Our History

Founded in 1898 by J.S. Fredrick and W.E. Brown, our company has been guided by our conviction to create innovative solutions for the changing demands of both our clients and the environment.

1898

1898

July 1, 1898

1898

Biscayne Engineering begins when J.S. Fredrick and W.E. Brown form a partnership.

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1905

1905

July 12, 1905

1905

In 1905 J.S. Frederick makes the first official Miami Map. In 1908, the company is first named Frederick Brown Engineering Company.

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1910

1910

July 12, 1910

1910

Construction begins on Villa Vizcaya – a villa built in a North Italian sixteenth-century style for James Deering. Biscayne Engineering’s responsibilities include the building and road

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1911

1911

July 12, 1911

1911

The present name of Biscayne Engineering Co. is adopted. The company is named after the building they occupied in the former Bank of Bay Biscayne. J.S. Fredrick

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1913

1913

July 12, 1913

1913

This professional association becomes known as Biscayne Engineering: W.E. Brown, President John A Moore, Vice President Earl E. Harvey, Secretary-Treasurer

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1914

1914

July 12, 1914

1914

Biscayne Engineering receives its corporate charter and records the ownership of the corporation Biscayne Engineering Company, Inc.

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1916

1916

July 12, 1916

1916

Carl Fisher selects Biscayne Engineering for the development of Miami Beach

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1918

1918

July 12, 1918

1918

The U.S. Corps of Engineers gives Mr. Deering authorization to dig a channel to Vizcaya and he retains Biscayne Engineering Company’s services for the design and

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1919

1919

July 12, 1919

1919

The firm is retained during the construction of Star Island- the first man-made island on Biscayne Bay. Work was also done on Bell Meade Island.

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1920

1920

July 12, 1920

1920

Biscayne Engineering is hired to help with the development of the Flamingo Hotel.

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1924

1924

July 12, 1924

1924

The company early work includes engineering and surveying of the Miami streets, later extending to Dade County Streets.

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1925

1925

July 12, 1925

1925

Biscayne Engineering is hired to lay out the design for the University of Miami campus.

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1926

1926

July 12, 1926

1926

Biscayne Engineering receives payment for services performed after the 1926 hurricane.

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1931

1931

July 12, 1931

1931

Biscayne Engineering is contracted to help convert Tropical Park from a dog track to a horse track.

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1936

1936

July 12, 1936

1936

Norman C. Harvey -son of Earl E. Harvey – acquires interest in the company and later becomes Vice President.

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1942

1942

July 12, 1942

1942

During World War II, Biscayne Engineering is granted security clearance to provide reproduction materials for the war effort – including blueprints and photo stats.

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1945

1945-1950

July 12, 1945

1945-1950

Notable clients and projects include Howard Hughes • Senator Claude Pepper’s home in the Keys • Congressman Dante Fascell • President Nixon – Helicopter Pad and

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1950

1950

July 12, 1950

1950

Biscayne Engineering is involved in the construction of the Florida International University campus, which is developed on a portion of the land known as the Graves

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1952

1952

July 12, 1952

1952

J.J. Bennett becomes President of Biscayne Engineering.

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1956

1956

July 12, 1956

1956

Biscayne Engineering is involved in the development of Bayfront Park.

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1960

1960

July 12, 1960

1960

Biscayne Engineering is involved in numerous projects located throughout the State including Punta Gorda Isles, Port Charlotte and Marco Island

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1969

1969

July 12, 1969

1969

George Bolton buys Biscayne stock from his uncle, Norman C. Harvey.

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1970

1970

July 12, 1970

1970

The 15,000 acres of land now comprising the City of Weston was first amassed in the 1950’s by a gentleman named Arthur Vining Davis, the original

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1973

1973

July 12, 1973

1973

A.B. Mohr, who joined Biscayne in 1946, becomes president of Biscayne Engineering.

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1976

1976

July 12, 1976

1976

George C. Bolton, grandson of Earl E. Harvey, becomes president.

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1977

1977

July 12, 1977

1977

Mary Bolton joins Biscayne Engineering to oversee the Accounting Department.

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1979

1979

July 12, 1979

1979

Biscayne Engineering Company begins its involvement with the renovations and updates of the historic Art Deco Hotels in Miami Beach.

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1980

1980

July 12, 1980

1980

Biscayne is selected to perform professional services for plat of the Welleby Subdivision. Biscayne performs engineering and surveying for the extension of Hill and Hiatus Road

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1986

1986

July 12, 1986

1986

Biscayne Engineering works with Dade County Transit on full surveying and layout work for the Metro Mover. Biscayne Engineering later works on the extension of the

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1986

1986

July 15, 1986

1986

The firm performed professional services for the construction of Centrust Tower.

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1987

1987

July 12, 1987

1987

Biscayne Engineering is hired to work on the development of Bayside Marketplace.

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1996

1996

July 12, 1996

1996

The First 100 Years Biscayne Engineering Recognized as a Pioneer Company by the Miami Centennial Committee The following are excerpts from the Miami Centennial Calendar – The

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2006

2006

July 12, 2006

2006

Biscayne Engineering Company is responsible for the construction layout of the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts.

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2010

2010

July 12, 2010

2010

The firm is hired to handle engineering and surveying services for the planned renovation and expansion of the Miami Beach Convention Center.

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2012

2012

July 12, 2012

2012

Biscayne is selected to perform professional services for the Flamingo Apartments, coincidentally on the same site as they worked in 1920 (see timeline).

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2013

2013

July 12, 2013

2013

Biscayne provides engineering and surveying for design and construction for a multi-story building at the campus of the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and

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2015

2015

July 12, 2015

2015

Biscayne Engineering is responsible for surveying and scanning for the MET Square archeological site to prepare Topographic Survey with contours and include a detailed survey of

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2018

2018

July 12, 2018

2018

Biscayne celebrates 120 years in business!

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