Project Description

Thomas C. Griffis, SE

President / Principal

Tom Griffis is President of Martin, White & Griffis and a Principal overseeing work in both the Phoenix and Tucson offices. With more than 35 years of structural design and oversight, Tom is considered a leader in new building design, building additions, structural modifications and remodels and structural rehabilitations and he brings particular expertise in complex designs, code applications, and alternative construction delivery. While Tom’s current efforts include healthcare, education and civic projects of all sizes, his experience also includes bridge design and extensive military project experience. Tom received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Arizona.


M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


Arizona, SE 19776
Colorado, PE 0029620
New Mexico, PE 12973
California, C 49124

Professional Memberships

Structural Engineers Association of Arizona (SEAoA) – Past President
Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAoSC)
American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) – Founding Member of Engineering Mechanics Institute
American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
International Code Council (ICC)
SEER – SAP Evaluator

Where are you from?

I grew up in Rochester (Hills) Michigan, a suburb north of Detroit. I had always been curious about the Southwest and Arizona in particular, and shortly after starting college at the University of Michigan decided I had to move. I’ve been in Arizona since 1979.

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

I have held my High School’s one mile (1600 meter) track record for over 40 years.

What is the significance of the Jeep in the photo?

Both my Mother and Father were in the service – my mother was an Army nurse with the nickname Slats, and my Father in the Navy with the nickname Griff. After the service my Father went to work for the Ford Motor Company, and after he retired he restored this 1970 Ford M151A2 Military Jeep. The “Griff / Slats” Jeep as it’s known has been in our family now for over 20 years and is one of our proudest heirlooms, regularly appearing in parades, shows and going for rides in the neighborhood.