Criterium-Schimnowski Engineers

4.82 |41 Verified Ratings
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Criterium-Schimnowski Engineers

4.82 | 41 Verified Ratings
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161 Dunbar Way
Mahtomedi, MN 55115
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Criterium-Schimnowski Engineers

Home/Building Evaluations & Retaining Wall Design

Services Offered: Structural evaluations (ie bowed floors, plaster cracks, sagging roof, load bearing wall removal); foundation evaluations (ie cracked, bowed, or wet basement/garage walls); retaining wall designs & evaluations (concrete block, boulders, timbers). Services Not Offered: Pre-purchase home inspections and Building contractor services. We don't do the structural or foundation repair work, but we can help you figure out what needs to be done and then help you review contractor bids to find the best solution for the best price. Criterium-Schimnowski Engineers is a MN engineering consulting firm that specializes in many aspects of building evaluation services for residential, commercial and industrial properties. We have established a professional reputation of integrity, honesty, thoroughness and a commitment to successful project completion that is unmatched. Fees: Standard residential structural eval $575. Commercial services, retaining walls, design work: contact us.


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Service Area

  • Minneapolis
  • Saint Paul
  • Monticello
  • Maple Plain
  • Loretto
  • Eden Prairie
  • Maple Grove
  • Minnetonka
  • South Saint Paul
  • Hopkins
  • Rockford
  • Burnsville
  • Shakopee
  • Anoka
  • Stillwater
  • Inver Grove Heights
  • Prior Lake
  • Stacy
  • Elko New Market
  • Andover
  • Osseo
  • Lakeland
  • Lindstrom
  • Princeton
  • Cottage Grove
  • Mound
  • Taylors Falls
  • Isanti
  • Lake Elmo
  • Mendota
  • Champlin
  • Nerstrand
  • Saint Paul Park
  • Chanhassen
  • Navarre
  • Scandia
  • Long Lake
  • Cannon Falls
  • Warsaw
  • Albertville
  • Wayzata
  • Hanover
  • Belle Plaine
  • Shafer
  • Saint Michael
  • Victoria
  • Newport
  • Stanchfield
  • Faribault
  • Jordan
  • Lonsdale
  • Rosemount
  • Forest Lake
  • Montgomery
  • Bayport
  • Dayton
  • Circle Pines
  • Hampton
  • Saint Francis
  • North Branch
  • Rogers
  • Afton
  • Dennison
  • Minnetonka Beach
  • Harris
  • Webster
  • Lakeville
  • Vermillion
  • Grandy
  • Mazeppa
  • Chaska
  • Elk River
  • Carver
  • Almelund
  • Cedar
  • Savage
  • Chisago City
  • Spring Park
  • Wanamingo
  • Kilkenny
  • Goodhue
  • Young America
  • Braham
  • Dundas
  • Zumbrota
  • Zumbro Falls
  • New Prague
  • Marine on Saint Croix
  • Bethel
  • Hastings
  • Cologne
  • Cambridge
  • Randolph
  • Willernie
  • Big Lake
  • Crystal Bay
  • Le Center
  • Morristown
  • Red Wing
  • Castle Rock
  • See All >

Services Offered

Architects & Engineers
  • Structural Engineer

Areas of Expertise

  • Structural Engineering Evaluations
  • Retaining Wall Engineer
  • Foundation Wall Evaluations
  • Hardscape Design
  • Site Grading Design and Basic Drafting Services

Product Brands Used

  • Versa-Lok Retaining Wall Systems, Envirolok, Anchor, Keystone, Rockwood, Allan Block, natural stone & boulders; Simpson Strong-Tie, USP Structural Hangers; Trus Joist®, Microllam® LVL

Quick Facts

Business Hours
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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  • Trip Charge
  • Credit Cards Accepted


In Business Since: 2002
Memberships & Affiliations
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA)
State Licensing
Trade: Engineer
License #: 40126
Expiration: 06-30-2022
Trade: Engineer
License #: 34707
Expiration: 07-31-2022
Green Certifications
  • I recommend "Green" products and reuse of on-site materials whenever appropriate.
  • Numerous projects featured in engineering and landscaping magazines.
  • Member of the award-winning Minneapolis Mill Ruins Park renovation project.
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Business Overview

Community Involvement

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Knights of Columbus

Mahtomedi Public Schools

East Metro Symphony Orchestra

Century College Band

How We Got Started

I chose to work in this industry because I like to help people find reasonable, common-sense solutions for their homes and buildings..

We started in this industry in 1992.

We describe our business as Family owned and operated

Where else are you licensed to do work?

I am a licensed Professional Engineer in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas, and Nebraska.


Criterium-Schimnowski Engineers

My Work
3 Projects
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5.0   |  
My project went great! I was considering the purchase of a very old duplex from a family member but had some concerns about the structural integrity of the foundation walls and some floor joists. Kenton took his time going through all the areas of concern, getting pretty dirty in the process as the basement had not seen a broom in some time! He documented everything, taking pictures, and I left him to it for a few hours. After he had taken his time we had a discussion about what was happening and what was likely to happen. He was able to reassure me that nothing was on the verge of failure. He did note a few areas where action was needed soon and gave me a very detailed game plan for dealing with these areas. I received a written report a little over a week after his visit which laid out what should be done with pictures. I am very happy with the work and I'm sure that I will be referring back to the inspection report for some time after I close on the purchase.
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5.0   |  
Kenton visited our house to assess a suspected foundation problem. He was professional and thorough, and promptly provided a report as well as a list of suggested contractors. Communication was excellent, and we received the information needed to quickly move forward with identifying and hiring a contractor. We would not hesitate to hire again if needed. Great company.
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5.0   |  
Kenton Spading was excellent. Attention to detail and straight business throughout. Would have been 5 stars throughout but that we are still waiting for a list of contractors to complete the work identified. Great folks.
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5.0   |  
Criterium Schimnowski Engineers is my go to company. I am a Realtor and have had many situations that require a structural engineer. They are ALWAYS professional and provide an unbiased evaluation and thorough report. I wouldn't use anyone else, in fact. They have saved deals for me and my clients while being extremely ethical. I strongly recommend them!
Response by Criterium-Schimnowski Engineers: Being a part of your Real Estate team is the best thing we could ask for. Thank you so much for putting your trust in us.
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5.0   |  
Excellent. I had a professional engineer who was on time, and listened to my concerns. He performed a very thorough inspection of my home. He then walked me through with what he found, and answered all my questions. Two business days later I have my written report with recommendations to keep my home in good condition. Very positive experience. I feel very reassured about the condition of my home.
Response by Criterium-Schimnowski Engineers: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review! All of us here appreciate you trusting us to help.
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5.0   |  
The project was top notch. Not only did they show up on time, but they finished the project early . Excellent customer service and extremely fast and efficient with the report I needed to get the loan I needed.
Response by Criterium-Schimnowski Engineers: We are so glad we were able to help with your project. Thanks for the review!
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5.0   |  
Paul and his company were great to work with! I hired them to provide opinions on multiple structural changes to our house (removing/moving interior walls, removing attic trusses, and replacing a window/single swing door with a sliding door). Every step of the experience was smooth and efficient, from scheduling the appointment, having the inspection, receiving answers to my questions, and obtaining the final report. You can tell Paul generally cares about his clients and wants to help them find solutions to their problems. I will definitely hire them again in the future for any structural needs. Thanks!
Response by Criterium-Schimnowski Engineers: Thank you for the great review! Our team works hard to ensure a satisfactory experience and we are happy to hear we are achieving this. If you need us in the future, please feel free to reach out anytime by calling
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5.0   |  
Review by in Cambridge, MN
Project: Inspect a Home
Steve was very thorough and gave us some good ideas on what we could do to rebuild, fix and or keep our foundation in good shape for the future.
Response by Criterium-Schimnowski Engineers: Thank you for the nice feedback. We work hard to provide independent, professional opinions and love to help people make informed decisions about their homes.
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Review by in Belgrade, ME
Project: Inspect a Home
Late review - my apologies. I really liked the thorough inspection and engineering assessment of my home. My 1880s home was beginning to show more signs of age, and I was concerned about it is integrity. Paul inspected it and provided a very useful report.
Response by Criterium-Schimnowski Engineers: Thanks for the kind words. We are happy to have helped you understand the structure of your home. Thank you for choosing Criterium- Schimnowski Engineers
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willing to go out of town
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