Land development projects require the fusion of diverse skills. We join technical expertise with business savvy to make your projects highly successful. Our professionals unify engineering, surveying, construction, land planning and landscape architecture consultants in a single, integrated team.
We know that in the ever-changing development environment, flexibility and responsiveness are vital to a project’s success. Our comprehensive process allows us to design with purpose, focusing on efficiency and expeditious approvals which allows you to build and operate in as short a timeframe as possible — accelerating your return.More
HR Green’s hallmarks are project efficiency, effective project management and outstanding communication. We can handle any project, from sites less than one acre to sites thousands of acres in size. From conceptual planning through final site design, we utilize the latest technology to prepare engineering reports, exhibits and contract documents. Necessary state, local and federal site work permits are obtained efficiently to help our clients avoid delays and stay on-schedule.
We work directly with our clients to gain a thorough understanding of a site before major financial investments are made in a project. Our process starts with a thorough site analysis effort, identifying all of the natural, manmade and political characteristics of a site. We examine the existing site in great detail and develop conceptual plans which respond positively to environmental and physical site conditions.
- Center Point Properties
- O’Reilly Auto Parts
- Pulte Group
- AAA Auto Group
- ConAgra Foods
- Habitat for Humanity (DuPage)
- Wrigley – A Subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated
- Howard Hughes Corporation
- Trader Joes
Land Development Experience
Milwaukee Avenue Streetscape
The Village of Niles selected HR Green to assist in the reconstruction and revitalization of a 1.4 mile long corridor within its thriving downtown business district.
Kehrs Mill Road Entrance Monument
MoDOT and the St. Louis County Transportation Department collaborated on the reconstruction of the Long Road, Wild Horse Creek Road, Kehrs Mill Road intersection project in 2012. Resulting from the public involvement phase of this project, the residents along Wild Horse Creek and Kehrs Mill successfully lobbied for beautification of the intersection.
HR Green was hired to determine if it would be feasible to construct a freestanding Trader Joe’s retail building and parking lot over one of the stormwater detention basins.
Bridgeland Residential Development
HR Green provided engineering design for residential subdivisions within the master planned community of Bridgeland.
Marian Central High School Field of Dreams
Marian Central Catholic High School’s sports complex consists of a competitive football field/track and field facility, baseball fields, a softball field, and tennis courts, as well as accessory buildings to complement these activities.
Marquette Scenic Overlook and Boardwalk
HR Green provided design and construction engineering services for the renovation of the Marquette-Joliet Bridge scenic overlook, including a new stairway connection to the Cobblestone Inn/City Hall pedestrian bridge, and a new boardwalk extending into the Mississippi River.
O’Dell Mixed Use Development
HR Green performed the planning, entitlements and writing of the PUD for this 430-acre premier master planned development that balances natural and man-made elements to create an environmentally sensitive community.
Walgreens Site Design
HR Green was selected to provide surveying, engineering and landscape architecture services for this site located in the heart of Northbrook amidst other moderate sized commercial parcels and existing homes.
HR Green coordinated with the Village as well as the current landscape maintenance contractor for the development in order to create a design that met the ordinance and fit into the existing context of the overall shopping center.
Lowe’s Home Improvement
HR Green was one of two design firms to lead Lowe’s expansion into the Upper Midwest. HR Green’s multidisciplinary team has offered a full array of surveying, engineering design services ranging from conceptual design through final construction documents.
Norman Residential Development
Excerpt: HR Green was chosen by Home Creations, one of Oklahoma’s largest homebuilders, to provide services for a new 760 acre mixed-use development.
Erin Hills Park
Homer Glen, IL
Erin Hills Park is the third park that the Village has developed as part of its commitment to improve the parks and recreation experiences within the Village limits and was partially funded by an Illinois OSLAD Grant.
University of Minnesota Ruttan Plaza
St. Paul, MN
HR Green provided leak investigation services and a structural analysis of the underutilized plaza and determined that the structure was no longer adequately designed to support the existing loads. As a result, the University seized the opportunity to repair the failing structure and elected to incorporate an upgraded green roof design into the necessary structure improvements to establish a more pedestrian-friendly space.
AAA Auto Club Group
HR Green was selected as the design firm to lead AAA’s expansion into the Upper Midwest. HR Green’s multidisciplinary team has offered a full array of surveying, engineering, and landscape architectural design services ranging from conceptual design through final construction documents.
Health Bridge Fitness Center
HR Green’s extensive experience and excellent relationship with local government resulted in a plan that is beneficial both to the developer and the community.
La Marque, TX
The community was conceived as an alternative to Galveston destinations, providing a more affordable, upscale housing product with large front porches, detached garages, and quaint front yards.
Iowa River Landing
The Iowa River Landing was a re-development project that converted a 180 acre industrial area into a mixed-use district comprised of a hotel, conference center, 300,000+ square feet of retail, office, residential and entertainment space, a medical clinic and parking.
The development is approximately 200 acres in size with approximately 70% commercial and 30% residential, with the residential components comprised of both single and multi-family homes.
McHenry County College Building and Parking Expansion
Crystal Lake, IL
Site planning services for the construction of a new 650 stall parking lot along with 40,000 square foot building addition.
Land Development Articles
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.
Leadership Spotlight: Dave Reitz, PLA, on the Importance of Communication & Building Strong Relationships
Our collective backgrounds allow us to look at opportunities from our client’s perspective to help their projects say on schedule with fewer disruptions. We also take time to understand background issues from the investment side and understand the sense of urgency that our clients may expect from a consultant.
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.
In the world of commercial development the name of the game is to accelerate the return on investment. However, in today’s highly competitive environment there is more to development than just getting plans approved, bids let and construction started. Branding is now a major consideration for businesses, creating a welcoming experience for customers with solutions that are functional and achieving these goals within a limited area while adhering to local ordinances is always a challenge.
A resilient community is one that can weather the economic trade winds. Leaders build a resilient community by having the ability to anticipate risk, and bounce back rapidly from setbacks through adaptability, evolution, and growth in the face of turbulent change.
As the nation continues to move steadily forward in recovering from the economic downturn many community leaders are asking themselves “what can we learn from the past 10 years?” The short answer is: Resilience.
With an increased emphasis in the US on multi-modal transportation and awareness of public health, there is more funding available for projects that include sidewalks or multi-use trails. Not surprisingly, HR Green has designed a number of projects requiring pedestrian bridges to carry sidewalks and trails over roadways and creeks. As we gain experience with these types of projects, we have learned valuable lessons and identified common misconceptions regarding pedestrian bridges.
Land Development NewsSign up for our Enews
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.
Once again, HR Green, Inc. (HR Green) has been included in the Engineering News Record’s (ENR) annual lists of top design and construction firms in the nation. HR Green has continued to climb the annual ENR list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States, rising 39 spots and coming in at 202.
In the past few years, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related occupations have started to top the list of careers students are looking to pursue. HR Green Inc. (HR Green) continues to work with high schools, community colleges and universities across the country to offer hands-on, professional level job shadow and internship experiences.
HR Green, Inc. (HR Green) announced that Dave Reitz has been appointed as the President of the Land Development Business Line. Reitz previously served as the Director of the Land Development Midwest Region, overseeing planning, landscape architecture and engineering services delivered by staff in the Chicago area.