GHA: Long-Term Engineering Solutions for Residential Projects

At Gewalt Hamilton Associates (GHA), we recognize the unique significance of residential projects – your home is where you live. That’s why we focus on providing lasting engineering solutions for residental homeowners and Homeowners Associations (HOAs).
These solutions extend beyond immediate fixes; we design them for the long term.

UNDERSTANDING HOA CHALLENGES

HOA management comes with its own set of challenges, like balancing costs and achieving consensus. Our expertise in capital improvement planning can offer significant support, empowering board members to make informed decisions for the long-term benefit of their communities and assist with reserve studies. By partnering with GHA, HOAs gain access to our knowledge and resources, enabling them to make strategic choices that ensure the community’s success for years to come.

Wynstone POA 2020 Road Program, North Barrington, IL

RESERVE STUDIES AND CAPITAL PLANNING

Conducting reserve studies is crucial for HOAs to ensure adequate financial preparation for significant capital expenditures. At GHA, we’re well-versed in these studies and possess the expertise to adopt a design approach that prioritizes the HOA’s long-term maintenance responsibilities and the community’s lasting value. Our focus on future-proof design prioritizes ease of upkeep and long-term benefits for the community.

Our design philosophy prioritizes long-term value. We recommend solutions that enhance durability and ease of maintenance, such as slightly thicker pavement. This seemingly minor adjustment can significantly extend the pavement’s lifespan, allowing for future milling and resurfacing instead of a full replacement. This commitment to long-lasting benefits guides our approach to capital planning and project management. By prioritizing these elements, communities can be confident they’re investing in solutions that deliver value well into the future.

ACHIEVING HOA GOALS

Our project management approach is driven by a commitment to aligning with your HOA’s goals.  We ensure all voices are heard and considered in the decision-making process. Drawing from our extensive experience in municipal engineering, we apply a broad perspective that prioritizes long-term community benefits. Pilot projects are often strategically employed by GHA as a valuable tool to help us achieve the goals of HOAs in several ways:

  • Demonstrates Value: Residents can experience proposed improvements firsthand, building understanding and ensuring the final project truly reflects community needs.
  • Minimizes Risk: Implementing a smaller-scale pilot project allows for early identification and mitigation of potential challenges, minimizing the chance of unforeseen issues in larger-scale initiatives.
  • Informed Decision-Making: Pilot projects generate valuable data and feedback, enabling the HOA to make informed decisions about larger-scale initiatives. This feedback loop allows for adjustments and refinements, ensuring the project effectively addresses the community’s needs.
Brian Wesolowski, P.E., CFM Director of Site Design Services

By choosing GHA, HOAs partner with an experienced team that is committed to their community’s success today, tomorrow, and well into the future.

-Brian Wesolowski, P.E., CFM Director of Site Design Services

Grand Dominion by Del Webb, Mundelein, IL

COMPREHENSIVE CLUB HOUSE MANAGEMENT

From roof maintenance to HVAC systems, clubhouses are central to HOA communities. By collaborating closely with our Facilities and Utilities Management (FUM) Division, GHA offers extensive expertise in overseeing these vital facilities. We prioritize extending their lifespan and enhancing operational efficiency.  Our team, experienced in managing a variety of facilities such as college campuses, schools, and county buildings, possesses the knowledge to navigate critical building infrastructure maintenance.  This approach is geared towards minimizing lifecycle costs while ensuring these facilities continue to serve as welcoming and functional spaces for communities well into the future.

The Arbors – Pavement Rehabilitation, Buffalo Grove, IL

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

Sustainability is a core principle at GHA, reflected in our dedication to long-term, maintainable designs. By carefully considering practical factors such as snow and ice removal, we ensure our designs address immediate needs while facilitating easy, cost-effective operations for our clients over time. By prioritizing practical and efficient solutions, we ensure the success of the projects we manage.

At GHA, commitment extends beyond project delivery; we focus on creating lasting value for our clients and the communities they serve. We are dedicated to solutions that are not only effective in the short term but also sustainable and economically viable over the long haul.