Denison approves new 66 acre housing development

Sycamore Springs in Denison featured by KXII.

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Denison city council approved a new housing development at Monday night’s meeting.

“A local developer picked up the property recently and approached the city about wanting to develop it for a single-family residential neighborhood,” said Bill Medina, Denison Senior Planner.

North of Morton Street between Ray Drive and Juanita Drive, what used to be an old farm will become a 66 acre housing development.


Read more on the KXII website.

New Single Family Development, Travis Heights, on Sherman Planning & Zoning Agenda

The proposed development is called Travis Heights. The 160-acre lot would consist of 400 single family homes. The city is calling it the largest residential expansion Sherman has seen.

“The growth in Sherman doesn’t seem to be slowing anytime soon,” city spokesperson Nate Strauch said. “Moving from building 300, 400, 500 homes a year to moving that into thousands of homes a year.”


Read more and watch the report on the KTEN News website.

Happy #LicensedPEday!

We’re celebrating Barbara J. Vilbig, PE, David A. Vilbig, PE, Jennifer Vilbig Lawson, PE and Tommy Vilbig, PE as licensed professional engineers! Today, August 4th, 2021 is the 6th annual Professional Engineers Day. We’re also celebrating Matthew Fusselman, EIT as a licensed engineer in training!

Jennifer Vilbig Lawson baked homemade cupcakes to celebrate at our office today! The co-branded cupcakes featured an edible image with chocolate cake and buttercream icing.

About Professional Engineers Day

“On August 8, 1907, the first professional engineering license was issued to Charles Bellamy in Wyoming. Since that time, licensure has expanded and professional engineers across the U.S. have made the commitment to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. NSPE is celebrating licensed professional engineers with the sixth annual Professional Engineers Day on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Join us as we raise awareness about what it means to be a PE, recognize licensed PEs, and show appreciation for the work they do each and every day.”

More about the day:

Our project in the Herald Democrat

We are excited to work on this project for QuikTrip in Denison.

“QuikTrip may soon be coming to north Denison with its third Texoma location. The convenience store and gas station chain quietly submitted requests for exceptions with the city of Denison for a new location along State Highway 120.”

Read more about it on the Herald Democrat website.

VA Sponsors 2021 Texas Society of Professional Engineers Conference – Frisco, Texas

Last week, Jennifer Vilbig Lawson, PE and Tommy Vilbig, PE, attended the TSPE Conference & 85th Annual Meeting at the Star in Frisco, Texas. The conference was a great opportunity for networking with other professional engineers while earning professional development hours.

Vilbig & Associates, PLLC sponsored the conference and is proud to support our profession.

As a bonus, dinner one night was held at the Dallas Cowboys Training Table and included a tour of the Star aka the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters. Pictures from the tour are below.

About TSPE

The Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) is a state society of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

The Texas Society of Professional Engineers, one of the largest state societies in the United States, was founded in 1936 to serve the interests of the individual engineer in Texas across all branches of engineering. Composed of 24 local chapters and eight student chapters, TSPE is the only active, established organization devoting its entire effort to the professional, ethical, economic, social and political aspects of engineering in Texas.

Our mission is to promote and enhance the profession and licensed practice of engineering.

Jennifer Vilbig Lawson featured in the Denison Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

This week, Jennifer Vilbig Lawson, PE, was featured in the the Denison Chamber of Commerce’s newsletter. The member spotlight included a short interview. Read an excerpt below and the full document here.

Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! I am Jennifer Vilbig Lawson. I am a 2nd generation civil engineer and native of Dallas. I am recently married and have a wild 2-year-old jack russel terrier. She keeps life interesting!

Tell us a little about your business.
Vilbig & Associates is civil engineering and surveying consulting firm that was founded by my parents in Dallas in 1983. We have been doing work in Grayson County for over 20 years, and we moved our office to Denison in 2017. We help small business owners, property owners, developers and municipalities with construction plans for water lines, sewer lines, parking lots, street, and landscape plans. We’re small but look forward to continuing to our growth. My parents are not retiring anytime soon, but when they do my brother, Tommy, who is also a civil engineer, and I will be ready to continue the tradition of the Vilbig family in Texas business since 1886.

Jennifer Vilbig Lawson Graduates from Leadership Denison

Over the last year, Jennifer Vilbig Lawson, has been learning more about the Denison community with a group of leaders though the Denison Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about the program below.

Congratulations, Jennifer, and the rest of the 2021 Class. Read more about the rest of the class and their project.

Jennifer Vilbig Lawson graduates from Leadership Denison. From left to right: Joey Gunn -Denison Chamber Board Chair, Janet Gott- Mayor of Denison, Jennifer Vilbig Lawson-Denison Leadership Graduate, Diana Theall – Denison Chamber President.
Congratulations to the entire 2021 Leadership Denison Class of 2021!

The 2021 Leadership Denison Class project was a Battle of the Bands event held May 1st at the RailYard Food Hall. The event benefited CASA of Grayson County and the Denison Boys and Girls Club. Vilbig & Associates was a table sponsor.

Vilbig & Associates – Battle of the Bands Table Sponsors

As part of the project, the class created a video for the Denison Chamber of Commerce to showcase the leadership program.

About Leadership Denison

Leadership Denison was established to ensure the continuing vitality of the Denison community by providing a solid source of motivated leaders who are educated about Denison and its issues, as well as prepared to accept future leadership roles in Denison, Grayson County or the State of Texas.

The annual Leadership Denison program informs participants about critical issues facing Denison, Grayson County and the State of Texas, and provides opportunities to engage in organizations that resolve these issues. The program focuses on information, education and discussion of local and regional assets, challenges and opportunities.

Founded in 1983 as a program of the Denison Area Chamber of Commerce, the program has graduated more than 450 alumni who provide leadership in Denison’s business community, as well as in private, public and non-profit organizations.

Sessions are held September through May with a graduation and recognition event held in May.

VA Sponsors the 2021 Rotary Club of Dallas Charity Golf Tournament – Back the Blue on the Green

MONDAY, MAY 10, 2021

Vilbig & Associates sponsored the 2021 Rotary Club of Dallas Charity Golf Tournament that was held Monday, May 10th at Brookhaven Country Club. The 6th annual tournament benefited the Safer Dallas Better Dallas and the Dallas Rotary Club Foundation. Learn more about these organizations and how they continue to make a difference in our local community, below.

Jennifer Vilbig Lawson and Tommy Vilbig played with two Dallas Police officers. While the weather was not great, the rain held off until the golfers were off the course. David Vilbig has supported the tournament as the volunteer coordinator for many years.

2021 Back the Blue on the Green – Team Picture The Rotary Club of Dallas Charity Golf Tournament – Team Vilbig
2021 The Rotary Club of Dallas Charity Golf Tournament – Sponsor Banner
Jennifer Vilbig Lawson & Tommy Vilbig at the Rotary Club of Dallas Charity Golf Tournament – at the Vilbig & Associates sponsored hole.
Jennifer Vilbig Lawson in a SWAT armored vehicle turret

About Safer Dallas Better Dallas

Safer Dallas Better Dallas, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 2005 by community leaders Jack Hammack and Charles Terrell, who pledged to seek solutions and funding necessary to make Dallas the safest large city in America. The mission of Safer Dallas Better Dallas is to protect citizens from becoming victims of crime through a unique partnership with the Dallas Police Department. Our goal is to play an important role in decreasing crime rates through leadership training and improved access to equipment and technology for the men and women in blue.

During the past 15 years, Safer Dallas has funded Project Starlight, iWatch Dallas, DPD to You(th) Summer Jobs Program, Caruth Police Institute, neighborhood security cameras, bait cars, narcotics dogs, sexual assault programs, body cameras, and various other initiatives. Every dollar donated to Safer Dallas from the Charity Golf Tournament is used to support the Dallas Police Department and their needs that are not funded by the city.

About the Dallas Rotary Club Foundation

The Dallas Rotary Club Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit arm of the Rotary Club of Dallas (RCD), the first Rotary Club in the State of Texas. Members of RCD provide many community programs, to include:

  • Mentoring at-risk students from their sophomore year through graduation from college;
  • Providing scholarship opportunities for Woodrow Wilson college-bound students;
  • Presenting an annual program, Salute to American Veterans, with proceeds from the event supporting local veteran initiatives;
  • Building water wells and sanitation stations in villages in Ghana, and offering dental clinics to Ghana villagers; 
  • Encouraging bike safety to elementary children during the annual Bike Rodeo, held in conjunction with Texas Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital.

Vilbig & Associates, PLLC Certified By the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

Certification seal for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

For Immediate Release
March 31, 2021
Barbara J. Vilbig

Vilbig & Associates, PLLC Certified By the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

Denison, Texas —March 31, 2021—Vilbig & Associates, PLLC, a business specializing in civil engineering and surveying, is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Council Southwest, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

“We hope to leverage our WBENC certification with our technical expertise. We believe this certification enhances the marketability of our professional services to existing and new clients.” Barbara Vilbig, PE   –  Principal Owner

The WBENC standard of certification implemented by the Women’s Business Council Southwest is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women.

By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.

To learn more about Vilbig & Associates, PLLC, please visit

About Vilbig & Associates, PLLC:

Founded in 1983, Vilbig and Associates, PLLC (VA) is a professional services firm specializing in the design and delivery of consulting civil engineering, land planning, construction management and surveying services. We serve our clients in the north Texas area and surrounding states for both the public and private sectors. We are a certified Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) providing services for NAICS 541330, Engineering Services and 541370, Surveying & Mapping. Our Cage Code is 8KH40 and Duns is 117494418. Our office is located in Denison, Grayson County, Texas; we are well-positioned to provide services to the Dallas-Fort Worth mextroplex with several team members based in Collin County.

About WBENC:
Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 17,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and more than 350 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit

WBENC Certificate for Vilbig & Associates

Why We Became Professional Engineers

To celebrate Professional Engineers Day, today, August 5, 2020 we’re sharing why we became professional engineers.

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Tell us why you decided to become a Professional Engineer

David A. Vilbig, PE, RPLS – As a kid I was always interested in how things worked.  I often broke toys to see how they worked.  I knew my Dad, an electrical engineer, would be able to fix anything.  I chose Civil Engineering because of my experience working for my grandfather’s excavation and dirt moving company.

Barbara J. Vilbig, PE – With an affinity towards math, I was more interested in hands on or practical applications.  My father, an electrical engineer in the electrical contracting business influenced my decision.  I never had a teacher or counselor guide me in the direction of engineering.  I chose Civil Engineering because of my love for water.  Growing up in the panhandle of Texas, rain and water were fascinating and scarce commodities.

Jennifer M. Vilbig, PE – I always loved solving problems. With parents (and grandparents) that are engineers, even though it was challenging in school, I knew that I could do it because they had done it, too. I picked civil engineering because I wanted to have a visible impact on public infrastructure.

Thomas L. Vilbig, PE – I always enjoyed building and creating things even from a young age.  Legos were my favorite toy as a child and I loved construction equipment.  I still get excited to see the projects I helped design go into construction and get completed.

Left to right: David A. Vilbig, PE, RPLS, Barbara J. Vilbig, PE, Jennifer M. Vilbig, PE and Thomas L. Vilbig, PE.

PE licensure is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality. NSPE provides its members, whether already licensed or soon-to-be licensed, with the information and resources they need to earn and maintain the respected PE seal.” – NSPE

About the National Society of Professional Engineers

“In 1934, a group of professional engineers met in New York City to establish an organization dedicated to the non-technical concerns of licensed professional engineers. The National Society of Professional Engineers stands today as the only national organization committed to addressing the professional concerns of licensed PEs across all disciplines.”

What is a PE? Learn more on the NSPE website.

“A century ago, anyone could work as an engineer without proof of competency. In order to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, the first engineering licensure law was enacted in 1907 in Wyoming”

About Vilbig & Associates

Vilbig & Associates is a federal certified woman-owned small business providing civil engineering and surveying consulting services with primary office located in Dension, Grayson County, Texas. They serve clients locally in Denison, Pottsboro and Sherman, plus throughout the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. The firm also hold licenses to provide engineering services in Oklahoma, Louisiana and Colorado. Additionally, team members are located in Plano, Collin County, Texas. The company was founded by David A. Vilbig, P.E., R.P.L.S, in 1983 where he was soon joined by his wife, Barbara J. Vilbig, P.E. Recently, two of their children, Jennifer M. Vilbig, P,E, and Thomas L. Vilbig, P,E, have joined the firm.