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Paul Schimnowski, P.E. - President and CEO


Paul Schimnowski is the President/Owner of Criterium-Schimnowski Engineers based in Mahtomedi, Minnesota. He has a strong background in the structural evaluation of commercial and residential projects, having consulted on many building projects for architects, homeowners, property management companies, contractors, relocation companies, buyers, investors, and warranty companies. With over two decades of retaining wall design experience, he has engineered and evaluated thousands of projects utilizing his background of extensive civil site design, structural, geotechnical, and construction materials experience. Paul is a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer (P.E.) in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska.


Mr. Schimnowski has been a consulting engineer for more than 15 years. As a part of Criterium-Schimnowski Engineers, he is involved in the structural evaluations and inspections, property condition assessments, and the capital need assessments for commercial and residential building projects. In addition, he provides retaining wall expertise serving contractors, landscape designers, cities, homeowners, and the DOT. He specializes in Versa-Lok Retaining Wall Systems and boulder walls, while also having extensive experience with Keystone, Anchor, Rockwood, County Materials, Redi-Rock, Allan Block, Interlock, Marshall Concrete, StoneWall, Oldcastle, Envirolok, Deltalok, and others. 

Prior to joining hands with Criterium Engineers in 2011, he owned and operated his own civil engineering design and consulting firm for nearly 10 years where he worked on a variety of projects including office buildings, industrial buildings, hospitals, recreational facilities, schools, parking structures, and residential apartment buildings. His contribution to these projects was in civil site design and retaining wall engineering. In addition, he was involved in numerous residential retaining wall projects as the design engineer.

Prior to opening his own company, Paul was a construction materials engineer and technician at a construction quality control and geotechnical engineering company for many years and specialized in reinforced concrete, structural masonry, existing condition surveys, and noise and vibration studies.


Bachelor of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1995


Minnesota PE # 40126

Wisconsin PE # 34707

Iowa PE # 15679

North Dakota PE # 6170

South Dakota PE # 7322

Nebraska PE # E-10819

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Community Associations Institute National and MN Chapter (CAI and CAI-MN)

National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers (NABIE)

Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR)


Steve Eberly, P.E. - Engineer



Mr. Eberly, P.E. has 20 years of experience leading cross functional engineering teams in solving technical and business problems for customers in the HVAC and other industries. Prior to joining Criterium-Schimnowski Engineers, he has worked as a project manager for a local residential building contractor and as a building systems engineer for the home performance division of a Twin Cities construction services company. He has personal interest and experience in building science.


Masters of Business Administration (MBA) – University of Minnesota

B.S. Mechanical Engineering – University of Maryland


Minnesota PE #24073

Patents and Publications

Electric Clutch Mechanism – 5609232 – 1997

Microprocessor Controller Housing – D349102 – 1984

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Society of Automotive Engineers

Melissa Schimnowski - Office Administrator


Melissa is Criterium's office administrator, schedule coordinator, proposal writer, and in charge of billing, HR, and marketing. She is your resource for anything you need from a Reserve Study Proposal to a copy of your invoice. Please contact her directly to request any of our services, get updates on projects, or discuss any administrative issues.