Garden & Associates, LTD. was founded by Merrill Garden in 1947. Merrill graduated from Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. He started Garden Construction as a design-builder of Quonset buildings. In 1948, Garden Engineering Service Inc. was formed to also serve the engineering and land surveying needs of public entities and private interests within Iowa. Around 1960, Merrill Garden sold the construction portion of his company but continued with engineering and land surveying. At that time, there were three licensed engineers, two engineers-in-training, five technicians, a secretary, and a bookkeeper. Merrill Garden and his associates built the company and contributed to the development and growth of many communities and businesses throughout the state of Iowa for the next 23 years.

John Steddom and John Hesling led the company between 1971 and 1988, during which time the company formally became Garden & Associates, LTD. In 1976, Dave Nelson joined the firm. In 1989, Dave Nelson and Bob Nielsen purchased the company after having worked with Garden & Associates, LTD. for a total of 38 years combined. In 2004, Bob Nielsen, Mark Fincel, Jack Pope, and Brad Uitermarkt became owners of Garden & Associates, LTD.

Today, Garden & Associates, LTD. has offices in Oskaloosa, Iowa and Creston, Iowa, and they serve clients located throughout most of Iowa. With more than 65 years of service and a growing staff of highly qualified engineers, surveyors, and technicians, they continue to provide cities, developers, utilities, and businesses with assistance in water treatment and distribution; wastewater collection and treatment; street construction and renovation; storm water management; and residential, commercial, and industrial developments; in addition to a variety of specialty projects.

Garden & Associates, LTD.’s staff presently includes seven licensed professional engineers; one engineer intern; three licensed land surveyors, each serving as crew chief; qualified engineering and surveying technicians with experience preparing plans and monitoring municipal and private improvement projects; and other talented and dedicated support staff. Their offices are equipped with state-of-the-art design and mapping systems; their land surveying crews perform legal survey and construction staking with advanced equipment including Global Positioning Satellite and Robotic Total Station systems.

The Garden & Associates, LTD. staff is gifted with strong technical ability and effective communication skills. They live up to their long established reputation of working with clients to identify and develop an approach that is practical and based on sound engineering principles. The staff at Garden & Associates, LTD. continually works with their clients to identify, develop, and maintain systems that are efficient, practical, and appealing. Their engineers and land surveyors possess a wide range of project experience, which is seldom found in the age of large and specialized engineering firms; this vast and varied experience truly proves to be an asset over the long-term.

Garden & Associates, LTD. staff maintains good communications and a high level of trust and respect while working to find solutions or to make the most of opportunities. The Garden & Associates, LTD. staff understands that continued success hinges upon the satisfaction of the people they serve, which is why they strive to meet their client’s needs and exceed their client’s expectations.