Celebrating 25 years!

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

THE FULL SERVICE

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.

SITE DEVELOPMENT
  • Site Plan Development
  • Construction Documents
  • Permitting
  • Bidding
  • Construction Administration
  • Residential and Commercial Subdivisions
  • Site Condominiums
  • Landscape Design

CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING

  • Constructability Reviews
  • Construction Inspection
  • Construction Administration
  • Storm Water Management

WASTEWATER TREATMENT

  • Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Expansion and Contraction of Systems
  • Rate Studies
CIVIL/MUNICIPAL
  • Water Supply & Treatment
  • Sanitary Sewer Collection, Distribution and Treatment
  • Storm Sewer Systems
  • Roads
  • Bridges
  • Trails
  • Capital Improvement Plans
  • Asset Management Plans
  • Grantsmanship

TRANSPORTATION

  • Road Design
  • Highway Design
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Road Inspection Services
  • Hydraulic & Scour Analysis
  • Design-Build Services
STRUCTURAL
  • Structural Design & Analysis
  • Bridge Design
  • Bridge Load Rating
  • Erection Design
  • Bridge Inspection Services
  • Prestressed Concrete Design, Analysis & Drafting Services
  • Design-Build Services
  • Rehabilitation Design
  • Research & Specification Development
  • Peer Review

WATER SUPPLY/TREATMENT

  • Groundwater Source Development
  • Design of Potable Water Systems

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.

BOUNDARY
  • Certified surveys
  • Parcel Divisions
  • Subdivisions
  • Condominiums
  • Land & Easement descriptions
  • ALTA Land title
  • Right of Way Determination
  • Remonumentation and State Plane Coordinate Determination
DESIGN
  • Topographic Design Survey
  • Topographic As-Built Survey
  • Hydrographic Survey
  • Geodetic Control
  • Photogrammetric Control
  • Bridge Survey
  • Telecommunication Tower Survey
  • Hydraulics Survey
  • Environmental Engineering Survey
STAFF CERTIFICATIONS & TRAINING
  • Certified First Aid
  • CPR Training
  • Confined Space Training
  • E Rail Safe Training
  • CN Railroad Safety Training
  • Hazwoper Training
  • Certified Surveyor Technician Training
CONSTRUCTION
  • 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.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  • 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
PLANNING & ZONING
  • Master Plans
  • Form-Based Codes
  • GIS Mapping and Modeling
  • Zoning Ordinances
ENGAGEMENT
  • Design Charrettes
  • Informational Websites
  • Community Surveys
  • Pop-up Outreach
  • Engagement Analysis and Reports
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING
  • Sustainable Planning and Zoning
  • Park and Recreation Plans
  • Urban and Environmental Design
ON-SITE ADMINISTRATION
  • Staffing Planning Departments
  • Site Plan Review
  • Zoning Administration
  • Commission and Board Meeting Facilitation and Training
OTHER SERVICES
  • Wellhead Protection Program Implementation
  • Expert Witness Services
  • Project Branding

Introducing

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.

Bids

 

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

 

Current Projects

 

  • The City of Potterville Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) is soliciting sealed proposals for the construction of sidewalk along Lansing Rd. The sidewalk to be constructed is along Lansing Rd. from Alliance Lake Rd. to Nelson St..

    Sealed proposals will be received by the City of Potterville at City Hall; located at 319 N Nelson St, Potterville, MI 48876 until 2:00 p.m. local time, Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. The Potterville City Hall is open pursuant to the MDHHS COVID-19 Guidelines. No more than 25 people will be allowed in the council chamber where the sealed proposals will be opened, and social distancing and mask use orders are in place.

    Please register as a plan holder by completing the form at the link below. Plans and specifications may be downloaded at the links below.

    Planholder of Record Registration Form

    Registered Planholders List

    Bid Construction Plans

    Bid Specifications

  • Blendon Township is soliciting sealed proposals for the Port Sheldon Street Shared Use Path project. The work includes the construction of a non-motorized HMA or Concrete path along the south side of Port Sheldon St., drainage improvements, and restoration of all disturbed areas.

    Sealed proposals will be received by Blendon Township at the Township Hall; located at 7161 72nd Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426 until 11 a.m.. local time, Monday, September 20, 2021, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud.

    In order for your bid to be recognized and opened, your company must be registered as a Planholder of Record for this project by completing the registration form linked below. Bids must be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond by a recognized surety in the amount of five percent (5%) of the bid amount. After the time of opening, no bid may be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days. Blendon Township reserves the right 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 Blendon Township.

    Planholder of Record Registration Form (Bidders MUSTcomplete this form)

    Registered Planholders List

    Bid Construction Plans

    Bid Specifications

    Addendum No. 1

Looking for a job?

JOIN OUR TEAM

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 employees 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
  • We are seeking a Senior Level Professional Land Surveyor to join our team. This is a key departmental position. The right candidate will have the potential to grow into a larger management role within our firm.

    » Required Qualifications:
    • Michigan Licensed Professional Land Surveyor
    • Professional Licensure in surrounding states and/or ability to gain additional licensure in the near future
    • Bachelor's Degree in Land Surveying
    • 10+ Years of related work experience
    • Ability to effectively draft proposals and provide budgets to clients
    • Experience managing projects, clients and staff
    • Experience reviewing and signing/stamping project deliverables
    • Experience with construction staking, ALTA/NSPS, boundary and topographic surveys
    • Proficient working knowledge of Microsoft Office software
    • Good working knowledge of AutoDesk Civil 3D software, Star*Net, and Leica Infinity software platforms

    This position is open until filled. Email contact@williams-works.com with a cover letter and resume with “Professional Land Surveyor” as your e-mail subject.
  • We are seeking a Land Surveying Field Crew Chief to join our team!

    »Qualifications:
    • Michigan Licensed Professional Land Surveyor or Land Surveyor-in-Training is preferred but highly experienced individuals without these qualifications will be considered
    • Bachelor's Degree in Land Surveying preferred
    • 5+ Years of related work experience required
    • Significant experience with construction staking and reading/interpreting construction plans
    • ALTA/NSPS, boundary and topographic survey experience
    • Ability to work overtime regularlye
    • Flexibility to travel within the Midwest frequently
    • Ability to perform physically demanding work in all types of weather

    This position is open until filled. Email contact@williams-works.com with a cover letter and resume with “Field Crew Chief” as your e-mail subject.
  • We are seeking a senior civil engineer with at least five (5) years of experience in transportation/road engineering projects. The responsibilities of this position include effectively managing and/or assisting project teams in the study, design, budgeting, and construction inspection of transportation projects. Work will be primarily focused on state, county, and municipal clients, although other assignments are possible as opportunities become available.

    »In addition, candidates must possess the following qualifications:
    • Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET-accredited institution
    • A Michigan Professional Engineering license
    • Professional design experience with transportation and roadway projects.
    • Working knowledge of AutoCAD Civil 3D and/or MicroStation.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
    • Must be self-motivated and able to work well with others in a professional hands-on environment
    • Must be able to successfully develop and maintain positive workplace and client relatinships
    • Excellent technical writing, organizational, and communication skills

    This position is open until filled. Email contact@williams-works.com with a cover letter, resume, and references with “Senior Transportation Engineer” as your e-mail subject.
  • Williams & Works is seeking a community planner with a degree (Master’s preferred) in urban or regional planning or a related field, and 0-2 years of experience in community planning, zoning, GIS, and demographic research and analysis. This is an in-office, entry-level position. It requires the ability to foster and maintain strong working relationships with other professionals and clients and the ability to complete multi-faceted planning and zoning assignments for clients throughout west Michigan.

    The successful candidate will have the ability to effectively work and communicate, both orally and in writing, with other professionals, municipal officials, and the public in both formal and informal settings. The successful candidate will also possess the following abilities and skills:
    • The ability to review and interpret zoning ordinances, regulations, plans, legal opinions, legislation, and other technical and professional materials;
    • The ability to review development applications and site plans to determine compliance with applicable regulations; and
    • Strong research, speaking, writing, and presentation skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office® and ArcGIS® Desktop and Pro. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud, Sketchup, and urban design principles are desired.

    Email contact@williams-works.com with a cover letter, resume, and references with “Community Planner” as your e-mail subject no later than October 29, 2021.
To apply, please contact us with your cover letter, resume, and references.
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