1958: The average price of a home was $18,000. The average salary was $5,500. The average lot survey was $40.
And Goldsmith opened its doors for business for the very first time.
We wasted no time demonstrating our expertise. That same year, King County adopted its first comprehensive land use plan as well as a study to protect our vulnerable water resources. In both cases, we were there.
Throughout the years, we’ve continued to take the lead and set the bar higher for our industry. Three years before the Washington State Environmental Protection Act, Goldsmith was designing storm water retention ponds to prevent erosion of the Sammamish Plateau. Ten years before there was a Department of Ecology Storm Water Protection Manual, we were monitoring sensitive areas and providing drainage control analysis to protect wetlands and streams at Klahanie, Redmond Ridge, and McCormick Woods. And we led the state’s first project to utilize the Environmental Protection Agency’s Continuous Modeling method—setting the standard for future regulation. Since taking the lead more than 50 years ago, we haven’t looked back. As our region has continued to evolve so too has our experience in delivering innovative, effective services to our clients.
Family-owned and operated, Goldsmith has been instrumental in shaping the landscape of the Pacific Northwest for more than half a century. One of the foremost engineering and land development firms in the region, we offer our clients unparalleled expertise through a broad spectrum of services, including feasibility for land development; planning, engineering and surveying for site work construction; and the management of environmental and entitlement permit process.
Specializing in residential, recreational, industrial and commercial developments, Goldsmith is well-versed in the distinctions between the area’s municipalities, making us uniquely qualified to navigate today’s complex regulatory environment. Throughout the entire collaborative process, our team is service-oriented and hands-on—from the top on down—focusing on best solutions and value engineering.
We approach each project with the same goal in mind: to make our clients’ vision a reality through strategic thinking, practical experience and responsible solutions.
Our mission is to continue the business philosophy and culture of our founder. To provide exemplary services to our clients and the highest quality design services within a family business culture that fosters professional growth, dedication, stability and excellence.
Hugh G. Goldsmith and Associates, Inc., was founded in 1958 by Hugh G. Goldsmith when he purchased a small civil engineering company located in the historic Pioneer Square area of downtown Seattle. Goldsmith has grown from its original 5 employees to over 40 today. But the story begins much earlier than that; a story of a man with a love of land, and a passion for Land Surveying and unique vision of how to mold this passion into a successful business. Read More