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January 2016
Keast & Hood Associate, Craig D. Swift, Presents at the ATC & SEI Conference

Keast & Hood Associate and director of our Charlottesville office, Craig D. Swift recently presented on the white paper, Evaluations, Repairs & Retrofits to the Sherman Building in Washington, DC, written in collaboration with Principal, Mat Daw and Structural Designer, Laura Burgess. The presentation was part of the ATC & SEI National Conference on Improving the Seismic Performance of Existing Buildings and Other Structures across the nation. The conference was held in San Francisco, CA.

As part of a collaborative design team including but not limited to The Christman Company, Keast & Hood, Quinn Evans Architects, and PRESERVE/scapes, Swift led the structural condition assessment and structural engineering design for restoration of the historic Sherman Building following the Mineral, Virginia earthquake on 23 August 2011. The Sherman Building, located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC, is a successful case study on the recovery and preservation of a National Historic Landmark built in 1852.

Attendees gained insightful knowledge about the preservation of the Sherman Building as Swift lead them through an overview of the recovery process. Starting with initial team meetings and surveys in early July 2012 to the tower’s structural steel completion and stone topping-off in December of 2013. Including the surprise discovery of an 1890 time capsule located in the southwest turret of the building.

View the white paper *Evaluations, Repairs & Retrofits to the Sherman Building in Washington, DC*

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