WSB hires structural engineering expert Paul Kivisto

May 22, 2020

Engineering and consulting firm WSB announced today that Paul Kivisto is joining the organization as a senior structural engineer. As the former metro region bridge engineer and St. Croix Crossing Bridge construction engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Kivisto joins the firm with nearly 37 years of experience working on high profile structural infrastructure projects throughout Minnesota.

“I am thrilled to welcome Paul to our firm. His engineering and bridge management experience will be an invaluable addition to our structures team,” said Jody Martinson, WSB’s vice president of transportation. “I’ve worked closely with Paul for many years and his technical abilities and his big-picture thinking will be an asset for our clients’ structural needs.”

Kivisto has played a significant role in some of the most high-profile bridge projects in the state, most notably serving as the St. Croix Crossing Bridge construction engineer. The $646 million project was completed in 2017 and involved two state DOTs, multiple communities and an innovative extradosed design – only the second of its kind in the United States. Additionally, Kivisto offered his expertise on bridges across the state including the reconstruction of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge and the construction of the 10-lane Wakota River Bridge.

“I am really looking forward to joining the growing structures team at WSB,” said Kivisto. “In many ways, I am just changing hats and am excited to approach projects from the consulting side of bridge management and design.”

As part of WSB’s team, Kivisto will support clients with their bridge management plans, safety inspection reports, design plans and constructability reviews. As a consulting engineering firm, WSB’s structures services include bridge design, rehabilitation, inspection and management and construction for public and private partners.

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