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2012 Delaware Valley Hall of Fame Inductee: Carl A. Baumert, Jr., PE

Carl A. Baumert, Jr., PECarl A. Baumert, Jr., PE, has worked as a professional engineer for nearly 60 years, directing the structural engineering of major new building and renovation projects. His technical proficiency, creativity, and penchant for history have left a lasting impression on the design and construction community in Philadelphia and at large. A registered engineer since 1958, Carl served as principal of Keast & Hood Co. from 1963 to 1995. Now in his 80s, Carl continues working in Keast & Hood Co.’s Philadelphia office where he focuses on historic restoration and rehabilitation projects, including participation since 1991 as the lead structural consultant for the multi- disciplinary restoration team for Philadelphia’s City Hall.

Early in his career, Carl developed an interest in historic buildings and in solving myriad problems involving their structure and exterior envelope. That led to an appointment to the ASCE Committee on the Assessment and Rehabilitation of Buildings in 1982. As part of that committee, Carl participated in the development and writing of the landmark standards for building condition assessment: SEI/ASCE 11: Guideline for Structural Condition Assessment of Existing Buildings and SEI/ ASCE 30: Guideline for the Condition Assessment of the Building Envelope, serving as chair for the production of the latter.

Carl’s project experience is both extensive and varied, including work for the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Erie Federal Building, US Custom House, William Trent House, and Union League. He has worked on numerous monuments and landmarks including Fire Island Lighthouse, Perry’s Victory, Fort Mifflin, and the relocation and reconstruction of Gruber Wagon Works. His work for historic churches has ranged from new facilities and renovation at Church of the Advocate to timber truss repairs at Robert Smith’s Saint Peter’s Church and Christ Church in NJ. New construction projects have included the five-story J.C. Penney store in Philadelphia and Module 5 and 6 Chiller Buildings at the University of Pennsylvania. Carl is presently leading the multi-disciplinary team restoring Philadelphia’s City Hall, work with which he has been involved since 1991. Among his clients are architecture firms Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc.; John Milner Associates; Bower Lewis Thrower Architects; Kelly/Maiello Architects; and VITETTA.

Carl earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University) in 1951. He served in the US Army Corps. of Engineers from 1951-53 at Fort Belvoir, VA, and in Korea where he was a platoon commander and battalion recon officer. He is registered in 14 states: PA, NJ, DE, NY, MD, MA, CT, SC, OH, VA, GA, WV, NC, and WI.

Carl has spoken and written for organizations including the National Council of Structural Engineers Association, National Science Foundation, Traditional Buildings Conference, and STRUCTURE magazine. He is a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and former chairman of its Standards Committee for Structural Condition Assessment and Rehabilitation of Buildings, member of the American Society for Testing and Materials; member of Association for Preservation Technology International and its Delaware Valley Chapter; member of the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers, and professional member of the American Institute of Steel Construction.