Team

Dennis Fitzpatrick
President
Dennis's passion for construction and development began early on as he worked on UC Construction job sites throughout his youth. After graduating from San Francisco State University, Dennis continued his education for an additional two years with postgraduate courses focusing on accounting and finance before officially joining the UC Construction team in 1989.

He began working on projects ranging from commercial and high-density residential within the City of San Francisco to residential subdivisions throughout the Bay Area. Dennis's keen business sense, management skills and marketing strengthened the company, and in 1993 he took over the day-to-day operations of UC Construction. That same year, UC Construction entered the Central Valley market as a general contractor and developer.

Since entering the Central Valley, Dennis has spearheaded the design and development of new home communities under the marketing name of Fitzpatrick Homes as well as constructed commercial/retail projects throughout the state, which includes working with national retailers such as Ross, Rite Aid, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, DaVita Dialysis, Dignity Funeral Homes, Anna's Linens, Rainbow Apparel and Wells Fargo. In addition, Dennis has collaborated with other regional builders and worked with various city planning departments to design and create multiple residential master-planned communities, such as Crossroads in Riverbank, CA, Northeast Turlock Specific Plan in Turlock, CA, and Woodglen in Modesto, CA. Involved in all aspects of construction management, finance, planning and marketing successful projects, he leads UC Construction through long-term planning and foresight, establishing a standard for excellence in all areas of business.

Affiliations:
  • Building Industry Association of Central California
    • - Board Member 2003, 2004, 2009
    • - Treasurer 2010
  • Building Industry Association of the Greater Valley
    • - Board Member 2014
    • - President 2015
  • Valley Builders Exchange
Shawn Fitzpatrick
Vice President
After earning a civil engineering degree at the University of the Pacific in 1985, Shawn began his career working as an estimator and project manager for contractors specializing in residential and commercial construction. In 1992, he joined the Kitchell Corporation as an estimator working on new prisons throughout California, which led to his construction supervisory position with the State of California Department of Corrections Inmate Day Labor Program. This program had an annual budget of approximately $150 million and was responsible for the construction projects within existing state prisons.

Shawn joined UC Construction in 1999 as a senior project manager. His strong background in research, combined with the practical application of engineering and construction skills, makes him ideally suited for the complex world of construction management and development. Shawn's involvement has led to the construction of luxury condominiums, retail buildings, Rite Aid stores, high-density residential buildings, office complexes and single-family communities. His guidance and foresight have helped the UC Construction team maintain the highest standard of quality, flexibility and service.
Terry Laurence
Senior Project Manager
Terry Laurence joined the UC Construction team in 2005, and his background in commercial and residential building has since been a strong asset to the company. His decades of commercial management experience include GPS Pool Supply, Good Guys and Modesto's NorthPointe shopping center, which comprises Costco, Aaron Brothers, Cost Plus World Market, Pier One Imports, Baja Fresh, Starbucks Coffee, Supercuts and Cold Stone Creamery.

Terry's esteem within the industry stems from his ability to anticipate problems in the planning stages of a project and minimize costly scheduling delays and budget increases.
Casey Goulart
Project Manager
Casey Goulart recently joined the UC Construction team after serving 13 years as director of purchasing with a successful regional homebuilder. His thorough understanding of construction technology, scopes of work, budgets, schedules and the bidding and contract process will be an asset to the company as well as its clients.

Casey Goulart recently joined the UC Construction team after serving 13 years as director of purchasing with a successful regional homebuilder. His thorough understanding of construction technology, scopes of work, budgets, schedules and the bidding and contract process will be an asset to the company as well as its clients.

His passion for building is reinforced by his education and early experience as a licensed general contractor and field supervisor, the former of which he has maintained since 1992. In addition, Casey has a strong understanding of the various challenges involved in construction operations and unique insight into the corresponding solutions.

He has experience in large-scale HUD projects; commercial projects including high-rise, lowrise, new and renovations; and residential projects including production, remodels, custom and multifamily. As an employee and business owner, Casey has always consistently met or exceeded clients' expectations and will continue to meet their needs on budget and on time.

Casey enjoys his family and woodworking.
Pai Chang
Controller
Pai Chang brings years of experience in finance and accounting to UC Construction. Since joining the company in 2013, she has proven herself to be an invaluable member of the team, taking on tasks from budgeting, forecasting and overseeing financial operations to developing and maintaining the internal accounting controls and financial reporting system.

Prior to her role at UC Construction, Pai held the position of accounts payable at Golden State Utility Company before being promoted to staff accountant/accounts receivable. An avid learner, she earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration with an emphasis in accounting, followed by a Master of Science in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock.