Gary Paradoski



Gary Paradoski is President of Aqua Vitae. His duties encompass design and oversight of natural resources, green infrastructure, and water quality projects. Many aspects of these projects include stream stabilization and ecosystem restoration, Best Management Practices (BMPs), hydrologic & hydraulic studies, water quality monitoring & analyses, erosion & sediment control and sustainable storm water management. Gary has over 25 years of experience in land surveying, field studies, acquiring and administering permits, preparation of construction documents and specifications, and construction observation. He often engages the public and stakeholders regarding sustainable engineering practices, including low-impact development (LID) and agricultural nutrient management.


B.S. in Civil Engineering – Construction, Lawrence Technological University (1996) 

U.S. Army Surveyor Advanced Training (1989)

Professional Information

Licensed Professional Engineer – Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, Wisconsin

Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC): 7657 (2013)

Lake County Designated Erosion Control Inspector (DECI): (2016)

IDOT Documentation of Contract Quantities: 16-11852 (2016)


American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Sustainability Committee Chair

Founding Board Member, Illinois Veterans Chamber of Commerce

Jason Carlson



Jason Carlson is Senior Project Manager at Aqua Vitae.  His duties include geography, cartography, spatial analyses, remote sensing, land surveying, erosion control, and CAD for natural resources, green infrastructure, and water quality projects. Many aspects of these projects include NPDES reporting, stream assessments, watershed planning, landscape and vegetation modeling, asset management, and overall cartographic and map design. Jason has over 17 years of experience in GIS analysis, database creation/management, cartographic and GIS/GPS mapping techniques. In these projects, Jason utilizes ArcGIS with 3D, Spatial and Image Analyst as well as ArcHydro. Jason also is actively involved in hydrologic data collection and field monitoring for water quality and watershed planning projects. 


M.S. in Resource Planning, 1999

Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

B.A. in Geography, 1997

Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin


Professional Training

DECI Certification


Bentley SUDA/SUE design

Leica RCD30 and Airborne DATA Systems Aerial Camera installation, flight planning, data acquisition and processing

Trimble RTK, Total Station, GPS and Pathfinder surveying and processing 

Mirza Baig



Mirza is a focused professional with 20 years of experience in construction management of various types of projects, including highways, roads and streets, buildings and bridges. His experience includes project management, field inspections, full-depth road box construction, utilities, drainage, excavation and filling, revetments, wetland mitigation and restoration, milling and paving, cofferdams, cast-in-place concrete, water proofing, structural steel erection, painting bearings, expansion joints, traffic signals, street lights, high-mass precast concrete elements, materials testing, surveying, documentation of quantities and complete project documentation. Mirza has extensive experience working on CDOT, Illinois Tollway, and IDOT projects.


 Osmania University, BSCE, 1974

Professional Training

IDOT Documentation of Contract Quantities: 18-13573 (2018)

IDOT Pavement Construction Inspection

IDOT Bridge Construction Inspection

IDOT Pile Foundation Construction Inspection IDOT. Drainage Construction Inspection


IDOT Work Zone (safety) Inspection Traffic Control IDOT. Highway Signing Inspection

IDOT Bridge Repair Construction Inspection 

IDOT Pavement Maintenance Inspection

IDOT Bituminous Concrete, Level, 1 Nuclear Testing

IDOT & ACI Portland Cement Concrete, Levels 1 & 2

IDOT Pavement Maintenance Repair Inspection

IDOT Trenching and Shoring Safety Inspection

IDOT Confined Space Awareness

IDOT Rehabilitating of Urban Street

IDOT Trenching Hazards Inspection.

IDOT Survey Training, Levels I, II & III

IDOT Highway Jurisdictional Transfers

IDOT Team Building 

IDOT Communicating Through Colors

IDOT Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Training

IDOT TT Piling Inspection

Traffic Signal Maintenance

OSHA (IACET) 10-Hour Training 

NATIONAL HIGHWAY INSTITUTE Introduction of Safety Inspection of In-service Bridges (14 hours)

ISTHA e-Builder 

Ethan Paradoski



Ethan is an Assistant to the Engineer with nearly 1 year of experience as a safety spotter, identifying construction equipment, and walking construction sites.  He has walked over 3 miles without getting tired.  Ethan never runs out of energy, always asks why, and quickly makes friends with strangers.  


School of Hard Knocks


Construction Site Safety






American Ninja Warrior

Spartan Kids