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About Us

Our History

In 1892, T.O. Williams set up a practice in Grand Rapids with emphasis on surveying railroad locations, conducting flow surveys for hydroelectric plants, land drainage design, roads, and property surveys. In 1924, the original Williams & Works was incorporated. Over the next 65 years, the firm grew and expanded into many service disciplines and areas. In the early 1990’s the company was purchased and the Williams & Works name was set aside.

In October 1995, five former Williams & Works employees plus two others started a new company with the old name of Williams & Works with the goal of carrying on the firm's tradition of service.

Our Company Today

Our goal was to build a consulting organization that continues the tradition of providing the highest level of service to our clients. With now over 20 years of service to Grand Rapids and the surrounding midwest area, we are proud to say we are doing just that.

At Williams & Works, we build relationships with our clients. We work with you, not for you. Being an employee-owned company means that our attention to detail and costs is extremely important. We bring a team approach to our assignments and constantly strive to be more efficient and economical in our business practices. We frequently collaborate to develop multi-disciplinary and creative solutions to complex planning, engineering, and surveying tasks.

Here, you get


Our professional engineers work with public and private sector clients to design and assist with the construction of infrastructure projects. Whether working with private developers, the Michigan Department of Transportation, or other entities, our commitment to quality service remains the same. Our state-of-the-art designs always respond to current conditions and are consistent with current regulations and standards. Williams & Works has long been known in the industry as leaders in infrastructure design (we designed Detroit’s first wastewater system), and our sustainable approach to design allows us to develop systems that efficiently meet clients' needs while providing flexibility for future growth.

  • Water supply & treatment
  • Sanitary sewer collection, distribution and treatment
  • Storm sewer systems
  • Roads
  • Bridges
  • Trails
  • Capital Improvement Plans
  • Asset Management Plans
  • Grantsmanship
  • Site plan development
  • Construction documents
  • Permitting
  • Bidding
  • Construction administration
  • Residential and commercial subdivisions
  • Site condominiums
  • Landscape Design
  • Superstructure analysis
  • Design build services
  • Scour analysis
  • Bridge design
  • Road design
  • Streetscape Design
  • Groundwater source development
  • Design of potable water systems
  • Wastewater treatment plants
  • Expansion and contraction of systems
  • Rate studies
  • Constructability Reviews
  • Construction Inspection
  • Construction Administration
  • Storm Water Management

Williams & Works' survey group is comprised of Professional Surveyors licensed in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Our support staff of Surveyors in Training and Certified Survey Technicians is able to mobilize on short notice and is experienced in a variety of field data collection methods and drafting software, allowing us to provide deliverable products based on our clients’ needs. In keeping with our tradition of service, Williams & Works is committed to understanding our clients’ needs and providing quality service to meet those needs in a timely manner.

  • Certified surveys
  • Parcel divisions
  • Subdivisions
  • Condominiums
  • Land & Easement descriptions
  • ALTA Land title
  • Right of way determination
  • Remonumentation and State Plane coordinate determination
  • Topographic design survey
  • Topographic as-built survey
  • Hydrographic survey
  • Geodetic control
  • Photogrammetric control
  • Bridge survey
  • Telecommunication tower survey
  • Hydraulics survey
  • Environmental engineering survey
  • Certified First Aid
  • CPR training
  • Confined space training
  • E Rail safe training
  • CN Railroad safety training
  • Hazwoper training
  • Certified surveyor technician training
  • Construction staking

Our planners strive to create inviting, sustainable communities. We understand that each community is unique and requires its own tailored approach to planning services. Williams & Works assists municipalities, non-profit organizations, and developers with land use projects and provides the tools needed to accomplish their goals. Our planners are also experienced in the day-to-day application of zoning administration and land use regulations, often realizing the ramifications of key policy decisions before they are enacted. With a thorough understanding of public and private sector economic development goals, we also work with communities to attract new industries, re-develop traditional downtowns, and obtain funding to support job growth.

  • Tax increment financing
  • Public and private partnerships
  • Grant writing, management, and financial packaging
  • Downtown streetscape design
  • Capital Improvement Plans
  • Market Studies
  • Proforma Analysis
  • Historic preservation
  • Master Plans
  • Form-Based Codes
  • GIS Mapping and Modeling
  • Zoning Ordinances
  • Design Charrettes
  • Informational Websites
  • Community Surveys
  • Pop-up Outreach
  • Engagement Analysis and Reports
  • Sustainable planning and zoning
  • Park and recreation plans
  • Urban and Environmental Design
  • Staffing planning departments
  • Site plan review
  • Zoning administration
  • Commission and Board Meeting Facilitation and Training
  • Wellhead Protection Program Implementation
  • Expert Witness Services
  • Project Branding


Unmanned Aerial Systems

Williams & Works uses Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAV) to capture high-resolution photos to create orthorectified images, 3D point cloud data, 3D models, and digital elevation models.  We are also using this technology for inspection purposes capturing video, and photos of construction progress.

This data can be quickly acquired using UAV’s (drones) at a minimal cost compared to traditional methods.  Pictures can be acquired on site, processed, and then reviewed on a web browser, or output files used in programs such as Civil 3D or Revit.

This technology provides a quick and cost-effective way to get an elevated look, accurate model and 3D point cloud data.  This data can then be used for:

  • Volumetric surveys of gravel pits, landfills, or stock piles.
  • 3D mesh models of a project area to assist in planning or design.
  • 3D point could data for engineering purposes.
  • Inspection or construction progress monitoring.



Projects on which Williams & Works is acting as Engineer, and which are being bid locally, will appear here.


Current Projects


  • The City of Greenville is soliciting sealed proposals for the WWTP Improvements – Contract 1. The work includes; addition of a sludge tank mixing system in the existing 750,000 gallon sludge storage tank and installation of cathodic protection, replacement of their four (4) existing raw influent submersible pumps and addition of two new submersible mixers in the raw influent wet well, construction of a new 500,000 gallon secondary digester with a membrane gas cover, construction of an approximately 400 sft building expansion, and related site, mechanical, electrical, controls, and building architectural and HVAC work. The City of Greenville has directly purchased the sludge tank mixing system pump and nozzles, the four (4) submersible raw influent pumps, two (2) submersible mixers, and the secondary digester tank steel, membrane gas storage and related equipment. Contract Documents show the scope of supply of the OWNER procured equipment. CONTRACTOR will install OWNER procured equipment.

    Sealed proposals will be received by the City of Greenville at the City Hall; located at 411 S. Lafayette St., Greenville, Michigan 48838 until 2:00 p.m. local time, Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at the site of the proposed work at 205 E. Fairplains St., Greenville, Michigan 48838 on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. local time. Contractors not represented at the mandatory pre-bid meeting will not have their bids opened at the bid opening.

    Plan Holder's Registration Form

    Plan Holder's List


    Construction Plans

  • The Green Lake Sewer Commission is soliciting sealed proposals for the Clarifier Rehabilitation Project. The work includes removal and replacement of most of the submerged parts of the existing clarifier sludge collector and scum box located at their existing treatment facility. Sealed proposals will be received by the Green Lake Sewer Commission; located at the Leighton Township Hall, 4451 12th Street, Suite A, Wayland, MI 49348, until 2:00 p.m. local time, Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. Contract Documents may be obtained at the our offices or below. Bidding documents may be also be examined below or in person via:

    • Builders Exchange of Michigan, 678 Front Ave. NW #330, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
    • Builders Exchange of Kalamazoo, 3431 East Kilgore Road, Kalmazoo, MI 49001
    • Mc Graw Hill, 401 Hall Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Contractors are encouraged, but not required, to attend a pre-bid meeting to be held at the Green Lake WWSL, located at 4307 5th St., Caledonia, MI 49316 on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. local time. Each proposal shall be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond by a recognized surety in the amount of five percent (5%) of the total bid price. After the time of opening, no bid may be withdrawn for a period of forty-five (45) days. The Green Lake Sewer Commission reserves the right to to accept any bid, reject any or all bids, to waive informalities and make the award in any manner deemed in the best interest of the Commission.

    Plan Holder Registration Form Plan Holder List
    Contract Specifications
    Addendum No. 1

Looking for a job?


We put great stock in the staff we hire. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, a casual work environment, and opportunites for future growth. As an employee-owned company, all employess have an opportunity to participate in the overall business management of the firm.
Current Openings
  • » Responsibilities of this role include:
    • Effectively leading project teams in the study, design, and construction of projects. Work will be primarily focused on municipal with some minor private development work
    • Successfully developing and maintaining client relationships
    • Providing ongoing mentoring to other Engineering team members in technical and project management tasks
    • Actively participating in business development activities including research of potential market and project opportunities.
    • Preparation of work scopes and budgeting, taking part in project interviews.

    » Candidates must possess the following qualifications:
    • Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET accredited institution.
    • Michigan P.E. Registration
    • 10+ years of professional design experience including roads, stormwater, water distribution, sanitary sewer collection, and site grading.
    • Experience in project and client management
    • Working knowledge of AutoCAD Civil 3D
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
    • Must be self-motivated and able to work well with others in a professional hands-on environment
    • Excellent technical writing, organizational, and communication skills
To apply, please contact us with your cover letter, resume, and references.
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