Greengard is a premier civil engineering, surveying and land planning firm for residential, commercial, and industrial land development in Chicago, Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. We ensure the combination of the latest technology with our innovative designs and natural landscape expertise increases client property value and saves money.
Greengard, Inc. was founded in 1952 in Highland Park by Charles W. Greengard and was incorporated in 1964.
Under his direction, Greengard was one of the first engineering firms to venture out from the city and work directly with municipalities and private clients, with prior offices in Deerfield, Highland Park and Lincolnshire. Due to Greengard, Inc.’s growth and need for more space, the firm moved offices in 2004 to 111 Barclay Boulevard in Lincolnshire.
In 1980, Don Fielding became President of Greengard, Inc. and purchased the firm from Charles Greengard upon his retirement. In 2006, Don entered a partnership with Tony Catella and Steven Fielding and in 2021 Douglas White has become the newest partner of Greengard, Inc. Each new partner has been able to contribute their area of expertise to the company, helping Greengard, Inc. grow into the new millennium.
Through the years, Greengard, Inc. has represented many Lake County municipalities, but for the past 25 years has been geared primarily toward private residential, commercial, and industrial land development. Along the way, the firm has been deeply involved in the changing growth patterns of the suburban Chicago metropolitan area, and is well known to many suburban municipalities.
Greengard, Inc. has developed into a highly personalized, progressive organization, well-qualified to handle engineering projects of any size or scope.
Don Fielding, P.E.
Don Fielding, President of Greengard, Inc. is a civil engineering graduate of Bradley University class of 1965. He came to Greengard, Inc. in 1970 after spending 5 years with Caterpillar Tractor Company, where he acted as the Northeastern Regional Sales and Service Representative, calling on 7 dealers and 27 stores.
He purchased Greengard, Inc. from Charles Greengard in 1981 with his partner John Boden and became president. He changed the focus of the company to concentrate on private clients by phasing out four municipal accounts. In 1998, he added a full service surveying department to the company’s pallet. In 2006, he took on 2 partners, all employees of Greengard, Inc who have risen through the ranks.
He has spent over 40 years in consulting engineering, representing private interest in the building industry. He participates in many professional societies and associations, including a lifetime director of the Lake County Homebuilders Association. He is a national speaker on environmental sensitive land developments and has had numerous award winning developments.
His passion is his work. He prides himself in helping his clients and employees create designs that provide value by building to the land, not on the land.
Vice President of Business Operations
In 2006, Steve Fielding joined Greengard, Inc. as Vice President of Business Operations and Marketing. He leads day-to-day business operations of Marketing/Sales, Accounting, Human Resources, and Finances.
Steve graduated from Bradley University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing. During the decade following graduation, he grew his career in Marketing and Promotions by working for such companies as Entertainment Marketing, Field Marketing, Inc., and Marketing Connections. Steve led multi-million dollar promotional and marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies and was entrusted with events strategy, as well as budgetary and staff management.
After a successful decade of experience in the fast-paced marketing world, Steve looked inward for growth opportunities. When the family-owned Greengard, Inc. sought to develop a Sales/Marketing department, Steve knew he could implement his corporate expertise in the Engineering world. This fit provided exactly the infusion of talent Greengard required.
Steve ultimately purchased a share of the business from the existing Greengard partners, joining his father Don Fielding and others at the leadership table. Steve’s focus on daily business management helps inform his marketing efforts to provide clients with a personalized “small business” feel.
Steve prides himself in making Greengard, Inc. an enjoyable place to work, where team members can receive on-the-job training and utilize their talents to the fullest, while providing outstanding client service.
Douglas White, P.E., DECI
Vice President of Engineering Services
Douglas White, Vice President of Engineering Services has been with Greengard, Inc. Since 2007. Douglas graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001. He has been working within the Civil Engineering field since 1991. He started his career on construction staking and surveying crews during the summer months through high school and the start of college.
During the later portion of his collegiate studies, Douglas began working for a Civil Engineering firm in Chicago. There he participated in over fifty connections between the Chicago Freight Tunnel System and street level Telecommunication infrastructure within the Chicago Central Business District. There are over 55 miles of freight tunnel below the Central Business District and Douglas walked every mile while performing as-constructed measurements for fiber routing within the freight tunnel system.
After graduation, Douglas began working for a Civil Engineering and Surveying firm within the southwest suburbs specializing in municipal, residential, and commercial development. He began learning the design processes for traditional site development and infrastructure in McHenry, Lake, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will, Kankakee, and Iroquois Counties. The design firm also acted as the Civil Engineer for the Villages of Justice, Bedford Park, Bridgeview, and Willow Springs.
His specialties include: site development, storm water detention design, storm sewer design, drywell design, and rain garden design. Douglas has fully embraced the “Green” design concept as Greengard, Inc. is forward thinking in this regard.
Antonio “Tony” Catella
Vice President of Technical Services
With Associates Degrees in Applied Science in Architectural Technology and Civil Technology/Design Construction, Tony joined the firm as an Engineering Draftsman. Over the years, Tony has successfully adapted his role to the advancement of technology, empowering Greengard and converting it from a labor-intensive, drafting workplace into a rapid pace, multifaceted CAD (Computer-Aided Design) environment. From Draftsman and Field Crewman, to Office Manager and Director of Technical Service, Tony became a Greengard Partner in 2006.
Tony oversees residential site development projects for private sector clients at Greengard, Inc. His role includes managing a support staff that comprises Project Managers, Design Engineers, and CAD Operators. In addition to business development, Tony’s responsibilities encompass design oversight, grading, utility layout, earthwork analysis, cost estimation, stormwater management, specifications, and permitting.
Since joining Greengard, Inc. in 1981, Tony’s diverse background in Engineering and Architecture has equipped him with creative and technical expertise. This expertise is instrumental in his management of the firm’s Custom Home/Infill Department, with a primary focus on serving the teardown market. Tony has been instrumental in designing numerous luxury custom homes in Chicagoland’s North Shore Communities. His in-depth understanding of municipality codes and evolving requirements enhances his capacity to effectively oversee and expedite client projects.