The Johnson County Board of Supervisors has chosen Iowa City-based HBK Engineering


HBK staff are excited to work with their project partner, Iowa Valley Resource, Conservation and Development (IVRC&D), to create a Master Plan for Johnson County’s Poor Farm site. The 160 acre site was originally set aside by the County in 1855 to provide care for the poor and mentally ill. According to the Johnson County Historical Society, “From the earliest days, ‘inmates’ were expected to do farm chores to the extent of their abilities. The farm was to be self-supporting and the labor of the inmates would help compensate the County for their care. Crop farming and dairy production were primary functions of the farm until the 1960’s.” The “First Johnson County Asylum” is located on this site and is listed on the national Register of Historic Places.

Reflecting the historic significance of the Poor Farm and the current desires of stakeholders, HBK and IVRC&D seek to create a Master Plan that allows us to walk into the past while living in the present.”

Article featured in the Press Citizen:

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors has chosen Iowa City-based HBK Engineering to develop a master plan for the county’s historic Poor Farm.

Proposals for the project were due July 22 after the board issued a request for proposals at the end of June. On Wednesday, supervisors interviewed three firms that had been selected as finalists — HBK, Confluence and Shive-Hattery — before making their decision.

“I would be happy with any of the three. I think they’re all great, outstanding firms. They all had their strengths,” said Supervisor Mike Carberry prior to the board’s decision.

“I really, really liked HBK the most,” he added.

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