About Us

Civil Engineering Santa RosaAdobe Associates, Inc. was founded by Paul Brown in 1982 as a two-person land surveying office in Petaluma, California. By 1985, the Civil Engineering firm had added brothers Dave Brown and Steve Brown, and had grown into a full service Land Surveying & Civil Engineering firm based in Santa Rosa, California.

The family business grew quickly as the quality of the firm’s Civil Engineering work became widely known in Sonoma County and the surrounding counties. As Dave Brown says, “we realized early on that this is a relationship business. We worked hard to build solid relationships with our clients, local agencies and fellow project consultants. Not surprisingly, some of those early relationships still endure to this day.” Paul Brown adds, “When I started this venture with my brother, Dave, I hadn’t envisioned what we have become. I trusted that if we focused on providing a service to our clients, we would be taken care of automatically. And of course, I love the breadth and expanse of the surveying profession. And here we are!” 

From its early days, Adobe Associates has brought a combination of talent and experience along with a commitment to quality service to each project. This focus enables Adobe Associates to deliver on its clients objectives, even when faced with difficult issues. Since its founding, Adobe has built a reputation for ethics, honesty and integrity.

During the mid-1990s, Adobe Associates built its Wastewater department under the direction of Merrill Van Fleet and Steve Brown. Because of its experience and expertise, Adobe has become the go-to firm for Wastewater Management in the northern Bay Area.

"In rural land development it is critical to establish wastewater disposal potential," says Steve Brown. "The scope of a project is often dictated by the capability of the land to accommodate waste flows."

Throughout the 2000s, Adobe Associates has continued to grow and deliver on its commitment to its clients. “We take a little different approach,” says Aaron Smith. “We believe strongly in educating our clients up front in the Civil Engineering process, so that they have a full picture. We know that this approach enables us to help them reach their ultimate goals, and we’ll be able to thoroughly maximize the value of their project along the way.”

From Weblog

October 16, 2017

Dear Family, Friends, Clients and Prospective Clients,

We are sorry to have to cope with the devastation that these fires have brought to our lovely Sonoma County and neighboring Counties, Napa, Lake and Mendocino. We will remain strong, proud and confident in our Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, First Responders, and everyone involved in getting us back on our feet. This process may take some time because first concerns will be focused on the safe well being of our staff, their families and providing a safe work environment.

We ask that all of our clients be flexible and patient. Adobe Associates' office is open for business and we will assist in any way possible to keep... Full post »


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Steve, Greg and Denise - Nancy and I are truly grateful for your professionalism, honesty and highly skilled service since about 2000. You told us what we needed to hear ("no...
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