Established in 1983, NorthStar is a Certified Small Business (Cert. #1035999) multi-disciplinary engineering, architecture, surveying, planning, and environmental consulting firm. NorthStar specializes in municipal transportation and infrastructure projects, building design, surveying, site planning and land development, onsite wastewater systems, environmental analysis and documentation, biological and wetland resources analysis, regulatory permit processing, and construction management and monitoring.

NorthStar provides services to local, state, federal and private clients with project locations throughout California and southern Oregon.  Our Team of over 30 professionals, includes civil engineers licensed in California, Oregon and Colorado; licensed architects; LEED accredited professionals; licensed land surveyors; environmental planners; and biologists.

Our principals have an average of 20 years of design and project management experience on projects throughout Northern California and Oregon. Senior engineers and environmental staff, including senior regulatory biologists have an average of 15 years experience. Several of our engineers have previous experience as staff engineers for municipalities. We use technology advances, such as computer-aided drafting, GIS, Trimble global position survey equipment, and multi-parameter sampling meters to enhance our services.

NorthStar’s expertise includes:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Roadway Improvements
  • Street Designs
  • Safe Routes to School
  • Water and Sewer Infrastructure
  • Architecture and Building Design
  • Plans and Specifications
  • Contract Bid Documents
  • Construction Management
  • Land Surveying
  • Topographic Surveys
  • Onsite Wastewater System Design
  • Caltrans/FHWA Funding and Local Assistance Coordination
  • Site Planning and Land Development
  • Parcel Maps/Tentative Subdivision Maps
  • Land Use Entitlements
  • Site Opportunities & Constraints Analysis
  • CEQA/NEPA Environmental Anaylsis
  • Biological Resources Assessments
  • Wetland/Aquatic Resources Delineations
  • Regulatory Permitting
  • Biological Monitoring
  • SWPPP and Water Quality Monitoring

Civil Design

Civil Design services revolve around providing much needed basic infrastructure for new construction or re-development. NorthStar has been providing these engineering services to governmental agencies, land developers, business owners, and private individuals since the inception of the firm. Civil Design covers such a broad range of differing projects that engineers practicing in this field at NorthStar, through varied experience, are often able to assess the bigger picture and ultimately provide better service than narrowly  focused engineering firms.

NorthStar can also assist you in obtaining LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for your next commercial project.

Architecture and Building Design

Our building design and engineering team within NorthStar can provide you with complete building plans and structural engineering for your commercial building or dream home. We can assist you with the architectural design elements and structural components of your building.

Land Surveying

Surveying is an essential part of nearly all NorthStar projects. NorthStar’s land surveying team is led by licensed professional land surveyors, one of which is also a principle in the firm. These professionals have experience in all phases of land surveying and between them their combined land surveying experience exceeds one-hundred years.

Environmental and Regulatory Compliance

NorthStar Environmental and Regulatory Compliance Team is dedicated to providing efficient and cost-effective environmental and biological assessment services to a wide range of clients. Our Team applies forward thinking solutions to address environmental  challenges and site constraints, wetlands assessments, biological analysis, regulatory  compliance and overall project planning.

Water Resources

With the dramatic changes in technology and regulations of septic systems seen over the last 10 years, these septic systems are being more accurately described as Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS). The Water Resources Department has a dedicated team of professionals specializing in the design of OWTS for residential, commercial and community applications. NorthStar offers a full range of services to address stormwater issues from original design, permitting, SWPPP implementation, to compliance monitoring.