About Our Firm

Established in 1984, Wallace-Kuhl & Associates, a Universal Engineering Sciences Company (UES), is a Northern California firm headquartered in West Sacramento with an additional office and laboratory in Stockton. Wallace-Kuhl hosts a wide range of services, including geotechnical engineering, earthwork, construction materials testing and inspections, environmental, occupational health and safety, and building sciences. With over 100 dedicated, local team members comprised of engineers, geologists, environmental scientists, construction inspectors, technicians, and support personnel, Wallace-Kuhl demonstrates a record of integrity and professionalism.

In late 2020, Wallace-Kuhl strategically merged with UES, joining a family of well-established, engineering firms from across the country. UES is the largest, most experienced, and resource-rich organization of its kind with over 2,500 professionals at 60 national branches in 17 states. This unprecedented union of like-minded, leading firms has allowed Wallace-Kuhl to expand its services, as well as tap into national resources and expertise that help strengthen the firm's capabilities. Wallace-Kuhl's reputation for building long-term client relationships and responding to client needs with practical, cost-effective solutions paired with UES' geographic range and depth of resources has produced a firm unmatched in expertise, performance, and reliability.

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Mission, Vision, and Values

In the early 1980s, the growth of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Delta regions created an urgent need for a greater concentration of construction engineering expertise, prompting esteemed engineers Tom Wallace, Doug Kuhl, and Charles Van Alstine to establish Wallace-Kuhl & Associates in 1984. Tom Wallace regarded engineering as the discipline of “adapting the creations of mankind to the forces of nature.” That view, as reverential as it is pragmatic, became the guiding philosophy that Wallace-Kuhl has embraced since its inception.

Now that Wallace-Kuhl has joined the UES family of companies, the firm takes on a new mission that aligns with the national, industry-leading company. UES strives to become the most sought-after, respected, and successful engineering firm in the country by making notable contributions to the industry and the communities in which we live and work. To do so, UES provides the highest quality geotechnical engineering services, built on our strong foundation of deep industry expertise, trusted relationships, superior customer service and agility, and a reputation for safety and quality to ensure the success of its clients and the national growth of the business.

"Adapting the creations of mankind to the forces of nature."

Founder, Tom Wallace

Awards and Recognitions

Wallace-Kuhl and its staff are actively involved in participatory and leadership roles in numerous professional, community, and industry-specific organizations. Through professional organizations, we participate in continuing education, policy development, and training functions. Our dedication to excellence has been recognized with numerous awards and other distinctions.

OUTSTANDING PROJECT AWARD
Presented by the California Geotechnical Engineers Association for CALPERS headquarters complex expansion in 2005.

OUTSTANDING PROJECT AWARD
Presented by the California Geotechnical Engineers Association for California Hills in 1992.

OUTSTANDING PROJECT AWARD
Presented by the California Geotechnical Engineers Association for Space Shuttle II Self Storage Building in 1988.

2005 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Presented by the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce for Outstanding Contributions to our Community, with U.S. Congressional acknowledgment and California State Senate recognition.

“TOP 25” AWARD
Ranked by the Sacramento Business Journal among the 25 largest engineering companies in the Sacramento Area from 1995 to 2018.

“TOP 50” AWARD
Ranked by Civil Engineering News as one of the Top 50 civil engineering companies to work for in the United States in 2007.

“TOP 50” AWARD
Ranked by the Sacramento Business Journal among the Sacramento area’s 50 fastest growing companies in the Sacramento area in 2018.

“TOP 100” AWARD
Ranked by the Sacramento Business Journal among the Sacramento area’s 100 fastest growing companies a total of 10 times – in 1995 and every year from 1999 to 2007.

2006, 2007, & 2018 BEST PLACES TO WORK AWARD, TOP TEN FINALIST
Presented by the Sacramento Business Journal recognizing the Sacramento area's best places to work.

2007 SACRAMENTO WORKPLACE EXCELLENCE LEADER AWARD
Presented by the Sacramento Area Human Resources Association.

 

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