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Civiltech Project Recognized for National Pedestrian Safety Month

Civiltech Project Recognized for National Pedestrian Safety Month

October is National Pedestrian Safety Month. The goal of which is to increase awareness around pedestrian safety and remind drivers to watch for pedestrians each and every time they are behind the wheel. Civiltech’s design work on Chicago Department of...

Connecting Communities – The Audrey Nixon Boulevard Reconstruction

Connecting Communities – The Audrey Nixon Boulevard Reconstruction

Sometimes the significance of a roadway improvement is larger than the improvement itself. One such project is the recently completed Audrey Nixon Boulevard (formerly 14th Street) Reconstruction, which stretches from IL Route 131 to Jackson Street in North Chicago and...

Civiltech’s Digital Rendering Team

Civiltech’s Digital Rendering Team

At the intersection of art and technology is the exciting medium of digital rendering. Civiltech’s growing digital rendering team and abilities are creating cutting-edge opportunities to serve our clients and pursue new work. Civiltech’s digital rendering team is part...

Civiltech’s Two Years of Unprecedented Growth

Civiltech’s Two Years of Unprecedented Growth

The last two years have been unprecedented in many ways. At Civiltech, this includes two years of tremendous company growth. Since January 2019, we have welcomed 48 new staff to the Civiltech family, bringing our team to over 130 employees! This growth is across all...

Analyzing Bus-Only Lanes in Two Extensive City Corridors

Analyzing Bus-Only Lanes in Two Extensive City Corridors

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) together with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) launched the COVID Bus Lanes Program to study the impacts and installation options of bus-only lanes. Greatly reduced automobile traffic during the first two months of...

Noise Monitoring along Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive

Noise Monitoring along Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive

Traffic noise generated by existing traffic and anticipated future traffic is one of many important criteria to help determine appropriate design alternatives. Between October and March, Civiltech Phase I staff conducted noise monitoring for the North Lake Shore Drive...

50 Fun Facts About Civiltech

50 Fun Facts About Civiltech

Civiltech just published the 50th issue of Between the Lines, our company newsletter! Our first newsletter was published in the Spring of 2006. To mark this milestone, we decided that the most newsworthy story to feature is the story of us – Civiltech. You may already...

Creating a Sanctuary for Children

Creating a Sanctuary for Children

Civiltech landscape designer, John Magill, volunteered his time and talents to create a special place for children that promotes health and wellbeing – an opportunity that John viewed as a dream project. Kimberly Folkening, a 2nd grade teacher at Ideal Elementary...

Civiltech and Illinois Tollway Project Receives ACEC IL Honor Award

Civiltech and Illinois Tollway Project Receives ACEC IL Honor Award

Civiltech was honored to have our client, Illinois Tollway, and project, IL Route 47 and Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) Interchange recognized with an Honor Award as part of the ACEC Illinois 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards. The virtual event was held on Thursday,...

Rockland Road Improvement Project – APWA Lake Branch Award Winner

Rockland Road Improvement Project – APWA Lake Branch Award Winner

On Tuesday, March 2, Civiltech’s Rockland Road Improvement Project was awarded the APWA Lake Branch Project of the Year in the Transportation/$5M to $25M category. The project was nominated by our clients, the Village of Libertyville and the Libertyville Township Road...

Civiltech Named ISPE 2021 Best Place to Work

Civiltech Named ISPE 2021 Best Place to Work

Civiltech is thrilled to be named the ISPE 2021 Best Place to Work in the Large Firm category. We are grateful to be nominated by a member of our team whose nomimation was then supported by a large number of additional staff by...

A Landmark Project Moves Forward

A Landmark Project Moves Forward

Advancing the Jackson Park Mobility Project in Support of the Obama Presidential Center In early February, after much anticipation, Civiltech was thrilled to learn that the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) statement for the Federal Actions in and adjacent to...

Using GIS to Improve Roadways Across Chicago

Using GIS to Improve Roadways Across Chicago

The Chicago Neighborhood Engineering and Construction team, or C*NECT, has been providing comprehensive engineering support services across all Chicago communities. One large initiative assigned to the C*NECT team is to analyze...

The Latest Chapter in the Long Grove Covered Bridge Story

The Latest Chapter in the Long Grove Covered Bridge Story

The Long Grove Bridge is a historic one lane covered bridge that crosses Buffalo Creek just outside of downtown Long Grove. The beloved bridge has had an eventful past few years, being closed at various times for oversized vehicle impact damage, a major...

Rockland Road – A Virtual Shadow Day

Rockland Road – A Virtual Shadow Day

Civiltech’s Anmol Shrivastava, P.E., PTOE; Jen Hyman, P.E.; Nate Murphy, P.E.; and Phil Hurst, P.E. combined forces to prepare and present, “Rockland Road – A Virtual Shadow Day.” Civiltech’s involvement in the Virtual Shadow Day began through Anmol Shrivastava’s,...

Making Science Fun and Practical

Making Science Fun and Practical

On October 26th, Steve Pautsch, P.E., PTOE prepared a video presentation for the 6th grade science students at Kipp1 Academy Charter School. Civiltech celebrates and encourages giving back to our communities through volunteering both as individuals and as a company....

Halloween Fun Prevailed!

Halloween Fun Prevailed!

Normally, Halloween at Civiltech is filled with a busy and noisy cadre of ghosts and goblins, superheroes and princesses, dinosaurs and dragons, and characters of all shapes and sizes playing tricks and snagging treats. This year however, the Halloween fun had to be...

Capturing Data From the Sky

Capturing Data From the Sky

When a “What If” Idea Prompts an Exciting New Application of an Existing Technology At Civiltech, we strive to be innovative in how we work, in our studies and design solutions, and in our use of technology. Recently, those nodes of innovation collided, and a “what...

Representing His Community in an Official Capacity

Representing His Community in an Official Capacity

Brian DeSalle, P.E., PTOE Begins His Term as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner with the Village of Pingree Grove Civiltech's Brian DeSalle, P.E., PTOE was recently appointed to the position of Planning and Zoning Commissioner with the Village of Pingree Grove. As a...

Work in the Time of COVID

Work in the Time of COVID

In This Together | How Civiltech is Adapting to the New Normal Here we are in Phase 3 Recovery, soon to enter Phase 4 Revitalization in the Restore Illinois Plan to safely reopen our state. The only thing we all know for sure is that we are all in unprecedented...

Civiltech Named A Top Design Firm

Civiltech Named A Top Design Firm

The ENR (Engineering News-Record) Midwest Top Design Firms list, ranks  “the largest U.S.-based designs firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue.” For the 2020 list, Civiltech ranked number 65 in the Midwest and number 21 in the State...

Take Your Child to Work (From Home) Day

Take Your Child to Work (From Home) Day

This spring, we have all witnessed the unprecedented upending of many seasonal events. At Civiltech, one of the events that we missed the most was Take Your Child to Work Day (TYCWD). This annual event, held the fourth Thursday in April, is a national program intended...

Honoring Earth Day Through Sustainable Hobbies and Practices

Honoring Earth Day Through Sustainable Hobbies and Practices

This year marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Considered the planet's largest civic event, activities across the globe were largely virtual due to COVID-19 impacts. Civiltech staff celebrated and recognized the day by sharing photos and descriptions of their...

Our COVID-19 Response

Our COVID-19 Response

As we continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19, Civiltech's top priority is the health and safety of our staff, our families, our clients, and the communities in which we work. We are also focused on the continuity of serving our clients and providing...

Connecting & Collaborating

Connecting & Collaborating

A Look at C*NECT’s Mentor-Protégé Program Civiltech celebrates the partnerships created within mentor-protégé programs. We have participated in many mentor-protégé contractual relationships on CDOT and IDOT projects, and on Illinois Tollway’s Partnering for Growth...

Providing Community-Driven Experience-Based Learning Opportunities

Providing Community-Driven Experience-Based Learning Opportunities

As part of the Chicago Neighborhood Engineering and Construction Team (C*NECT), Civiltech staff have the privilege of partnering with Embarc, a Chicago non-profit organization that provides community-driven, experience-based learning opportunities to low income high...

Civiltech Strives to Give Back

Civiltech Strives to Give Back

At Civiltech, we understand that our ultimate clients are the communities affected by our projects. We strive to ensure that our work has a positive impact. We work to build client trust, and we look for opportunities to volunteer and give back. We encourage and...

Celebrating Change

Celebrating Change

This fall has brought many exciting changes to Civiltech. We are happy to celebrate three staff members and their accomplishments! Mike Folkening, P.E., PTOE has been named Director of Urban Design & Traffic, a new service department at Civiltech. Mike has been...

Celebrating Bob Andres’ Career

Celebrating Bob Andres’ Career

On September 19, Civiltech staff celebrated the retirement of Bob Andres, P.E., PTOE (pictured center), one of Civiltech’s founders! Current and former staff joined clients and members of Bob’s family to share stories, honor his contributions to the firm, and provide...

Drone and Tell

Drone and Tell

As part of Civiltech’s in-house learning program, drone pilots Ernest Williams and Adam Wuellner gave a presentation on Drones for Data Collection. Their presentation covered the use of photogrammetry software, with which they are capable of producing 3D renderings,...

Thinking Big at the Morton Arboretum

Thinking Big at the Morton Arboretum

Civiltech’s Planning and Traffic Studies teams joined the Morton Arboretum staff for a collaborative and hands-on Design Charette for the Arboretum Access Study project. The Civiltech team presented “think big” concepts allowing a deep dive discussion with the staff....

Civiltech Named A Best Firm To Work For

Civiltech Named A Best Firm To Work For

Civiltech is thrilled to be designated as a Best Firm to Work For – 2019 by Zweig Group! Thanks to the entire staff who contributes to the Civiltech culture and makes it a wonderful place to come to work each day.

Civiltech Named A Top Design Firm

Civiltech Named A Top Design Firm

Civiltech is pleased to be featured in ENR Midwest Top Design Firms 2019 coming in at number 59, moving up from number 69 in 2018!

Civiltech Leads Tollway 3D Design Project

Civiltech Leads Tollway 3D Design Project

Civiltech was the lead on the Illinois Tollway’s first 3D design project. Peter Layer and Nathan Murphy presented work process, lessons learned, and CADD Standards from the pilot project on Tuesday, April 23 at 10:00 as part of the 2019 Illinois Association of...

3D Deliverables

3D Deliverables

Supporting Our Clients With Innovation At the 2019 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, a presentation on Building Information Modeling trends in transportation engineering highlighted the Illinois Tollway as an industry leader in 3D project deliverables. The...

Middlefork Savanna Trail Connection Wins Award

Middlefork Savanna Trail Connection Wins Award

Civiltech’s Middlefork Savanna Trail Connection received a Special Achievement Award in the category of Special Projects as part of the ACEC Illinois 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards. The award was given at the ACEC Gala held Friday, March 1. Attending the event...

Knowledge Sharing At Civiltech

Knowledge Sharing At Civiltech

Civiltech was featured in the February 2019 issue of Civil Engineering, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Magazine. The article describes the use of social intranets among AEC firms for the purpose of managing and sharing knowledge across their...

Chicago Scholars Event

Chicago Scholars Event

On January 3, Chicago Scholars hosted their Winter Exploration Event titled “Careers that Make an Impact.” Mike Folkening participated as one of three panelists. Civiltech intern and Chicago Scholars alum Cyan Baker also participated in the breakout group sessions....

Forging a Path for Women in Engineering

Forging a Path for Women in Engineering

With a record number of women recently elected to Congress and in pursuit of governorships, some have called 2018 the “Year of the Woman.” As Civiltech celebrates our 30 year anniversary, we are proud to say that we have been hiring, promoting, and advancing women...

Celebrating 30 Years

Celebrating 30 Years

Civiltech's 30th anniversary took place on Friday, October 12, 2018. We celebrated with a week full of festivities, including fun daily events to remember 1988, appreciate our founders, recognize our current staff, and celebrate the Civiltech of 2018. The events...

Reaching New Heights: A Look at Civiltech’s Drone Program

Reaching New Heights: A Look at Civiltech’s Drone Program

One evening in 2012, Civiltech’s Adam Wuellner settled in to watch the sci-fi film, Prometheus. A scene where the crew of the spaceship Prometheus unleashes small, spherical “pups” to explore the network of tunnels on an alien planet which allowed the crew to...

A Professional Journey: Becoming a Right of Way Appraiser

A Professional Journey: Becoming a Right of Way Appraiser

The land acquisition process is part of many projects that expand or enhance a municipality’s transportation network. This component of a transportation improvement often requires the acquisition of private property for public use. The law not only requires just...

Civiltech Ranks Among Top Design Firms

Civiltech Ranks Among Top Design Firms

Civiltech is thrilled to be featured in ENR Midwest's list of Top Design Firms 2018! The ENR Midwest Top Design Firms list, ranks the largest U.S.-based designs firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue.

A Winning Awards Season

A Winning Awards Season

Civiltech was honored to receive a Special Achievement Award presented by American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACED-IL) as part of the 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition. Civiltech provided Phase I and Phase II engineering services on the...

Expanding Our Expertise

Expanding Our Expertise

Expressways and roadways are the backbone of regional and metropolitan transportation networks. However, to thrive, these networks must also encompass or be connectable to neighborhoods, business districts, as well as community and regional destinations....

IL 390 Opening

IL 390 Opening

Civiltech representatives attended the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the opening of the newly completed eastern segment of the IL 390 tollway. Speakers and ribbon cutting participants included representatives from Illinois Tollway, Illinois Department of...

Chicago Scholars Diversity Award

Chicago Scholars Diversity Award

Civiltech is proud to be featured in Chicago Scholars Third Quarter CEO Newsletter. Civiltech and our Chicago Office Director, Mike Folkening, were honored to be selected for the Chicago Scholars Diversity Award. Thank you, Chicago Scholars & Dominique Jordan...

Safely Bridging the Gap

Safely Bridging the Gap

Bridges are very critical elements of our highway system, whose failure can be costly and deadly. In 1967, there was a sudden collapse of the Silver Bridge, a pin-connected link suspension bridge over the Ohio River at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, with loss of 46...

ASCE YMG Bags Tournament

ASCE YMG Bags Tournament

Civiltech sent 2 teams to the annual ASCE Young Members Group Bags Tournament and was also an event sponsor. Team Maddie/Jeff proceeded to the Elite Eight, eventually losing to the event's overall winning team. Team John/Stephen played well but struggled with tough...

An Intern’s Journey

An Intern’s Journey

As part of our community outreach efforts, Civiltech actively promotes and participates in high school mentoring programs. Also, within the company, we believe in the benefits of a robust internship program. When these two efforts collide, the result is exciting and...

The Benefits of Hydrologic/Hydraulic Modeling: A Case Study

The Benefits of Hydrologic/Hydraulic Modeling: A Case Study

In the field of water resources engineering, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling is a tool commonly used for engineering analysis and to evaluate the benefits of proposed improvements. Hydrology represents the quantity of water (runoff) generated from a specific area or...

Today’s Technology: Tomorrow’s Roads

Today’s Technology: Tomorrow’s Roads

The transportation industry is constantly evolving and improving as demonstrated by Civiltech’s recent Quentin Road (US 12 to IL 22) design for the Lake County Division of Transportation. At the forefront of the industry, Civiltech has already taken steps to...

Engineering a Way Out of the Mud on US Route 6

Engineering a Way Out of the Mud on US Route 6

Civiltech is helping IDOT bring a long-awaited improvement to the south suburbs. We were selected to perform construction engineering for the US Route 6 (159th Street) Reconstruction from Will-Cook Road to just west of US Route 45 (LaGrange Road) in the Village of...