ENGINEERS FOR BETTER COMMUNITIES
DESIGNING FOR LIVABILITY
We provide transportation engineering services focusing on traffic impact studies, traffic operations and analysis, multimodal and pedestrian studies. Our understanding of the transportation environment and years of industry experience helps us deliver exceptional transportation engineering services to our clients.
TRAFFIC IMPACT AND PARKING STUDIES
A critical issue for most developers is the impact of their projects on adjacent or external transportation systems.
Q Engineering will work on your behalf with review agencies and permitting authorities to obtain the necessary approvals for your project. In addition we help owners and developers identify and implement effective parking solutions by identifying existing and future parking demand as well as on- and off-street parking availability.
TRAFFIC OPERATIONS AND ANALYSIS
Q Engineering serves a range of segments within the private market including non-governmental organizations (NGO). We have a history of working with NGO's that are committed to improving their communities. We provide a range of transportation engineering services such as traffic impact studies to help NGO's establish themselves within the community they seek to serve.
MULTIMODAL AND PEDESTRIAN STUDIES
We believe that cycling and walking should be part of our transportation choices in the communities where we live and work. Our specialized services in Bicycle and Pedestrian Studies, Complete Streets, and Safe Routes to School, help communities identify gaps and improve their sidewalk and bicycle facilities. Our years of expertise make us the right consultant for a multidisciplinary team.
Expansion of farm underway after re-zoning approval.
Parking needs assessment study.
Urban farming in Chicago, IL.
The idea of an engineering firm for better communities began in 2013 when the board members of The Talking Farm, a non-profit community farm in Skokie, IL approached us seeking help. The Talking Farm, which promotes local organic grown produce and farm to plate education for adults and kids was looking to expand its operations. In order to do so, they approached us to conduct a traffic impact study (TIS) and parking needs analysis for their property. With our extensive experience in traffic engineering and transportation planning and our desire to improve the communities in which we live in, we gladly jumped on board a multidisciplinary team that consisted of lawyers, landscape architects, and planners.
We submitted the TIS and parking analysis in December 2013. The Village of Skokie rewrote its zoning codes to include a provision for urban farms. Since then The Talking Farm grew and expanded its operations to 1.5 acres of urban agricultural land, providing locally grown organic produce to restaurants in the Chicagoland area and educational classes in urban agriculture to adults and school children. The success of The Talking Farm and the pleasure we found in working with local organizations and communities provided us with a reason to start a transportation engineering firm that works with developers and municipalities to enhance our transportation environment. We like to champion projects that improve livability and vibrancy of communities.
Q Engineering is a woman minority-owned transportation engineering firm. We are currently certified as a DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise), HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) and SPSF (Small Professional Services Firm). We are a part of the communities where we live and work. With over 15 years of experience working for the public and private sectors in the United States and abroad, we have the expertise to guide communities on transportation issues for better, healthier, and livable communities. Our goal as transportation engineers is to improve our communities through focusing on projects that relieve traffic congestion, improve active transportation and provide multimodal travel choices.
Sharon Lowhim, P.E.
Founder and Owner
We are located in the
Tel: (919) 391-6260