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Chao and Associates, Inc. is a Columbia, South Carolina based consulting engineering firm that has experienced continuous growth since our inception in 1987. Founded and managed by Jimmy Chao, our firm specializes in many areas including structural engineering, civil engineering, land surveying and asbestos surveying.

We have served numerous clients, both large and small, from many different sectors including residential, private, non-profit, city, county, state and federal. Over the years, Chao and Associates has received numerous awards at the city, state, regional and national levels for the work and projects we have completed for our clients.

In order to ensure a perfect product every time, we have assembled a staff of professional and licensed engineers, land surveyors, planners, technicians and administrative staff. Our company is committed to delivering your product or service on time and within budget.

In addition, Chao and Associates is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and 8(A) graduate. With these certifications, we can help our clients meet MBE or participation goals. As an MBE, we can even position your organization for a 4% state income tax credit on all state-funded projects.

Jimmy Chao, PE
President and Chief Engineer
David Chao, PE, LEED AP
Director of Structural Engineering
Gerald Lee, PE
Director of Civil Engineering
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