Brian Fertig

Structural Designer

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Sena Savaskan, PE

Structural Engineer

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University of Pennsylvania Quadrangle Renovations

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Kutztown University Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research

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University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Expansion

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Project AIA Design Award Received!

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David Liu

BIM Modeler

Lets get Personal! We asked the employees at Keast & Hood these questions to get to know them better:

WHEN DID YOU START AT KEAST & HOOD? 2023

WHAT COLLEGE DID YOU GRADUATE FROM? Drexel University

GO TO ALBUM/PLAYLIST WHILE WORKING? Anything that’s calm and relaxing. If I’m drinking coffee then I lean towards energetic songs.

WHAT KEEPS YOU BUSY OUTSIDE OF WORK? Doing anything with my friends. Either video games, board games, or just talking.

A TRIP I’D LIKE TO TAKE… is a long train ride while staying overnight on a sleeper train to watch the scenery go by.

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October Speaking Engagements

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Two PA Preservation Awards Received

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Structure Magazine Article, Statue of Liberty National Monument

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Denise Richards Newly Inducted Member of The Carpenters’ Company

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Matt Schilling, EIT

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Nix Federal Building Post Office

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Summer Projects Currently in Construction

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Washington Hose & Steam Fire Engine Company No.1

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Merion Cricket Club Master Plan & Implementation

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Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

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Academy of Music Exterior Balcony Restoration

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Kelly Writer’s House | University of Pennsylvania

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Celebrating Preservation Month

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Saint Rita Cascia Center

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Visitor Experience Improvement Project | Independence Visitor Center

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Tyler Dennis, PE

Structural Engineer

Tyler Dennis is a Structural Engineer who has worked for Keast and Hood since April 2023. He has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Civil Engineering from University of Delaware. He is experienced in structural calculations of various building structures. Including concrete substructures and reinforcement, design loads, and QA/QC calculations.

Lets get Personal! We asked the employees at Keast & Hood these questions to get to know them better:

When did you start at Keast & Hood? 2023

What College did you graduate from? University of Delaware

Favorite Project you’ve worked on so far? Vail Memorial Hall at Lincoln University

What engineering challenges make you excited? Complex projects that define sky lines and communities

Go to album/playlist while working? Anything relaxing and chill on Spotify

What keeps you busy outside of work? Mostly golf and watching Philadelphia sports teams (Eagles, Phillies,76ers) and snowboarding in the winter

Not that any of us procrastinate, BUT if I am, I’m usually… Organizing and cleaning

A trip I’d like to take… Europe, would love to visit London; Paris; New Amsterdam; Rome

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Raphael De Lassus, PE

Project Manager

Raphael has over 7 years of professional engineering experience. He has extensive experience in structural analysis and design of new construction, existing structures, and historic buildings encompassing steel, wood, masonry, concrete, and aluminum. Recognized for his strong technical abilities and strong communication skills which guides him while working alongside his team and clients. He has developed an interactive interface to create more accurate and cost-effective designs, designed 100+ temporary structures, and performed structural design and analysis

Lets get Personal! We asked the employees at Keast & Hood these questions to get to know them better:

When did you start at Keast & Hood? 2022

What College did you graduate from? Master of Science in Engineering - University of Pittsburgh(16’) Bachelor of Civil Engineering - Roger Williams University (13’)

Favorite Project you’ve worked on so far? Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC

What Engineering challenges make you excited? The ones that involve materials, structural conditions, and environments that I am not familiar with

Go to album/playlist while working? Kygo

What keeps you busy outside of work? My daughter

Not that any of us procrastinate, BUT if I am, I’m usually…. DIY home improvement projects

A trip I’d like to take… Japan

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Firm Sustainability Initiatives

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Wrapping up Women’s History Month

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Anthony J. Casale III, MS, PE

Project Manager

Anthony has only been at the firm a few months and has shown his motivation to exceed. He is experienced in analysis and design of various building structures, structural drawings, and structural building assessments. He has worked on both residential and commercial development including St. John’s Place in Brooklyn New York. Anthony designed a new concrete flat-plate eight-story residential building with a basement. In addition, he is published in the International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials.

Lets get Personal! We asked the employees at Keast & Hood these questions to get to know them better:

When did you start at Keast & Hood? 2023

What College did you graduate from? Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Favorite Project you’ve worked on so far? The million Air FBO in White Plains, NY

What Engineering challenges make you excited? Retrofit and reuse of historic buildings

Go to album/playlist while working? A mix of classic and alternative rock

What keeps you busy outside of work? Hanging out with friends and family

Not that any of us procrastinate, BUT if I am, I’m usually…. Watching a favorite channel/ show of mine on TV

A trip I’d like to take… Norway to see the northern lights

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Projects in the News

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Keast & Hood Marketing Intern

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Reasons to Celebrate!

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David J. Russell

Controller

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Chamberlain Student Center | Rowan University

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Join us at the Forum on Architecture and Design

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Next Chapter Celebration

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APT DC Symposium Presentation

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Philadelphia Inquirer Features Academy of Music

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Amanda Grogin, EIT

Structural Designer

Amanda has been at the firm for about a year and has become a crucial part of the firm. She has experience in drafting plans, sections, and details of structural systems using AutoCAD and Revit. In addition, Amanda is a part of the Keast & Hood sustainability committee. She assists in office wide education and infiltration of sustainability into projects.

Lets get Personal! We asked the employees at Keast & Hood these questions to get to know them better:

When did you start at Keast & Hood? 2022

What College did you graduate from? Drexel University

Favorite Project you’ve worked on so far? Northampton Elementary – It was the largest building I’ve worked on so far and I got a chance to deep-dive into aspects of design I hadn’t touched yet

What Engineering challenges make you excited? Whenever I get to learn something new (see: always) or when I can get really invested in a project

Go to album/playlist while working? Anything a dad would listen to while barbequing

What keeps you busy outside of work? Spending time with my friends! Either winning at quizzo, losing at pickleball, trying new restaurants, or rotting away on the couch during a movie marathon

Not that any of us procrastinate, but if I am, I’m usually… Planning something with an excel spreadsheet or watching too many tiktoks

A trip I’d like to take… Sedona, Arizona

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Job Openings: Marketing and Business Development Manager

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Keast & Hood Certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

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Matthew C. Cornman, PE Promoted to Associate

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Celebrating Recent Firm Promotions

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Women’s History Month 2022

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Lehigh University College of Business

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Learn More about the Next Chapter

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Announcing Ownership Transition

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Celebrating Recent Promotions

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Inquirer Features Arrupe Hall at Saint Josephs

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Marie T. Terico

Administrative Assistant

Lets get Personal! We asked the employees at Keast & Hood these questions to get to know them better:

When did you start at Keast & Hood? 2015

Go to album/playlist while working? Country, 70’s & classic soft rock!

What keeps you busy outside of work? Fun stuff: Get togethers with family and friends! Boring Stuff: chores!

A trip I’d like to take… Alaska and Germany at Christmas time (by cruise)!

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Nick Paparo, EIT

Structural Designer

Lets get Personal! We asked the employees at Keast & Hood these questions to get to know them better:

When did you start at Keast & Hood? 2021

What College did you graduate from? Drexel University (BSCE/MSCE 2021)

Favorite Project you’ve worked on so far? Franklin Field Football Renovations

What Engineering challenges make you excited? I really enjoy detailing, looking for the best way to put a project all together and as easy to construct as possible

Go to album/playlist while working? Usually progressive rock- Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, etc.

What keeps you busy outside of work? I really enjoy travelling, watching movies, and playing disc golf

Not that any of us procrastinate, but if I am, I’m usually… Catching up on sports or doing crosswords

A trip I’d like to take… I’d love to see Italy

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Jason DeMuro, PE

Structural Engineer

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Lauren Schmitz, EIT

Structural Designer

Lauren interned for Keast & Hood in 2016 and joined the firm fulltime in the beginning of 2020 following her graduation from Johns Hopkins University. She is a highly motivated and creative designer with experience in structural analysis, historic preservation, design of steel and wood structures, and project delivery. Recognized for astute attention to detail and an eagerness to grow technically as well as professionally, Lauren has quickly become an integral part of the firm, supporting large renovation and restoration projects within the firm including the Broad Street Ministries exterior restoration and interior renovation as well as the University of Pennsylvania Quad renovation project encompassing approximately 516,500GSF. In addition to supporting the firm technically, Lauren is an active member of the Women in Structural Engineering (WiSE) group in Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers, and the Association for Preservation Technology International – Delaware Valley Chapter.

Lets get Personal! We asked the employees at Keast & Hood these questions to get to know them better:

When did you start at Keast & Hood? 2020

What College did you graduate from? Master of Science in Engineering - Johns Hopkins (‘19) & Bachelor of Civil Engineering - University of Dayton (‘18)

Favorite Project you’ve worked on so far? University of Pennsylvania - Quadrangle Renovations

What Engineering challenges make you excited? Renovations & Retrofit of existing buildings are my favorite challenges as you have to learn to work within the existing structure, understand how different materials interact, and consider the construction process, often while maintaining historic designations.

What keeps you busy outside of work? My dog, Rocky, is the best source of entertainment. We regularly go on walks through the Wissahickon and Fairmount Park or go to pet-friendly stores like Lowe’s.

Not that any of us procrastinate, BUT if I am, I’m usually…. Taking a nap or walking Rocky

A trip I’d like to take… out west to see more of the National Parks including Glacier, Yosemite, and Grand Tetons.

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Mark Odorizzi, PE

Structural Engineer

Mark is a highly motivated and creative engineer with experience in structural analysis, design of new concrete, steel, and wood structures, and project delivery. Recognized for astute attention to detail and an eagerness to grow technically as well as professionally, Mark has quickly become an integral part of the firm, supporting a variety of projects including preparing analytical models and design calculations for proposed and existing structures. In addition to supporting the firm technically, he has become involved in the firm’s participation in the ACE Eastern PA mentorship program and maintains ties with Drexel University as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Mark is a well-rounded engineer that brings the same amount of dedication and energy to every project.

Lets get Personal! We asked the employees at Keast & Hood these questions to get to know them better:

When did you start at Keast & Hood? 2019

What College did you graduate from? Drexel University: BS Architectural Engineering, MS Civil Engineering. Pennoni Honor College - Graduate with Distinction. Music Minor

Favorite Project you’ve worked on so far? University of Pennsylvania’s Boathouse

What Engineering challenges make you excited? The early, schematic phase is my favorite challenge of any project - to quickly think through different materials and systems that can achieve the goals of the building.

What keeps you busy outside of work? Adjunct Professor at Drexel University - teaching structures to the students in the Westphal College Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism. Hired pianist at my church - leading rehearsals and Sunday music. Chair of Toolkit Committee in Tau Beta Pi’s Student Advisor Board - developing resources to help members of the engineering honor society across the country.

A trip I’d like to take… I’ve only ever been abroad to Spain and Italy. I’d love to keep exploring new places! UK? Peru? Japan? I hope to travel all over!

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Ari Seraphin, PE

Project Manager

Ari Seraphin joined Keast & Hood in 2007 following graduation from Drexel University. In addition to his engineering education, Ari has more than ten years of experience as a general carpenter, including residential and light construction work. Ari has contributed to Keast & Hood projects for historic restoration and new construction, including non-destructive testing and thermography analyses. Ari’s practical hands-on construction knowledge coupled with his structural engineering training serve him well in developing pragmatic structural solutions and in coordinating and communicating effectively with members of the design team and with tradespeople.

Lets get Personal! We asked the employees at Keast & Hood these questions to get to know them better:

When did you start at Keast & Hood? 2008

What College did you graduate from? Drexel & Williamson

Favorite Project you’ve worked on so far? UPenn Hutchinson Gym

What Engineering challenges make you excited? Keeping things standing

Go to album/playlist while working? Death Grips- Get Got

A trip I’d like to take… Diving anywhere warm

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Bob Boris, PE

Senior Engineer

Bob Boris has been a member of Keast & Hood’s Philadelphia office since interning at the firm during the summer in college. Following his graduation from Temple University Bob has progressed professionally from EIT to licensed PE. In 2022 he was promoted to Project Manager as recognition of his commitment to the firm and skilled engineering. Bob’s experience includes work on award-winning historic preservation projects such as Independence Hall Tower and the Mitchell/Giurgola designed Walnut 32 Garage. He has also contributed enthusiastically to new building construction including the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University, and various higher education renovation projects at the University of Pennsylvania and Haverford College. Bob is an excellent all-around structural engineer with strong skills in computer modeling and structural analysis. His organizational abilities make him an asset on any project team.

Lets get Personal! We asked the employees at Keast & Hood these questions to get to know them better:

When did you start at Keast & Hood? 2008

What College did you graduate from? Temple University

Favorite Project you’ve worked on so far? Baptist Temple, Independence Hall HSR and the University of Pennsylvania Guest House

What Engineering challenges make you excited? Modelling structures for lateral analysis

Go to album/playlist while working? Anything instrumental

What keeps you busy outside of work? Golf!

A trip I’d like to take… Any of the top 100 golf courses in the country

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Alex Stadel, PE

Associate

Alex Stadel, PE is a registered structural engineer and has been with Keast & Hood since his graduation from Drexel University in 2011 (summa cum laude). Alex maintains a strong connection to his alma mater as an adjunct assistant professor and has developed and taught 27 courses at the University. His professional engineering experience has included a wide range of project types, from new midrise office buildings in Philadelphia to historic preservation of 18th century structures. He played a major role in the structural design of the $120 million Museum of the American Revolution (2017) and was the leading structural designer for the exhibit support structure for George Washington’s Tent, a priceless national artifact and key attraction of the museum. Alex was promoted to Associate in 2024 in recognition of his extensive experience and exceptional management skills.

Lets get Personal! We asked the employees at Keast & Hood these questions to get to know them better:

When did you start at Keast & Hood? 2011

What College did you graduate from? Drexel University

Favorite Project you’ve worked on so far? As a Philadelphian, working on the Gehry CORE renovations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as the local engineer was an honor - the project was challenging and we had a fantastic construction team to work with.

What Engineering challenges make you excited? I really like using structural engineering to transform spaces - whether that means removing columns, opening up load-bearing walls, adding floors to buildings, etc. I think that good engineering enables - not constrains - transformative visions.

What keeps you busy outside of work? Lots! I teach the six-part structures series for Drexel’s architecture program, as well as an engineering design studio (‘junior design’) for the architectural engineering program - so I spend a few nights a week in the classroom or grading papers. When I’m not fighting time and gravity for work projects, I’m usually doing that on my own house - renovating an historic Victorian twin in Powelton Village. I also love spending time with my nephews and doing weekend backpacking trips.

A trip I’d like to take… I’d love to visit Japan someday - I really like Japanese culture, food, the architecture, the landscape, etc. I’d love to see it in person.

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Matt Cornman, PE

Associate

Matt has over fifteen years of diverse structural engineering experience, ranging from higher education adaptive reuse projects to billion-dollar hotel and casino complexes. He has successfully realized some of the firm’s largest and most complex projects and is highly respected by his colleagues and design team members for his engineering acumen. Some of Matt’s notable Keast & Hood projects include the Philadelphia Mormon Temple 300,000-square-foot complex, and the Haverford Lutnick Library renovation and addition.

Lets get Personal! We asked the employees at Keast & Hood these questions to get to know them better:

When did you start at Keast & Hood? 2012

What College did you graduate from? The Pennsylvania State University

Favorite Project you’ve worked on so far? The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS

What Engineering challenges make you excited? Providing constructible solutions to complex problems

What keeps you busy outside of work? Mowing my lawn

A trip I’d like to take… Cross county in a camper or RV

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KH Engineers Establish DVASE Sustainable Design Committee

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University of Pennsylvania Meeting and Guest House

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Colonial Middle School

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University of Pennsylvania Boathouse Renovation

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University of Pennsylvania Squash Center

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Design Philadelphia Installation

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We’re Hiring!

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Statement on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art Reopens

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Recent Project Recognition

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Committing to the SE 2050 Challenge

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Office Moving March 1st

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Celebrating Recent Promotions

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Looking Back on 2020

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Current and Past Lab Experience

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Amos Hall Receives Learning by Design Award of Excellence

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Design Philadelphia Open House Recap

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Amos Hall | St. Andrew’s School of Delaware

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Catch us at the Forum and Design Philly this month!

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Recent Project Recognition

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Modern Steel Construction Article on new Wharton Building

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Celebrating Preservation Month!

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Preservation Alliance, Grand Jury Awards

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COVID-19 Office Update

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Interview with the Curator

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Christ Church Philadelphia Work Highlighted

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Legacy image 12

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Structure & Purpose Exhibition

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Structure & Purpose Athenaeum Exhibition

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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

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Arrupe Hall | Saint Joseph’s University

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Structure Magazine Feature Article, An Unlikely Pair: Steel Trusses and Flat-Plate

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October 2019

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Restoring a Concrete Icon at ICRI 2019 Fall Convention

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Catch KH at Design Philadelphia and The Forum on Architecture + Design

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Job Opening: BIM Production Manager

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Associate Brian Wentz Contributes to College Planning & Management

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Principal Denise Richards to Speak at Upcoming Event

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3675 Market Receives Rouse Award for Excellence

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