BE PATIENT

This site was created in November, 2015 and has been years in the making. I'm still in diapers and need to become educated on Wordpress and how to format information & the like. Crawl, then walk, then run....

About

At 50, I’m comfortable saying that I’ve lived a full-life to this point in my existence. Born in the south suburbs of Chicago and raised by a stationary engineer dad and an accounting mom, my sister & I weren’t silver spoon fed, but we never went without anything that we needed. A sports junkie as a kid, everything was fair game: Baseball, hockey, golf, tennis, I even took a crack at wrestling (despite going 1-13 my freshman year…with the 1 being by forfeit…). Sports & exercise have, and will always be, a staple of my existence.  My dad was an athlete then, and even now at 74, still plays softball & volleyball. Apples and trees….

I studied civil engineering at Michigan State and transferred in my junior year to Illinois-Chicago and in 1989, got by BS in Civil Engineering.  I had the good fortune of working as a college intern for 3 summers, and the experience was a major contributor to landing my first job at Consoer Townsend & Associates in Chicago as a Construction Engineer. I spent the early part of my career working on both construction and design efforts, gaining traction in the industry with every project.

Fast-forward 27 years – The journey that I’ve been on has made for an unbelievable ride. I’ve been in responsible charge of over $475 million in construction work as a Resident Engineer. For the past 9 years, I have been working for Knight E/A, a consulting engineering firm based in Chicago. I have been fortunate to have worked along side of a lot of great professionals who have helped me become the engineer I am. As I look back at my career, it’s hard to believe that I’ve been involved with such a sizable amount of infrastructure improvements in what seems to be such a short amount of time.

In 1986, my best friend wanted to go on a double-date with a couple of girls he knew. He thought it would be a good idea if I met this cute blond who lived down the street. Little did I know that this date, pizza at Gino’s East in Chicago and a walk along Lake Michigan, would end up being the start of a 30+ year friendship, relationship & marriage that has made for some of the best days of my life. Beth & I have been blessed with a healthy marriage and 2 amazing kids. I don’t know what I did to deserve having these people in my life: I thank God everyday for giving me the privilege to be part of their lives.

I have a few other moving parts in my life beyond work & family. I have played hockey since grade school and continue to skate 2 nights a week. I am a strength & conditioning junkie, spending virtually every night in our unfinished basement putting a barbell, squat rack & simple training implements to use. This past November, I started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – It is an absolutely amazing sport, one that has me considering backing off on my ice time (I can’t believe I’m actually saying that….). Needless to say, being strong, fit, active & healthy are staples of my life and not solely a mid-life crisis repellent. I’ve told many that I hope to roll this completely beat up body up to St. Peter’s gate and thank him for letting me red-line it for as long as I could. Hard work is a blessing and I’ll continue to treat it as such….

This site has been in my personal incubator for years. As I am starting to feel like I’ve stepped over the crest of my career’s bell curve, I’m looking at other avenues where my knowledge base, experience & attitudes about life can be utilized in ways other than just managing construction projects (and pushing paper….). I have the desire to write, teach & publish – I am hoping that this site will be my On The Job Training as I eventually hope to transition into something “industry-related-but-different” down-the-road. It is my goal to make this site a resource for college students and young engineers of all disciplines to glean a piece of my knowledge & experience to make them better members of the industry. I have a lot of work to do, but I’m looking forward to the journey.

If you have ideas for posts, or questions about something engineering-related, or need advice on a particular problem or issue you are wrestling with, reach out to me anytime, either with a comment or by email – I’d enjoy the opportunity to dialogue: bhildebranski@gmail.com

Cheers!!!

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