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Susan Oltrogge, P.E.

Susan Oltrogge, P.E.
Susan Oltrogge, P.E.
Susan Oltrogge, P.E.
Mechanical Engineer | Partner

A project engineer for complex, technically demanding projects, Susan excels at teamwork, coordination and communication. Her project design experience includes office buildings, correctional facilities, data centers, laboratories, and institutional facilities. Career highlights include leading the engineering team on the design and construction of Wells Fargo Arena / HyVee Hall in downtown Des Moines, and any project that involves a crane lifting her big equipment.  She has extensive experience working with local, state, and federal government clients, as well as (very!) long term corporate clients.  A number of Susan’s projects are multi-building campuses, for which she has designed the central mechanical plants and distribution systems for heating and cooling.


  • Iowa State University
  • The University of Iowa


  • BS Mechanical Engineering
  • Masters of Business Administration
  • Licensed Mechanical Engineer Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska
  • Certified Construction Documents Technologist (CDT)


  • Member, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Past president of Iowa Chapter
  • Regional Design Awards Second Place, National Swine Research Center
  • Honorable Mention, Newton and Fort Dodge Correctional Facilities
  • Professional Progress in Engineering Award, The Marston Club, Iowa State University College of Engineering


  • Past Member, City of Des Moines Construction Appeals Board
  • Member, Iowa State Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Board
  • Past Member, Iowa State University Mechanical Engineering Advisory Council

Susan is originally from Clear Lake, Iowa and currently lives near Des Moines with her husband Joel, their dog Dwight, and their cat Oatis. Susan loves to travel and is always planning the next trip to some little known corner of the world, because “Big World, Short Life”.  In her free time she enjoys rowing, sculling, hiking and tool time!

Corporate Highrise
Reid “E” Research Facility
219 Eighth Street
Corporate Headquarters Renovation
Home Office Building with Expansion
Minnesota Farm Bureau Center
Arizona Farm Bureau Center
Wyoming Farm Bureau Center
Utah Farm Bureau Center
New Office
Office Renovation
Science Center - New Facility
Hub Tower Conference Center
Parking Garage
ETRC Howe Hall
ETRC Hoover Hall
VRAC C6 and Office Suite
Beardshear Hall Remodeling
Sabin Hall Renovation – LEED Gold
Iowa Events Center
Common Ground - Coffee Shop
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