Our firm was founded as a two-person engineering and surveying firm in 1952 by Sam Corse and Fred Tibbetts and known initially as Corse & Tibbetts, a professional surveying and civil engineering firm, in Rochester, Massachusetts. Fred Tibbetts separated from Sam Corse and incorporated his own company as Tibbetts Engineering Corp. in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1961. TEC laboratory and construction materials testing services were established in 1972. During the 65 year history of the company, TEC steadily expanded the staff and scope of available services to become a broad-based, full-service professional firm, offering a wide range of engineering, surveying, construction, and environmental services in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, and occasionally in Northern New England.
In that period the firm had several offices throughout southeastern Massachusetts, more recently operating from two offices in New Bedford and Taunton. The service offerings focused in recent years on construction materials testing, construction administration and inspection, and to a lesser extent surveying, civil and geotechnical engineering. The company serves a wide variety of local municipalities, conservation commissions, planning boards, architects, engineers, contractors, developers and others in a wide variety of market sectors. The experienced team at TEC takes pride in being responsive and dedicated to serving their client’s needs. TEC integrates the disciplines of engineering, administration, and testing in its approach.
In 2017 the assets of TEC were purchased by S. W. Cole Engineering, Inc., an almost 40 year old employee owned firm based in Northern New England. One former TEC owner, George Block, continues to work at the Taunton location to assist in the transition. The offices are in the process of being consolidated to Taunton, where the construction materials testing and administration personnel are based.
TEC maintains a fully-equipped and certified Materials Testing Laboratory as an adjunct to its engineering and administration capabilities. Our client base includes both public agencies and the private sector. The following services are provided as either elements of a comprehensive project or as stand-alone tasks:
- Full or part-time construction observation
- Construction administration
- Maintenance of construction records
- Laboratory and/or field testing of construction materials
- Concrete, aggregate, soil, asphalt
- Special Inspections
- Geotechnical engineering
- Test borings
- Monitoring of compliance with environmental regulations
- Project acceptance inspections
- Construction payment reviews
- Construction claims analysis
- Shop drawing reviews
- As-built plan reviews
TEC looks to the challenges of the future by continuing to nurture this philosophy of controlled professional growth and staff expansion which has contributed significantly to the firm’s success and longevity.