Soltesz specializes in navigating each of our clients through the land development process with a deep commitment to the functionality of a site. Our engineers provide insight into each stage of a project from land selection through construction administration. We pride ourselves on engineering projects that consider impacts on the economy, the environment, and the community all while exceeding client expectations.

Our Services

Civil Engineering

Accurate and complete due diligence studies are critical to making the best real estate decisions. Soltesz provides clients with comprehensive analysis of each site and its features. Our experienced staff has an intimate knowledge of the submittal processes and timelines of municipalities and can assist our clients in understanding the impact on their projects. In addition, Soltesz can expertly navigate the zoning of the proposed site, zoning variances, and conditional use permits. As part of the Due Diligence services, staff identifies and provides insight into land development constraints which can affect property values and timelines for development.

  • Drainage Design
    • Downstream Storm Drainage Analysis
  • Erosion & Sediment Control Design
  • Grading Design
    • Site Grading & Earthwork
    • Paving Design
  • Roadway Design Improvements
    • Road Alignment
    • Street Tree & Lighting Plans
    • Striping and Marking Plans
    • Traffic Control Plans
  • Stormwater Management Design
    • Culvert Design
    • Dam Breach Analysis
    • Storm Drain Design
    • Environmental Site Design
  • Sustainable Design
  • Utility Design & Coordination
  • Value Engineering
  • Well & Septic Design

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Construction Administration

Projects require proficient and expert construction services for successful completion, and construction administration is a multifaceted expertise that Soltesz provides. Our firm navigates through construction management from bidding documents through project closeout. During construction, the staff at Soltesz can direct contractor activities to meet specifications and schedule requirements, perform site inspections, and respond to RFIs. Soltesz facilitates a timely completion while representing the owner’s best interests.

  • As-Built Surveys & Plans
    • Certification for Permit Release
  • Bidding Services
  • Construction Observation
  • Requests for Information (RFI)
  • Shop Drawings Review
  • Technical Specifications Development

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Design Build

Soltesz has performed design build services associated with stormwater and water quality projects that include design, permitting, construction, and project closeout. Our staff has successfully worked with public agencies to address water quality and MS4 needs with innovative design and high quality construction. We’ve received high praise from public agencies for our onsite construction administration, work with local stakeholders, and project supervision. From project conception through permit closeouts, Soltesz has a proven track record on design build project.

  • Project Identification
  • Due Diligence in Feasibility
  • Outreach to Local Stakeholders
  • Design
  • Permitting (Local, State and Federal)
  • Construction Surveys
  • Construction Administration
  • Project Closeout


Soltesz has performed design-build services associated with Stormwater/water quality projects, for which services include Design, Permits, Construction, and Project Closeout. Our staff has successfully worked public agencies to address the water quality and MS4 needs with innovative design and high-quality construction. Soltesz’s on-site construction administration, working with local stakeholders, and project supervision has resulted in successful design-build projects, receiving high praise from public agencies. From Project Conception through Permit Closeouts, Soltesz has a proven track record on design-build projects.

  • Project Identification
  • Due diligence in feasibility
  • Outreach to local stakeholders
  • Design
  • Permitting: Local, State, and Federal
  • Construction surveys
  • Construction administration
  • Project closeout

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Due Diligence

Accurate and complete due diligence studies are critical to making the best real estate decisions. Soltesz provides clients with comprehensive analysis of each site and its features. Our experienced staff has an intimate knowledge of the submittal processes and timelines of municipalities and can assist our clients in understanding the impact on their projects. In addition, Soltesz can expertly navigate the zoning of the proposed site, zoning variances, and conditional use permits. As part of the Due Diligence services, staff identifies and provides insight into land development constraints which can affect property values and timelines for development.

  • Agency Coordination
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Natural Resource Inventory (NRI)
  • Conceptual Layouts
    • Density Analysis
    • Grading & Earthwork Studies
  • Forest Stand Delineations
  • Preliminary Cost Estimates
  • Stormwater Management Concepts and Analysis
  • Utility Identification & Studies
  • Zoning and Master Plan Review/Analysis

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Soltesz specializes in providing entitlement engineering services. These services typically include conceptual and preliminary design as well as rezoning efforts with presentation during public hearings. Our staff understands the importance of brand design and we pride ourselves on being able to design to meet the required standards while assisting clients obtain approvals for their unique brand of development. Soltesz has a long and proven track record of navigating expedited time frames while providing desired approval densities in projects that excite our clients, the community, and municipalities.

  • Sketch Plan
  • Preliminary Plan
  • Site Plan
    • ADA Compliance
  • Forest Stand Delineation (FSD)
  • Forest Conservation Plans (FCP)
  • Landscape Plan
  • Record Plat
  • Expert Testimony/ Public Hearing
  • Permit Review
  • Natural Resources Inventory (NRI)
  • Special Exception/Conditional Use Plan
  • Variance Applications

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Environmental/Water Resources Engineering

Environmental services require forward thinking and a finger on the pulse of constantly changing regulations. Soltesz is at the forefront of the development of local and state environmental legislation striving to achieve a balance between ecological concerns and development objectives. Our firm develops sustainable design approaches and successfully navigates each project through this often complex process. These include modeling, analyses, environmental site design, natural resources inventory, Chesapeake Bay Critical Area planning, sediment and erosion control design and planning, and wetland and stream restoration.

  • Stormwater Management  Design
  • Natural Channel Stream Restoration
  • Streambank Stabilization
  • Wetland/Bog Restoration and Design
  • Floodplain Analysis
    • Clomar Submittals
    • Flomar Submittals
    • Compensatory Storage Analysis
    • Dam Breech Analysis
  • Stormwater Management Pond Restoration
  • Storm Drain Outfall Restoration (CPO)
  • Shoreline Erosion Control/Living Shoreline Design
  • Dredging Design
  • Natural Resource Inventory (NRI)
  • Forest Stand Delineation/Forest Conservation Plans (FSD/FCP)
  • Wetland Delineation
  • Joint Federal/State Tidal and Non-Tidal Wetland Permitting
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Needs Analysis

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Clients use Soltesz’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capabilities to search for properties with a variety of conditions such as zoning, size of property, site constraints, value of property, and location. Yield studies and lot layout plans can be overlaid onto base plans providing an excellent tool for determining how a proposed vision fits into the property and its surrounding area. With multiple overlays of a wide range of information, Soltesz has the ability to display topography, soils, property ownership, tax map information, wetlands, zoning, forests, utilities such as water, sewer and storm drainage (proposed and existing), as well as provide customized overlays.

  • Statistical and Thematic Maps
  • Interpretation of Remotely-Sensed Images
  • Acquisition, Maintenance, and Analysis of Spatial Data
  • Feasibility and Due Diligence Studies
  • Wetland Delineation Studies
  • Forest Stand Delineation Studies
  • Property Owner Identification/Notification
  • Slope & Soil Analysis

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Landscape Architecture

Our expert team of trained Landscape Architects and Planners can help clients navigate through the earliest stages of project feasibility all the way through to final site construction. Soltesz’s list of services includes illustrative renderings, site planning and entitlement, landscape, hardscape and irrigation design. Our design philosophy is sensitive to energy conservation concerns, user safety and benefit, as well as long-term maintenance cost considerations.

  • Hardscape Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Park and Recreation Planning
  • Recreational Amenity Designs
  • Planting Design
  • Streetscape Design

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Peer Review

Soltesz provides peer review services for certain Counties and organizations that have formal programs. Consultants utilize the peer review program if they are not as familiar with the County system and design requirements. The complexity of these services vary along with the complexity of the projects. Soltesz has provided peer review services in nearly every market sector.


Zoning and planning regulations particular to each jurisdiction continue to become increasingly specific in their requirements for development. Soltesz’s track record of solid, well-prepared documentation and successful history with federal, state, and local regulatory offices help to ensure that permitting will not delay projects. We incorporate the applicable development standards into design proposals and see them through public review by the governing agencies. The staff at Soltesz has nurtured many important relationships that are critical to project success.

  • Bond Processing
  • DAM Safety Permit
  • DNR Roadside Tree Permit
  • Infrastructure & Grading Permits
  • Utility Construction
  • Demolition
  • MSHA State Access
  • MSHA Utility
  • MDE General Permit (NPDES Permit)

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Soltesz assists clients through the planning process in numerous ways. During site selection the firm prepares land searches, engineering feasibility studies, and environmental feasibility studies to aid clients in determining the highest and best use. Soltesz’s planning services are utilized for community design, urban design, conventional residential subdivisions, cluster subdivisions, commercial development planning, industrial development planning, comprehensive design planning, site development planning, and natural resources inventories. The staff at Soltesz ensures the integrity of conceptual design and density is maintained through the planning process.

  • Conceptual Plans
  • Expert Testimony
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Site Planning
  • Land Planning Reports
  • Land Use Plans
  • Master Planning
  • Public Engagement and Outreach

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Soltesz’s surveying capabilities include site, utility and road surveys completed by experienced crews who are fully equipped with the latest technological advancements in the survey industry including robotic instruments and data collectors. Survey teams consist of licensed land surveyors with office and field support personnel. Services include boundary surveys, ALTA surveys, topographic surveys, horizontal and vertical control, route surveys, construction stakeout, subdivision and condominium platting, as-built and house location surveys, and highway and utility rights-of-way plats.

  • ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys
  • Bathymetric Surveys
  • Boundary Surveys
  • Construction Stakeout
  • FEMA Elevation Certificates
  • As-Built Records Surveys
  • Geodetic Survey Control
  • Subdivision Record Plats and Easement Descriptions
  • Topographic Mapping
  • Utility Route Surveys

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Utility Design

  • Dry Utility Coordination
  • Electric Transmission Design
  • Storm Drain Design
  • Water and Sewer Design
  • Well & Septic Design

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Our Markets

Bioscience & Technology

Soltesz has provided site civil engineering services for large Bioscience & Technology office parks and campuses that want to create environments for their researchers and employees where they can work, live and play. Soltesz has provided these services to some of the largest Bioscience & Technology in the greater Metropolitan area.

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Whether a constrained urban infill site or a new, green-field town center, Soltesz has the experienced staff capable of navigating through commercial projects within each unique jurisdiction in the region. With any commercial office or mixed-use effort, Soltesz provides solutions to zoning, permitting, utility requirements, parking needs, road improvements, and security concerns to name just a few.

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Education clients need to respond to changing student and faculty needs and teaching trends. Their spaces must reflect these changes, yet their capital improvement programs must adhere to budget constraints. Soltesz understands educational issues such as summer construction schedules, egress and ingress safety concerns, and impacts beyond the site. Staying informed, communicating with clients, and providing flexible solutions is how Soltesz provides best-in-class service to their public, private, K-12, and higher-education clients.

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Energy & Utilities

As the energy market expands, Soltesz’s team has gained expertise in surveying and civil engineering for power companies, quasi-government groups, and local water/waste-water agencies. Aging infrastructure is of great concern, and Soltesz offers clients cost-effective solutions and successful public outreach efforts that address complex – often politically charged – environmental impacts.

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Sports & Entertainment

Soltesz understands the complexity and sensitivity required to provide functional public assembly spaces. Whether it is a  an NFL stadium or site of a resort, Soltesz combines inventiveness and creativity with detailed technical execution to address grading, stormwater, drainage and sustainability.

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Soltesz has an extensive federal portfolio including experience around metropolitan Washington, DC; the hub of federal facilities. The federal market comprises every project type imaginable from schools and hospitals to offices and cemeteries. Plus, requirements vary across the region, and Soltesz continually demonstrates the ability to navigate federal codes and requirements while providing designs that consider the local environment.

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Health and wellness facilities such as hospitals, offices, nursing homes, and research laboratory provide invaluable services to the community. Soltesz improves operations by balancing innovation with functionality through partnerships with the administration, staff, and patients.

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Hospitality clients need quick results in order to reach desired occupancy rates as soon as possible. From expediting the permitting process to truncating design schedules without skipping a beat in quality, Soltesz delivers.

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Industrial projects often require extensive planning, engineering, and surveying efforts throughout  design and construction due to industry regulations or state and local standards.

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Mixed-use projects require the delicate balance of the live, work, and play philosophy. Soltesz has navigated adaptable design strategies to meet environmental regulations all while keeping that philosophy in mind. Our experts lead clients through planning, permitting, entitlements, and engineering transit-oriented developments to successful completion.

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Parks & Recreation

Recreational facilities and parks provide a sense of community and enhance quality of life. Soltesz understands the complexity and sensitivity required to provide functional and sustainable spaces. Whether it is a local park, equestrian trail, or NFL stadium, Soltesz combines inventiveness and creativity with detailed technical execution.

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Residential communities require flexible and appealing design to a wide range of occupants. Soltesz is a leader in this market and provides all necessary services ranging from due diligence, detailed applications, exhibits for public hearings as well as expert testimonies. From single quarter-acre lots to several hundred-acre developments and from large multi-family communities to site constrained urban redevelopments, Soltesz helps to create attractive and profitable developments.

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Engineering and designing a retail space is an integrated process focused on the consumer experience. Soltesz provides plans to create the best possible environment to help the client obtain the foot traffic they need to succeed. Utilizing innovative and sustainable concepts, our expert team helps each site function properly while enhancing the user experience.

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Senior Housing

Soltesz has successfully delivered civil/site engineering, planning, surveying, and environmental services for affordable housing projects throughout Washington, DC and Maryland. The firm takes special care to understand the scope of services required, works closely with project team members, and provides continuous, consistent support to clients in order to meet the senior and affordable housing goals of the counties.

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State & Municipal

Soltesz’s knowledge of state and local processes and the firm’s relationships with government staff benefits each of our clients’ projects. Whether a large, complex project or a quick task awarded through an on-call contract, Soltesz utilizes its in-depth knowledge of the processes and the relationships with agency staff to deliver cost-effective, innovative designs.

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Transportation projects have distinct requirements that necessitate an experienced team well-versed in accessibility and safety. The engineers at Soltesz develop designs suitable to the local environment and consider local conditions and requirements. Utilizing the latest technologies, Soltesz provides results that move transportation designs forward.

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Water Resources

Preserving our natural resources is of global importance. Through our active involvement in shaping regulations and policies, Soltesz has remained on the forefront with the latest in watershed studies, impact analyses, stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, and wetland and stream restoration.

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