President's Message


  • Member, National Society of Professional Engineers

  • Member, Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (Budget Chairman 1999/2000 & 2000/2001)

  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers

  • Member, National Society of Black Engineers (Former Treasurer St. Louis Gateway Chapter)

  • Member, National Forum for Black Public Administrators

  • Member, Water Environment Federation


Welcome to Basilico Engineering, Incorporated.  My name is Lawrence Ikye Nwachukwu, the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Basilico Engineering, Inc.  As a youngster at the age of 16, I was involved in my father’s company and thus became exposed to many aspects of the engineering business.  At such an early age, I was instilled with the basic principles of excellent work habits and sound business practices.  Spiritually, I was taught and believe that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”- Psalm.  I also believe that Destiny is usually not a matter of chance, it is sometimes a matter of choice; it is not usually a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.  My parents believe in hard work and being prepared to achieve the things we so dearly desire.  These provisions are fundamental to most of my core beliefs as I undertake the leadership of Basilico Engineering, Inc. 

Though my company, Basilico Engineering, Inc. has no financial nor combined-working relationship with my father’s firm - (former Basilico Builders LTD.), those initial exposures and interactions with officers and executives of various firms were instrumental in my quest to pursue and obtain a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering, a Masters Degree in Environmental/Civil Engineering and to pass the Professional Engineering License (P.E.) in the state of Missouri.  I am also licensed in the state of Illinois. 

I bring 15 years of engineering experience to the newly formed Basilico Engineering, Inc., as well as a team of highly skilled engineers and other professionals. Prior to forming this firm, I worked with notable private firms and outstanding public agencies such as the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).  While at MSD, I worked within the Engineering Department for about 8 years and designed many sanitary sewer and storm water conveyance projects.  I have also reviewed the study and design modifications of several large wastewater treatment plants.  Also, I have worked with very large consulting engineering firms, such as Woodward – Clyde (now part of URS Corporation), Woolpert LLP, and Professional Service Industries, Inc., in their environmental, geotechnical, and material testing divisions.  

Specifically, our mission is to provide excellent engineering services, to the satisfaction of our valued and respected clients.  We want to provide the most valued and cost-effective services to ensure client satisfaction. We believe that a happy and satisfied client is not only our best customer but also our major source of new and repeat business.  At Basilico Engineering, Inc. we opt to build a synergistic and mutually rewarding working relationship with our clients.  We encourage continuing client involvement by maintaining clear communication links. 

Basilico Engineering, Inc. will be noted for its excellent investment in its people through adequate and commensurate remuneration as well as through shared interest in their educational advancement.  We believe in not only possessing the skills of today but being fully prepared for the technological innovations of tomorrow.  We also believe in making continuing and significant contribution to the community we serve.  Our present and long time success will depend to a great extent on the strength and stability of the community as a whole.  I believe in continuing to establish good diplomatic relationships as well as utilizing our systematic alliance with other engineering firms of different sizes and types.  Diversity is fundamental in our objectives, as we not only encourage it.  We live it.  Our firm hopes to continue to embrace and to accomplish the above objectives within a culture that encourages sustainable development and other relevant environmental principles. 

At Basilico Engineering we believe in developing and implementing an open-door policy.  We encourage our clients and visitors to contact us with their questions and suggestions at any time.  We shall respond to any such correspondence in an expeditious manner.  

Thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to the opportunity to serve or continue to serve you.


Lawrence I. Nwachukwu, P.E.


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