Universal fosters a collaborative, goal-oriented and professionally environment in which you'll work with talented peers from construction-related fields. We also know that our firm's success as well as its staff depends on hiring the best talent. Universal is dedicated to attracting, cultivating and retaining team members devoted to their fields and rewarding them with a supportive, edifying and entrepreneurial environment in which they can grow. A company is only as successful as its staff!


Larry Mercardante - Founder

Mr. Larry Mercardante has over 45 years of experience in the construction materials testing, inspection and engineering industry. He has worked in all facets encompassing virtually every position throughout his extensive career: from a Construction Inspector (to) Chairman of one of the largest professional services firms based in the New York Tri-State area. Through hard-work, dedication, knowledge and skill were these achievements accomplished. More>

Larry A. Mercardante - President | COO

Mr. Larry A. Mercardante has over 22 years of experience in all phases of the construction materials testing, special inspection and geotechnical and environmental drilling industries. He has worked in all facets throughout his extensive career. As President and Principal Owner, his responsibilities include overseeing and managing the entire day-to-day operations and processes including: internal/ external efficiency and effectiveness. More>


Management Team

Fabio Scaldaferri, ACI, NICET - Vice President of Operations More>

Kathleen M. Hand, PE, ACI - Sr. Technical Director More>

Bill Zeman, PE, LEED AP - Technical Director- MEP Group More>

Thomas A. Kispert, AIA, NCARB - Technical Director- Architecture More>

Boris Bluvshteyn, MSME, ACI II, AWS, ICC - Project Manager- Steel More>

Fred Behrmann - Service Coordinator & Scheduling More>

Krish Prasad, PE, CEM - Lead Engineer- MEP& Fire Code More>

Rabin Pandey, AWS-CWI, ICC- MSI - Lead Special Inspector More>

Dan Karayeanes, ACI, ICC, NICET, NETTCP - Service Coordinator & Dispatner More>

Fariborz Haghighatjou, AWS-CWI, ICC -Lead CWI More>

Sunanda Patheriage, PE, AWS-CWI -Lead Special Inspector More>

Nelson Lopez, E.I.T, AWS-CWI, ICC- MSI - Lead Inspector More>