Our History

37 Years of Growth & Excellence

From the start, ESP’s strategic mission and vision have centered on providing our clients the most comprehensive, integrated, and leading-edge services and exceeding their expectations as a valued project partner.

ESP History & Growth

Continual, Client-Focused Growth Since 1986

In 1986, ESP Associates, Inc. was founded to answer the increasing demand for “under one roof” engineering, surveying, and planning services. Merging the firms of Catawba Land Surveys and King, Stewart, & Associates, ESP began as one North Carolina office with 25 employees. Since then, our firm has steadily grown into a team of five companies with over 750 employees in 36 offices across 11 states.

ESP History & Growth

Industry-Leading Technologies & Innovative Solutions

Every step of the journey, ESP has introduced value-added services, capabilities, and locations to better serve our clients. Committed to innovative, seamless, and industry-leading solutions, we proudly invest in the early adoption of cutting-edge technologies that provide our clients the most accurate and complete data possible and support our team to create innovative, industry-leading solutions.

ESP Water Resources Engineering

Long-Standing Relationships with Government Clients

From our earliest years, ESP has successfully maintained state and federal contracts through our dedication to quality, integrity, and service. For NCDOT, we have maintained an on-call surveying contract since 1991 as well as contracts for geotechnical and geophysical services and construction engineering and inspection. In addition to serving local governments like Mecklenburg County Storm Water, our water resources department has also supported FEMA projects since 2008 and served the State of North Carolina’s Floodplain Mapping Program since 2009.

Combined Strength of the ESP Team of Companies

Beginning in 2018, ESP embarked upon a journey to partner with companies like Vickrey & Associates, LLC, Pickett and Associates, LLC, CivilCorp, LLC, and Ditesco, LLC that would help strengthen our offerings in key markets and regions. With continual growth as an ENR Top 500 firm, we are poised to offer even greater levels of service and capability to the clients and markets we’ve proudly served for nearly four decades.