Enhancing the daily experiences of people and communities

Karpinski Engineering has been partnering with clients for the last four decades—to design environments that make a positive and lasting impact.

  • Top 100

    Regularly ranked among the top U.S. engineering firms

  • Founded in 1983

    Nearly forty years of providing engineering services

  • 5 Offices

    In three states - Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania

  • 100+ LEED Projects

    Projects certified at the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Certified levels

  • 3 WELL Buildings

    Currently in progress


From our modest beginnings in an office above a Dairy Queen, Karpinski Engineering has grown into an award-winning engineering firm that works alongside world-class institutions and architectural firms.

Going Beyond Since Day 1

While working on a project late into the night, two junior partners at a local engineering firm decided it was time to strike out on their own. They knew they could do better for their clients.

In the summer of 1983, they opened the firm (then called Bacik Karpinski Associates) with three employees in an office above a Dairy Queen. By the end of the year, they had five full-time employees and 87 projects on the books. Today, Karpinski Engineering has five regional offices in three states, producing hundreds of projects each year.

It’s been an adventure all the way. We’ve worked with some of the best in healthcare and education, and on landmark projects and historic buildings. We’ve embraced new technology again and again - from the fax machine to computer-aided drafting to Building Information Modeling. At the same time, we’ve collaborated with some of the same clients since our early days. And for the past decade, we’ve consistently ranked among the top engineering firms in the U.S.

Our Namesake

M. James “Karp” Karpinski is one of the firm’s founders and our namesake.

While he originally planned to become an architect, his first look at a boiler room schematic changed his mind. He decided to become a mechanical engineer.

Karp spent nearly 60 years in the industry, serving as an engineer, leader, and mentor. He was a managing partner for Karpinski Engineering’s first 20 years, retiring from executive leadership in 2003. In 2007, he was inducted into the Cleveland Engineering Society’s Hall of Fame, honoring his achievements in the field of engineering.

Today, Karp serves on Karpinski’s Board of Directors as Chairman Emeritus.


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We’re not your average engineering firm, so what separates Karpinski from the rest? We work across offices and disciplines to create consistent client experiences with exceptional results.

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At our core, we’re problem-solvers. We enjoy untangling the gnarliest of knots. Most importantly, we care about doing it the right way. Every time. Our leadership’s first-hand knowledge and experience allows their teams to confidently and collaboratively produce powerful results.

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What’s it like to work at Karpinski? It’s like being a kid in a candy store. Opportunities abound, with ways to grow personally and professionally, ways to make an impact, and ways to make friends and have fun (and probably partake in literal candy too).

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Experienced professional? New to the industry? With more than 100 professionals in five offices, Karpinski provides challenging and rewarding opportunities.

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We’re proud of our colleagues, our teams, and our incredible clients. Without them, we wouldn’t create news or garner accolades. We share our accomplishments with humble gratitude.

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