HBK’s staff has considerable experience in designing water, sanitary sewer and storm water utility systems in some of the most congested urban environments in the country.  Our expertise extends from facilities in the public right-of-way to private industrial facilities, and to water and wastewater treatment plants themselves.  If it is underground, we have done it.

Our water, wastewater and storm water expertise lies not in just designing these facilities themselves, but in having a broad understanding of the underground environment, an environment that can have a profound effect on the design, construction, maintenance, and life-cycle of any underground utility.  Through coordination efforts with other underground utilities and right-of-way users, permitting agencies, and other stakeholders, we have completed some of the most complicated water design and construction projects in the Midwest.

Our experience and reputation with water and wastewater utilities have enabled HBK to be part of the first team to deliver a sewer design-build project for the City of Chicago and to our work in Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) for the City’s Department of Water Management.  Additionally, we are at the forefront of storm water design for both public and private projects.  Such work ranges from watershed evaluation projects to sustainable storm water practices.  HBK can provide a turnkey solution to your storm water needs including but not limited to hydraulic analysis, conveyance calculations, site assessment, and infiltration design. We have proven experience in managing NPDES programs and meeting all state and federal regulations.

Key Personnel


    Jake has worked on a variety of residential, commercial, and utility projects throughout Chicago for the last ten years, with a background in Survey and Design, Construction Supervision, and Project Management. At HBK, Jake works with the Telecom Team providing field and project management and engineering and project support to his teammates in the office. Recently, Jake took over control of the management of OEMC security monitoring and transportation projects throughout the City of Chicago.  His experience working with both CDOT and IDOT have further strengthened his client relationships, while striving to resolve utility conflicts in an efficient and safe manner.


    Almir Sehovic has 16 years of experience within HBK. As a Project Manager, he currently is working on the (AMRP) Gas Main Replacement Program and Department of Water Management Main Replacement Program. Almir is an expert in multiple design and modeling programs which include Civil3D, Microstation and ArcMap. Additional responsibilities comprise of CAD/Design Management, standards development and personnel training. Almir brings exceptional organizational and planning skills to all projects in which he is involved.

Water Projects