Bridges & Structures

Structural engineering expertise and experience with bridges and more

From inspection, analysis, and design through construction, we deliver safe and cost-effective structural solutions that safeguard communities and ensure regulatory compliance and environmental protections are met.

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We protect human safety and natural ecosystems

We understand the dynamics between built structures and potential impacts to people and planet. Collaborating with Bodwé transportation and water resource engineers, our structural team embraces their responsibility for human safety and for the protection of natural ecosystems. We design efficient, effective, and durable solutions that fit the context of the community and environment.

Structural Experts

The Bodwé bridges and structures team has broad experience with engineering design and construction of vehicular and pedestrian bridges, foundations, retaining walls, and transportation tunnels.

Integrity Analysts

Our team offers bridge load analysis and inspections as well as structural condition evaluation and analysis; and our own design is peer reviewed by Bodwé hydrology, hydraulics, and environmental experts.


Bodwé delivers the engineering and environmental expertise essential to build reliable, resilient, and responsible bridges and roadways with accountable oversight during design and construction phases.

Our complete offering of bridges and structures services

Bodwé Group offers a full range of bridges and structures services in partnership with other experts and teams within our Infrastructure Services Branch. We also collaborate seamlessly with our colleagues in the Buildings Branch, providing you with one point of contact for even complex projects and programs.

Bridge Design & Construction Documentation

Our structural design team services range from feasibility assessments and conceptual planning through final design and plan production. Our experience includes many highway and pedestrian bridges, culverts, tunnels, and retaining walls, as well as load ratings for public agency bridges and culverts. We are an IDOT-approved Element Level – Program Manager for the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (CCDOTH), responsible for the inspection of more than 100 county structures.  

Dam Safety Inspections

Bodwé structural engineers assist our water and dams team on private and public projects related to dam safety, dam inspections, and flood control design modifications to existing dams. Our work follows FEMA, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation, and State Dam Safety guidance requirements.

Foundations & Retaining Wall Design

The Bodwé bridges and structures team has a wide range of expertise in foundations, retaining walls, and earth retaining system design including alternative studies, cost-benefit and life-cycle-cost analyses.    

NBIS Bridge & Ancillary Structure Inspections

With an Illinois-certified NBIS program manager and team leader on staff, Bodwé offers bridge, culvert, and ancillary structure inspections, delivering reports and inventory documentation for municipalities, counties, IDOT, and the Illinois Tollway. We serve as the NBIS Program Manager overseeing Cook County, Illinois bridge inspections, reporting, inventory documentation, and emergency repairs. We also develop comprehensive matrices for short- and long-term rehabilitation and maintenance to assist municipalities with prioritization and future funding planning.


Meeting the diverse needs of a range of clients


Bodwé Group is part of Mno-Bmadsen and wholly owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Our mission is to serve the more than 6,000 Pokagon citizens through growing the economy and legacy of the Band and our commitment extends to more than 50 Indigenous clients as well as a multitude of partners and friends from coast to coast.


Focusing on clients that offer us preference as a result of our tribal ownership by the Pokagon Band is essential to our growth. Through our 8(a) contracts and other set-asides, the Bodwé Group has successful past performance on hundreds of projects for many federal departments and agencies, and our Federal Support Services business grows significantly every year.


With experience that extends more than 25 years, our municipal and civil engineering team is proud of its long-term relationships with townships, cities, and counties. Often working as an extension of our client team, we are partners in the design, construction, maintenance, and monitoring of infrastructure for municipal sites, roads, utilities, and stormwater management.


Our transportation engineering team members are specialists in designing and permitting roadway reconstruction and rehabilitation projects, from local roads to complex highways. Whether we are modeling traffic, analyzing alternatives, designing roundabouts, or overseeing construction, the Bodwé Infrastructure Services branch keeps things moving.

Bridges & Structures

Working with Bodwé transportation and water resource engineers, our structural team embraces their responsibility for human safetyand for the protection of natural ecosystems. We understand the dynamics between built structures and potential impacts to people and planet. We design efficient, effective, and durable solutions that fit the context of the community and environment.

Water & Dams

With recognized industry expertise in stormwater and flooding as well as natural riverine and manmade conveyance, Bodwé provides waterways analyses, flood studies, dam improvement and removal, and stormwater management design. And with every project, our team takes responsibility for protecting communities and natural ecosystems.

Site Development

For decades, WBK Engineering has partnered with municipalities and private clients to develop sites and create community. Today, our Building Services and Infrastructure Services teams are engaged in planning and development work that crosses the country, serving local, federal, and Indigenous clients with an approach that integrates people, place, and planet.

Focused on benefits for people and planet

We are mediators. We create bonds between communities of people and the places we shape and form, the infrastructure serving those communities, and the land, water, and habitats we protect and restore.

miles improved
greenspaces created
waterways sustained
municipal citizens served
endangered species protected

Contact us

If you are interested in beginning a new project, you are a potential teaming partner, or you just want to chat about great architecture and engineering, please drop us a note.

Bodwé Professional Services

415 E. Prairie Ronde St.
Dowagiac, Michigan 49047

Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering

600 East Michigan Avenue
Suite B
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

3463 Magic Drive,
Suite T15
San Antonio, TX 78229

The Steelhead Engineering Company

259 E. Michigan Ave.,
Suite 407
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

WBK Engineering

116 W. Main St.
Suite 201
St. Charles, IL 60174

68 E. Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Blue Star Integrative Studio

320 S. Boston Avenue
Ste. 1710
Tulsa, OK 74103

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