TERRA Engineering, Ltd. (TERRA) is a woman-owned, full-service engineering firm that also offers full-service Landscape Architecture and Land Surveying expertise. Our goal is to provide quality services for client-specific solutions within scope, budgets and schedules.

TERRA’s mission is to become the Professional Service firm of choice by empowering our employees to be innovative and socially responsible while achieving sustainable and profitable growth.


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History

TERRA Engineering, Ltd. was started by Karen Steingraber and Jamil Bou-Saab in 1992. The company grew slowly while they built strong relationships with clients. In 2000, George Ghareeb was added to the team and an office was opened in Peoria, Illinois. This allowed TERRA to reach even broader markets. As the company continues to grow, TERRA is always expanding its knowledge and experience. Today there are nearly 80 employees with a variety of specialties. TERRA continues to open new doors by adding an office in St. Louis in 2011, an office in Milwaukee in 2013, and an office in Grayslake in 2018.

 
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Culture

Continuous learning, innovation, and collaboration are at the core of TERRA’s culture. We strive to create an environment in which all can comfortably and authentically express their thoughts and ideas and effectively engage with the organization. Each member of our team is an important part of TERRA’s success and the success of its people.

 
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Giving Back

As a successful member of the community, TERRA and its employees contribute to the common good of our communities by helping those less fortunate. Our employees give back in many ways such as serving as board members for local non-profit organizations, organizing group outings to support charities, and fundraising for a variety of causes.

 
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Careers

Join our experienced professionals at TERRA and help shape the future of professional services. If you’re looking for an opportunity to challenge yourself, be innovative, and collaborate with other smart and talented people, apply now!

 

Our LEADERSHIP Team

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KAREN STEINGRABER

President

JAMIL BOU-SAAB, PE

Executive Vice President

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GEORGE GHAREEB, PE

Vice President


Awards

2017-Present

Wrigley Field 1060 Project - ENR Midwest Best Projects Award: Office/Retail/Mixed-Use - 2018

University of Chicago’s Physics Research Center - ENR Midwest Best Projects Award: Higher Education/Research and Excellence in Safety - 2018

2011-2016

Rush University Medical Center Transformation Project – Harrison Tunnel, Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award for Projects Under $5 Million, American Society of Civil Engineers - 2011

Joe & Rika Mansueto Library - Distinguished Building Merit Award, American Institute of Architects Chicago - 2011

Gary Comer College Prep - Distinguished Building Merit Award, American Institute of Architects Chicago - 2011

Glen & University Intersection Improvement - Transportation Public Works less than $2 Million Project of the Year, American Public Works Association, Illinois Chapter - 2012

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Building at The University of Illinois - Green GOOD DESIGN Award, European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies - 2012

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Paideia Academy - Engineering Excellence Merit Award, American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois - 2012

Jamil Bou-Saab - Community Service Award, Park District of Oak Park - 2013

Roosevelt Road Redevelopment Project – 2013 Engineering Excellence Merit Award, American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois - 2013

John W. Garvy Elementary School - US Green Building Council, LEED Silver - 2013

Sarah E. Goode Stem Academy - US Green Building Council, LEED Platinum - 2013

Rush University Medical Center, New Hospital Tower - American Institute of Architects Chicago / American Library Association, Honor Award - 2013

Main & University Intersection Improvements - American Society of Civil Engineers-Central IL Section, Achievement Award - 2014

Elmwood Downtown Streetscape - American Public Works Association, Project of the Year - 2014

Ping Tom Park Boathouse - American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois, Special Achievement Award - 2014

Red Gate Bridge - American Society of Landscape Architects, Honor Award - 2014

Saieh Hall Center for Economics, University of Chicago - Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award - 2014

University of Chicago New Academic Complex & Campus Precinct - Society for College and University Planning, Honor Award - 2014

Main & University Intersection Improvements - American Society of Civil Engineers-Central IL Section, Achievement Award - 2015

Chinatown Library Branch - American Institute of Architects Chicago / American Library Association Library Building Awards - 2016

Edison Park Elementary School - US Green Building Council, LEED Gold - 2016

2006-2010

Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service Inc. - Commercial Small Project Merit Award, Midwest Construction - 2006

2111 W Roosevelt Road - Commercial Large Project of the Year, Midwest Construction - 2006

Christy Webber Landscapes Headquarters - Special Recognition Sustainable Design, American Institute of Architects Chicago - 2007

235 Van Buren - Distinguished Building Merit Award, American Institute of Architects Chicago - 2009

Karen Steingraber, P.E. President - Recognized for Distinction, Best of 2010, Midwest Construction - 2010

Clark Street Beach Building - Design Award, Design Evanston - 2010

2001-2005

John G Shedd Aquarium Amazon Rising Exhibit - Rehab Construction Merit Award, Chicago Building Congress - 2001

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower - New Construction Chicago Finalist, Chicago Building Congress - 2003

Levy Senior Center - New Construction Suburbs Merit Award, Chicago Building Congress - 2003

La Rabida Children’s Hospital Inpatient Addition - Construction under $10 Million Merit Award, Chicago Building Congress - 2003

Illinois Institute of Technology State Street Dormitories -Residential Project of the Year, Midwest Construction - 2003

Homan Square Community Center - New Construction Merit Award, Chicago Building Congress - 2003

Field Museum Central Plant - Power Project of the Year, Midwest Construction Churchill Row, Distinguished Building Merit Award, American Institute of Architects Chicago - 2003

Chicago Center for Green Technology - Rehab Construction Merit Award, Chicago Building Congress - 2003

TERRA Engineering, Ltd., Top Design Firms of 2004, Midwest Construction - 2004

Contemporaine at 516 N Wells St, Residential/Housing Award of Merit, Midwest Construction - 2004

TERRA Engineering, Ltd. - Top Design Firms of 2005, Midwest Construction - 2005

TERRA Engineering, Ltd. - Best of 2005, Midwest Construction - 2005