Bessie's Table


HBK Impact volunteers assisted with providing dinner to those in need on December 9 at Bessie's Table in Des Plaines. The volunteers helped with set-up, serving and cleanup of a hot meal for about 100 guests.


Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry


HBK volunteers helped out at the Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry on Saturday, December 7. The group assisted shoppers with making pantry selections, bagging items, and carrying packages to cars. In 2018, EYFP distributed 650,000 pounds of food to clients.


1000 Friends of Iowa 2019 Best Development Awards


Two projects that HBK was involved with for civil site design have won 2019 Best Development Awards from the 1000 Friends of Iowa organization.

Prairie Hill Co-Housing in Iowa City, Iowa, won as best New Residential development and Unitarian Universalist Society Church in Coralville, Iowa, won as best New Civic development. The Prairie Hill development supports alternative transportation with its location near downtown, the university, a bus stop, and businesses. The site was planted for low-irrigation and no-mow space, with storm water management practices installed. The Unitarian Universalist Society Church site was planned for preservation of natural woodland and storm water management, solar and geothermal energy; it contains sustainable construction material and conservation-minded finishes and fixtures.

The 13 selected developments showcase projects that recognize connections between building and project development to quality of life. With a mission focused on responsible land use, 1000 Friends of Iowa promotes smart growth planning principles that help achieve socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable communities.

Plaques will be presented to winning entrants at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at the Iowa State Capitol Building First Floor Rotunda from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Greater Chicago Food Depository


HBK volunteers leant a hand to the Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on December 4 by measuring, bagging and labeling rice for the food bank. The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes nutritious food across Chicago and Cook Country. Working with a network of more than 700 partner agencies and programs including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, GCFD distributes 159,000 meals every day.

HBK Gives Presentation on Drone Safety in Construction


HBK Designer Matthew Arnold recently gave a presentation and was part of a panel discussion at the Construction Safety Council’s “There’s A Buzz in the Air - Drone Safety in Construction” program.

The intensive and hands-on half day program focused on the operational, practical, and legal issues arising from the use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, on job sites. Matt was among construction professionals speaking about the emerging technology and its intended – and unintended – impact in the workplace.

HBK Supports The Roundtable


HBK Engineering was a key sponsor and participant in The Roundtable presented by Planet Underground December 4-5 in Manteno, IL. Through the filmed and recorded roundtable discussions, leading utility contractors, locators, engineers, product designers, and other key policy influencers shared their unscripted views on the state of damage prevention in the industry today and where it needs to be.

HBK Presents on Engineering Careers


HBK Engineering employees presented on engineering careers November 21 as part of Lewis University's Engineering Career Talk Series. HBK Design Engineer Gustavo Torres and HBK Graduate Engineer Anthony d'Angelo spoke to engineering students during the program moderated by Gina Martinez, Ph.D, assistant professor of computer and mathematical sciences.

Gustavo and Anthony shared details about their education, career path, and HBK Engineering projects. They discussed the variety of jobs on which they work as civil engineers - from roads and bridges to infrastructure for water, gas, electric and telecommunications. They pointed out that HBK is a one stop solution for clients with its use of interdisciplinary teams including survey staff, permitting, designers, engineers and project managers. Both wished the students well as they were making decisions involving future careers in engineering.

Urban Affairs Coalition Anniversary Breakfast


HBK participated in the Urban Affairs Coalition Anniversary Breakfast on November 22 in Philadelphia. The event marked the 50th anniversary for the organization. The coalition is comprised of 70-plus partner organizations working on diverse issues that immediately affect communities.


Greater Chicago Food Depository


HBK IMPACT Volunteers worked at the Greater Chicago Food Depository on November 20. The group assisted by putting together boxes and doing quality checks on donated loaves of bread. The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago's food bank. More than 700 partners across Cook County ensure that nutritious food is available year round to people in need.