Bennett & Pless Structural Engineers
Experience Structural Expertise


history & leadership.

Atlanta skyline, 1964

Atlanta skyline, 1964

Over 50 years of client service.

That's history. 

Bennett & Pless is a highly regarded specialty structural engineering firm which was founded in 1964 in Atlanta. Over the past 50 years, the firm has developed a reputation for being industry leaders in the niche markets in which we have chosen to practice, rather than evolving into a traditional large generalist structural engineering firm. As a result of this focus, the firm has developed specialized skills and attracted highly experienced engineers, which has resulted in our being called upon to execute more complex structural engineering projects. 

The firm has offices in multiple states in the US, however we provide our specialty services across the country and also consult on international projects. Bennett & Pless has an alliance with a specialty structural engineering firm in Munich, extending our reach into Western Europe. 


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Edward A. Gazzola, M.Eng., P.Eng., PE

Ed is an internationally recognized executive having led engineering businesses in 3 countries over the past 20 years. His technical expertise is in the behavior of masonry structures. For over 30 years Ed has been an integral part of the wireless telecommunications industry. He also leads our mission critical facility practice, an industry in which he has also been actively participating for over 30 years. He is an active member of Vistage International, a peer-to-peer organization for CEOs, business owners and executives. 


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vice president, atlanta/senior associate

Paul E. Grupe, PE

Paul is a Senior Associate and Vice President where he leads and directs the Atlanta operations. He has over 40 years of structural design and project management experience in varied building types with an expertise in industrial and distribution, including food and beverage, and self-storage facilities. Paul is known for his problem-solving ability, attention to detail, and quality designs.


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vICE PRESIDENT, chattanooga/principal

Thomas (Tommy) F. Ireland, PE

Tommy’s career began as a designer and he joined the Bennett & Pless team in 1985 after graduating from Tennessee Technological University. In 1991, he took on the position of Chattanooga Office Manager. He continues to lead the Chattanooga office as Vice President and became a Principal of the firm in 2016. A veteran of the Chattanooga engineering and construction market, his experience includes over 30 years of providing structural solutions for the needs of local, regional and national clients. Tommy has worked on several landmark projects for the Chattanooga area including the Chattanooga Convention Center, The Chattanoogan Hotel and numerous buildings on the campus of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.



vICE PRESIDENT, charlotte

Lawrence (Larry) McGinnis, PE

Larry leads the Charlotte office and is also a Senior Structural Specialist. Larry’s responsibilities include structural design, detailing, shop drawing review and construction administration in addition to the day-to-day operations of the office. Projects Larry is proficient in include high-rise and low-rise office buildings, hospitality, parking decks, retail, university and community college facilities, medical facilities, industrial and warehouse facilities, and structural investigations and building renovations.


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manager, south florida/PRINCIPAL 

John Bozzetto, PE

John manages the Bennett & Pless South Florida operations and also handles the business development efforts in this market. As a Structural Engineer, he is responsible for designing structural systems for a variety of project types including manufacturing, distribution, commercial, self-storage, historical, and existing facility analysis. Data centers and telecom clients are a main focus for the Florida operations, and John has recognized expertise in the design, analysis, and strengthening of these technology structures.


B&P Timeline

Structural engineering starts with a depth of expertise and a collaborative attitude.

Here is where we started.

  • 1964

    Moe Bennett opens the doors of E.M. Bennett Consulting

  • 1967

    Rex Pless joins the company as partner and the firm becomes Bennett + Pless

  • 1969

    Establishes an office in Chattanooga, TN

  • 1975

    Award for Excellence in Architectural and Engineering Design by Prestressed Concrete Institute using precast and prestressed concrete at Colony Square, Phase II - Atlanta, GA

  • 1985

    Award for Excellence in Architectural and Engineering Design by Prestressed Concrete Institute using precast prestressed concrete for IBM Field Engineering & Training Center - Atlanta, GA

  • 1990

    Certificate of Merit for Engineering Excellence presented by Consulting Engineers Council of Georgia for 2300 Windy Ridge Parkway - Marietta, GA

  • 1998

    Award for Significant Concrete Structure, Perimeter Commerce Office Park in Florida, American Concrete Institute

  • 2007

    Moe Bennett retires from the firm

  • 2013

    Rex Pless, PE transitions ownership to Ed Gazzola, M.Eng., P.Eng.,PE

  • 2015

    Establishes an office in Boca Raton, FL

  • 2017

    Awarded Top 20 Best Places to Work by Zweig Amongst Structural Engineering Firms Nationally

  • 2017

    Charlotte based specialty structural engineering firm King Guinn merges with Bennett & Pless, expanding our client base and firm knowledge, establishing the fourth office for the firm

  • 2017

    Bennett & Pless partners with German specialty structural engineering firm LEICHT to form BPL Enclosure Engineering, focusing on the structural design of facades and lightweight structures.

  • 2018

    Awarded Top 20 Best Places to Work by Zweig Amongst Structural Engineering Firms Nationally

  • 2018

    Awarded 2 SEAOG awards: Merit Award and Individual Achievement Award at the 2018 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards

  • 2019

    Establishes an office in Orlando to better serve Orlando and Tampa clients

  • 2019

    Receives an Honor Award in the 2019 ACEC Georgia – Excellence in Engineering competition amongst engineering firms of all disciplines across the State of Georgia for our work at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.