CIVIL ENGINEERING. The majority of architectural projects require civil engineering services to resolve site questions. Abacus Architects is one of a few architectural firms to offer in-house civil engineering as part of a total approach to planning and design. Unlike firms without this benefit, Abacus is able to initiate a detailed site investigation early in the process to ensure your project avoids costly revelations after your budget has been established. In-depth site investigation by our civil engineering department thoroughly examines how your site relates to adjacent public utilities, possible environmental concerns, adjacent properties, and potential storm-water issues. The ensuing design takes these factors into account and provides upfront solutions to help you minimize uncertainties and better manage total construction costs.