough Mudder challenge.


EEA Welcomes Marketing Coordinator and Design Engineer

Marie Wittig, Marketing Coordinator

Marie_Wittig personal headshotEriksson Engineering Associates is excited to welcome Marie Wittig to the team as Marketing Coordinator.  Marie is based in our Chicago office and will lead firm-wide marketing initiatives and promotions. Marie brings with her a strong marketing communications background with experience in public relations, advertising, event coordination, and marketing collateral development.

Since graduating from Marquette University with a degree in Public Relations and Advertising, Marie has worked on a variety of marketing programs for clients across many industries including transportation, manufacturing, and retail. Marie’s passion for b-to-b marketing began at a young age when she started working at her family’s business. This experience taught her the importance of developing and maintaining client relationships.

Outside the office, Marie enjoys running, traveling, and discovering new restaurants. Last spring, she was able to incorporate all three of her hobbies while completing the San Francisco Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon.

Jana Knoppe, Design Engineer

Eriksson Engineering Associates is also pleased to announce the addition of Jana Knoppe as Design Engineer. Jana will assist with civil site design projects in Chicago and neighboring suburban markets.

Jana recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in Civil Engineering. Originally from Freiburg, Germany, she came to Chicago to study engineering after receiving a scholarship to play on the Division I UIC Flames Women’s Tennis Team. Jana’s hard work paid off on and off the court and holds the UIC Career Singles Victory Record.

New Technical Director Builds on EEA Quality Control

TomHill_04Thomas Hill, P.E. is pleased to take the QA/QC reins from former technical director and now Sr. Project Manager George Dreger, P.E., LEED Green Associate. With more than 18 years of engineering experience at EEA, Tom has been an integral part of design teams working on a broad range of projects through northern Illinois and the Chicagoland area. Tom has extensive experience on institutional, education, healthcare projects with both public and private development clients. His theoretical and applied engineering skills empower him to support and direct technical staff to find the right balance of cutting-edge innovation with established engineering principles. Tom has been a technical leader with EEA staff for many years, GeorgeDreger_34but now looks forward to the new challenges of broadening his influence to all projects. In his short time as technical director, Tom has already expanded on quality assurance strategies, ensuring the team stays informed on new regulatory changes to best serve clients and owners.

George will return to direct project management, continuing to develop relationships with longtime clients. He will remain an important technical resource at EEA, supporting Tom as the new director and serving as a mentor to other EEA team members.

EEA Enhances South Suburban Expertise with New Team Member Rick Sinnott

EEA is excited to welcome Rick Sinnott, P.E., P.L.S., to the team as a Senior Project Manager.  Rick brings more than 30 years of broad experience in civil design and project management for private and public projects. He has developed key relationships with public officials, developers, contractors, other designers and end users throughout Illinois. Pulling from experience designing numerous stormwater management facilities in northeast Illinois, Rick served on the Will County Stormwater Management Committee to develop a county-wide stormwater management ordinance.

Rick’s strongest experience lies in areas south and southwest of Chicago on projects in a variety of market areas. Rick continued to donate his time and expertise as chairman of the Mokena Site Plan/Architectural Review Committee for 15 years. He has also served as a member of the SouthWest  Suburban Home Builders Association’s legislative committee, contributing to matters pertaining to conservation design and stormwater management and quality.

Rick’s knowledge and experience of development regulations in areas throughout the state of Illinois will enhance the expertise EEA provides to its clients.  His technical background in surveying and civil site design, spearheaded by his degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, reinforces EEA’s focus on advocating for the client from start to finish.  Rick brings vast knowledge of the project process to help clients prepare for unexpected challenges and provide unique solutions to achieve overall project goals and efficiency for end users.

Contact Rick to learn how he can help with your next project!

CANstruction Time!

We’ve brainstormed, planned, made adjustments, raised money and planned some more, but the day has finally arrived—CANstruction Build Night. This effort, creatively named CANstruction and benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD), is an effort to bring various organizations together for one common cause—to help increase awareness for and make a dent in hunger in the Chicagoland area.

Since April, members of the EEA team have been working with colleagues at FitzGerald Associates Architects to design and plan a structure made entirely of canned food. Teams must brainstorm, desire, fundraise and construct their structure to be displayed at the Chicago Merchandise Mart from August 14 through September 8. This year, we bring you “baCANa split”, a modern twist on the traditional dessert and a celebration of memories made during shared meals.

A special thank you to our sponsors who helped us not only purchase our cans but provide an additional financial donation to the GCFD:

StormTrap | Virginia Tile Company

ARCO/Murray | Peerless Wholesale Liquors | USG | Power Construction | ECS Limited | Allsteel Office | Istvan Walker

International Contractors, Inc. | Hydro International | Belgravia Group | KJWW Engineering | Gage Consulting Engineers | Kohler Co.

Peter Dinschel | Shaw Inc. | American Chartered Bank