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Comprehensive civil engineering for the urban environment

Our registered civil engineers have decades of experience designing solutions for the most challenging urban sites - from $600M, LEED Gold, mixed-use towers to accessible school drop-offs. Our goal is to use our civil engineering experience and diligence to improve the performance of the whole project.

UDCE is fortunate to be able to apply our skills to so many truly meaningful projects. From affordable housing developments and cultural centers to schools and health centers, we get to make a difference in our communities from the ground up. We believe we have the best clients, and we develop long-term relationships with them based on shared values and project successes.

We are project partners, not just consultants.

Our service lines


We are civil engineering designers: intimately involved from project beginning - assessing site conditions, foreseeing obstacles, and designing solutions. We are project advocates - ready and able to adeptly navigate projects through approvals, permits and agency overlaps. We are communicators - dedicated to transparent, effective and positive communication strategies that propel our projects forward.


We approach coordination and design for utilities such as gas, electric, streetlights, phone and data as opportunities for creative problem-solving - not just a compilation of plans. We advocate for sound solutions on behalf of our client, reviewing contracts and tariffs, proactively communicating with agency staff, and using our experience to foresee and resolve existing condition conflicts in complex settings. 


UDCE frequently provides permanent and temporary Stormwater Management solutions to reduce and/ or treat site stormwater runoff for buildings, streetscapes and construction sites. We use our expertise and agency experience to lead the project team through the stormwater process, coordinating closely with landscape architects and project team engineers.


Some of our awesome clients


Alta Housing

Bridge Housing

Chinatown Community Development

Curtis Development

DM Development

Eden Housing

Episcopal Community Services

McCormack Baron Salazar

Mercy Housing California

MidPen Housing

Mission Housing Development Corp

Related California

Resources for Community Development

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp


ATI Architects & Engineers

BAR Architects
David Baker Architects

Dillingham Associates

Gelfand Partners
Hornberger + Worstell
Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Paulett Taggart Architects
Perkins + Will
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Studio Gang Architects
Van Meter Williams Pollack
WRNS Studio

YA Studio


Bay Area Headquarters Authority
City of Alameda
City of San Leandro
City of Sausalito
Oakland Public Works
Oakland Unified School District

Petaluma Public Works & Utilities

Planned Parenthood Northern California
San Francisco Public Works
San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco MTA

San Francisco Recreation & Parks
San Francisco Unified School District

Santa Clara Parks & Recreation

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