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November 2015
Keast & Hood Projects Honored with Multiple Awards for Design and Construction

Keast & Hood participated as structural engineer of record on eight projects honored with recent awards for design and construction. The projects reflect Keast & Hood’s range of work in new construction, adaptive reuse, renovation, and historic preservation.

The Karabots Pavilion at the Franklin Institute was named Project of the Year by the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania. Saylor Gregg Architects designed the three-story, 53,000-sf addition, which reflects the largest expansion in the science museum’s nearly 200-year history.

The The Howard Hughes Corporation Rouse Building was recognized with a Good Design = Good Business Honorable Mention in the AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards. The scope included adaptive reuse of a 112,000-sf former corporate office building into mixed-use retail and office space anchored by a Whole Foods market. Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Inc. was the project architect.

3737 Science Center was recognized as with a Health Care Award of Merit in ENR Mid Atlantic’s Best Project Awards and as a finalist in the Delaware Valley Green Building Council Groundbreaker Awards for sustainable design. LEED Silver certification is pending for the 14-story, 334,000-sf mixed-use building designed by ZGF Architects LLP.

Both the Rouse Building and 3737 Science Center also earned the Urban Land Institute’s Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Awards for Excellence.

Chestnut Hill, Pa., inducted five projects into the inaugural class of its Architectural Hall of Fame. Keast & Hood was involved with two of the recognized projects: The Vanna Venturi House (designed by architect Robert Venturi in 1963) and the Margaret Esherick House (designed by architect Louis Kahn in 1961). Keast & Hood provided structural engineering for the original construction and subsequent preservation efforts at both projects.

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter honored three Keast & Hood projects in its 25th anniversary Merit Construction Awards of Excellence. The Institutional Excellence Winner (Education over $5 million) went to the Shipley School Student Commons and Arts Center, designed by MGA Partners, Architects and built by W.S. Cumby, Inc. The Institutional Merit Winner (Education over $5 million) went to Dana Hallowell Residence Hall at Swarthmore College, designed by Jacobs Wyper Architects and built by W.S. Cumby, Inc. The Adath Israel Synagogue Renovation, designed by Atkin Olshin Schade Architects and built by Wohlsen Construction Co., was named Restoration/Renovation Merit Winner (Religious over $2 million).

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