Michael Smith, PE, CEM, CEA

Senior Vice President/ Division Leader, MEP, Telecom, Civil/ Structural Engineering

Mike oversees LiRo’s MEP, Telecom, Civil/ Structural Engineering divisions, which typically have a portfolio of 250-300 active projects. He has helped manage more than 200 projects in the last five years, totaling more than $200 million in construction costs.

When Mike first joined LiRo, he managed a team of seven employees who mostly designed healthcare spaces for a single client. Since Mike took on his leadership role, MEP staff increased by more than 500 percent to 36 people and gross revenue increased by an average of 30 percent per year. Mike diversified the MEP project portfolio to include public sector projects, energy sector projects, and K-12 projects in addition to healthcare projects. Under Mike’s leadership, LiRo established a heavy MEP presence in Buffalo, N.Y., and New York City, and LiRo acquired a new telecommunications division.

Mike fostered growth in the MEP design division by ensuring LiRo design documents are technically sound and high quality. He starts by identifying, interviewing, and hiring talented staff. He creates, communicates, and enforces quality control procedures for all calculations and design drawings and specifications. He standardizes management tools and procedures that keep projects moving on schedule and within budget. Mike maintains high employee morale by encouraging social employee events and by creating an open forum for employee input during monthly meetings. He identifies projects that LiRo is well suited for and writes up compelling proposals that win LiRo the work. Mike’s success as a leader directly results from the skills he brings to the position. His carefully developed project management tools and procedures that minimize inefficiency. His unique ability to anticipate and identify problems in both project management and design minimizes risk. And his dedication to producing high quality, technically sound products has earned LiRo a spot on the MEP Giants Ranking.

Mike holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Hofstra University and earned his Certificate in Building Electrical Systems Design from NYU. He is a Professional Engineer (NY, NJ, CT, LA, GA, NC, FL, TX, KY, MA, MO, NV), CEM, CEA, HFDP, and a licensed contractor in Louisiana.

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