Client: Peoples Gas
From conceptual design to detailed design to project completion, HBK offers turn-key project support. Our experience gained since 1998 working in the utility environment, combined with our hands-on approach to the engineering and design of utility infrastructure, has given our staff unique experience in the construction process. Over the years, our engineers and technicians have performed construction observation, oversight and support for gas, power, telecommunications, and security/surveillance infrastructure construction. This experience has given our staff the insight and direct feedback to further develop our approach and design for increased constructability, safety and added value.
Started in 2011 and continuing in 2012, HBK has six individuals working full-time as Construction Inspectors within the Peoples Gas Accelerated Main Replacement Program (AMRP). AMRP is a comprehensive, 20-year program to replace all low-pressure gas mains and services with medium-pressure mains and services throughout the City of Chicago. Specific duties include construction QA/QC, coordination and communication between the Owner and the Contractors, coordination of permits with the City of Chicago, and collaboration with the contractors to produce project completion reporting and record documentation.
In addition to the AMRP work, HBK’s personnel have worked as Resident Engineers on a multitude of projects, acting as liaisons between contractor field personnel and owner’s representatives, performing a number of tasks such as manhole and running line layout, adjustments in proposed running line location and depth, coordinating removal of abandoned utilities, resolving permit/parking issues, and determining installation of conduit configurations. In addition, HBK personnel have managed the tracking of material and equipment tickets and laborer and service provider hours tracking, maintaining daily logs of all activity on the worksite.
Our Resident Engineers work with the crews to quickly resolve questions and conflicts to keep the project moving forward, directly interacting with permitting coordinators and owner and municipal inspectors.