VS Engineering (VS) has provided, from its inception, a diverse array of engineering services. Founder Bhagwan C. Patel (BC) has strong business acumen in his blood, and civil engineering became his chosen field. BC grew up in a successful entrepreneurial family in India, with strong family values. He brought that entrepreneurial spirit and those values with him when he attended college and ultimately settled in the USA.
BC excelled in his diverse engineering studies, and gained experience across all realms of civil engineering fields, from sanitary sewer and lift stations to preliminary engineering roadway reporting, to project inspection. When the time came to start his own firm, he espoused that cross-training principle, ensuring that his engineering staff had the ability to work on a variety of project types. This firm, VS Engineering, further embodied the family values BC stands behind, as evidenced by his naming standard: incorporating the initials of his two children, Vandana and Sanjay.
BC’s legacy continues to grow with son Sanjay at the helm – inspired by the heritage begun by his forefathers generations ago in a far-off land. From BC’s first contract to prepare plans and specifications for lift stations in Marengo, to complex transportation engineering projects and large-scale collaborative projects, VS has been building productive relationships with people and organizations state-wide. As a company “on the grow”, we look forward to broadening our horizons with the right staff, in the right locations…to better serve you.
Timeline of VS Growth
1980 – VS Engineering is founded by Bhagwan C. (BC) Patel, operating out of his home.
1982 – VS outgrows the space afforded by the home-based location and purchases a small building on High School Road as its first office. The firm includes 5 employees at this point.
1988 – VS begins work for the Federal Government as part of SBA’s Section 8(a) Business Development Program. (The firm will graduate from this program in 1997.)
1990 – A new 3500-sq.ft. office building is built on the lot behind the original office, to allow for further growth. VS has expanded to about 15 employees by this time.
1995 – The VS construction inspection department takes on added significance when INDOT begins to outsource construction inspection and administration, and commissions VS to provide those services on a major roadway and bridge project near Decatur.
2002 – VS is selected as a major partner of the program management team providing planning, design and construction services for the City of Indianapolis Long Term Control Plan (LTCP).
2006 – Traffic engineering is added to the firm’s list of services.
2008 – After 45 years in the engineering field, BC continues implementing his vision of the future of VS, placing the firm in the capable hands of his son, Sanjay Patel, PE – naming him President of VS Engineering.
2009 – To accommodate continued growth in VS services and personnel, the new building is expanded to a total of over 15,000-sq.ft.
2011 – VS has a growing staff of over 50 people. Indiana Business Journal (IBJ) names the firm in its Top 25 Largest Indianapolis-Area Engineering Firms.
2012 – VS establishes offices in Fort Wayne and Evansville.
2015 – VS acquires J.A. Barker & Associates (https://jabarkerengineering.wordpress.com/), bringing aboard Historical Bridge Specialist Jim Barker, P.E., and establishes an office in Bloomington.
2017 – VS acquires H. Stewart Kline & Associates (http://www.hskline.com/) and with former HSK staff, establishes a new office in downtown Lafayette.