About B&W

Bowman & Williams

Santa Cruz Since 1908

1902 After starting his career with the Southern Pacific Railroad expansion projects throughout western California, in 1908 Lloyd Bowman begins his civil engineering and land surveying practice in Santa Cruz.

1938 Tom Polk Williams, Jr. graduates from UC and is hired as a civil engineer by Arnold Baldwin, a private engineer and soon-to-be appointed County Surveyor for Santa Cruz County Department of Public Works.

1945 Lloyd Bowman and Tom Polk Williams, Jr. establish Bowman & Williams Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors.

2007 Bowman & Williams merges with Dunbar and Craig Land Surveying, bringing a larger depth of knowledge and records to every surveying project.

2019 Bowman & Williams expands ownership, adding two new partners and transitioning to a new mode of operation with expanded online capabilities.

Tom Polk Williams Jr. & Lloyd Bowman Portraits

Land Surveying

Bowman & Williams offers civil engineering services to both homeowners and developers in the private and public sectors. Whether a homeowner or a developer, we apply the same level of service and customer care to ensure a successful outcome on small and large projects alike. As a leader in the Civil Engineering Community in the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz County, Bowman & Williams has been involved in the design and development of a multitude of subdivisions and minor land divisions. This experience gives us a thorough understanding of cost, economic and environmental issues, public process, and community needs required to successfully develop marketable projects.

Typical civil services for the homeowner or developer may include:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Grading and drainage plans and detailing
  • Public road improvements
  • Driveway design, firetruck turnarounds, and turnouts
  • Utility coordination (wet utilities only: water, sewer, storm, gas)
  • Retaining Wall calculations and construction documents
  • Erosion control plans and detailing
  • Qualified Stormwater Developer (QSD) for SWPPP projects
  • Specifications in short form or in book format for FEMA/Caltrans/public entities

Civil Engineering

Our experience in surveying properties in Santa Cruz County is unparalleled. We have in-house records and maps dating back to the early 1900’s and additionally have filed thousands of official documents to government agencies for public record. The diversity of the Santa Cruz County terrain, particularly in the mountain and coastal areas, natural landmarks can change dramatically over time and survey markers may wash away after severe weather conditions. Having the historical references at our fingertips helps us re-establish legal property boundaries.

Typical land survey services for the homeowner or developer may include:

  • Boundary Surveys
  • Topographic Surveys
  • Subdivision maps
  • Parcel Maps
  • ALTA’s
  • Construction Staking
  • Easement plats and descriptions
  • Elevation certification for flood insurance
  • Records of Survey
  • Corner Records
  • Minor lot divisions
  • Hydraulic topo mapping for drainage analysis

Project and/or Construction Management

Bowman & Williams works with private and public clients and knows how to successfully navigate local, state and federal permitting agencies. We maintain close relations with local agencies and keep up-to-date with the latest building codes and ordinances. We can provide construction administration services to private clients, and are able to assist with the construction management of large scale projects for government entities and District or Federal entity projects as well. We believe educational institutions are the cornerstones to a community and that the quality of life at our schools is impacted by the quality of the facilities and infrastructure of the campus.Bowman & Williams has been working with educational clients across all levels of education; institutions include UCSC, Cabrillo College, Salinas Unified School District, SLV School District, Santa Cruz City Schools, and more.

Typical management services for the homeowner, developer, District, or public entity may include:

  • Construction site management
  • Request for Information (RFI) response
  • Material submittal review
  • Pre-construction meeting organization
  • As-built document coordination
  • Construction Staking

Our Expertise

Residential Grading, Drainage, and Erosion Control Design25%
Topographic Maps and Boundary Surveys40%
Commercial Developments10%
School Developments15%
Public Works for Counties, Cities, and Districts10%

Bowman & Williams provides quality engineering services built on solid experience and backed by a professional work ethic. Our principals and engineers take pride in each civil project, be it commercial, public or private. We work with commercial and residential developers, institutional developers, public works, and private homeowners.


All Time Clients