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Welcome to UDC

Founded in 1998, Universal Development and Construction (UDC) is a real estate development, construction, and management company in Johnson City, Tennessee. We are a multi-disciplinary company providing full-service real estate solutions for our residential and commercial clients.

Our company has developed more than 4,500 multifamily homes in East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, and Western South Carolina with over 1,500 more in the development pipeline. With this, we have also developed, re-purposed, and re-positioned some of our region’s premier retail, industrial, office, and flex spaces with all projects totaling more than one million square feet of floor space. This is also coupled with our custom home construction capabilities which has produced some of the area’s finest homes.

Our internal construction and property management teams allow us to streamline the development process giving us the most cost and time efficient builds as well as unmatched service and quality in our property management and maintenance. UDC is a Universal Companies Affiliate.

The UDC Mission

To provide services that enhance the value and quality of our communities through a collaborative commitment to operational excellence.

The UDC Vision

To be the leader in industry growth, sustainable development, client satisfaction, and team member empowerment while raising the bar in operational efficiency.

The UDC Foundation Values

The cultural values within UDC can be broken down into their simplest form within the focus of these basic foundation disciplines.



  • Unity: We collaborate as a team.
  • Nurture: We encourage a healthy work-life balance.
  • Integrity: We do the right thing because it’s the right thing.
  • Vision: We look beyond the present to deliver future value.
  • Excellence: We collectively strive for operational excellence.
  • Relationships: We create connections for meaningful and lasting experiences.
  • Spirited: We are grateful, positive, and hospitable.
  • Adaptability: We approach all situations with impartiality and humility.
  • Leadership: We make servant leadership the focus of everything we do.

Guided by our mission and values, we are building for tomorrow; our focus is the future of your community. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. If you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear from you.


About Universal Companies

Universal Companies is the aggregation of subsidiary entities Universal Development & Construction (UDC), Universal Tool & Engineering (UTE), Universal Wine & Spirits (UWS), Universal Storage Solutions (USS) and Universal Living. Please utilize the links below to learn more about our sister companies.

  • UTE – An original equipment manufacturer and distributor specializing in tube and pipe fabrication machinery, automation and services.
  • UWS – The Tri-Cities’ premier fine wine and spirits retailer.
  • USS – Your hometown storage solutions provider.
  • Universal Living – The residential property management arm of UDC.