Paul Livernois


Chief Structural Engineer


  • Paul’s responsibilities include overseeing conceptual and final structural designs for SMMA projects
  • Draws on his extensive experience in all aspects of construction and renovation—including concrete, steel, wood, masonry, and curtain wall systems 
  • Fosters a collaborative department in which all engineers have a solid understanding of building principles and constructability  
  • Mentors SMMA’s junior structural engineers and supports continuing education initiatives

All in the Details 

“I believe successful structural engineering is roughly 20% engineering analysis and 80% detailing,” says Paul. “The devil is in the detailsbeauty's in the details. No matter how you look at it, the details are what make a project successful. That’s why I stress them so much, especially to more junior engineers, who may not fully understand their importance.” 


Paul’s team adds tremendous value to clients by creating “cost-effective, buildable, and structurally sound designs that address all possible issues. This is only possible by developing a strong attention to detail.” Paul explains, “It’s why I find this work so interesting.” 

Yvie’s Closet

Paul and his wife founded Yvie’s Closet, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization that supplies medically fragile children in need with durable refurbished medical equipment (wheelchairs, hospital beds, etc.) at no cost. Their motivation for this was experiencing the loss of their 10-year-old daughter after a lifelong illness. The program also helps families by providing consultation and resource services to assist them in navigating the complexities of Medicare, Medicaid, and individualized education plans, as well as locating available individualized family service organizations and plans.