Anderson Bogerts’ Jon Bogert Builds On His Marion Upbringing
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Anderson Bogert is a firm that provides civil and traffic engineering, planning, roadway design, and surveying services to both public and private clientele. They are a local company with two area offices, one in northeast Cedar Rapids and the other on 11th Street in Marion.
Three of the Anderson Bogert principals, Jon Bogert, Bill Bogert, and Jeff Morrow, grew up in Marion, went to Linn-Mar schools, and studied engineering at Iowa State University. They, along with principal engineer Todd Happel, comprise the leadership team at Anderson Bogert Engineers. All three Linn-Mar grads moved back after trying different communities post-graduation. They returned to this area for many reasons – one of which referenced was “it’s such a great place to raise a family.”
Jon Bogert explains that his firm’s Marion location, staffed by four engineers including himself, is positioned to provide a wide array of services to aid in Marion’s extensive growth. Anderson Bogert specializes in public infrastructure, public trails, airports, water, sewer and transportation systems - projects that a growing community like Marion needs. In addition, Bogert tells us that Marion operates with “transparency in development”, from the design phase to execution of a project, which contributes to Marion’s environment to compete and thrive.
Bogert points to the reality that in the past, infrastructure was not high on the priority list for public spending. Now that repairing and updating infrastructure has become a focus, the need for skilled engineers and surveyors is high. To support a talent pipeline, Anderson Bogert has participated in career days at area middle schools, talking to young teens about careers employed at their firm. They also brought on a high school student intern in civil engineering this summer through Kirkwood’s Workplace Learning Connection. Bogert acknowledges that college internships have changed over the years, with many students leaving college with more than one internship under his/her belt and a job offer on the table before graduation. With that in mind, his firm has also embraced the role of introducing younger students to engineering and surveying career opportunities earlier through middle and high school.
Currently, Anderson Bogert is working with the Marion Airport and the City of Marion to assist in completing an Airport Layout Plan, a required step to receive state funding for airport upgrades and future development. They are also part of the design phase for the Grant Wood Trail extending to Highway 13 from eastern Marion, as well as the Marion Central Corridor project and Tower Terrace development.
Like so many companies in Marion, Anderson Bogert is a family business. And like so many family businesses in Marion, they are committed to the community and citizens of Marion. Bill Bogert is a valued member of the MEDCO Board and Jon works out of the office in Uptown Marion.