Chas Smithers (Civil Engineering)

Chas is a principal at Laird + Smithers, Inc., a structural and civil engineering firm located in Jackson, MS. Since founding the firm in 2012, he has worked on a number of historically significant projects around Jackson and throughout the state of Mississippi including the State Capitol Building, Old Capitol Museum, Capitol Art Lofts, Ladner Building, Historic Jefferson College (Natchez), 33rd Avenue School (Gulfport), Sumrall Jail and Sisters of Mercy Convent (Vicksburg). Similarly, he has been the Engineer of Record on new construction projects throughout the state including schools, churches, restaurants and office buildings among others. One of his proudest moments of his professional career was being the Structural Engineer of Record for Insight Park less than 5 years after graduation.

Prior to forming Laird + Smithers, Chas was a key contributor on several regionally and nationally recognized projects in healthcare, museums, entertainment and condominiums. He was a key member of the design team for Target Field (Minnesota Twins' baseball stadium) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which won an ACEC Engineering Excellence Award in 2011.

Chas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Mississippi (2004) and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech (2005). He currently holds professional engineering licenses in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Chas is a Past-President of the Structural Engineers Association of Mississippi. In addition to engineering credentials, Chas is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction.

Chas and his wife, Amanda, are the proud parents of Savannah, Wyatt and Charlie, and they are expecting their fourth child in the summer of 2018.