Mobile, Alabama

  • Founded in 1998, Building & Earth has the experience you need for projects requiring geotechnical and environmental engineering services. We have offices in multiple regions throughout the United States, with five offices in Alabama, including one right here in Mobile. Each branch office has a team of professionals that includes geotechnical engineers, construction materials testing experts, and environmental engineers. We also offer inspections to ensure compliance with International Building Code requirements. Further, we provide special services, including surface testing, environmental profiling, thermal image scanning, and more.

    Building & Earth is proud to serve Mobile and its surrounding areas including Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Pensacola, Biloxi and Pascagoula. Our geotechnical engineers and environmental engineers have a deep understanding of the geographical layout of Mobile. This expert knowledge allows us to provide the very best geotechnical and environmental engineering services to meet our clients’ needs. Our Mobile, AL branch is led by Dave McKee, P.E. Mr. McKee’s experience and knowledge brings value to our clients and strong leadership to our local team.

    We provide our engineering services to a diverse range of market sectors. We serve clients in industries such as education, government, houses of worship, industrial, utility, medical, and many more. Our geotechnical engineers and environmental engineers provide a host of services. These services include subsurface exploration, performing environmental site assessments, performing soil testing, and more. Our construction materials testing professionals also perform field and laboratory materials testing services. As we serve so many markets, all with various legal and regulatory requirements, we understand the importance of remaining knowledgeable of these requirements. We accomplish this through an intense focus on internal quality control, employee training, certification, and accreditation. With branches throughout the country, our local experts have the ability to easily consult with a large number of other geotechnical and environmental engineering professionals.

    We strive to develop partnerships with each of our clients. When we partner with you, we can truly understand your needs and what it will take to make your project successful. As your partner, we know that our success will mean your success.

    Reach out to our Mobile AL team today. Our team of engineering professionals and construction materials testing experts will be happy to talk more about our services and how we can partner with you

What We Do

Construction Materials Testing

Building & Earth provides a full range construction materials testing (CMT) services including Laboratory and Field Testing, Soil Testing, Asphalt Testing and Concrete Testing.

Field Testing

  • Compaction and Moisture Testing of Soil and Base
  • Foundation Observations
  • Concrete testing including Slump, Air Content, Compressive strength
  • Masonry Testing and Observation Services
  • Asphalt Testing Services

Soil Testing

  • Modified & Standard Proctor
  • Swell Testing of Plastic Soils
  • Classification Tests (Gradation/Atterberg Limit Tests)
  • California Bearing Ratio
  • Limerock Bearing Ratio

Asphalt Testing

  • Superpave Mix Evaluation
  • Stability & Flow
  • Marshall Density
  • Bulk Specific Gravity
  • Extraction/Gradation

Concrete Testing

  • Compressive Strength
  • Flexural Strength
  • Unit Weight
  • Mix Design
  • Splitting Tensile Test

Drilling and Coring Services

Our drilling and coring services team has vast knowledge of testing and evaluating subsurface conditions and materials.

  • Split Spoon and Shelby Tube Sampling
  • Rock Coring
  • Concrete Coring
  • Mineral Investigation

  • Borrow Pit Investigation
  • Well Monitoring
  • All-Terrain Drilling Capabilities

Environmental Services

To avoid the cost and stress of dealing with hazardous materials Building & Earth provides Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) as well as lead and asbestos surveys.

  • Geological Investigations
  • Site Selection Evaluation Studies

  • Phase I ESA
  • Phase II ESA
  • ESAs to comply with National Environmental Policy Act

Geotechnical Engineering Services

Our professional geotechnical engineers possess significant experience with the unique subsurface geological conditions of each region we service.

  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Geotechnical consulting
  • Geotechnical Engineers staffing
  • Subsurface exploration
  • Geophysical seismic site classification
  • Dynamic soils properties (seismic and cyclical)
  • Ground penetrating radar (GPR) studies
  • Site excavation planning including dewatering design

  • Engineering geology/geologic studies
  • Mechanically-stabilized earth fill design
  • Sinkhole exploration and remediation recommendations
  • Impoundment liner design
  • Field permeability testing
  • Field soil strength testing
  • Geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring

Inspection Services

We offer a broad array of special inspection services including: structured steel inspections, masonry inspections, coatings inspections, roofing inspections, pavement inspections and failure investigation and analysis.

Structural Steel Inspections

  • Certified Welding Inspectors
  • Audit of plant and field procedures to determine conformance
  • Destructive and nondestructive testing
  • Welder and procedure qualification
  • Prepare and evaluate welding procedures

Masonry Inspections

  • Reinforcing steel observation
  • Preparing and testing mortar and grout specimens
  • Concrete block, brick and masonry prism testing
  • Observation of conformance with construction documents
  • Absorption and Efflorescence

Coatings Inspections

  • Fireproofing-thickness, density, adhesion/cohesion
  • Intumescent Paint
  • Paint – wet and dry film thickness

Roofing Inspections

  • Roofing Inspectors
  • Evaluation of roofing materials and specifications
  • Application and conformance monitoring

Pavement Inspections

  • Pavement management services
  • Pavement Condition Surveys and tests for functional and structural distress

Failure Investigation and Analysis

  • Evaluate distress in architectural and structural materials
  • Provide litigation support and expert services

Special Services

  • Seismic Site Classification utilizing shear wave analysis (Re-Mi)
  • Non-invasive studies utililizing StructureScan/UtilityScan ground penetrating Radar (GPR)
  • Floor Flatness Profiling utilizing FACE Dipstick Device
  • Thermal Image Scanning utilizing FLIR
  • Slip Resistance Testing
  • Concrete Floor Gloss Testing (Static Coefficient of Friction)
  • Condition Survey of Structures