BHATE Celebrates 45 Years

BHATE Geosciences Corporation (BHATE) celebrates 45 years of providing innovative engineering solutions that save our clients time and money.

Uday Bhate, Senior Principal Engineer, founded BHATE in Birmingham in 1975 with a simple belief that we would serve our clients better than anyone in the industry – and we continue that pursuit every day.  Our deep gratitude goes out to our outstanding clients and loyal team.  We invite our clients, team members, sub-consultant partners and vendors to celebrate this 45th milestone with us.

Josh Bhate & Uday Bhate

BHATE’s success is attributed to our resilience in the face of challenges, willingness to adapt in times of change and ability to be insightful in our decisions. Our success is tied to relationships and trust that we have built with clients over the past 45 years.  We have the privilege to continue working hard every day to serve many of the clients who have been with us since the beginning and for decades including UAB, Baptist Health System, St. Vincent’s, Children’s of Alabama, City of Birmingham, BJCC, Jefferson County Board of Education, Brasfield & Gorrie, Hoar Construction, Robins & Morton, Corporate Realty, Bayer Properties, US Steel and many others to which we express our appreciation for your continued trust in us.

The industry has recognized BHATE with honors such as the American Consulting Engineering Council “Excellence Award”, SubAla “Engineering Firm of the Year” and Associated Builders & Contractors “Safest in the Industry” and “Excellence in Construction”. Uday Bhate was inducted in the Associated General Contractors of Alabama “Construction Hall of Fame”.

All said and done, our clients and colleagues are our best testimonials.

Neal Underwood, Jefferson County Board of Education Deputy Superintendent of Operations, says of his dealings with BHATE, “I am honored to say that this firm is unique in its responsiveness to the needs of the Jefferson County Board of Education. The staff, from the corporate office to the men and women out in the field, truly listens and addresses the specific program and functional needs of our district. Mr. Bhate has developed a friendly, approachable, and customer-oriented firm and will do everything to ensure that the client is completely satisfied.  We, at JEFCOED, are grateful for the partnership we have had for decades and are looking forward to our continued relationship, in the years to come.”


Adam Scott, Senior Preconstruction Manager at Robins & Morton, says about working with BHATE, “During the exploration for the Valley Hotel, BHATE discovered two very different geological conditions.  Most geotechnical engineers would have issued a report and left it to the contractor to figure out.  Uday called me as soon as the report was issued and requested to meet to ensure we understood the issues from his perspective.  We certainly know that Uday was looking out for us. The Developer, after witnessing the conditions encountered during deep foundation installation, appreciates his concern for us all.”

Brian Wolfe, Chief Development Officer at Corporate Realty, says, “We have faced many complicated geotechnical conditions over the years with BHATE and have come to trust their knowledge, capability, and leadership in guiding our structural engineers and contractors. Our projects benefit from their expertise and creativity as they advise and lead the development team to successful solutions. Without question, we’d recommend BHATE for geotechnical and construction materials testing services.”

Children's of Alabama Expansion

Brad Christopher, President of LBYD, Inc., says, “BHATE is very well respected in our industry.  I’ve been fortunate to have worked on countless projects with them over the years.  The expertise and knowledge of Uday Bhate, Chuck Burgin, and many others within their company is impressive.  Their understanding of subsurface conditions in downtown Birmingham and the greater Birmingham area is very valuable.  Technical expertise, quality subsurface foundation recommendations, and accurate construction materials testing are all strengths of their company. Congratulations on 45 years of successful geotechnical engineering and testing!

Notable projects over 45 years include Amazon Distribution Center in Bessemer, LSU University Medical Center, Grandview Medical Center, Encompass Health, Lyric Theater, The Summit Shopping Center, Auburn University Advanced Structural Testing Lab, HealthSouth, Wind Creek Casino and Pensacola Bay Bridge, as well as dozens of projects for UAB, St. Vincent’s, Children’s of Alabama, ALDOT and MDOT.  One cannot drive through Birmingham without seeing BHATE signs on job sites or view the firm’s projects such as Interstate 20/59, the BJCC, Top Golf, Harbert Plaza, United States Treasury Building and Social Security Building and the building known for decades as the SouthTrust Tower.

Since 1975, BHATE has earned a reputation for being at the forefront of the field by providing intelligent and cost-effective engineering solutions.  We continue to provide unparalleled service to our clients by pioneering the use of new technologies and services.  BHATE has grown to include 90 team members who serve our clients throughout the Southeast with efficiency from our locations throughout Alabama (Birmingham, Opelika, Fairhope), Florida (Pensacola), and Mississippi (Gulfport, Jackson).

Looking ahead, our future as a company is bright. BHATE has been and will continue to be a small firm with large firm capabilities. As our team’s capabilities continue to advance and evolve, we are enthusiastic about our future, with the promise of continued innovation, creativity and growth.

Check out some of our throwbacks we are highlighting to celebrate the past 45 years!