Our History

NorthStar has a Long History and
Deep Roots in Northern California.

NorthStar retro adThe founders, Mike McEnespy and Myles Pustejovsky, were originally employed by another area firm, McCain and Associates, throughout the late seventies and early eighties.

In June of 1983 NorthStar was formed after the closure of McCain and Associates. Much of McCain and and Associates business came from contract work to the Pacific Bell Telephone Company. In June of 1983, Pacific Bell closed its doors to outside contractors and McCain and Associates closed its doors as well. Mike and Myles formed NorthStar in late June of 1983 and brought on Mark Adams, another McCain employee, who is still a team member of the company to this day. In July of 1983, Jim Stevens came aboard along with two other of McCain’s employees, Dorothy Bedford and Tony Flores, and began business with a total staff of six people. The owners of the newly-formed company purchased Everd McCain’s client list to hit the ground running.

In 1986, the Land Development Department was created to concentrate on Subdivisions and Parcel Maps, which at the time constituted a majority of NorthStar’s business.

In 1988, the Building Design Department began offering structural calculations for local building projects, both residential and commercial, and our employee count continued to increase. The next year brought us together with Gahagan and Bryant Associates, a firm out of Tampa, Florida, to form G.B. Star. G.B. Star performs hydrographic surveys primarily in the Bay Area for clients such as The Army Corps of Engineers (dredge monitoring of deep water channels), the Navy, at both the Port in San Francisco and the Port of Oakland, and Chevron Oil, doing pre and post dredge surveys for shipping berths.

In the early 1990’s an economic downturn inspired the company to further diversify its services. In order to ensure a secure workload, the company created the Onsite Wastewater Department.

We began providing design for new and existing on-site wastewater (septic) systems. This primarily occurred in Paradise, 15 minutes to the east, a community of approximately 40,000-50,000 without a public sewer system. This has expanded to assisting clients across California.

On January 1, 2011, GDA Engineering, Surveying, and Planning of Oroville, California joined NorthStar.

GDA had been providing quality engineering, surveying and land planning services throughout California since 1974.

In 2014 we added architecture to our expanding list of services.

In 2014 NorthStar welcomed architect, Larry Coffman, to expand our services with the addition of an Architecture Department. Since then our architecture team has been growing and providing exceptional architecture and unique designs for a variety of large-scale projects throughout the north state. 

The expansion of NorthStar’s service areas over its history gives our team a great depth of knowledge and experience that allows us to provide exceptional and responsive service to our clients by providing a wide range of turn-key solutions.