Site Design


Money and time are the greatest resources you commit to a building project, and selecting a design team that will protect your investment is an important first step. LACO’s team protects those resources by meeting your deadlines and managing the budget while creating an innovative, effective site design.

LACO staff has the experience, talent, and vision to support a wide variety of development projects. Our multidisciplinary, collaborative approach is particularly well suited for today’s complex projects and permitting requirements, helping you condense your project schedules and control your project budget.

We add value to your projects by applying sound principles to that respect the natural and built environments through sustainable design and low impact development (LID) techniques. Our team provides a full range of services including assistance in site selection, surveying the land, planning through the entitlement process, site design, construction documents, and construction management. Our project experience includes: 

  • Planned multi-use developments
  • Adaptive reuse
  • Hospitality projects
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Business parks
  • Retail store renovations and remodels
  • Community art centers
  • Commercial office buildings
  • Live/work lofts
  • Apartment complexes
  • Custom single-family residences
  • Remodels
  • Additions
  • Watercolor renderings
  • Three-dimensional modeling and presentation
  • Design charrettes
  • Program development
  • Landscape design
  • ALTA land survey

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Meet Our Team

Portrait of Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson, AICP

Mr. Michael Nelson has over 18 years of professional planning experience and currently serves as LACO Associates’ President. Mr. Nelson has extensive experience in project

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Portrait of Bruce Shimizu

Bruce Shimizu

Mr. Bruce Shimizu has over 30 years of experience in housing development in Northern California and Hawaii. He is an experienced land planner, site designer,

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Portrait of Kevin Doble, Regional Manager

Kevin Doble

Mr. Kevin Doble is the Director of Business Development for LACO Associates, and Ukiah Regional Manager. Additionally, he is a Senior Project Manager, Government Relations,

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