SIOUX CENTER—Spirit Lake-based civil engineering firm Beck Engineering, Inc., opened a new office location in Sioux Center.
The expansion came May 1, with two full-time employees and two interns staffing the office at Studio A and B, 1520 N. Main Ave.
The move to Sioux Center was due to the opportunities this city provides, according to project manager Landon Like.
“We wanted to come to Sioux Center because of its progression,” Like said. “They’re always actively searching to better the community and create opportunities. We just really like the area and the town, which has a lot going for itself, and the county as a whole. Thought it’d be a good opportunity to get in and partner with the city.”
Like said the company is a natural fit with smaller cities.
“We are small town people and we like to be personable with our clients. Our vision purpose is to create opportunities and build relationships,” he said.
Beck Engineering primarily works with cities and counties on a number of civil engineering projects. Its civil engineering work includes street work and utilities, school parking lots and football fields, retention ponds and housing development, to name a few.
The company also has extensive experience in land surveying, doing boundary and topographical surveys, floodplain elevation certificates, construction staking, plat work and lot pin searches.
A newer addition to the company’s services is landscape architecture. Beck Engineering’s landscape architect has done work on beautification projects similar to the Highway 75 redesign and has worked with Imagine Iowa Great Lakes, a group that focuses on enhancing and maintaining the quality of Lake Okoboji for residents and tourists.
Like estimated that civil engineering accounts for about 70 percent of business, with land surveying coming in at 20 percent and landscape architecture, 10 percent. Given the newness of landscape architect services at Beck Engineering, Like said the desire is to expand that part of the business.
Beck Engineering has experience in Sioux Center, with a team working on a housing development in the city. Like said the company also assisted the city in its recent recreational trail grant application.
“That was an exciting opportunity,” Like said. “There are more grant opportunities to come, so we got the front-line work out of the way and got some preliminary design quantities for the trail.”