Frederick C. Baumert, PE, CCS
Frederick C. Baumert, PE, CCS, joined Keast & Hood in 1980 after graduating from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He earned an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and was named a principal in 1989. A legacy member of the firm, Fred’s father is former principal Carl Baumert, Jr., PE, who practiced with KH from 1958-2014. Fred’s keen ability to see through project complexities, his calm under pressure, and his ability to articulate and resolve problems have made him a valued contributor during the firm’s recent decades and to some of its most significant new and historic work. Practical and pragmatic, Fred listens and communicates well, making him a go-to resource for teammates and clients. He’s equally willing to share his knowledge and experience with younger engineers as he is to ascend the top of Billy Penn’s hat on Philadelphia City Hall. Among his many professional involvements, Fred sits on the buildings and grounds committee at Bryn Mawr College, where his owner’s perspective informs his daily engineering work with issues of operating efficiency, serviceability, and life-cycle costs.
John R. Davis, PE
John R. Davis, PE, has over 20 years of structural engineering experience. Since joining Keast & Hood in 1998, John has achieved award-winning results on structural challenges for buildings new and old. He was promoted to Associate in 2013 and named a Principal in 2017, recognizing contributions that encompass both firm and project leadership. Architects appreciate John’s careful detailing while contractors respect his keen sense of constructability and ability to resolve field conditions with patience and creativity. He brings his meticulous attention to detail and conscientious sense of follow-through to any project on which he is involved. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the Association for Preservation Technology, American Institute of Steel Construction, and New Castle County, Delaware, Historic Review Board; member and past president of the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers; and an adjunct faculty member at Delaware Technical & Community College. John regularly presents on the details and surprises inherent in preservation engineering and is a past contributor to Civil Engineering magazine. He is registered in Pennsylvania.
Matthew J. Daw, PE, LEED AP
Matthew J. Daw, PE, LEED AP, has become a tireless force in Washington’s design and construction community, where his enthusiasm and commitment to service have built the Keast & Hood reputation and portfolio of award-winning work. Mat joined the Philadelphia office in 1997 and became a principal in 2005 to open and lead the DC office. His hard work and perseverance paid off, bolstered by his boundless energy, his knack for strong internal and external team building, and his creative, insightful engineering skills. Mat inherently understands how a building goes together, with a depth of knowledge from archaic to modern structural systems. His background includes engineering design for new construction as well as renovation, diagnostics, emergency stabilization, and repair of notable older and historic buildings in the U.S. and abroad. Mat earned separate degrees in Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering from Drexel University in 1992 and 1993 and is registered in 15 states. His leadership extends from the office to the professional communities of Baltimore and Washington, where among numerous other roles, Mat serves as a 2014 board officer of the Washington Architectural Foundation, board member of Preservation Maryland, and past chairman of the Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington.
Constantine (Dean) Doukakis, PE
Constantine (Dean) G. Doukakis, PE, leads by example, with an exceptional work ethic, confidence, and attention to detail. He joined Keast & Hood in 1986 and was named a principal in 1989. Dean uses his depth of experience to see beyond immediate engineering issues and understand larger implications of any project. He thinks not only in structural terms of how to address problems, but is mindful of the perspectives of owners and architects. Dean’s focus on relationships and the vested interests of all have made him a valued partner to many long-term clients. His eye for detail makes him a favorite of design-oriented architects for complex institutional projects, where creativity and economy are delicately balanced. A firm but patient teacher and mentor, Dean guides staff in the office and serves as an adjunct faculty for the Department of Construction Management, College of Engineering, at Drexel University, where he earned B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering degrees in 1981 and 1988. He also serves on the advisory board for the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering department at Drexel. Dean’s extensive professional involvement includes past presidencies of the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers and the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia.
Thomas J. Normile, PE
Thomas J. Normile, PE, delves into the engineering principles that underlie each design. He analyzes code, researches options, and brings his own structural creativity to any challenge. In doing so, he elicits solutions that are simple, elegant, and effective. Since joining Keast & Hood in 1996, Tom has become known for his thoughtfulness, communication skills, and strong mentoring. He is equally fervent about working as part of a team as he is in developing responsive structural designs. Tom earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania and, prior to Keast & Hood, held structural engineering positions both domestically and abroad. An active participant in the local design and construction community, Tom maintains involvement with the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and sits on the Design on the Delaware steering committee. He has served as president of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Concrete Institute, director of the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers, and treasurer of the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia.
Denise L. Richards, PE
Denise L. Richards, PE, has over 15 years of professional experience, 11 of them with Keast & Hood. She joined the firm in 2005, was named an Associate in 2013, and elevated to Principal in 2017. Denise has proven herself as a highly organized and creative structural designer who collaborates well with architects, owners, and consultants. She bolsters her technical proficiency with strong project management skills and ability to coordinate complex designs with architects and resolve field issues with contractors during construction. Her excellent verbal and written communication skills are an asset when managing staff and describing technical design issues to clients and laypersons. Denise holds a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Drexel University. She is a member of the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers and a mentor with the ACE Mentor Program Eastern Pennsylvania Affiliate. She is registered in Pennsylvania.
Craig D. Swift SE LEED AP
Craig D. Swift, SE, LEED AP, leads Keast & Hood’s Charlottesville, Va., office. He joined the firm’s Washington, D.C., office in 2010, was recognized as an influential and dedicated engineer and promoted to Associate in 2014, and named a Principal in 2017. In 2015, Craig established the Charlottesville office, which has grown to become a go-to resource for projects throughout the southeast. Craig’s career includes extensive involvement with new construction; historic structures; and seismic analysis, design, and retrofit in the U.S. and abroad. He is an energetic and involved member of the design community and a prolific public speaker, participating in the American Institute of Steel Construction, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Architectural Historians, and Construction History Society of America. He also volunteers with Building Goodness, presently contributing to a school project in rural Guatemala. Craig holds a Master of Science in Structural and Earthquake Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech. He is a registered professional engineer in California, Maryland, and Virginia, and holds the advanced registered structural engineer designation for California.