Chattanooga Structural Engineering Firm Celebrates 45th Anniversary

45th AnniversarySeptember 18, 2014 – Chattanooga, TN More than 75 Industry leaders from Chattanooga and throughout the Southeast celebrated a locally owned, internationally known engineering firm’s first 45 years in Chattanooga. Bennett & Pless, a consulting structural engineering firm, claims a bevy of local landmarks as being products of their engineering design: The Chattanooga Convention Center, Erlanger hospital, many buildings at the UTC campus and The Chattanoogan Hotel where the event was held to name a few; as well as other national and international projects such as the Ritz Carlton in the Grand Caymans and Portman’s Renaissance Center in Detroit.

The firm was founded in Atlanta, GA in 1964 and opened its Chattanooga office in 1969. Mr. Edward A. Gazzola, P. Eng., the firm’s co-owner and stated, “We are proud of our 45 year history in Chattanooga having structurally designed many of the buildings throughout the city along with the architects, contractors, municipalities and owners in attendance today. Our roots are deep in Chattanooga with ongoing client and employee relationships existing for nearly as long as we have been in business”. Mr. Tommy Ireland, PE, current Manager of the firm’s Chattanooga office and a 25-year employee, praised the original founders Mr. Moe Bennett and Mr. Rex Pless who were unable to attend and commented that they were “two of the top structural engineering minds in the country”.

Guests at the event hosted at The Chattanoogan that were there to commemorate the firm’s historic success included executives from a broad cross-section of industries including long standing clients in the Building Construction industry as well as clients from the Industrial and Wireless industries that the firm has more recently been servicing. The guests were treated to a video collage of over 100 local, national and international projects in which the firm has been involved.

Bennett & Pless is a nationally recognized, award-winning, consulting structural engineering firm specializing in buildings, wireless and industrial structures and providing a broad array of consulting services. For more information on the firm, visit Bennett & Pless’ website at or contact the firm locally at (423)756-7943.