About The Underground Company

Family Owned. Decades of Utility Installation Experience.

The Underground Company has been doing high-quality utility installation work since founder Duane Burkhardt and his partners landed their first project in the summer of 1986. Over the past 36 years, our company has added dozens of employees while earning a reputation as a premier Des Moines area utility contractor.

We routinely do underground utility work for new residential developments and for public works projects in the City of Des Moines, Polk County, and more. Whether it's a one-day job or a project that spans several weeks, our team has the skill and the equipment to handle it.

Through the decades, the values of honesty, trustworthiness, and professionalism have continued to guide our family-owned company. Duane and his wife, Rhonda, serve as company owners and presidents, and their passion runs in the family, going into a second and third generation.

Three excavators dig along a trench at one of The Underground Company's utility project sites.

How We Work


We pride ourselves in being one of the fastest-working companies around. We work with both speed and precision, performing quality work while remaining conscious of timelines and budgets.


We have decades of experience working with underground utilities across central Iowa. We’ve tackled many projects that require skill, care, and coordination with other contractors, and we know the rules and regulations we need to work with.


At The Underground Company, honesty is at the core of what we do. We’ll be up front about costs and timelines, and we’ll stand by our work. When you hire us, you’ll get a job done quickly and with excellence.

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Reach The Underground Company Today!

To learn more about our company and the work we do, give us a call or fill out our online contact form.