March 2017 – Hoffmann Architects, an architecture and engineering firm specializing in the rehabilitation of building exteriors, announces that Lawrence E. Keenan, AIA, PE will assume management of the technical staff at the firm’s Hamden, Connecticut headquarters from Arthur L. Sanders, AIA, who managed the Connecticut technical staff for nearly 20 years.
Lawrence E. Keenan, AIA, PE, Vice President and Director of Engineering, has been selected to manage the architecture and engineering staff at Hoffmann Architects’ Connecticut office, where he will oversee project management, allocate technical resources, and see that work is done on time, within budget, and to exacting quality standards. A licensed structural engineer and registered architect, Keenan has more than 25 years’ experience in building envelope rehabilitation and design. In May, he will celebrate his 20th anniversary with Hoffmann Architects. An owner of the firm who is recognized in the industry for his innovations in concrete structural design, Keenan holds two U.S. patents for precast concrete connections. As President of the Connecticut chapter of the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), he is a sought-after presenter not only for ICRI, but also for the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and the Structural Engineers’ Coalition (SEC). With a degree in structural engineering from the University of Connecticut, Keenan is a mentor to staff and a trusted resource on industry standards, code compliance, and structural evaluation. His projects include engineering analysis and project management for Phoenix Life Insurance Company, The Travelers Companies, M&T Bank, BMW of North America, the University of Connecticut, and Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Arthur L. Sanders, AIA, Senior Vice President and Director of Architecture, has ceded staff management responsibilities to Lawrence E. Keenan, AIA, PE but will continue to oversee challenging envelope projects, serve as an expert witness, provide peer review for new construction, and act as a technical resource for staff. Since assuming leadership of the Connecticut technical staff in 1998, Sanders’ notable contributions include restoration of the Dome of the U.S. Capitol, design of a 70,000-square-foot copper roof replacement at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, peer review of the U.S. Judiciary Office building, consultation on the new Oklahoma state capitol dome, Lawrence E. Keenan, AIA, PE Arthur L. Sanders, AIA Hoffmann Architects Names Lawrence Keenan Manager of Connecticut Office Page 2 restoration of the landmarked iconic “Fish Church” in Stamford CT, and technical review for the Airforce Academy Chapel. A Yale University alumnus, Art has been an active member in the professional community throughout his 40+ year architecture career. Currently Vice President of the Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA CT), he has served three terms as President for the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Housatonic Chapter and has been a representative to the Industry Practice Committee for the Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) for over 15 years. He also continues his longstanding membership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hoffmann Architects is fortunate to have benefited from Sanders’ leadership, and, even as he hands over his administrative and managerial responsibilities, the firm will continue to gain from his expertise, mentorship, and technical guidance.