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Civil Engineering

Our firm’s portfolio of civil engineering work spans more than 50 years across the state of Utah and beyond. If proven experience is critical to your project, VBFA’s legacy is second to none.

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Utah Civil Engineering Firm | Salt Lake City Civil Engineers | VBFA

Utah Civil Engineering Firm

Civil Engineering, Design, and Innovation for the Built Environment

VBFA’s civil engineering department creates a foundation of sustainability and quality for your next project. Through project-specific site development, we make sure enduring engineering standards support the architectural design of your next building project. From comprehensive water management solutions to distribution systems and more, our legacy has proven we deliver efficient environments that stand the test of time.

Read on to learn more about the many solutions our team offers within the discipline of civil engineering.

Our Strengths Are Your Advantage

Civil engineering is a small part of VBFA’s capabilities; however, our experience is truly unmatched in the state of Utah. With a portfolio that spans the state (and beyond), we routinely partner with owners, architects, and other engineering firms to provide a higher level of expertise to your next project. Here are just a few reasons our clients continue to turn to VBFA for civil engineering solutions:

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Interdisciplinary Engineering Knowledge

As just one division in VBFA’s full-service firm, we have specific insight into what every engineering discipline needs for site development — a rare advantage that civil-only firms don’t have. We’re able to anticipate what is needed throughout your project (and beyond our area of focus) and can connect internally with our team to troubleshoot when needed.

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Collaborative Partnerships

We bring a valuable perspective to your project when we partner with other engineering firms. Acting as a senior consultant, we can help ensure the success of your investment, using our unparalleled experience in the field.

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Proven Track Record with Campus Environments

With 40+ years of heavy civil engineering work for medical and educational campuses across Utah, we understand the unique challenges and opportunities these types of projects bring.

Where We Work

A VBFA licensed professional engineer (LPE) can travel beyond Utah to wherever your next project takes you. We are licensed in the following states, which means we can guarantee compliance is being met or exceeded:

















“Building utilities and building systems go hand in hand. It is a benefit to our clients for VBFA to be able to provide both civil and MEP engineering design for projects where these disciplines must work closely and cohesively to achieve success.”

– David Baranowski, Principal

Notable Projects

Explore some recent projects from our civil engineering portfolio.



Designing Sustainable Environments

The development and preservation of natural environments is a key part of our civil engineering services. Throughout our portfolio, we find creative solutions that restore, reuse, or reimagine natural resources for the benefit of the local environment without sacrificing the aesthetics or efficiency of the project. For example, through our work with the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR), we designed a bio-retention storm drainage system to slow and treat stormwater runoff onsite. Not only did the design create a more attractive stormwater management solution, but it reduced runoff, filtered the runoff of pollutants to improve the overall water quality, and directly supported the local ecosystem. By finding unique solutions that work in harmony with nature’s own rhythm, we create solutions that become an extension of the environment and offer more efficient and effective results.

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Civil Engineering Services

While civil engineering is a vast engineering discipline with many unique specialties, our VBFA team focuses on the following services:

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  • Site Development
  • Culinary/Secondary Water Storage
  • Distribution Systems
  • Sanitary/Industrial Sewer
  • Grading/Earthwork
  • Flood Control
  • Storm Drainage
  • Road/Street Design

About VBFA

Engineering Excellence for Over 40 Years

After 50 years in the industry, we know just how important it is to never stop evolving. From every level of leadership, we foster an environment of quick problem-solving and continuous improvement, both of which have become hallmarks of the VBFA identity. This commitment to progress is what allows our team to step up and deliver impressive and unconventional projects other firms can’t. Thanks to the creativity and courage of our newest generation of engineering professionals, we are sustaining the hard-earned VBFA legacy as a prominent industry leader.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is civil engineering?

Civil engineering is one of the oldest and most comprehensive branches of engineering. This discipline is concerned with the conceptualization, design, development, maintenance, or removal of constructed and natural environments. Civil engineers are responsible for creating solutions for both public and private infrastructure such as bridges, storm drainage systems, sewer systems, tunnels, power plants, and roads.

What do civil engineers do?

Civil engineers apply various engineering principles to develop critical infrastructure for residential, commercial, industrial, or public projects. They also measure a project’s financial, environmental, or socio-economic costs to ensure the finished product is delivered on schedule, within budget, and meets the necessary codes, standards, and compliance requirements.

Civil engineers also:

  • Use survey reports, maps, and other data to inform technical and feasibility studies
  • Plan for health and safety regulations
  • Assess environmental effects and identify challenges that could affect project delivery
  • Design plans and detailed blueprints
  • Collaborate and communicate with other engineers, architects, surveyors, and owners

What does a civil engineer design?

Civil engineers work alongside architects, surveyors, construction managers, landscape architects, and urban planners to design the infrastructure needed to support public and private development projects. Many civil engineers focus on one or more specialties within the discipline. Here are just a few examples:

  • Traffic and transportation, which includes the design of roads, highway systems, public transportation systems, and more.
  • Water resources, which include the design of stormwater and sewer systems as well as natural wetland restoration.
  • Structural and construction, which includes the design of solutions to guarantee the soundness and longevity of man-made structures such as buildings or parking garages.

Can a civil engineer be a construction manager?

These are two related but separate roles. While some of their duties and responsibilities overlap, there are also some key differences. Civil engineers primarily work away from the construction site, contributing to the project’s design plan and blueprints and ensuring compliance with various building codes, which informs the construction manager’s responsibilities. They often visit the construction site for quality assurance checks once construction has begun. Construction managers, however, always work on the construction site, managing the day-to-day operations of the various construction teams. While different, both roles are integral to the success of any construction project.

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