We are engineers.

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
CIVIL/MUNICIPAL
  • Water Supply & Treatment
  • Sanitary Sewer Collection 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. 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

Professional Land Surveying services are currently offered in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

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
  • Transportation Planning
  • Nonmotorized Planning
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

 

  • Barry County Parks is soliciting sealed proposals for the Paul Henry Trail project. Items of work includes upgrading the Paul Henry Trail to a ten-foot aggregate and paved trail, park signs, parking lots and bridge railing.

    Sealed proposals will be received by Barry County Parks offices located at 2545 S. Charlton Park Rd, Hastings, MI 49508 until 9:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024 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 Planholder of Record Registration Form. The registration form and PDF versions of the Contract Documents may be obtained 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. Barry County Parks 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 Barry County Parks.

    Planholder of Record Registration Form (Bidders MUST complete this form)

    Registered Planholders List

    Project Specifications

    Project Plans

    Addendum No. 1

    If you have trouble accessing these documents or using the onine registration form, contact us at (616) 224-1500

  • Village of Middleville is soliciting sealed proposals for the Dearborn Street Improvements project. Items of work includes proposed water main, storm sewer culvert, retaining wall, concrete sidewalk, ADA accessible ramps, sand subbase, aggregate base, HMA pavement, concrete curb & gutter, concrete sidewalk, and reconstruction of drives to match the road cross-section. The work includes the restoration of all disturbed areas, all necessary traffic control and all related work.

    Sealed proposals will be received by Village of Middleville offices located at 100 E. Main Street, Middleville, MI 49333 until 1:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, January 30th, 2024 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 Planholder of Record Registration Form. The registration form and PDF versions of the Contract Documents may be obtained 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. Village of Middleville 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 Village of Middleville.

    Planholder of Record Registration Form (Bidders MUST complete this form)

    Registered Planholders List

    Project Specifications

    Project Plans

    Addendum No. 1

  • Lincoln Charter Township is soliciting sealed proposals for Lift Station No. 14 Improvements. The work includes various improvements to the lift station structure and equipment as well as the replacement of the forcemain and all related work.

    Sealed proposals will be received by Lincoln Charter Township at the Township Hall, located at 2055 W John Beers Rd, Stevensville, MI 49127 until 2:00 p.m. local time, Tuesday, February 6, 2024 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 Planholder of Record Registration Form.

    Plans and Specifications will be available for download once the Planholder Registration is completed.

    Planholder of Record Registration Form

    Registered Planholders List

    Addendum No. 1

  • Lincoln Charter Township is soliciting sealed proposals for the Community Park 2024 Parking Lot Expansion, Pickle Ball and Sand Volleyball Courts Project. The work includes the construction of a multi-sport court area and expansion of the existing parking lot. Additional items include new storm sewer, curb and gutter, bituminous driveway, fencing, acrylic court surfacing, and multi-use sport nets.

    Sealed proposals will be received by Lincoln Charter Township at the Township Hall, located at 2055 W John Beers Rd, Stevensville, MI 49127 until 2:00 p.m. local time, Thursday, February 29, 2024 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. Contract Documents may be obtained below or at our office and the Builder’s Exchanges. 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 of the bid price. After the time of opening, no bid may be withdrawn for a period of Sixty (60) days. Lincoln Charter 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 Lincoln Charter Township.

    Planholder of Record Registration Form (Bidders MUST complete this form)

    Registered Planholders List

    Project Specifications

    Project Plans

    Addendum No. 1

  • City of Lowell is soliciting sealed proposals for the Washington Street Improvements project. Items of work includes removal and replacement of existing asphalt pavement, sanitary sewer, water main, and storm sewer and associated structures, upgrades to existing concrete curb, gutters and sidewalk ramps.

    Sealed proposals will be received by City of Lowell Offices located at 301 E. Main Street, Lowell, MI 49302 until 10:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. A pre-bid conference for the Project will be held on Monday, February 26th at 10am at City Hall, 301 E Main St, Lowell, MI 49331. Attendance at the pre-bid conference is encouraged but not required. 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 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. The City 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 City of Lowell.

    Planholder of Record Registration Form (Bidders MUST complete this form)

    Registered Planholders List

    Project Specifications

    Project Plans

    Addendum No. 1

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