Gary Paradoski, who has over 30 years of engineering and land surveying experience, founded Aqua Vitae in 2014. Gary’s projects include the design and construction of natural resources, green infrastructure, and water quality projects. These projects include the design of erosion and sediment controls, landscape, utilities, stream stabilization, ecosystem restoration, hydrology & hydraulic studies, water quality modeling & analyses, and sustainable storm water management. Gary engages stakeholders regarding sustainable engineering practices, low-impact development (LID), and agricultural nutrient management.
B.S. in Civil Engineering – Construction, Lawrence Technological University
U.S. Army Surveyor Advanced Training
Licensed Professional Engineer – Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, Wisconsin
Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC)
Lake County Designated Erosion Control Inspector (DECI)
IDOT Documentation of Contract Quantities: 20-18075
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Sustainability Committee
Cole works to jump start nature’s beneficial functions across a broad gradient of human influenced biomes throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes regions of North America. He applies cross-disciplinary expertise and on-the-ground experience to guide ecological restoration and green infrastructure projects from concept through ecological assessment, design, permitting, construction, site performance monitoring, and adaptive management. He thrives at creating solutions with complimentary outcomes in complex conditions with multiple stakeholders, regulators, and competing interests. In his prior career, Cole practiced law in New York and Montana, focusing on financial markets, water rights, and natural resources conservation.
M.S. Natural Resources & Environmental Science
University of Illinois
ML Arch College of Architecture
Illinois Institute of Technology
JD School of Law
University of Georgia
BS Political Science
Florida State University
Registered Landscape Architect
Society for Ecological Restoration
Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals
American Society of Landscape Architects
Alex Cobin is a U.S. Army Desert Shield/Desert Storm war veteran with commendations for maintaining administrative combat readiness for the United States and Allied forces. He has over 30 years’ experience with technical communication, management, accounting, statistics, information technology, computer applications, and the legalities of business. Throughout his career, Alex has routinely managed over $65 million of client assets for more than 300 accounts. He also served as a Risk Management Specialist for each of his subordinates’ accounts. Alex is a committed professional with strong relationship building skills, who is focused on providing excellent client service and meeting client needs.
Alex has fully transitioned into the construction industry, using his Army field experience and business management career experience to conduct construction inspections, coordinate with Contractors, and document construction work. Alex has completed the IDOT Documentations Course and is currently inspecting for the Illinois Tollway, using its e-Builder system for digital documentation. Alex’s breadth of life experience has prepared him to quickly advance into the more demanding roles.
Associates in Applied Science, State University of New York
U.S. Army Lance Missile Advanced Training
IDOT Documentation of Contract Quantities: 21-18205
Riley White is an Engineer experienced in preparing construction bid documents, specifications and quantities. He is proficient in CADD and GPS. In addition, Riley routinely conducts construction inspections and documentation.
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Designated Erosion Control Inspector (DECI)
Bentley SUDA/SUE design
Kristine Sills is a paralegal experienced in preparing and recording legal documents for Fortune 500 companies. She has worked for law firms, corporate in-house counsel, and the entertainment industry. Kristine is personable and results oriented.
University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Ethan is an Assistant to the Engineer with 5 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
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