At Nitsch Engineering, we take an integrated, sustainable, and collaborative approach to site design. Functional, permittable, and attractive building sites require close coordination with the design team and the owner. We advocate addressing layout, grading, drainage, utility, and permitting issues in the initial stages of the design process to investigate opportunities and to proactively identify and resolve problems before they become critical issues. We then design parking, roadways, walkways, utilities, and site features to blend stormwater management, grading, and drainage into the aesthetics of the project.

Creative Sustainable Design

Nitsch Engineering has been integrating sustainable design into projects for more than 20 years and has worked on more than 100 LEED registered or certified projects. Our award-winning designs use low-impact development techniques (greening, green roofs, and permeable paving), innovative stormwater management and treatment practices (bioretention and infiltration systems), and water conservation strategies (rainwater and greywater harvesting). Our LEED, ENV SP, and SITES Accredited Professionals work closely with the design team to identify strategies that integrate site and building systems that contribute to sustainable project goals and/or LEED or other sustainable certifications.

Time-Sensitive Permitting

At Nitsch Engineering, we have permitted thousands of projects, and understand both the technical and scheduling challenges of the site permitting process. We have extensive experience with local Conservation Commissions and Planning Boards, the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) approval process, local utility and site permitting, and the Department of Environmental Protection’s Chapter 91 and Sewer Connection/Extension processes. Our good working relationships with these and many other state and local agencies save our clients time and aggravation by facilitating timely approval processes.

Supportive Municipal Consulting

Helping municipalities shape their future is something Nitsch Engineering has been doing for many years. We fully support the intentions of Planning Boards, Boards of Health, Conservation Commissions, Zoning Boards, Public Works Departments, Boards of Selectman, and Development Commissions in conducting development reviews and providing design services as expeditiously and comprehensively as possible.


“Bridgewater has an extremely high water table. With the addition of our bioretention basin, our visible landscape is clean and presentable to the public. Of concern to me in the past was the uncontrolled stormwater runoff from past drainage systems down the line to our neighbors. The bioretention basin has made this concern a thing of the past. The basin’s storage capacity and gradual release of stormwater runoff has been a noticeable benefit to our campus.”

— Director of Physical Plant

Bridgewater State University