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Special inspections don’t have to be a necessary evil — we make them a valuable part of your construction project

Often special inspectors get a bad reputation as being code police or for slowing the progress of the project. However, once our clients work with us, they see that we’re different. Not only do we provide property owners and tenants with peace of mind, we help their projects remain on schedule, reduce punch lists, and close out on time.

Here’s what makes UBSL a different kind of special inspections agency.

Highly experienced team
Our team of inspectors are made up of professional engineers, registered architects, and other highly trained individuals. We often collaborate with the DOB on code revisions, giving us even deeper insight into the code.

Technical construction expertise
Our background in construction enables us to clearly convey to the contractors why an inspection failed and what deficiencies were noted. We offer guidance and resources to understand what is needed to resolve the deficiencies so that the re-inspection can pass and work can proceed.

Transparent communication with all parties
Efficient construction requires collaboration and open communication with contractors, architects, engineers, the NY Department of Buildings, the code consultants, and the clients. We share necessary details with each party so they are apprised of progress and engage us on a timely basis.

Acting on behalf of the owner’s best interests
We are the client’s eyes and ears on the ground. Having senior staff with real estate and construction experience, we understand their challenges and goals, and we streamline the process as much as possible while ensuring the work is completed as designed.


Meet our leaders in special inspections


John Barrot, PE

John is a leader in fire protection and life safety with over 15 years’ experience working with corporate, institutional, and government clients in New York City, nationally, and abroad.
He is an expert in code consulting, performance-based design, and fire protection. John has worked on over 250 projects in the aviation, commercial real estate, cultural, energy, industrial, hospitality, residential, science, and transport industries. He is also the leading expert in fire safety for modular construction.

John is Past President of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, New York, and also serves on code development committees for New York City, the International Code Council, and the National Fire Protection Association. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York and Connecticut.

Managing Director, Field Supervisor

Hatim Elsaid, PE

Hatim has over 20 years of experience in design, managing projects, field engineering and inspections. His expertise includes supervision of field inspection teams, overseeing construction, underpinning, foundations, reinforced concrete, structural steel as well as verification of materials, approval of contractor payments, review and approval of daily inspection reports, RFI’s, change orders, participation in construction progress meetings and coordination. He is familiar with NYC Building Codes and requirements. Hatim is also proficient in CAD and multiple design software
Managing Director, Quality Manager

Brendan McCarty

Mr. McCarty is a construction and real estate professional with over 24 years of experience focusing on project management, establishing architectural and engineering design standards and development of property management policies and procedures. Mr. McCarty joined UBSL in 2016. Prior to joining UBSL, Mr. McCarty worked in project management at an environmental consulting firm, at Turner Construction company, and as a Vice President of Construction & Sustainability for a major New York City owner / developer.

Brendan currently oversees UBSL business operations, client interaction, and general policy and procedures. He also oversees UBSL’s business development and leads the efforts to improve UBSL’s operational efficiency.

Our team follows these core values each day as they conduct special inspections


We look at a project from the client’s perspective, always keeping in mind their end goal of delivering or occupying a space on schedule.


There are many moving parts within the construction and inspections process. We use open and transparent communication to ensure all parties are on the same page.


We move things along by making sure contractors are aware of the specific steps in which they need to engage our team to conduct inspections.


Special inspections are designed to make sure your construction projects are in sync with the NYC Department of Buildings approved plans and specifications.

See how our IAS accredited inspections services have benefited our clients


New York Presbyterian Hospital – Queens

Empire State Realty Trust


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