(VERNON HILLS, IL) – A huge demand for development in Chicagoland was the call to action when partners David Gewalt and Robert Hamilton founded Gewalt Hamilton Associates in 1981. Starting with an office in Dave’s Lake Bluff home, the team set their sights high with a practical plan designed to serve the growing needs of municipalities and developers with quality Civil Engineering expertise. Today, Gewalt Hamilton Associates has 85 employees headquartered at a 48,000 square foot facility and celebrated their 35th anniversary with a Lake Michigan cruise  on practice day for the Air & Water Show.

          Back when they were starting out, the two Professional Engineers had complementary skills; David Gewalt focused on operations and financials, Bob Hamilton built relationships. Together they sought to deliver service that exceeded client expectations. Office locations evolved and in 1990, Bruce Shrake joined the company as a principal. Over the 35-years Gewalt Hamilton has expanded services to include land surveying, transportation, construction engineering, transportation planning, traffic data collection and environmental consulting.

         Incorporated in 1986, the partnership has expanded to include 14 Professional Engineers and staff has now increased to 85 employees. Bruce Shrake became president in 2008. Robert Hamilton retired in 2014, about the same time the firm moved into their new headquarters in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

       “Growth is the foundation of our business,” explains President Bruce Shrake. “As communities and neighborhoods have grown, we have proudly participated in the creation of schools, parks, community centers, medical facilities, senior care, colleges and private developments. We are grateful for our partners in the communities we serve as well as our collaborators who have supported our growth.”

        “Providing quality service for 35 years has allowed Gewalt Hamilton to be invited back to communities as their needs evolve,” says Shrake. “School expansions, park and waterway improvements, new intersections and municipal growth allow us to prepare the neighborhoods for the next generation using new systems and processes.”

        The dedication of the Gewalt Hamilton staff, their knowledge and experience has resulted in the highest level of personalized service to every client. Many current partners and associates began with the company as interns while in college. Gewalt Hamilton has emphasized the importance of cultivating students into professional engineers with an understanding of their unique corporate culture of client care and excellence.

          “Every project is treated as just one shared experience in what we hope will be a long-term relationship. We work with our clients, not for them, bringing a team approach to every assignment,” reports Dave Gewalt. “Our clients trust us to listen to their needs and provide honest feedback, as well as deliver exceptional results.”

         Many employees and their families live and play in the same communities in which their work is performed. Staff has a vested interest in every project. From the roadways traveled to the schools attended by their children and the shopping centers frequented, Gewalt Hamilton has helped shape the environment in Chicago, its suburbs and beyond.

        For more information, contact Bruce L. Shrake, President at 847-478-9700.