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Universal continues growth momentum with acquisition of Contour Engineering

ORLANDO, Florida. Universal Engineering Sciences (“Universal”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Georgia-based Contour Engineering, LLC (“Contour”). Through its family of companies, Universal Engineering Sciences, LLC (UES), GFA International, Inc. (GFA), Nova Geotechnical & Inspection Services, LLC (Nova Geotech) and now Contour, Universal is a leading provider of professional engineering and environmental consulting services for a wide array of markets, clients and projects.

The addition of Contour demonstrates Universal’s commitment to driving long-term growth by identifying and acquiring companies that enhance Universal’s strategic footprint, client base and services. Headquartered in Kennesaw, Georgia, Contour provides the same core services as Universal including Geotechnical & Environmental Engineering, Construction Materials Testing, Construction QA/QC, Environmental Health & Safety Solutions and Building Code Compliance Services.

“This is an exciting new chapter for our team, we couldn’t be prouder to be joining such a well-respected company that values building long-term client relationships.” said David Hesterlee, Senior Vice President of Contour. “This will enable us to expand the comprehensive services and capabilities available to our valued customers.”

The Contour partnership is the fourth investment made by Universal through its relationship with Palm Beach Capital. Operating from 34 offices coast-to-coast with more than 1,500 highly skilled professionals, Universal is positioned throughout Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada and California.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Jack Rebeiz, David Hesterlee and the talented team at Contour to the UES family,” said Mark Israel, P.E., Chief Executive Officer of Universal Engineering Sciences, LLC.  “It was evident from the beginning of our discussions that Contour shares our commitment to client service, core values and business principles—enhancing our ability to become a leader in this industry.”

“Aligning with Universal is a great opportunity for our employees and clients. Finding a partner that shared the same commitment to providing quality services to our customers, is dedicated to its team members, and has a similar culture as Contour was important for us.” said Contour President, Jack Rebeiz, P.E., “This provides our employees with the support of a national organization, and our clients with an expanded network of resources and complementary service offerings.”

Contour Engineering, LLC ( is a multi-discipline consulting engineering firm specializing in geotechnical engineering, special inspections, construction material testing services, and environmental sciences. From its inception in March of 2000, Contour has been dedicated to meeting the geotechnical and Material Testing and Inspection services, challenges and demands facing developers throughout Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

Universal Engineering Sciences, LLC Forms Partnership With Nevada Geotechnical Engineering and Testing Firm

NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services’ addition to the Orlando company’s growing portfolio of engineering firms adds to UES’ offices, employee-base and coast-to-coast expansion strategy.

ORLANDO, Fla. – May 6, 2020 – Orlando-headquartered Universal Engineering Sciences, LLC (UES) ( has announced that Nova Geotechnical & Inspection Services, LLC (Nova Geotech) ( has joined their family of companies, a move that initiates the westward expansion of UES, already the largest and most recognized leader in Geotechnical & Environmental Engineering, Construction Materials Testing, Construction QA/QC, Environmental Health & Safety consulting and Building Code Compliance Services in the Southeast. The NOVA Geotech partnership is the third equity investment/acquisition made by UES through its relationship with Palm Beach Capital and Gary H Elzweig, P.E.  The combined firm with 29 offices coast to coast and in excess of 1,500 highly skilled professionals is positioned throughout Florida, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada and California and was founded 56 years ago by Seymour (Sy) Israel who is still actively involved with the firm.

“We are delighted to welcome NOVA Geotech and its leadership into the growing UES family of companies,” UES President Mark Israel announced. “NOVA Geotech compliments and adds to our portfolio of services and gives us a strong base for our plans for western expansion. In addition, our knowledge of the company and its leadership convinced us that NOVA is committed to delivering the same high level of quality and professionalism that we have provided our clients for more than half a century.”

NOVA Geotech CEO and President James Bristow echoed Israel’s comments about the new relationship. “We are looking forward to leveraging Universal’s management team, excellent reputation and resources, combined with the market niche Nova Geotech currently enjoys, to duplicate what UES has built in the southeast and expand that throughout the western region to create a network of locations that will benefit our respective clients (NOVA Geotech has offices in Las Vegas, Reno and Irvine, CA).  UES has a “quality first” commitment that matches perfectly with ours.”.

About NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services –  NOVA Geotech was established in 2001 in Las Vegas, NV to provide geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, soils inspection and testing, construction materials testing and special inspections and has grown to be the preeminent firm of its type in the Las Vegas Valley, Northern Nevada, and Southern California.

Universal Engineering Sciences (UES) has grown to become a leader in our industry in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic over the last 56 years. Over the last couple of years we have continued to expand our footprint outside of Florida to include D.C. Metro and the Carolinas. These offices joined our offices in Tifton and Atlanta, Georgia. In a move to further strengthen our dominant geographical footprint in the State of Florida we are very excited to announce the recent merger of GFA International (GFA) and Universal Engineering Sciences (UES). GFA International is a complementary company providing similar core services to UES including geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, construction materials testing and inspections, building code compliance, and facilities consulting. The combined company resources include 26 offices and 1,200+ highly skilled professionals ready to service clients throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

In the near term the two companies will operate separately, but will be integrated during 2020. Seymour Israel, Mark Israel, Frank Frione, and Fred Kaub will continue to lead the combined company.

This strategic merger allows us the ability to provide our clients and their projects access to some of the best engineering talent and resources available in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region. The company leaders and teammates are committed to the same core values and level of service that have made both firms successful for decades! For the immediate future it is business as usual for our clients. Please continue to reach out to your current points of contact for new projects and services.

We sincerely value our client’s faith and trust in us and look forward to continuing to provide industry leading consulting, inspection, and testing services on your projects! Please contact us if we can assist you with any of the following services:

  • Geotechnical Engineering Services
  • Construction Materials Testing and Inspection Services
  • Building Code Compliance Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Facility Consulting Services