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.
Learn more about how we help jump start innovation in local governments by selecting the link below.
Governmental Services Experience
HR Green Helps Transform Former Wonder Bread Factory into Exciting 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.
Antioch Brownfield Assessments
The Village of Antioch is a community of 14,301 located within the Chicago metropolitan area in northeastern Illinois. Illinois Highway 83 (IL-83) bisects the heart of the town’s central business district, which previously represented a center for commerce and employment. Unfortunately, many of these businesses became less viable and have subsequently either closed or moved to a more opportune location. What remains of the downtown is a stark reminder of its vibrant past. In addition, numerous buildings and sites remain stigmatized with the perception of environmental contamination.
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
City of Nevada, IA
HR Green has been assisting the City of Nevada, Iowa, with development of their Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and design of their infrastructure projects since 2002. The City identifies streets, sewer, and water projects to be included in the program. Once specific projects are identified, HR Green prepares a separate scope of services, budget, and fee for each project.
Waterloo Brownfield Redevelopment
HR Green has helped secure 12 EPA Brownfields Grants for the City of Waterloo since 2000 which have helped inventory, characterize, assess, and cleanup numerous underutilized sites including a former construction machinery company.
Capital Improvement Planning Assistance
HR Green helps municipalities prepare for the Capital Improvement Planning (CIP) process by providing many communities with services such as providing budget numbers for capital projects, helping staff identify and prioritize projects, and then assisting them with finding funding sources for those projects.
Engineering and Public Works Experience
HR Green’s approach to providing city engineering services is truly unique.
Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project Coordination
Roselle (2013), Itasca, Wood Dale, and Bensenville, Illinois
The Village of Itasca first contracted with HR Green in January 2013 for engineering services related to plan review, meeting attendance, Intergovernmental Agreement review, and coordination with affected parties caused by the pending construction of the EOWA (now called Illinois Route 390) project through the Village of Itasca.
Municipal Engineering Services
City of Nevada, IA
HR Green has provided municipal engineering services to the City of Nevada since February 2002. Since that time, Nevada has received up to 50 hours of general municipal engineering services each month to advise, consult, assist, review and plan for improvements within the community. HR Green personnel assigned to assist Nevada in this capacity have marshaled many of the company’s vast technical resources to benefit the community.
The Liberty Square Redevelopment Area comprises approximately 340 commercial, industrial.
Illinois Department of Transportation Bureau of Local Roads Project Management
IDOT District 1, Chicago Region
HR Green was selected by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to assist in their project management.
First Avenue Corridor Redevelopment
HR Green began studying the corridor in the late 1990s, recommending conversion of the four-lane undivided facility to a five-lane section with pedestrian accommodations on both sides of the roadway; integrating the improvements into and enhancing the accessibility to the adjacent commercial properties.
Stockyards Area Brownfields Redevelopment
Sioux City, IA
Sioux City’s 215-acre stockyards area, once vital and prosperous, boasted only a handful of viable businesses at the beginning.
Governmental Services Articles
In construction, we are continually faced with shrinking budgets, compressed schedules, and expanding scopes. These are the realities that Owners, Design Professionals, and Contractors have come to accept. So while all of this juggling to balance the differing requirements and return on investment is taking place, here comes the Inspector. Some common misconceptions of Inspectors is that they are going to add costs to the job, state that you’ve been doing it wrong for years, or that you can’t do it a certain way in a particular area in spite of what they are doing allowing in neighboring counties.
Is your municipality looking for ways to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and accelerate community development? Are you still using a paper-based plan review process? Your municipality should consider a paperless, electronic plan review solution.
Coined less than 25 years ago, the term “brownfields” is relatively new to the environmental science lexicon and remains unfamiliar to many outside the profession. Few realize that, since 1995, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has overseen a program devoted to improving these unpleasant-sounding places.
2015 has been a year of recovery for many communities. As the economy has steadily improved, leaders in local governments have moved from survival mode to planning for a more predictable future.
When a building is being constructed or modified, or an addition to an existing building is constructed within a community, municipal plan examiners will review the construction documents prior to issuing a permit. Building inspectors will visit the site at various times to ensure contractors are producing a safe and durable structure; adhering to the approved documents.
Keeping up with changes in state laws can be a full time job for municipal employees. The experts in HR Green, Inc.’s Governmental Services Business Line review and keep up with the changes in Building Codes and Code Enforcement. Unlike standard Building Codes, the Illinois Plumbing Code, the Illinois Energy Conservation Code and the Illinois Accessibility Code are all state mandated codes. HR Green urges leaders to take note of some very important changes.
In the coming year, the IECC is due to be updated and the IAC is overdue to be updated as well. HR Green, Inc.’s Government Services professionals review and keep up with the changes in Building Codes and Code Enforcement. The Illinois Energy Conservation Code and the Illinois Accessibility Code are state mandated codes and HR Green urges leaders to stay informed of important changes.
Reducing staffing levels has been a common theme in local governments generally, and certainly in public works departments specifically, during the past 5-10 years. Even at public works departments where staffing levels have remained constant, infrastructure, and infrastructure maintenance requirements likely have increased.
In a non-descript municipal office hundreds of building plans sit atop, under and around a small desk gathering dust, stacks of files, bound copies and boxes full of loose papers are stacked where a chair should be located. The recently retired building commissioner saved everything. However, he’s gone now and the reality of his “filing system” became a cumbersome challenge the city had to deal with.
Every family, every community and every business needs infrastructure to thrive. Infrastructure encompasses your local water main and the Hoover Dam; the power lines connected to your house and the electrical grid spanning the U.S.; and the street in front of your home and the national highway system.
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HR Green, Inc. and Thompson Elevator Inspection Service, Inc. Form a Strategic Alliance to Help Municipalities Streamline Plan Reviews & Inspections
(McHenry, IL) – Helping Chicagoland municipalities with efficient plan reviews and inspections has been the mantra for HR Green, Inc. (HR Green)’s Building Department Service group and Thompson Elevator Inspection Service, Inc. for many years. Today, these seasoned organizations announced a strategic alliance uniting their teams of highly qualified and certified professionals to help Chicagoland
The transformation of a 1927 industrial bakery into the new Single Speed Brewing Co. is yet another urban renewal success story that HR Green, a professional engineering and environmental consulting firm, helped launch.
HR Green’s Senior Project Director Larry J. Stevens, P.E. has been named a Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA).
HR Green’s Reggie Meigs Appointed to International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors as Vice President of Orange Empire Chapter
Reggie Meigs, CBO, HR Green California, Inc. (HR Green) was recently installed as Vice President of the International Code Council (ICC) Orange Empire Chapter’s Board of Directors.