Excellence in Engineering since 1962

Our Company

Our History

Cardinal Engineering Associates is a Connecticut-based firm with two locations in Meriden and Litchfield. Since Cardinal’s founding in 1962, we have successfully partnered with our clients to focus on open communication, responsive and responsible service and a commitment to the on-going growth of our knowledge and experience.

Our process has evolved from our 59 years of experience and from personal involvement on each project - sensitivity to challenges, environmental factors and budgetary issues.

Cardinal is a certified SBE in the State of Connecticut with professional engineers registered in CT, NH, ME, MD, NC, MA, NY, RI and VA.

Our Experience

Cardinal’s multidisciplined technical staff, with diverse backgrounds and specializations, includes licensed civil engineers, licensed land surveyors, graduate engineers with EIT certifications, and a support staff of engineering technicians, CAD operators and construction inspectors. Our staff has an average of more than 25 years of experience.

Since 1962, Cardinal has provided comprehensive, innovative and cost-effective solutions for a variety of multi-disciplined projects. Our team strives to exceed our client’s expectations by taking the extra step. From the inception of each project, continual communication helps to address concerns in real time, implement their needs and ideas and, ultimately, provide the services they desire – all while holding the bottom line.

Our Track Record

At Cardinal, our track record is built on over five decades of experience. From the planning and design stages to overseeing the construction phases, our unique mix of public work experience, civil engineering expertise, state-of-the-art technology, in-house support staff, and a management team that is involved in a project from concept to completion, ensures that our clients have successful outcomes. Whether the project is short term or on-going, this partnership makes the Cardinal team the firm of choice for civil engineering solutions.

 In my 25 years of municipal engineering, I have yet to work with a consulting engineering firm that has been as responsive and as committed to their client and their projects as Cardinal Engineering. 

~ Town of Vernon

Our Leadership

Joe Cermola II, Chairman

Joseph A Cermola II, PE, LS

Joeseph Cermola III, President

Joseph A Cermola III, PE

Bernie Cermola

Bernard J. Cermola, LS

Vice President

Vice President, Director of Surveying Services and Construction Engineering

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Timothy M. Cermola

Vice President

Vice President, Director Business Development and Marketing

 It is a pleasure to work with Cardinal's staff on projects that are developed and designed in detail and with care. 

~ City of New Haven

Our services

Our services encompass all phases of civil engineering, from planning and design to overseeing construction. Cardinal's staff of veteran engineers, surveyors, inspectors, and technical staff generate the confidence that projects will get the right attention, from the right people, always. Our extensive experience in both the public and private sectors affords clients the knowledge and long-range perspective necessary to provide comprehensive, innovative and cost-effective solutions for multi-disciplined projects.

As a business partner, Cardinal remains, committed to our clients and their long-term success. We do this by developing a complete understanding of every project in its early stages and through ongoing discussions with owners, teammates and public agencies. We believe that frequent interaction, open discussions and early notification provide all participants the preparation time needed to preempt extensive design changes that often delay projects.


Today, the design and engineering experience required to allow traffic to move safely demands unprecedented foresight. Cardinal Engineering understands the depth and complexities of delivering successful traffic, roadway and bridge projects to their clients. From environmental factors to the impact on local communities, our team of professionals works with in-house resources to offer cost-effective solutions while providing the most durable transportation systems possible.

With over half a century of experience and miles of roadway engineering projects completed for state-wide municipalities and the Connecticut Department of Transportation, Cardinal is driven to deliver its client's road, highway and bridge systems which will transport people for years to come.

Services Include: Highway Design | Pavement Design | Traffic Engineering | Roadway Drainage Design | Bridge Evaluation | Bridge Inspection | Bridge Design | Hydraulic & Bridge Type Studies | State & Federal Funding Application Assistance | Streetscapes | Transportation Alternatives (bike trails & multi-use trails) | Pedestrian Safety

Stormwater & Wastewater

Stormwater and Wastewater management requires vision beyond the general planning and construction of a project. Many factors including economics, operation, maintenance, public awareness, and environmental law all play major roles in the development of the stormwater and wastewater systems we provide.

At Cardinal, we utilize the latest technological methods, and we analyze every aspect of a project to determine its future impact on a community. Cardinal’s team covers all of the details to protect their clients’ projects, and reputation. Only after these steps are taken, will we commit to preliminary and final design.

From watershed characteristics and rainfall frequency, to population data and government regulations, the client can feel confident that Cardinal’s team will cover the details necessary to ensure all of their needs are met.

Services Include: Storm Water Management | Hydrologic & Hydraulic Analysis | Storm Drainage Design | Flood Control Studies & Design | Facility Planing | Inflow and Infiltration Studies | Sewer System Evaluation Surveys | Collection System Design | Pump Station Evaluation & Design | Combined Sewer Separation (CSO) | Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation | On-Site Disposal

Construction Engineering

Cardinal's Construction Services Department offers advanced services in construction contract administration and resident representation. Our personnel provide effective cost control for all of our projects through their experience in overseeing contractors, reviewing construction documents before bid, and negotiating change orders.

Services Include: Cost Estimating | Bidding Assistance | Contract Documents & Specifications | Construction Contract Administration | Resident Engineering

Civil Engineering & Site Development

A day at the beach, a walk around the block, a few laps around the track, creating ideal places for homes and industry — most people aren't aware of the intricate labyrinth of detail and scope of services "land use zoning, access, circulation, privacy, security, shelter, storm drainage, etc." that go into assessing, planning, designing and constructing the infrastructure that support everyday experiences.

To work creatively with drainage in a park without disturbing community life, to ensure neighborhood utilities are unobtrusive and stable, to enable economic development by creating the right placement and capacity for industry, or to design a beach or park facility with parking in close proximity, yet not visible to patrons, are just a few examples of site planning and design that affect our everyday lives.

At Cardinal Engineering we are constantly striving to minimize the complexities of site design to allow our neighbors to enjoy and appreciate their cities and towns.

Services Include: Site Planning & Design | Drainage Design | Sanitary and Septic Design | Structural Engineering | Environmental Approvals | Subdivision Infrastructure Design

Survey & Mapping

Cardinal's land surveying department provides the majority of the surveys for our design projects. This in-house capability streamlines the entire design process. Our staff of licensed surveyors, party chiefs, and survey technicians have the capability of meeting all survey requirements for the firm's design projects, as well as providing direct services to individual clients. Cardinal utilizes state-of-the art surveying equipment, which includes GPS and total stations.

Civil Engineering & Site Planning Services Include: Boundary/Topographic Surveying | ALTA/ALSM Certifications | GPS Surveying | Construction Layout | Infrastructure Mapping | Wetland Boundary Survey

 Their work has consistently been of the highest technical and professional caliber. 

~ Town of Monroe

Our projects

For over 50 years, we at Cardinal have delivered engineering consulting services to municipalities throughout Connecticut. Below is a list of completed projects we have compiled to showcase our technical capabilities and design expertise.

 Cardinal Engineering has consistently demonstrated strong technical knowledge and project management skills, which contributed to hightly successful projects that were completed in a timely and cost-effective manner. 

~ WPCA New Haven


Why Work At Cardinal?

Cardinal Engineering is a small firm offering big challenges and opportunities to qualified and motivated professionals. For more than 60 years, we have been providing municipalities with thoughtful, quality civil engineering solutions, with sensitivity to their budgets and schedules.

At Cardinal Engineering, we collaborate as a team to excel at providing multi-discipline consulting engineering services. Each member of our team benefits directly from our supportive, challenging, and rewarding working environment that encourages professional growth. We also offer a comprehensive, competitive employee benefit package, which further demonstrates our commitment to our staff.

Employee Benefits Include

Medical Coverage
Prescription Coverage
Basic Life Insurance
Long & Short-Term Disability Insurance
Workers Compensation
Paid Time Off
IRA Match
Company-Paid Professional Registration & Society Memberships
Employee Training & Development Program
Free Parking

 In my 25 years of municipal engineering, I have yet to work with a consulting engineering firm that has been as responsive and as committed to their client and their projects as Cardinal Engineering. 

~ Town of Vernon


Stop by our office

180 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT, 06450

457 Bantam Road, Litchfield
(please call 860-597-9106)

Give us a Call

Phone: 203-238-1969

Fax: 203-630-2056

Email us!

Joe Cermola/President

Timothy Cermola
VP/Director of Business Development