Our History

52 years ago, Seymour “Sy” Israel embarked on a one-man venture to start an engineering business that would eventually become Universal Engineering Sciences. Today, Universal has grown into a 600+ person, 18 branch, $60 million a year operation. Although our operations are primarily in the Southeast, Universal has been named a National Top 500 Design Firm by Engineering News-Record every year since 1985. We are proud to have the distinction of being the largest family-owned firm of our kind in the United States. Universal was founded in 1964 in Merritt Island, Florida. Sy, our founder, is still actively involved in the company as CEO and his son, Mark C. Israel, PE, serves as president. Our firm’s distinguished history and family-oriented work environment are only two of the many factors that contribute to the long-term employment of many of the most experienced personnel in our industry. The result is highly-qualified, loyal professional and technical personnel who are dedicated to excellence in their fields.

From our headquarters in Orlando, Florida, we operate 18 office locations throughout Florida and Georgia, though we provide services throughout and outside of the United States. All offices are fully-equipped and staffed to offer a comprehensive array of engineering and construction-related services to provide for the various needs of our clients.

Universal has become a reliable, cost-effective resource for clients nationwide looking to enhance the consistency of the plans review, inspection and code compliance responsibilities. Our staff provides geotechnical engineering, environmental services, construction materials testing, and building code compliance solutions for both county and municipal governments, builder groups and developers. Our projects range from on-call, task work order-based assignments to total turnkey management and staffing. This diversity and customization provides the best service for our clients’ needs and sets us apart from our competitors. We do not offer a broad-based or a one size fits all solution because we know every client or agency is unique. We take a proactive approach with solutions developed for each client, which allows for the most accommodating and responsive service package available in our industry.

We practice a customer first, team approach to service. We have an effective, proven structure and processes in place to ensure customer satisfaction, and to maintain our hard-earned reputation as a leader in our industry.

Universal’s mission is to do whatever it takes to provide our services with a primary focus on understanding and delivering solutions for each of our clients’ needs; whether it be fast-tracking, value engineering, ingenuity or any other requirement they may have.

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