Our Foundation

baxter_woodman_founders

Richard Baxter & Lorrin Woodman
Founders of Baxter & Woodman.

Richard Baxter and Lorrin Woodman became friends in graduate school at Harvard University where they both studied sanitary engineering.  During World War II, their paths crossed again when they were stationed together in Guam.  Before their return to the States, the two men struck a gentleman’s agreement – they would start up an engineering firm upon their safe return home.  Making good on this agreement, in 1946, the two friends founded Baxter & Woodman Consulting Engineers in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

After WWII the country began an era of prosperity and population growth.  In response, Baxter and Woodman began providing infrastructure engineering to municipalities, state and county agencies, and sanitary districts.  They focused on street, water main, sanitary sewer, and treatment plant design.  They took great pride in providing personalized attention to each and every client.

 

B&W office circa 1971.

B&W office circa 1971.

Years later, much has changed – What started as a two-person operation almost 70 years ago, has transformed into a regionally recognized, thriving multi-discipline engineering firm with over 170 team members!  Through it all, Baxter & Woodman staff remains committed to the core value of our founders: 

“Provide government agencies with outstanding engineering services.”

B&W company van.

B&W company van.

Today, Baxter & Woodman, Inc. still practices this time-honored philosophy adopted by Richard Baxter & Lorrin Woodman decades ago!