Land Planning, Consulting, Civil Engineering Projects

Concise overviews of recent MeritCorp projects will give you greater insight into how we transform even the most complex challenges into highly efficient solutions. To review our K-12 & Higher Education project experience, click here.

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Merlin’s 200,000 Mile Auto Service Centers

MeritCorp provided the Client with due diligence, site planning, engineering and surveying services. Meritcorp continues to also work with the Client to identify potential auto service expansion sites in the Chicago land area.


Oswego Community Unit School District
Oswego, Illinois

MeritCorp was integrally involved in all phases of the project including conceptual design, schematic design, design development and construction plans. The project is a new state of the art high school campus having capacity of up to 3,000 students with instructional rooms, full indoor and outdoor athletics, and fine arts theatre. MeritCorp worked closely with the School District officials and the design team on site planning and civil engineering plan preparation and made presentations to the various agencies having jurisdiction over the project.

MeritCorp also provided due diligence services including topographic map, wetland delineation, drain tile investigation, coordination of preliminary geotechnical investigation and traffic study. We also provided highway access plans, stormwater management design, detailed site grading plans, pavement specifications, and design for on-site water and waste water treatment system design.

Oak Lawn

Oak Lawn Community High School
Oak Lawn, Illinois

MeritCorp was integrally involved in all phases of this project from conceptual design thru schematic design. The project scope includes planning and preliminary design of 8 new tennis courts, new artificial turf athletic field, sewer and water service to concession stands, new baseball dugouts bleachers and combination concession stand/press box and stormwater management facility (MWRD) for all new improvements.

MeritCorp worked closely with the School Board, design team and general contractor in preparing the concept plan and schematic plan for the project.

Holiday INn

Holiday Inn Express*
Saugatuck, Michigan

MeritCorp was responsible for site planning and engineering design of 52 bed Hotel. The site plan and engineering design was intricately integrated with the rolling topography and extensive trees on site to provide a peaceful 5 acre hospitality facility along the historic Blue Star Highway in Saugatuck, Michigan. The scope included topographic mapping, tree inventory survey, site grading design, onsite waste water system design, pavement design, external fire protection system and water supply design, site access design and coordination with Allegan
County Highway Department, representation of the Client throughout the entitlement process and coordination of construction layout.

Bickford Cottage

Bickford Cottage

MeritCorp was engaged by the client to provide engineering, planning and surveying services for an assisted living facility in Oswego, Illinois. The project included traditional civil engineering and surveying services and also involved unique land planning in order to accommodate people of advancing age as well as a number of environmental challenges. MeritCorp’s innovative approach to the site layout was acclaimed by village staff and our client as well, and will serve as a model for future projects of its kind in the general area.

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Heritage Harbor

Heritage Harbor

MeritCorp was engaged by the client to provide engineering, planning and surveying services for a residential, retail, and recreational development along the Illinois River in Ottawa, Illinois. The project included civil engineering design, IDNR, IEPA and FEMA permitting and an intense coordination effort with other members of the design team.

A strict project budget was negotiated with the client and a deadline was established. MeritCorp was able to secure the required permits to break ground within six weeks of starting the critical first phase of this challenging and rewarding project.

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Heritage Harbor Marina
Ottawa, Illinois

Meritcorp prepared the development concept plan incorporating dry storage building, boat launch facilities to accommodate ramp and vertical lift, parking for boat launch, parking for marina, stormwater management, utility and access roadway design, harbor walk utility design. MeritCorp also completed preliminary engineering and final engineering plans in which we designed public utilities including sanitary sewer network and water main network for potable water supply and fire protection.

Kendall County Quarry

Kendall County Quarry

MeritCorp was responsible for due diligence and engineering design of a 286 acre quarry facility in the Village of Lisbon. MeritCorp coordinated design work with Lafarge's land planning consultant and attorney.

Scope of due diligence services included wetland delineation/report and obtain jurisdictional determination from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers; surveyed Valley Run Creek (which transected the property) and established 100 year base flood elevation for creek; coordinated with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources regarding endangered species review.

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Vista Point

Vista Point
Plainfield, Illinois

MeritCorp provided Due Diligence and preliminary engineering for a 416 acres mixed use development in Chicago’s Southwest suburb of Plainfield. Services for this project included topography, boundary survey, preliminary hydrologic study, coordinating an archaeological phase I assessment, utility research and layout, preliminary stormwater report, provided consulting to land planner and client and coordinating preliminary geotechnical investigation.


Plainfield Park District
Plainfield, Illinois

MeritCorp designed an 80 Acre, 8 ball field, lighted baseball complex with concessions, access drive and parking lot facility. The project scope included due diligence, civil engineering and construction staking for the project. MeritCorp worked closely with the Park District Staff
to design the facility. Pavement design of access roads and parking lots. Coordination of septic design with E-D-S. Wetland delineation and coordination with US Army Corp of Engineers. Design of Stormwater management facility.

Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows Park
West Chicago, Illinois

MeritCorp was responsible for the design of recreational lakes, a nature
preserve, Illinois Prairie Path connections and parking for the Prairie
Meadows Park in West Chicago, Illinois.

Kendall County Quarry

K-12 Project experience

MeritCorp's team has extensive experience on many K-12 & Higher Education projects throughout the Midwest. We have helped several project teams bring projects to completion and have worked with school districts and school boards throughout the state. Click here to review some of the school projects the MeritCorp team has completed.