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


    James Jackson, Jr. is one of the founding engineers of HBK Engineering, LLC with a proven record in development, coordination, and management of Infrastructure design and construction management projects. His main focus at HBK is management of underground utility infrastructure projects within the City of Chicago and suburbs. Additionally, he has extensive experience and knowledge in the field of Environmental Engineering and consulting.


    Douglas Yerkes has over 25 years of public and private sector experience in the municipal infrastructure and environmental engineering fields that he brings to HBK Engineering. His public sector experience includes serving as the Chief of Infrastructure and First Deputy Procurement Officer for the City of Chicago. In the private sector, Doug has worked for consulting engineering firms and a large, international infrastructure operations company.

Water Projects