Universal Engineering Sciences, a national engineering and consulting company, has acquired Geotechnology Inc., an engineering service that has done thousands of specialty projects in Metro East and surrounds in the last several decades.
Geotechnology is based in St. Louis. Among its offices is a location in Fairview Heights.
Geotechnology’s Ed Alizadeh, a 32-year veteran of the business, will serve as UES president of the Midwest Division. Pat Donovan will continue as president of Geotechnology, LLC overseeing geotechnical, environmental and materials testing services. Jim Howe will continue as president of Geotechnology Exploration, LLC overseeing exploration services throughout the Midwest Division.
UES, which is headquartered in Orlando, Fla., specializes in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections and environmental consulting.
Geotechnology has been a leading provider of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences; exploration; geotechnical engineering; underground consulting services; soils, rock, and construction materials testing; non-destructive testing; special inspections; geophysics and deep foundation testing in the Midwest and Midsouth regions.
The Geotechnology family of firms has been part of thousands of major construction projects, with nearly 300 team members and 10 locations in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. AEC Advisors, LLC advised Geotechnology in this transaction.
“We are incredibly excited about the potential this partnership unlocks for us in the years to come,” said Ed Alizadeh, Geotechnology CEO and new UES President of the Midwest Division. “We share a common vision of our culture, growth, teamwork and opportunity with UES. We believe we can provide greater impact and better service to our clients and more opportunity for our employees through this partnership. Joining the UES family is an incredible milestone for our business, and a testament to the outstanding team we have assembled, the business that we have run, and the high regard our firm enjoys in the industry from our clients.”
With nearly six decades of experience and recognition in the geotechnical engineering space, UES serves the needs of commercial, residential and civic customers across the country. Recent mergers with GFA International, Inc., NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services, Contour Engineering, Wallace-Kuhl & Associates, Construction Testing & Engineering, SUMMIT Engineering, Laboratory & Testing, P.C., GEOServices, LLC, and McGinley & Associates have made UES one of the largest, most resource-rich organizations of its kind nationwide.
“Geotechnology is an incredible strategic fit for us on several levels,” said Brian Kirkpatrick, an executive who partnered with Palm Beach Capital to build the strategy and execute the growth of the UES family of businesses. “This partnership expands our presence into seven additional states, making UES a truly national firm. We have built a strong presence in the Southeast and West and Geotechnology has created great reach throughout the Midwest. Geotechnology has a reputation for excellence, a magnet for incredible talent and a top-notch leadership team, as well as bench strength for further expansion.”
UES, a privately held company, has made a commitment to growing to $1 billion through strategic acquisition and organic growth. With the addition of Geotechnology to the portfolio, UES’ presence includes locations throughout the high growth markets in the South, Midwest and West, including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Metro DC, California, Utah, Nevada, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.