2021 Best Firms to Work For Element

The Best Firms to Work For award recognizes outstanding AEC firms in the US and Canada based on culture, workplace practices, employee benefits, professional development, and employee retention rates. This is the largest employee experience survey in the AEC industry. ELEMENT is honored to be selected as a 2021 Award Winner. We were ranked #9 in the 50-99 Employees Category and #11 in the Civil Engineering Firms Category.

Over the past 15 years, ELEMENT has grown from a team of 3 to more than 100. The members of the ELEMENT family are our greatest asset and the key to our success.

For the complete announcement of all winners, please visit: https://www.zweiggroup.com/2021/05/21/2021-best-firms-to-work-for-list-announced/

ELEMENT Engineering Group Expands Capabilities through Acquisition of OMNI Communications

OMNI complements ELEMENT services with subsurface utility engineering capability

TAMPA, FL, January 5, 2021–ELEMENT Engineering Group (ELEMENT), a minority and disadvantaged business enterprise (MBE/DBE) firm providing civil and transportation engineering and survey services to Florida’s communities, has completed its acquisition of award-winning, woman-owned OMNI Communications (OMNI). OMNI is a recognized provider of subsurface utility engineering (SUE), utility coordination, and public involvement support services. The acquisition will provide both firms’ existing and future clients with a more extensive suite of services and deeper expertise across a growing range of high-stakes projects.

“ELEMENT and OMNI have been collaborating on projects for more than a decade,” says Derek Gil, founder and president of ELEMENT. “Having both started our businesses at the same time with complementary services, we have supported each other and worked together so that, over the years, clients often used our two firms on the same projects. Working together on these projects has only enhanced the synergy between our firms. As we enter a new year, we wanted to build on that synergy in order to more seamlessly, effectively, and efficiently meet the needs of clients who are facing newfound pressures. As one company, we can help clients stay ahead of economic and industry shifts, give our employees more opportunities for professional growth, and accelerate in unison what had previously been two small firms’ efforts to grow organically.”

“ELEMENT is recognized as one of Tampa’s best places to work and for meeting the unique demands of complex projects in ways few other firms can,” says Jennifer Stafford, president of OMNI. “We couldn’t have found a better firm to unite with. As one team, we’ll be better positioned to provide current and future clients the high level of service and technical excellence they have come to expect and rely on. For the next two years, I will help guide clients and teams through the transition.”

The transition is expected to be smooth and swift. ELEMENT and OMNI nurture similar workplace cultures, have employees that augment each other’s expertise; and are certified DBEs–factors that proved key to winning and delivering successful projects.

Before the acquisition, ELEMENT’s services included transportation design, traffic engineering operations, structure design, utilities, civil/site design, and survey and mapping. For years, the firm sought the help of OMNI for projects requiring expertise in SUE, utility coordination. OMNI’s process was not only unique but met ELEMENT’s high standards.

In 2021, ELEMENT will focus on launching a stronger, unified brand more than 15 years in the making.


ELEMENT Engineering Group, LLC (ELEMENT) has served the engineering needs of public- and private-sector clients since 2006 in the areas of transportation engineering, structures, utilities, civil, and survey. ELEMENT’s repeat business rate of 90 percent reflects its commitment to quality services, technical excellence, and high ethical standards on projects of all sizes. ELEMENT is a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) with various municipalities and governments throughout Florida.

ELEMENT Appoints New Partners

ELEMENT is elevating its next generation of leadership. We are pleased to announce our newest partners: Richard Endrzejewski, PE; Matthew Weaver, PE, RSP2I, CPM; and Vicken Serpekian, PE, PTOE!

Rich has been promoted to Vice President and will now lead the Roadway Department. He has 15 years of experience focused on drainage and roadway transportation projects.

Along with being Traffic Engineering Group Manager, Matt has been promoted to Vice President. He has 15 years of engineering experience specializing in transportation engineering with a focus on signing, pavement markings, traffic signals, and safety.

Vicken has seven years of experience and has already completed design plans focusing on every aspect of traffic design including: lighting, signalization, signing and pavement marking, and miscellaneous structural plans.

ELEMENT Hires Beth Steimle, PE as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

ELEMENT is excited to welcome Beth as our new Vice President / Chief Operating Officer. Her 20 years of experience across the State of Florida brings a wealth of knowledge that will assist ELEMENT in continued growth of their Florida operations.

Beth excels in the creation of high-quality solutions that are delivered on time and on budget.  Her expertise extends to design-build-finance projects, contract management, bridge engineering and rehabilitation, roadway improvement, post-design services and budget planning. Prior to joining ELEMENT, Beth was Vice President and Office Executive of Michael Baker International.  She supported the office’s expansion, oversaw office personnel, and managed the day-to-day operations of 26 team members.

ELEMENT Offers Its Support to Meals on Wheels

As part of ELEMENT’s commitment to the community we live, work and play in, we are proud to have provided pro-bono services for the complete site design and permitting for the new Meals on Wheels facilities. The proposed improvements include demolishing the existing Meals on Wheels structure located on the 550 W. Hillsborough Avenue parcel .5-acre and utilizing it for an offsite parking lot. The .8-acre parcel on the west side of North Blvd. will be developed with the new 8200-square-foot building, associated parking and stormwater management facility.

Meals On Wheels’ volunteers deliver hot, nutritious meals to the doors of more than 800 homebound people in the Tampa community. The quality of the food provides nourishment for the body. The encouraging words from volunteers provides enrichment for the soul. For many of the homebound, a visit from a volunteer is the only human contact they will receive that day. Recipients receive a hot meal and a visit designed to achieve – increased intake of nutritious food, improved personal outlook and health, and decreased feelings of isolation and loneliness. Together, they strengthen the community by caring for a segment of our population who are often forgotten.

If you would like to help support the good they do within the community or learn more, please visit: www.mowtampa.org.

Nicholas Inniss earns the University of South Florida Collegiate 100 Award!

Congratulations to Nicholas Inniss for earning the University of South Florida Collegiate 100 Award! Nick is a senior at USF where he is working towards earning his degree in Civil Engineering. During his time at USF, he has been heavily involved on campus and in various student organizations. Nick is currently interning at ELEMENT and aims to complete his degree and specialize in transportation design.

ELEMENT Wins 2018 USF Fast 56 Award

ELEMENT was honored to be a 2018 USF Fast 56 Award Winner. Derek Gil, PE, President earned both his BSCE and MSCE from USF. ELEMENT was founded in 2006 and employs several other alumni. Go Bulls!

“These businesses are a testament to what a quality education at a great university can help an ambitious and industrious person achieve,” said Bill McCausland, executive director of the USF Alumni Association. “They serve as an excellent example of the significant impact of USF alumni, locally, nationally and globally.”