MSWG Engineers

About Us


Who We Are

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Our Mission

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Our Team

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Our History


McKnight Smith Ward Griffin Engineers, Incorporated provides Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire Suppression and Electrical engineering services specializing in design and consultation.

In collaboration with architects, owners, and developers, we have been planning and executing engineering designs for fifty years for clients in the residential, corporate, commercial, institutional, governmental, industrial, health care, religious, athletic, educational, and entertainment fields. Our services include design, consulting, energy analysis, evaluation of maintenance and operating costs, assistance in bid negotiations, construction administration, preparation of specifications, and contract documents. Many of our projects are government owned facilities, part of an existing campus context, and many of the buildings were occupied or semi-occupied during the hours of construction. We produce quality designs within scheduled time frames and budgets. Our engineers with our staff of interns, designers, and draftsmen are successful in meeting our goals of satisfying project objectives by placing continued emphasis on designs that fulfill the owner’s criteria in keeping with current construction materials and practices, federal and state laws, regulations, codes, and permits. Our standard of practice always includes sensitivity towards providing cost effective, energy efficient, and sustainable solutions to each design opportunity. 

Our project managers provide overall project coordination and design supervision. We provide a team approach to all projects and our management style dictates at least two engineers be involved to expedite a project’s design, assure its quality, and to make certain it receives the required time to be completed successfully. Our project managers maintain “hands on” throughout the life of a project and facilitate reviews as a system of checks and balances against the design. Throughout the entire process of design, reviews, and construction, they involve the Owner, or Owner’s representative, any consultant that is involved with the project, and all members of our in-house project team. We meet weekly with our interns, construction observer, designers, and draftsmen to review project schedules, project progression status, allocation of human resources, and to schedule all activities and travel. This framework allows us to be sufficiently informed to back each other up, to be on job sites at all necessary times, and to be available to our clients and office personnel as needs arise. 

Among our six professional engineers, the average length of employment with our company is sixteen years, which we believe is representative of our company’s stability and continuity of service to our clients. Our professional engineers are leaders in the engineering profession and are active in the National Society of Professional Engineers, Professional Engineers of North Carolina, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. Our interns, designers, technicians, and support staff take full advantage of our company’s continuing education plan keeping current with information and requirements applicable to our engineering disciplines. In 1990, for recognition of our record and improvement of the engineering profession through our development of new designs and engineering practices in accordance with professional standards, we were awarded the NSPE Professional Development Award.


Harold F. McKnight, P. E. founded McKnight Engineers in 1967 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The firm was incorporated in January 1969 as McKnight Engineers, Inc. At this time, the firm had a total of seven employees and 136 projects either completed or in progress. In February 1980, Jimmy G. Smith, P. E., became a partner in the firm and the company's name was changed to McKnight-Smith Engineers, Inc. In December 1991, L. Michael Ward, P. E. and James C. Griffin, P. E. became partners in the firm. The firm’s name was changed in November 1996 to McKnight Smith Ward Griffin Engineers, Incorporated. J. Craig Champion, P. E. became a partner in December 1996 and in February 2011, he became Principal-in-Charge. Scott Counts joined our team in 2017. Today, the firm consists of 18 employees and has completed approximately 6,950 projects.