Baker Group History

Today, Baker Group is recognized as a successful mechanical and building technology design/build contractor. With over 500 staff members, multi-million dollar revenues, and the Baker Group name on many of the area's marquis projects, BJ Baker III and his company have certainly come a long way from their roots as a small East-side plumbing contractor.  Baker Group is now considered one of the most successful full-service specialty contractors in the Midwest.

1960s

1963

Baker Plumbing and Heating Founded by Bernard “Bernie” Baker Jr.

Featured Projects

  • River Hills Apartments
  • Country Club Village
  • Fleur Drive Apartments
  • Grubb Apartments
  • 36th and Grand Apartments
1970s

1970

Corporate Name Changed to: Baker Mechanical Inc.

Featured Projects

  • Firestone Agricultural Tire Plant
  • Boiler Replacement — Iowa State Capitol Building
  • Maytag "Paint Line"
  • Ruan Center
  • ISU Physical Plant (7 Projects)
1980s

1984

Bernard "Bernie" Baker Jr. Retired. Bernard "BJ" Baker III takes on President role.

1986

Control Technology Business Unit established.

1988

Service Business Unit established.

Featured Projects

  • ISU Physical Plant (7 Projects)
  • Polk County Jail
  • Polk County Convention Complex
  • Maintenance work for John Deere
  • Three Fountains Office Park
  • Des Moines Waste Water Treatment Plant
  • Aurora Business Park
  • Farm Bureau East/West/Atrium Addition
1990s

1994

Sheet Metal Business Unit Established.

1998

  • Name Changed to Baker Group.
  • Baker Group Moves Into New Facility.
  • Security Business Added.

Featured Projects

  • Tone Brothers Spices
  • Des Moines Water Works Westside Pumping Station
  • Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • EMC Expansion
  • ING (Equitable) Building
  • Betts Auto Campus
  • Pioneer Hi-Bred International Reid "E" Laboratory
  • Pioneer Hi-Bred International Research Greenhouses
  • Des Moines Register Remote Printing Facility
  • Iowa State University Security Work
2000s

2000

Expansion of Sheet Metal Capabilities with CAM 20’ Plasma Table.

2003

  • Added CAM Coil-Line Duct Machine to Sheet Metal Fabrication Shop.
  • Added Fire Alarm System Skills.

2005

  • Bernard "BJ" Baker III promoted to Chairman & CEO
  • Gary Bridgewater promoted to President

2006

Added Second Des Moines Location.

2010

Added RAS TURBObend Plus

Featured Projects

  • Iowa State University Security Work
  • Iowa Clinic West Lakes Campus
  • Wells Fargo Financial
  • Wolf Eye Clinic
  • Iowa Heart Center
  • Wells Fargo West Des Moines Campus
  • Allied Insurance
  • Grinnell Noyce Science Center
2010 – Present

2011

Opened Offices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Quad Cities.

2013

2014

Moved Quad Cities Office to Larger Facility

2015

Electrical Business Unit Established

Featured Projects

  • Wellmark
  • Mercy West Lakes Hospital
  • AEG/American Republic Insurance
  • Iowa State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Wells Fargo West Des Moines Campus Expansion
  • Kum & Go Corporate Headquarters
  • Principal Financial Group Master Plan
  • Quad City International Airport
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library
  • Cedar Rapids Community School District
  • Cedar Rapids Federal Courthouse
The Future

The strongest indicator of future performance is always past accomplishment. Over the years Baker Group has grown by responding to the evolving needs of Clients, and developing needed expertise. Becoming the very best is never easy, but it has always been Baker Group’s commitment. In fact, "Expect the Best" is, and will continue to be, Baker Group’s clear message to Clients.

Baker Group also strongly believes living their Cultural Values has served Clients well in the past, and will continue to serve Clients in the future. Every day Baker Group focuses on these fundamental Cultural Values to guide decisions that impact both clients and team members:

  • Absolute Reliability
  • Optimistic Leadership
  • "Can-do" Attitude
  • Collaborative Unity
  • Personal Development
  • Uncompromising Safety
  • Sustainable Profitability
  • Innovative Expertise
  • Entrepreneurial Dedication
  • Client Advocacy
  • Long-Term Relationships

The future of Baker Group will certainly include new services and delivery techniques that progress with our Client needs. At Baker Group, it will always be about developing value based, long-term relationships with our Clients and responding to their evolving needs.

May Baker Group be part of your future?