(VERNON HILLS) – As a child, Lynn Means loved pulling out her Lincoln Logs to build villages, roads and bridges so she had a place to race around her collection of Hot Wheels cars.

Today, the 39-year-old Mundelein resident continues to pursue similar interests as a senior transportation engineer, studying existing roadways and infrastructures to determine if there are any improvements that can be made to help residents racing around their communities.

Means recently joined the transportation team at Gewalt Hamilton Associates Inc., a multidisciplinary civil engineering and surveying firm in Vernon Hills known for providing a personal approach to the engineering field.

“To be a part of a team, having support from above and below, was very attractive to me, as was the reputation of the company,” Means says. “It’s very well-respected within the industry.”

With 17 years experience in traffic engineering and transportation planning, Means is a perfect fit for the firm, says Bruce Shrake, president and CEO of Gewalt Hamilton.

“Lynn embodies what we believe here at Gewalt Hamilton – that combining experience and knowledge with a strong, engaging personality is the best way to serve our clients,” Shrake says. “She’s a local resident who fits in well with our group, and I know she’s going to do great things for us.”

In the past, Means has managed several high impact studies that ultimately have led to the recommendation and implementation of significant traffic and parking improvements within high-profile communities such as Chicago, Naperville and Grayslake.

In particular, she recommended a Sunday morning timing plan to improve traffic conditions near Willow Creek Community Church in Glenview, which included implementing new auxiliary left-and right-turn lanes, installing a new traffic control signal and utilizing the services of off-duty police officers.

She also has become a respected presenter at public hearings and meetings, able to easily field questions about transportation issues and explain technical complexities to those in attendance.

“I feel that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing,” Means says. “I’m very comfortable providing expert engineering guidance to clients and developments of all sizes. And I enjoy the impact of my involvement.”

Means holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Bradley University and is certified both as a professional engineer and professional transportation operations engineer.

Founded in 1981, Gewalt Hamilton has continuously provided an increasing array of professional services to municipalities, educational institutions, recreation districts, transportation agencies, healthcare institutions and commercial developers. The firm is served by registered professionals and takes pride in shaping the environment with effective and economical design and practices.

For more information, contact Bruce Shrake at 847-478-9700 or visit the website at