KJWW Engineering Consultants has acquired EME, LLC, a mechanical and electrical engineering design firm located in downtown Chicago. EME’s 58 employees include 30 mechanical engineers and 13 electrical engineers, with 17 registered as Professional Engineers. The office will remain on the 12th floor of 200 W. Jackson Blvd.
On June 1, KJWW Engineering Consultants acquired EME, LLC, a
mechanical and electrical engineering design firm located in downtown Chicago.
EME’s 58 employees include 30 mechanical engineers and 13 electrical engineers,
with 17 registered as Professional Engineers. The office will remain on the
12th floor of 200 W. Jackson Blvd.
KJWW now has 125 Chicago-area employees. This includes 67 at
the Naperville Office, established in 1999. As of June, the firm employs 380
people in six locations across the Midwest. They offer structural, mechanical,
electrical, plumbing and technology design services, along with Medical
Equipment Solutions, systems commissioning and construction administration services.
Founded in 1979, EME has designed projects for healthcare,
higher education, government, industrial and commercial interests in the U.S.
and abroad. They specialize in the design of central utility plants.
KJWW President Paul VanDuyne, P.E., said, “This additional
talent at this important location strengthens our commitment to providing full
building engineering services to our Chicago clients. With our breadth of
experience on all project types, we will be able to coordinate and streamline
engineering decisions, and do it more conveniently than ever. The initial
feedback from clients is very positive.”
According to EME founder Ken Yoshitani, P.E., in the past 30
years, EME has done design work for the Chicago Merchandise Mart, the Art
Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, St.
Margaret Mercy Hospital, MacNeal Hospital, Commonwealth Edison and the Dirksen
Federal Building. They also have power plant experience with Nicor, PPL Global,
DuPage County and Loyola University Medical School. Two high-profile Chicago
projects they are currently working on are the new Dana Hotel and the former
Carson-Pirie-Scott Building, to be known as the Sullivan Center.
He said, “Our firm’s philosophy emphasized teamwork,
responsiveness and consistency, which will meld well with KJWW’s commitment to
service, innovation and quality.”
Focusing on enhanced client services, VanDuyne said, “Our
new location in downtown Chicago allows us to be close to the architectural
firms we work with, providing convenient access for meetings, collaboration and
project coordination. Plus, now our staff can choose either a downtown or
Recent Chicago-area projects designed by KJWW include the
new FBI Building, Harpo Studios, Sherman Hospital in Elgin, IL, and Condell
Medical Center in Libertyville, IL.
Other healthcare clients include Northwestern University,
Loyola University Medical
Center, St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital Center, and Advocate
Good Samaritan. Higher education projects in the region have been completed for the
University of Illinois at Chicago, William Rainey Harper College, Judson
College, the University of Chicago, the College of DuPage, Benedictine College
and Wheaton College.
EME’s Bob Winter, P.E., is the branch
manager of the new downtown office of KJWW. He said, “EME’s extensive
experience with hospitals, universities, commercial and power plant design will
expand the expertise offered by KJWW. We look forward to a smooth transition.”
KJWW Principal Jeff Pratt, PE, who manages the firm’s office
in Naperville, IL, is responsible for the transitioning of the two firms,
working with standards, design techniques, and corporate cultures. He said, “We
will be providing video conferencing, an integrated voice over IP phone system
and inclusion into our network to assure excellent communications between all
office locations. We have spent the last nine months coordinating our efforts
toward a successful integration.”
He explained that in addition to training, mentoring and
regular communications, there will actually be employees transferring between
the two offices, which will readily blend the two organizations.
KJWW offers a range of engineering services
including structural, mechanical, electrical and technology for healthcare,
education, government, commercial and industrial facilities. The firm was
ranked in the top 20 engineering firms in the country by Building Design & Construction. KJWW’s staff comprises more
than 380 full-time employees in six offices throughout the Midwest. The firm is
headquartered in Rock Island, IL, and has offices in Chicago, St. Louis,
Madison, Wis., Des Moines, IA, and Naperville, IL. For more information,