How it all started...
HGM was founded by Harold Gene McKeown in 1960.
Here is the rest of the story:
In 1960, Gene was the Shelby County, Iowa engineer. He was encouraged, by work colleagues, to buy a consulting engineering firm for $4,000. Even though he thought this was too much money, a friend’s mother loaned it to him. Gene started HGM and he was scared to death! Gene, Betty and their three boys moved into a house in Council Bluffs and set up an office in the garage. Gene’s wife Betty was the original bookkeeper for the business, and they were a great team. Through the years there were various expansions of office space, staff and locations to continue to serve the clients’ needs. Today HGM has nearly 70 full time employees in our two offices.
One of the standing principals that HGM follows today is one of our favorite quotes from Gene. “I still feel that honesty and integrity are the greatest asset that we have maintained over the years.”
Installation of the New Clock at Bloomer Elementary School
Late last year HGM employees started a contribution effort to help the school with their fund drive for the new clock. The HGM board agreed to match what was raised and it resulted in a donation of $1,000. Great to see it now installed!!!!
HGM Welcomes Ryan TerSteeg, Project Architect
HGM Associates Inc. would like to welcome Ryan TerSteeg to our team. Ryan received his Masters of Architecture from North Dakota State University. His intern experience includes consultant coordination, Revit, 3D models in SketchUp, Create 2D, VR and video renderings. He will serve as a project architect on our Architectural Team. In his spare time Ryan enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and working on his 1948 Willys Jeep!
HGM Welcomes Dana Blaschko, Project Architect
HGM welcomes Dana Blaschko to our team as Project Architect. Dana received her Master of Architecture from the University of Texas and her B.S. in Architecture from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She is a Registered Architect in five states along with being a certified interior designer. She has extensive experience designing projects in the water/wastewater and transportation industries as well as the healthcare field. Her favorite part of every project is meeting with the Client to determine what they need and how to get them the best possible space for their budget.
We are proud to announce Kimberly Bogatz, AIA as the new Architectural Team Leader for our firm. Kimberly has her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Architecture from the University of Nebraska. She is a Registered Architect, AIA member and is a LEED-AP certified professional. Kimberly has been with HGM for 14 years and has a wide variety of project experience. Her project experience includes Fire Stations, Fleet Facilities, Redevelopments, Banks, Building Repurposing, Schools, Daycare Facilities and Recreational Facilities. In her new role she will lead the HGM Architectural Team in project management, client relations, business and project development.
HGM Associates Inc. is pleased to announce that David Forsythe, RLS has been named Land Survey Group Team Leader. David is a Registered Land Surveyor with 17 years of experience at HGM. He leads all land survey operations including proposal development, integration of new technologies, staff allocation, field quality standards and client relations. David has been involved in all types of land surveying activities, including field work, processing 3D imaging, developing metes and bounds descriptions, working with State Plane Coordinates, and adapting survey data to meet design software.
Our Local Events
The HGM team wanted to help the schools in Glenwood, as they were dealing with scarcity of water at the school due to flooding. HGM team member Dana Hansen took matters into her own hands. She led the efforts to gather water and contributions from other employees to buy the water and deliver it to the Glenwood Community Schools. She made a first run with 22 cases of water, plus hand sanitizers and wipes, on Monday (3/18) and then a second run of 50 cases along with sanitizers on Friday (3/22).
Well done Dana! Thank you to the entire HGM team for making this happen.
HGM hosted a breakfast for the Council Bluffs Public Works crews. These dedicated employees were getting ready to work on flood damage repairs as well as take on the widespread pot hole repair challenge (after quickly changing from weeks of cleaning snow off the streets!). From the entire HGM family, our heartfelt thanks go out to all these crews working diligently to keep us safe.
HGM organized a food drive for the Micah House through the Christmas season and all donations were delivered in January. Both our Omaha and Council Bluffs offices were involved the donations.
HGM donated $10,000 to support the Dream Playground Re-Imagined project.
HGM is a family-founded company that is now employee-owned. We still carry the family spirit in our culture. With this culture, we understand the importance in spending quality time with our kids. As an engineering firm, we see the mental growth and problem solving skills learned, when kids interact with complex play structures like the Dream Playground,” said Ron Tekippe, President of HGM Associates, Inc.
HGM staff was involved in the building of the original playground, and we will be involved in this impressive rebuild of the Dream Playground Re-Imagined. The employees of HGM are proud to work for a Council Bluffs firm, that is truly dedicated to our community, and we are proud to make this donation to the project.
The Dream Playground Re-imagined project strives to preserve the dream of children from 25 years ago while incorporating the dream of children today. In addition, the new playground structure will be compliant with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations, making the playground accessible to children with all abilities.
The new playground structure was built in July. This construction effort required thousands of community volunteers working together to accomplish the final Dream Playground Re-Imagined.
2018 Engineering Excellence Award!
For the improvements made on 42nd & Q Street Intersection in Omaha, we received the Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of NE. HGM and Fellsburg Holt & Ullevig were hired by the City of Omaha to update the intersections and bridge to current standards. This project was Omaha’s first roundabout on an arterial street and provides a safe pedestrian-friendly gateway to the businesses, schools, parks and neighborhoods.