HR Green’s Governmental Services professionals combine creativity with reliability to provide staff augmentation and consulting services to local governments. We provide Engineering, Public Works, Planning, and Building Departments with staff to meet the variable workloads without the normal long-term costs.
HR Green’s professionals combine creativity with reliability to assist local governments in achieving their goals for proactive service delivery, infrastructure management, and timely response to the public’s needs.More
Our governmental service professionals combine creativity with reliability to provide staff augmentation and consulting services to local governments. We provide administration, engineering, public works, planning, and building departments with staff to meet the variable workloads without the normal long-term costs. Our creative and innovative solutions are scalable and tailored to fit a client’s needs, whether it is a rapid response to an immediate challenge, or a broader need directed at implementation of a longer-term solution.
These innovative solutions have been successful in helping governments address their most significant issues: increasing revenue without increasing taxes; helping to efficiently manage their programs; and assisting in providing a high level of service to their constituents.
Applying Creativity & Innovation to Local Governments
Our creative and innovative leaders develop unique approaches for various initiatives to help the communities they serve.
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Governmental Services Experience
The Former Wonder Bread Factory is Transformed into a New Brewery
The former Wonder Bread factory located in downtown Waterloo, Iowa, shuttered its operations in November 2012 amidst bankruptcy proceedings. Built in 1927, the vacant building occupied an entire block within the community’s urban core adjacent to numerous public facilities including the library, hockey arena, children’s museum, and public market. City officials immediately worked with several key stakeholders, including the historic preservation committee and Main Street Waterloo, to identify a potential re-use for the 0.94-acre site; however, contamination concerns created anxieties for potential investors.
Construction Plan Review & Inspection Services
Village of New Lenox, IL
HR Green ICC certified staff performs building plan review and inspections during the construction phases of the Villages improvement projects.
Shorewood Building & Code Services
Village of Shorewood, IL
The Village of Shorewood currently uses HR Green to provide plan review, building inspection services, and plumbing inspection services associated with residential, commercial building, and construction, within the Village of Shorewood, Illinois.
Brownfield Assessment Grant Assess Environmental Impacts of Underutilized Properties in Antioch
The Village of Antioch is a community of just over 14,000 residents located within the Chicago metropolitan area in northeastern Illinois. Along its main corridor of Illinois Route 83 (IL 83), many businesses either closed or moved resulting in the environmental and economic decline of the community’s urban core and central business district.
City of Jurupa Valley, CA
The City of Jurupa Valley, California, was allotted four weeks to complete a mandatory clean-up of at least 80% of its 1,039 stormwater inlets. This activity was mandated to meet guidelines established by the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program.
Plan Review & Coordination Assistance: Elgin O’Hare / West Bypass
The Elgin O’Hare/West O’Hare Bypass (EO-WB) is a $3.4 billion highway that will provide access to Chicago O’Hare airport from the west, and will also provide a Tollway link between I-294 and I-90 around the west side of O’Hare airport.
Flood Protection Program Management
Cedar Rapids, IA
HR Green is providing program management services for the City of Cedar Rapids’ $500 Million infrastructure project to provide flood protection and reconstruction of city’s infrastructure, including the street network and utility systems for the west side of the Cedar River.
The Elgin O’Hare/West O’Hare Bypass (EO-WB)
The Elgin O’Hare/West O’Hare Bypass (EO-WB) is a $3.6 billion highway that will provide access to Chicago O’Hare airport from the west. The airport’s expansion plans currently include the development of a new western terminal, which would be served by the proposed highway.HR Green has assumed the role of Program Manager for the project’s Tier One and Tier Two Environmental Impact Study (EIS) on behalf of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
Oak Park Building Inspection & Plan Review
Village of Oak Park, IL
HR Green provides inspection and plan review services for the Development Customer Services Department’s Permit Processing Division for the Village of Oak Park, Illinois. The building inspection services include the following disciplines: building, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, energy conservation, and accessibility for construction work within the Village boundaries.
City of Palos Verdes Estates, CA
As the City of Palos Verdes Estates evolves, the demand for more sophisticated technology and new regulations requiring different resources is increasing. The City retained HR Green to provide on-site staffing for public works, city engineering, CIP program/project management, transportation planning, building safety, plan check, inspection, permit counter support, and code interpretation services.
Building Plan Review and Inspections
City of DeKalb, IL
In addition to providing standard paper format plan reviews, HR Green staff utilizes proven best practices, such as Electronic Plan Review, to reduce time, manage workflow and make sure more gets done with fewer resources.
Plan Review & Building/Civil Inspection
County of Orange, CA
HR Green was selected to review and inspect (building and civil) the Planning Area 2 of the Ranch Plan, a 23,000-acre development composed of 6,000 buildable acres.
Delivering Vital City Services in California
Jurupa Valley, CA
Jurupa Valley was an unincorporated area in Riverside County, California, until voters approved a ballot measure to incorporate the area and become a city. Jurupa Valley was formed with an estimated population of 96,000 residents within a 45 square mile area. Jurupa Valley City Council members approved a two part contract with HR Green, Inc. to help transition services from the county to the city and then to operate the city’s departments once the transition was completed.
Lake Elsinore, CA
Faced with limited in-house staff, the City engaged HR Green to initially provide on-site engineering to prioritize, program, and manage the design and construction of the CIP program.
City of Jurupa Valley Plan Check
Jurupa Valle, CA
Jurupa Valley was an unincorporated area in Riverside County, California, until voters approved a ballot measure to incorporate the area and become a city. HR Green helped transition services from the county to the city and then operated the city’s departments once the transition was completed.
Grade Separation Projects
HR Green was contracted by the City of Placentia to serve as Owner’s Representative and provide plan checking for the design and construction of five grade separation projects, worth more than $400 million.
Council Bluffs Brownfields Success
Council Bluffs, IA
Council Bluffs has demonstrated a unique ability to quickly return properties to a productive re-use. Much of the City’s efforts have focused on the South Main Brownfields Project Area which is among the oldest and most deteriorated industrial districts in Council Bluffs.
As is the case in most cities, Shelby has limited resources to invest in various infrastructure systems. Oftentimes, the systems compete for the same funding. In an effort to determine the appropriate level of funding of public improvements and the priority of the improvements, the City of Shelby is working with HR Green to develop an asset management plan and a capital improvement plan.
Dove Valley Wayfinding Study
Dove Valley, CO
HR Green is conducting a Wayfinding study to brand Dove Valley, CO as a destination, providing a sense of community and to correct complicated wayfinding throughout Dove Valley’s influenced area. As part of the study, HR Green has conducted a traffic evaluation to assess circulation patterns, traffic impacts and flows throughout the Dove Valley Metropolitan District
Governmental Services Articles
The infrastructure that utilities build and maintain can run the spectrum from convenience for the utility’s customers to critical infrastructure (both for customers and national grids.) The potential damage to the many components of that infrastructure can come from different sources with varying intent.
Partially grouted masonry shear walls are common in North America. Construction of partially grouted concrete masonry shear walls can benefit greatly by placement of joint reinforcement in bed joints of each or every other course instead of deformed reinforcement in bond beams, because placement and grouting of bond beams slow construction. Joint reinforcement is already used to help control cracking and provide prescriptive horizontal reinforcement. With sufficient area and ductility of wire, joint reinforcement can also provide the tension capacity to span across cracks in shear walls and to act as primary shear reinforcement for in-plane shear forces.
Now that the Illinois Accessibility Code (IAC) has been updated for the first time since 1997, it is crucial that your community’s Code Officials, Building Inspectors and Plan Reviewers become knowledgeable about some key changes. The IAC requires certain accessibility standards to guarantee that newly-constructed or renovated buildings are safe and readily accessible to persons with disabilities. Some of these standard have been updated in 2018, and this article highlights the major changes.
The Illinois Accessibility Code (IAC) has been updated for the first time in nearly 20 years, and went into effect on October 23, 2018. Established in 1997, the IAC requires certain accessibility standards to guarantee that newly-constructed or renovated buildings are safe and readily accessible to persons with disabilities. This article lists some of the major observations and changes that we noticed.
A well-informed constituent will feel engaged and involved. Communities striving to improve communications with their residents and visitors should periodically evaluate the technologies available and weigh their strengths against the community’s need. Some technologies are excellent at getting information distributed to a broad audience quickly, while others allow for interaction and multimedia applications.
Occupant loading is not just a matter of how many people can be accommodated in a classroom. It is also how many people can be safely sheltered and evacuated. Whether performing a plan review or inspection, your Code professional does not dictate design, but they should be paying particular attention to this critical part of the overall program, Life Safety.
Resilience can be defined as the ability to recover quickly from setbacks. In communities around the country, civil infrastructure projects provide an assortment of challenges to address their community’s needs. Efficiently-operating civil infrastructure is an essential component of a resilient, livable community. The highways, bridges, and wastewater treatment plants we build today have design lives
Most Americans take the water systems that bring clean water to and from their homes and businesses for granted. They turn on the tap and flush the toilet without thinking twice about where that water came from or where it will go. But could you imagine a day without water? Without safe, reliable water and wastewater service?
Drones have been filling our news feeds with uses such as recreational, military, and drone deliveries, but how can a municipality determine how to leverage this rapidly evolving technology? Many communities across the country are starting to research sUAS uses and invest in sUAS technology and applications.
How do you make your community future proof? Poised to succeed in the turbulent environment of businesses and citizens demanding better, faster, and cheaper internet services? In just the past five years, technological giants such as Google have dramatically changed the community landscape and customer expectations. For some, broadband is now considered an expected utility, alongside water, power, and gas, and that belief is expected to grow.
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The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new preemption order for local authorities over small cell wireless facility deployment and management of local rights-of-way has left many communities confused and troubled. HR Green is offering a free webinar to help communities address the challenges of 5G deployment and the new FCC Small Cell Preemption Order.
The desire to improve the quality of life through access to affordable high-speed internet is being explored through a regional study of current internet providers and planned expansions in the Pikes Peak region.
Waterloo Iowa Empowers Citizens with Brownfield Project Website with Help from HR Green, Increasing Transparency for Ongoing Projects
A brownfields project website geared towards informing citizens of the City of Waterloo, Iowa has been instrumental in empowering them to fully understand the history of environmental investigations completed in their respective neighborhood.
Albert Einstein worked on his new Theory of Gravity in 1913. That’s also when Howard R. Green was beginning his civil engineering consulting business in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Now HR Green, Inc. (HR Green), the company has grown to a workforce over 400 strong, with offices across the country in regions as diverse as our workforce.