OUR HISTORY

Building on our past. Shaping tomorrow together.

Since 1982, Origin Design (formerly IIW) has built a reputation of delivering impactful, sustainable solutions. Our team has helped the clients and communities we work with thrive and grow. That won’t ever change.

On February 1, 1982, Denny Waugh and Carl Schoenhard, Jr. founded Origin Design, then known as IIW Associates P.C., a five-person land survey and civil/structural engineering consulting firm.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the company saw tremendous growth with a focus on expanding staff and the services offered to our clients, including the addition of municipal engineering, traffic & transportation, water resources, land development, architecture and field services.

Other milestones

  • 1999 Schoenhard retired and sold his controlling interest in the company to the employees.
  • 2010 A branch office in Davenport opened to better serve clients in the Quad Cities area.
  • 2018 Waugh retired, but serves as Technical Advisor on projects.
  • 2019 The company became 100% employee-owned.
  • 2021 IIW rebranded and changed its name to Origin Design and relocated its corporate headquarters to downtown Dubuque.

  • 2022 Origin Design marks its 40th year in business.

Today, Origin Design is a 100% employee-owned, full-service professional design firm with more than 75 employees.

We began with the idea that we could do things differently. Together.

Dennis Waugh
I have a great deal of confidence in this next generation of employee owners, and I’m very enthused about their capabilities and dedication to the same mission as its founders. We do not want that to change.

Dennis Waugh Co-Founder

Pat Ready
The rebrand and change to Origin Design brings a fresh perspective and story that we can tell our friends, family and clients. I'm excited to share this story and weave it into the future success of our company.

Pat Ready President & CEO

Follow our journey.

Last Friday, our staff attended the Grand Opening of the Bee Branch Pedestrian Tunnels in Dubuque, IA. The project has made such an impact on the Dubuque community—we're so grateful to have been a part of it! Check out more photos & learn more about the project here.

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Happy International Women in Engineering Day! We're so lucky to have this group of women engineers on our #origincrew! If you've been lucky enough to work with them on a project, you know just how talented they are!

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Andrew Busch, AIA, and Chris Becklin, PE, recently graduated from the ACEC Wisconsin Leadership Institute. ACEC, American Council of Engineering Companies, of Wisconsin annually offers the Leadership Institute. Congrats, Andrew & Chris! We're lucky to have you on our #origincrew!

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Anthony Hartman recently joined Origin Design as a Design Technician. We're excited to have you on our #origincrew, Anthony! Welcome to Origin Design!

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Dylan Kramer is celebrating 5 years at Origin Design! Congrats, Dylan. We're lucky to have you on our Land Survey Team & can't wait to see what you'll accomplish in the next 5!

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Come join our #origincrew! We're looking for an experienced Business Development professional based out of our Quad Cities Office. Learn more & apply here.

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Are you looking to kick start your career in the A/E industry? Or are you looking for a change of pace? We're hiring for multiple positions & we want you to join our #origincrew. Check out our careers page & apply now!

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Today's the Day! Stop by Booth 37 to chat with Nate Miller & Noah Hofrichter to learn about what we can do for you! We hope to see you there!

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#tbt Tim Tranel is celebrating 30 years at Origin Design! Tim has been with Origin (formerly IIW) for his entire career. Check out these throwback photos & join us in wishing him a Happy Anniversary!

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Join us June 6th through 8th at Chula Vista Resort for the Wisconsin County Highway Association Summer Highway Conference! Nate Miller & Noah Hofrichter will be at Booth 37. Stop by & learn more about what we can do for you!

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Welcome to Origin Design, Miles! Miles Carper recently joined Origin as a Field Services Construction Assistant through our summer/fall Co-op Program. We're excited to have you on our #origincrew Miles!

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Andrew Koetz is celebrating 5 years at Origin Design. Congrats Andrew & thanks for everything you do! Here's to the next 5 years!

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