Land Development

As leaders in land development engineering for more than 70 years, the experts at Michael Baker International provide a full spectrum of services and the depth of experience needed to deliver solutions to even the most complex land development challenges.

Through an integrated approach to all stages of land development, Michael Baker guides clients through the entire life cycle of a project, from due diligence, initial site planning, and entitlement approvals to final engineering, construction management and surveying.

Michael Baker’s breadth of services and extensive understanding of land development provide clients with innovative yet practical solutions and effective navigation of the complexities of approval processes. Our project managers often serve as extensions of client staff and have a solid understanding of how to create desired places to live, work and play. Engineering integrated with in-house planning and surveying excellence and combined with a commitment to achieving clients’ strategic goals, results in quality service and project delivery in a timely and cost-effective manner. Our skilled professionals can assist with any task on a wide range of project types, including commercial and retail developments, industrial and office parks, educational and governmental facilities, housing developments, public infrastructure, and mining facilities. We understand that land development engineering for commercial, residential, and public uses requires a cost-effective, schedule-driven approach; we know that, to our clients, time is money.

Services Include:

  • Opportunities & Constraints Analysis
  • Initial Feasibility Analysis
  • Due Diligence Investigation
  • Development Costs for Proforma Evaluations
  • Visualization and 3D Modeling
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Entitlement Potential (Highest and Best Use)
  • Land Use Concepts and Physical Site Planning
  • Master Planning-Infrastructure and Utilities
  • Design Engineering & Cost Estimates
  • Permit Processing
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Stormwater/Water Quality Compliance
  • Traffic & Transportation Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Tract Map Preparation
  • Construction Surveying


  • Michael Tylman West Region Practice Lead - Land Development


Michael Baker International has a long history of providing the design for safe and sustainable communities.  Our residential experience includes single family, multi-family and master planned communities.  From entitlement to construction documents to recorded final maps and project close out services, Michael Baker’s land development engineering experts provide the comprehensive range of services to create energy-saving, water-conserving, health-promoting and earth-friendly residential communities.  Michael Baker has extensive experience with a variety of residential communities including mixed-use, high-rise condominiums, apartments and single and multi-family developments.  Michael Baker develops desirable places to live by offering creative, cost-effective engineering solutions that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Representative Projects

  • Baker Ranch, Lake Forest, California
  • Blackstone, Brea, California
  • Harveston Development, Temecula, California
  • Red Dog Ranch, Benson, Arizona
  • Rosedale Development, Azusa, California

Sports & Recreation

The engineers at Michael Baker International have worked on some of the western United States’ premier recreational venues and golf courses. We have extensive experience working with renowned golf course architects such as Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Ted Robinson, and Gary Player.  Our design experience includes preliminary and final grading studies, naturalized drainage systems, lakes which serve as detention basins, creation of wetlands and water quality basins, plus analyses of how the golf courses interface to residential areas.  Michael Baker has prepared planning and technical engineering reports for golf course designs incorporating the vision of the architect with the terrain of environmental sensitivities of the project site.

Representative Projects

  • Blue Horizons Baseball Sports Park, Buckeye, Arizona
  • Garden of Champions Tennis Stadium, Indian Wells, California
  • Home Depot Sports Center, Carson, California
  • La Pata/Vista Hermosa Park and Aquatic Center, San Clemente, California
  • Palmilla Golf Course, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Trump National Golf Course, Palos Verdes, California

Master Planned Communities

Michael Baker International provides diversified services to meet the needs of clients for development projects of all sizes and categories.  Michael Baker’s engineers, supported by in-house planners and architects, are well qualified to determine the realistic development opportunities and constraints for each project and create a “buildable” site plan based on proven engineering and design principles.  The firm’s development services allow our major land owner clients to maintain fewer permanent employees, bringing in consulting assistance when needed.  Michael Baker’s experts communicate critical issues, monitor the political climate, and continually update fee and regulatory requirements.  Michael Baker is often chosen as the lead consultant on large or complex projects where multi-discipline project teams are needed.  Our professionals have extensive experience designing projects that achieve a balance between community/environmental concerns and developer needs.

Representative Projects

  • Foothill Ranch Planned Community, Lake Forest, California
  • Harveston Development, Temecula, California
  • La Entrada Specific Plan, Coachella, California

Hotels & Resorts

Michael Baker International provides complete services for the planning, design and construction of hotel and conference center facilities, resort facilities, and entertainment and performing arts facilities ranging from major theme parks to theaters and auditoriums.  Michael Baker has also developed close working relationships with experts in the fields of recreational planning, architecture, landscape architecture, soils engineering and can assemble an engineering team capable of handling all project requirements.

Representative Projects

  • Beverly Hills Gardens and Montage Hotel, Beverly Hills, California
  • Graton Resort and Casino, Rohnert Park, California
  • Hacienda Resort Residences, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Marriott Shadow Ridge Resort, Palm Desert, California
  • Montage Hotel at Vista Serena, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, California

Commercial & Industrial

Michael Baker International has had tremendous success in the planning and engineering design of commercial and industrial developments throughout the western United States. Our services include the entitlement, final engineering and construction support for commercial, retail, hotel, restaurant, entertainment and industrial uses.  Michael Baker’s experienced staff of planners, registered civil engineers and designers have the ability to provide creative engineering design solutions to satisfy the client’s vision while also meeting agency requirements.   Our services include traffic circulation studies, water/sewer supply assesments, as well as site grading and drainage.

Representative Projects

  • Anaheim Garden Walk, Anaheim, California
  • Promenade Mall, Temecula, California
  • Sares-Regis Chino South Industrial Park, Chino, California
  • Skechers Warehouse, Moreno Valley, California
  • The Mall at Robinson, Robinson Township, Pennsylvania

Health Care

Michael Baker International’s team of land development engineers, along with in-house planners and architects, are experienced in delivering multi-faceted and complex health care facilities.  Our design experience incorporates emergency vehicle access, pedestrian and vehicular circulation along with specific infrastructure needs. Michael Baker is qualified to address all the aspects unique to health care facilities delivering projects on time and on budget.

Representative Projects

  • Kaiser Permanente, Fontana, California
  • Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California
  • The Annenberg Pavilion at Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, California
  • UCSD East Campus Medical Office Building, San Diego, California


Michael Baker International has specialized experience and qualifications to provide consulting services in the field of educational facilities, ranging from master planning through detailed facilities design.  Our experience includes the design of all types of educational facilities, from early childhood education through primary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions, both for new construction and for renovation/modernization. The Michael Baker professional staff is experienced in all facets of civil engineering for educational facilities with an understanding of the requirements of the Department of the State Architect.

Representative Projects

  • Cal State University, Indian Wells Center, Indian Wells, California
  • Oxnard Union High School, Oxnard, California
  • UCLA Court of Sciences Student Center, Los Angeles, California