Honoring Our Staff's Distinguished Years of Service

Earlier this year, at a staff member luncheon and ceremony held at Wildfire, GHA recognized those with distinguished years of service anniversaries. GHA was able to honor 520 years amongst these dedicated and passionate individuals - we thank you all!

30+ Years: Mike Shrake, Dave Gewalt.

20+ Years: Don Matthews, Bruce Shrake, Les Malowanski, Walt Graft, Bill Grieve, George Whitten, Steve Berecz, Mark Hamilton, Steve Bennett, Dan Brinkman, Bill Klewin, Pat Glenn, Lena Starkey, Dave Marquardt, Tom Rychlik.

15+ Years: Don Dixon, Art Penn, Dan Strahan.

5+ Years: Jose Lopez, John Severin, Michele Reed, Kent Justus, Greg Newton, Tim Lapp.

Those not pictured who were unable to attend due to previously scheduled work obligations were: Bill Klewin, George Whitten, Kent Justus, Michele Reed, Bruce Shrake, Mark Hamilton, Bill Grieve, Les Malowanski, and Jose Lopez.


David J. Gewalt Receives C-Suite Award

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(VERNON HILLS, IL) – Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. proudly announces that David J. Gewalt, Principal and CFO will receive the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s C-Suite Award on July 27 in Wheaton, Illinois along with 14 other area business leaders. The award celebrates C-level executives for their contributions to overall company growth, commitment to good ethics, and community involvement.

Nominated by his colleagues at Gewalt Hamilton, Dave Gewalt co-founded the firm with Robert Hamilton in 1981 in his Lake Bluff home. A quiet man who leads by example, Dave has created a corporate culture of “family” where employees’ personal and professional goals are nurtured, family commitments are honored and the team is rewarded for hard work. He is the moral compass for the firm through his commitment to excellence, financial leadership, and dedication to education, personal development, and hands-on community and charitable giving.

“Dave is a humble man who shies away from the spotlight, diligently – but quietly – working behind the scenes,” says Bruce L. Shrake, President/CEO of Gewalt Hamilton Associates. “His efforts and dedication typically go unrecognized yet his leadership is palpable in the steady growth of our company.” Under Dave’s guidance, the company has grown to over 90 full-time employees, including 40 Professional Engineers, and has been headquartered in Vernon Hills for the past 20 years.

Gewalt Hamilton is a multi-disciplinary organization providing comprehensive services in the fields of Civil Engineering, Land Surveying, Construction Engineering, Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning, Traffic Data Collection, and Environmental Consulting.

For more information, contact Bruce L. Shrake, President/CEO of Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. at 847-478-9700.


Vernon Hills Proclaims Gewalt Hamilton 35th Anniversary

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(VERNON HILLS, IL) – Vernon Hills Village Board President Roger Bryne presented a Proclamation to Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. for their 35th Anniversary on January 24, 2017. President Bruce Shrake and Vice Presidents David Gewalt and Mike Shrake received the proclamation at a Village Board of Trustees meeting in the Village Hall.

In addition to 35 years in business, the Village highlighted Gewalt Hamilton’s diverse and frequent civil engineering projects in partnership with Vernon Hills such as the Vernon Hills Memorial Arbortheater, Hawthorn School District 73 and the 2008 Street Rehabilitation Program which received the American Public Works Association’s 2009 Project of the Year Award for Transportation. In 2016, Gewalt Hamilton was the Civil Engineer for the Park District’s Sullivan Community Center Expansion, including traffic analysis of the campus to anticipate planning infrastructure on Aspen Drive over the next five years.

Gewalt Hamilton was founded in 1981 by David Gewalt and Robert Hamilton in Gewalt’s Lake Bluff home office. The company has grown to include 40 Professional Engineers, 85 total employees and has been headquartered in Vernon Hills for the past 20 years.

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.

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.

 “I hereby urge the citizens of our community to recognize the contributions and commitment of Gewalt Hamilton Associates to the Vernon Hills community,” announced Roger Bryne at the meeting.

 “The Village of Vernon Hills has partnered with Gewalt Hamilton for many years,” explained Bruce Shrake.

 “We work with all of 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 Shrake, President at 847-478-9700.


Gewalt Hamilton Associates designs, grows empire in Lake County

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A great deal has changed since a pair of business partners launched their civil engineering firm in a home office in Lake Bluff. Gewalt Hamilton Associates now has 85 employees, is celebrating its 35th anniversary and settling into its Vernon Hills headquarters. When the company started, the professional engineers had complementary skills; Gewalt focused on operations and financials and Hamilton built relationships.

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Gewalt Hamilton Celebrates 35th Anniversary

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(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.


Gewalt Hamilton Launches New Office Space - Ribbon Cutting & Open House

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(VERNON HILLS) – “This is a great day for Gewalt Hamilton,” announced President Bruce Shrake as he cut the ceremonial ribbon held by partners and staff on June 18, 2015. The transformed space at 625 Forest Edge Drive in Vernon Hills was the site of an Open House and Ribbon Cutting for the 34-year old civil engineering company. Carol Sente, Illinois State Representative for the 59th District was in attendance for the celebration, as was Lake County Board Chair Aaron Lawlor and Vernon Hills Village President Roger Byrne.

Incorporating the company’s mission for respecting and enhancing environments, Vice President Mike Shrake led the team in relocating their corporate headquarters within Vernon Hills. A former warehouse operation was transformed into contemporary, flexible office space with a warehouse/ garage for equipment and vehicles. Repurposing bricks into monument signage, creating a floating ceiling of light fixtures, and increasing the number of windows for natural light were just a few of the changes. Every effort was made to improve the property in an eco-friendly manner while designing an attractive and innovative atmosphere. Shared workspace options and variable sized conference rooms maximize the use of technology and allow for training and collaboration.

Since 1981 Gewalt Hamilton Associates has built a reputation for excellence in Civil Engineering. With expanding services, staff and resources, Gewalt Hamilton sought out new facilities. Last year, a suitable building was found just a few doors down from their existing offices.

The new headquarters at 625 Forest Edge Drive in Vernon Hills consolidated the team from the former Forest Edge Drive space and the Gurnee office. Over 85 employees are onsite with room for more. A virtual tour can be viewed on the Gewalt Hamilton YouTube channel or at www.GHA-Engineers.com.

Founded in 1981 by David Gewalt and Robert Hamilton, Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. provides professional civil engineering, surveying, transportation, environmental and geographic information services. Gewalt Hamilton clients include municipalities, county and state agencies, park districts, school districts, community colleges, hospitals, senior care facilities and private developers. Branch offices remain in Chicago at 53 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 924, and in Columbia, Missouri.

Gewalt Hamilton & Associates, Inc. clients experience a Personal Approach to Civil Engineering.

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


Engineering leader retires, will be very active in community

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(VERNON HILLS, IL) – Robert Hamilton, co-founder and former CEO of Gewalt Hamilton Associates Inc., has retired after a successful 40-year career, but the civil engineer is far from stepping away from his many passions.

Hamilton, who with his partners, turned his two-member engineering consulting firm into a thriving business with 80+ employees, has long been known for his technical expertise, engaging and infectious personality, inspirational leadership style and dedication to community service.

The Lake County resident will fill his retirement days with activities that reflect those traits, as he spends more time coordinating internships for low-income minority students from Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep; sharing his love of flight by offering free airplane rides to children through the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program (397 rides to date); and providing free air transportation for Angel Flight, an organization that connects volunteer pilots with patients who are financially distressed or in a time-critical, non-emergency situation (108 flights to date). In addition, Bob serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Detroit-Mercy, his undergrad Alma Mater.

Within his career, those traits earned him the respect of his colleagues, mentees and outside community members.

Just last year, the American Society of Civil Engineers honored Hamilton with its prestigious Illinois Civil Engineer of the Year Award - Private Sector, given to those who have significantly advanced the profession.

Hamilton did that in a number of ways, says Bruce Shrake, president of Gewalt Hamilton Associates.

“Bob has spent his entire career as a consulting engineer promoting the engineering profession, driven by a true passion for serving and leading others,” Shrake says.

Hamilton led the industry by developing collaborative relationships with not only clients, but also regulatory agencies and even industry competitors. He led his company by actively pursuing advanced technologies, such as the early implementation of AutoCAD Civil 3D. And he led his employees with a collaborative leadership style, calling on new and established team members to work together on projects.

He even managed to lead others to a better understanding of civil engineering.

“More than just a job or career, engineering is his passion,” says Leo Morand, project engineer for Gewalt Hamilton Associates. “And Bob integrates this passion for his profession with other aspects of his life, talking with those outside his industry about his projects and the implications of engineering practices on our daily environment. He has an uncommon ability to articulate complex, technical concepts to the uninitiated, with an engaging delivery style that has made Bob a highly effective, well respected witness at public hearings.”

Hamilton’s specialties included municipal engineering, transportation engineering, expert witness testimony and site development projects. He served a combined total of more than 40 years as Village Engineer for three different villages and provided expert witness testimonies for hundreds of cases since 1982. Of not, ten of those cases successfully defended other engineering firms from lawsuits.

Many people may recognize the large-scale projects he led, such as Loyola Academy’s Wilmette campus expansion, The Grove National Historic Landmark in Glenview, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington and Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.

A distinguished high school and college athlete who spent 24 seasons coaching and refereeing youth sports, Hamilton also found himself at the forefront of several athletic engineering projects, including the Waukegan Sports Park, Loyola Academy West Athletic Campus in Glenview, Community Park West in Glenview, and Danny Cunniff Park in Highland Park.

“Throughout his more than 40-year career, Bob has consistently conducted himself with integrity, always displaying the utmost respect for his peers, and most importantly, a desire to improve the communities in which we live and work,” Morand says.