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February 2013
Keast & Hood Co. Announces Promotions

Keast & Hood Co. announces the promotion of John R. Davis, PE, and Denise L. Richards, PE, to Associates of the firm.

“Both John and Denise were recognized for their service to the firm and its clients,” said Keast & Hood Co. principal in charge, Thomas J. Normile, PE. “Our entire team is able to consistently provide high levels of quality and service because of the commitment, creativity, and hard work of our personnel.”

John R. Davis, PE, joined Keast & Hood Co. in 1998 and has achieved award-winning results on structural challenges for buildings new and old, including the Van Amringe Building stabilization, University of Delaware East Campus Utility Plant, WHYY Learning Lab design, Union League renovations, and the LEED Platinum Friends Center renovation. Architects appreciate John’s careful detailing while contractors respect his keen sense of constructability and ability to resolve field conditions. 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.

Denise L. Richards, PE, first worked with Keast & Hood Co. from 2005-2007. After a brief absence, she rejoined the firm in 2009 and has since contributed to major new building and renovation projects including construction of 3711 Market Street in Philadelphia’s Science Center Research Park, visitor safety renovations at the Statue of Liberty National Monument, and the new West Point Military Academy Visitor Center. She is a highly organized and creative structural engineer who collaborates well with architects, owners, and consultants. Her technical proficiency is bolstered by strong project management skills. Her excellent communication skills are an asset when articulating technical structural concerns to clients and laypersons. Denise holds a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Drexel University. She is a member of the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers.

In addition to the new associate promotions, Christian Kronenwetter, PE, was promoted to project manager. Christian has been part of Keast & Hood Co. since 2007, where his attention to detail and responsiveness to clients and teammates have impacted efficiency on projects including the Statue of Liberty National Monument, Lenfest Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building at Drexel University. Christian is skilled in complex structural analysis, 3D modeling, and BIM. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Drexel University and is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction.

All promotions were effective as of the first of the year.

Pictured, top to bottom: John Davis, Denise Richards, Christian Kronenwetter

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