As a child, Sandy Steil had the good fortune to live next door to Clifford Johnson, a retired biology teacher who never passed on an opportunity to share what he knew. He shared it with the neighborhood in the form of his gardens that overflowed with native flowers and woodland plants. He also shared it with Sandy, teaching her how to identify and name every wildflower that grew in the surrounding woods and fields.
Mother earth is a bit of a drama queen in Dubuque. The River marks the ebb and flow of seasons at the feet of soaring, rock-faced bluffs. There’s nothing simple about the terrain or the role it plays in the lives of the people who call the city home. This setting, combined with the mentoring from Mr. Johnson, fueled a love for the land and, over time, her dedication to redefining the concept of land development.
Her lifelong passion and drive to make Eastern Iowa all that it can be are a big part of the reason we’re so happy to have Sandy back! Here's a bit more about Sandy:
Being away from MMS gave me the opportunity to get outside the box to gain experience and knowledge of other aspects of engineering and development. However, it also made me realize there is no other group of engineers, surveyors and landscape architects that I trust more than the ones at MMS to do land planning and community development. There are engineers and surveyors at other firms I trust just as much, but no firm I trust more.
The fascinating thing about land development is you can “develop” land for anything. I think people have a tendency to think the word development means just commercial and housing. However, development can be for parks, trails, wetlands, roads, churches, schools as well as providing a roof over your head and a place to work.
Any project that involves an original idea and can be an improvement to the surrounding community are always the most interesting…they also tend to be the most challenging, then again that seems to be what MMS specializes in. When you can be involved from the inception of a project and take it through completion, those are my favorites. However, the best part is often the personal relationships you develop along the way.
I served 4 years active duty in the Air Force. I have an idea a lot of people look at me and think I am a powder puff.
I am certifiably crazy about flowers, gardening and landscaping. I became a Master Gardener a few years ago just so I had validation that I wasn’t crazy and to connect with other people that are just as obsessed…LOL. After that it would be photography.
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MMS Consultants, Inc. provides professional civil engineering and land surveying services — from simple property surveys to complete design and construction management. Since 1975, the firm has successfully completed nearly 40,000 municipal improvement and private land development projects throughout Eastern Iowa.
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