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June 2009
Keast & Hood Co. Continues Commitment to Lighthouse Preservation

Keast & Hood Co. continued its commitment to preserving the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse by participating in a volunteer work day on Friday, June 22. Ten staff members from the DC and Philadelphia offices spent the day at the lighthouse, completing repairs and preservation maintenance.

The volunteer activity is part of an ongoing relationship with Thomas Point and the US Lighthouse Society, for which Keast & Hood Co. has provided professional and pro bono preservation efforts since 2006.

Principal, Matthew J. Daw, PE, LEED®AP said, “We are grateful to our client, the US Lighthouse Society, and the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Foundation for allowing us the opportunity to volunteer in such a beautiful setting.”

The Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is the oldest, unmoved, spider-type screwpile lighthouse in the US. Built in 1875 as a replacement for an on-shore tower, the light is located in the middle of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Its iron foundation and structure were rehabilitated and strengthened by Keast & Hood Co. and Structural Preservation Systems, LLC during a design-build project in 2006-7. Since then, additional corrective measures have been taken and Keast & Hood Co. staff has offered volunteer service for ongoing maintenance and repair work.

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