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2017 Bike to Work Week

June 22nd, 2017

It was a beautiful morning for our annual Group Bike Ride in celebration of Active Transportation Alliance’s Chicago Bike Week. Thanks to all who participated! Learn more about our bike culture.

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"Cover Our Rust"

May 16th, 2017

On Saturday, May 13th, CBBEL’s Doug Gotham and James Amelio, PE (as well as James’ daughter Aubrey) participated in a “Cover Our Rust” event in the Village of Forest Park, where Amelio serves as Village Engineer. Artists, civic organizations, non-profits, religious entities, families, educational institutions, local government and more came together to create a community-oriented,... Read more »

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A Message from Christopher B. Burke

February 23rd, 2017

APWA 2017 Projects of the Year Earlier this year, five CBBEL projects were honored by local branches of the American Public Works Association (APWA) as projects of the year in their respective categories. Three of these projects were recognized at the chapter level and are currently being considered for national recognition. The APWA is an... Read more »

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Elmwood Park Flood Mitigation Project

February 22nd, 2017

Village of Elmwood Park APWA 2017 Suburban Branch Project of the Year APWA 2017 Chicago Metro Chapter Project of the Year Environment ($25 Million To $75 Million) For decades, major storm events have caused significant flooding within the Village of Elmwood Park. These damaging flood events originate from both overbank flooding along the Des Plaines River as... Read more »

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Northside Stormwater Management Project

February 22nd, 2017

Village of River Forest APWA 2017 Suburban Branch Project of the Year Environment ($5 Million to $25 Million) ACEC 2017 Annual Engineering Excellence Merit Award The Northside Stormwater Management Project was a sewer separation project designed to establish separate storm and sanitary sewer systems in the predominantly residential northern portion of the Village. The project provided... Read more »

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Walnut/Myrtle/Evergreen Stormwater Improvement Project

February 22nd, 2017

City of Elmhurst APWA 2017 Suburban Branch Project of the Year APWA 2017 Chicago Metro Chapter Project of the Year Environment (Less Than $5 Million) During the storm events of June 23 and July 23-24, 2010, the City of Elmhurst (City) experienced record rainfalls that resulted in hundreds of flooded residences. Homes throughout the City were severely... Read more »

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Libertyville Multi Year Utility and Road Program

February 22nd, 2017

Village of Libertyville APWA 2017 Lake Branch Project of the Year Management Innovation (Less Than $5 Million) Sometimes municipalities are unable to meet their infrastructure capital needs due to a significant lack of funding. The Village of Libertyville grew weary of complaints about road conditions and took the question directly to the residents to decide if they... Read more »

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Peterson Road Corridor Project

February 22nd, 2017

Lake County Division of Transportation APWA 2017 Lake Branch Project of the Year APWA 2017 Chicago Metro Chapter Project of the Year Transportation ($25 Million to $75 Million) On January 17, 2017, the American Public Works Association’s Lake Branch of the Chicago Metropolitan Chapter presented the Project of the Year Award for Transportation ($25 Million... Read more »

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APWA 2017 Projects of the Year

February 22nd, 2017

Earlier this year, five CBBEL projects were honored by local branches of the American Public Works Association (APWA) as projects of the year in their respective categories. Three of these projects were recognized at the chapter level and are currently being considered for national recognition. The APWA is an organization that, according to its website,... Read more »

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A Big Move for a Small Creature: Protecting the Endangered Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly

January 11th, 2017

CBBEL is proud to work with ComEd as an environmental consultant. Watch the video to learn a little about how we are helping to protect the Hine’s emerald dragonfly.

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Bikes for Lesotho

October 20th, 2016

Featured on NBC’s Making a Difference On October 19th, volunteers from CBBEL joined Bikes for Lesotho, a Chicago-based organization, to adjust and pack 600 bicycles at Working Bikes Co-op to travel more than 8,000 miles to the children of Lesotho. CBBEL employees raised all the money needed for this shipment by riding their bikes to work this summer. For... Read more »

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East Burlington Streetscape & Resurfacing Project

October 4th, 2016

Village of Riverside The Village of Riverside was recently able to complete a long-desired streetscape enhancement and resurfacing project through its Central Business District (CBD) to revitalize the historic downtown area, while maintaining the character of one of the nation’s first planned communities. The enhancements, including wider sidewalks and curb bump-outs, will improve safety and... Read more »

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Old Town Streetscape and Roadway Improvements

October 4th, 2016

Village of Bloomingdale   Once a thriving destination for local business, the Old Town corridor has been in need of revitalization for several years. President Franco Coladipietro and the Village trustees spearheaded the project utilizing the Design/Build services of Burke, LLC to prepare the design and construction oversight of the multi-faceted streetscape and infrastructure improvement... Read more »

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Huntley Downtown Streetscape Project

October 4th, 2016

Village of Huntley The Village of Huntley recently underwent four concurrent public improvement projects in under one calendar year to completely makeover the Village’s downtown. As challenging a task as completing these four projects was, another concern was maintaining the Village’s historic identity, while creating a sense of community and a gathering spot for residents.... Read more »

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Grant Opportunities

October 4th, 2016

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) and the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning anticipates issuing a call for the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) and the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) in January 2017. For CMAQ FUNDING, projects must provide an air quality or congestion mitigation... Read more »

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Madison Street Streetscape

October 4th, 2016

Villages of Forest Park and River Forest There is always something brewing on Madison Street in the heart of Forest Park and River Forest. The countless bars, restaurants, coffee shops and boutique stores on Madison Street provide the perfect setting for the renowned Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Cruise Night, Wine Walk & Shop, Casket Races,... Read more »

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CBBEL News

October 4th, 2016

CBBEL Appointed Deer Park Village Engineer At the September 19, 2016 Board of Trustees meeting, the Village of Deer Park appointed Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. as their Village Engineer.  The main contacts for Deer Park will be LEE FELL, PE  and MICHAEL BURKE, PE.   CBBEL to Act as Interim Public Works Director for Village of... Read more »

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A Message from Christopher B. Burke

October 4th, 2016

Villages, towns and cities are always looking for ways to increase traffic to their business districts, making the area more appealing to drive customers to business and sales tax revenues up. In this edition of our newsletter, you will read about a few municipal streetscape projects that improve not only the aesthetics of the towns,... Read more »

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Village of Bloomingdale Old Town Streetscape Project

September 6th, 2016

It was a beautiful day in Bloomingdale Thursday, September 1 as the ribbon was cut, officially opening the Old Town Streetscape Project. In addition to streetscape improvements, we installed a new sewer system and water mains and moved overhead utilities underground. Congratulations to Mayor Franco and the Village Board!

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CBBEL Rooftop Garden Update

August 9th, 2016

Tomatoes!!! The tomatoes were big producers this year, with over 60 lbs. harvested so far.  More peppers, eggplants and sweet potatoes on the way!

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CBBEL Rooftop Garden Update

July 12th, 2016

The fun has begun! We are halfway through the growing season and the tomatoes are beginning to ripen. While we won’t be begin to harvest our crops until the end of the month, we are taking full advantage of the herbs we planted. Stay tuned…

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2016 Bike to Work Week

June 23rd, 2016

On June 16th, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of our Bike to Work Program and Bike to Work Day this morning with four group rides to the CBBEL offices, followed by a group breakfast!

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Christopher Burke featured in UIC Engineering Magazine

June 10th, 2016

CBBEL President and Founder Christopher Burke is featured in the Spring 2016 edition of UIC Engineering Magazine for his dedication to the school. Read the full article here: https://issuu.com/coeuic/docs/p1600974_uic_engineering_spring_201/10.

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'We Compost' Silver Partner

June 2nd, 2016

CBBEL has been recognized as Silver Partner by the Illinois Food Scraps Coalition (illinoiscomposts.org) for our compost system, where we provide compost bins to help put our trash to good use. Instead of throwing out biodegradable food scraps (like banana peels, coffee grounds, etc.), we can now create a nutrient-rich fertilizer for use in our... Read more »

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CBBEL's Rooftop Garden

June 1st, 2016

On May 25th, Doug Gotham and Pete Magnelli organized the 6th CBBEL rooftop vegetable garden. Over a dozen volunteers turned out to help prep the pots, plant and water. This year’s crop includes 48 tomatoes and 40 pepper plants, 6 cucumbers, 4 zucchini, 2 sweet potatoes, lettuce, onions and herbs.

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DuPage River Sweep

May 25th, 2016

As part of CBBEL’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, we have adopted the stretch of the East Branch of the DuPage River between Hobson Road and 75th Street. The CBBEL team has committed to helping clean up and restore our section of the river two times per year The first cleanup of the year took place... Read more »

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Chicago River Day

May 17th, 2016

On Saturday, May 14th, CBBEL was the site sponsor for one of more than 60 river cleanups for Chicago River day. Monica Giermek (Water Resources Department) organized the cleanup with CBBEL employees as well as Calumet Stormwater Collaborative members. Participants filled over 50 garbage bags of litter along a section of the Little Calumet River in... Read more »

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Northside Stormwater Management Project

May 10th, 2016

Village of River Forest The Northside Stormwater Management Project was a $15M sewer separation project designed to reduce frequent, severe residential flooding and sewer backups by separating storm and sanitary flows in the northern portion of the Village and improve water quality in the Des Plaines River basin. The project was funded locally through the... Read more »

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Plum Grove Road Reconstruction

May 10th, 2016

Village of Schaumburg Modern Roundabouts are an effective and sustainable transportation solution for many locations. The primary benefits of the modern roundabout are improved traffic flow due to the low speed yield control for entry versus stop control, a smaller environmental footprint due to reductions in emissions and traffic noise, improved safety due to a reduction... Read more »

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A Message from Christopher B. Burke

May 10th, 2016

This is a special year for the CBBEL family as it marks our 30th anniversary. Since our founding in 1986, our staff, disciplines and clientele have grown exponentially. I want to extend a sincere, heartfelt thanks to all of the CBBEL employees – past and present – who have pushed this family business to the... Read more »

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Awards/Mentions & New Employees

May 10th, 2016

2016 APWA Chicago Metro Chapter Inducts CBBEL’s John Heinz into Hall of Fame Active Transportation Alliance’s article on Bikes for Lesotho http://activetrans.org/blog/local-partnership-sends-bikes-lesotho APWA Suburban Branch Project of the Year Environment (Less than $5 million) Bartlett FEMA Flood Control Project ACEC Illinois Annual Engineering Excellence Award Environmental Honor Award Pine Dunes Wetland Mitigation Area   2015 Lake... Read more »

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Award-Winning Bartlett FEMA Flood Control Project

April 14th, 2016

Village of Bartlett Long Term Commitment from Village Provides Flood Relief to Residents with $3.8M in FEMA Funds Several locations within the Village of Bartlett suffered significant flood damage during storm events in 2008 – 2010. Especially hard hit were residences on the north side of the Village that are in the older sections of... Read more »

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Consultant Fall 2015

October 27th, 2015

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Phase II of Des Plaines Streetscape Master Plan Now Complete

October 27th, 2015

City of Des Plaines. The City is enjoying the recently reconstructed Ellinwood Street project, home to the City’s Taste of Des Plaines and weekly Farmers’ Market. Following the Miner Street (US Rte 14) Streetscape project completed last year, the City continues to successfully implement their Streetscape Master Plan, due in large part to the efforts... Read more »

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LED Street Lighting Village of Chicago Ridge

October 27th, 2015

Residential property owners aren’t the only ones installing energy efficient products to save money on their utility bills: governmental agencies are starting to go green, too. The Village of Chicago Ridge was recently able to reduce its street lighting power consumption by 29% by switching to energy efficient luminaires. One of the largest utility bills... Read more »

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Western Avenue Realignment

October 27th, 2015

Village of Glendale Heights. Local government agencies continue to seek opportunities to generate revenue and drive economic development. To achieve this goal, the Village of Glendale Heights is capitalizing on one of its greatest geographical assets – North Avenue (IL 64). There are not many organizations that would look at a roadway as an asset... Read more »

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Illinois’ First Adaptive Traffic Signal System - Aptakisic Road

October 27th, 2015

Lake County Division of Transportation. The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) recently completed the installation and validation testing of the first Adaptive Traffic Signal Control system in the State of Illinois. This type of traffic signal control is unique because unlike the traditional closed loop signal systems, the adaptive system continuously makes dynamic signal... Read more »

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Lansing Pump Station – Pump Replacement Project

October 27th, 2015

City of Chicago Heights The City of Chicago Heights receives potable water from the City of Hammond, Indiana via a 36” diameter water transmission main which fills a reservoir adjacent to the City’s Lansing Pump Station near 175th Street and Torrence Avenue. The pump station distributes water not only to the City of Chicago Heights... Read more »

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CBBEL Energy Reduces Energy Cost for iFLY

October 27th, 2015

Village of Rosemont Clients like iFLY, the indoor skydiving company, rely on CBBEL Energy (an Illinois Commerce Commission licensed energy broker) for competitive pricing, preferred contract terms and conditions and access to multiple retail supply offers. Working with several different energy suppliers CBBEL Energy was able to help iFLY focus on their core competency and... Read more »

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Chicago Bike Week June 12-19

October 27th, 2015

Along with 650 other Chicagoland companies, CBBEL once again participated in the Bike Commuter Challenge. Thirty employees rode 1,480 miles during the week-long event which was held June 12-19. CBBEL also hosted a Bike Pit Stop at the Rosemont CTA Blue Line station to encourage commuting by bicycle. As part of Bike to Work Week,... Read more »

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