HBK was pleased to assist at the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls Aftercare Christmas Party on December 12. Children ages 9-21 were treated to a visit by Santa Claus, gifts, food, face painting, music, and games at the event. Mercy Home is a Catholic charity which changes the lives of children who've experienced the trauma of neglect, abuse, poverty or violence. Since 1887, the organization has provided more than 30,000 boys and girls with a safe, nurturing, residential treatment home.
HBK held a company-wide Ugly Sweater Competition and Cookie Exchange on December 12. The winner of the Ugly Sweater Competition, Eileen Carmignani of the Oak Brook office, was selected through online voting. Cookies were shared in offices over the lunch hour.
HBK celebrated the holidays at the WEN Mix and Mingle on December 10 at Galleria Marchetti in Chicago. Aside from making merry with Chicago's finest women in energy, the event gave back to a good cause, Operation Gratitude. The organization's mission is to forge strong bonds between Americans, the Military and First Responders. The event also introduced the WEN 2020 Board of Directors.
Trenchless Technology released its list of Top 50 Trenchless Engineering Firms on December 6. As a result of the survey that was completed in October, HBK Engineering has placed number 21.
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.
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.
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 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 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.