Keith is uniquely qualified to operate Criterium-Brown Engineers. He has a very broad range of hands on experience in the construction industry ranging from heavy earthwork, utility construction, airport construction, commercial building construction, hospital facility construction, industrial building construction, and school construction. He has owned and operated a concrete and soils testing lab. He has also been involved with the environmental clean-up of the former Loring Air Force Base.
Keith began his career as a project engineer and later as a project manager for a heavy/highway/utility contractor. He was involved with cost estimation, procurement and administration of many multi-million dollar projects in Maine and New Hampshire, ranging from installation of sewerage water systems, water treatment facilities, airport construction, highways and site development.
As partner and principal of a concrete and soil-testing laboratory, Keith gained experience dealing with the quality control standards of a variety of federal agencies, including ASTM and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He gained experience with soil and concrete mechanics and also the administrative requirements of operating a technical facility to standards set forth by numerous government agencies.
Keith has managed/supervised construction of wood framed, steel framed and cast in place concrete structures. From a structural standpoint, Keith has supervised construction of structures ranging from multi-level steel framed hospital facilities to multi-unit family housing to industrial buildings, jet engine blast deflectors, B-52 bomber crash mock-ups, a fire station and residential units.
As part of the environmental remediation of the former Loring Air Force Base, Keith supervised and performed health and safety operations on projects such as closure of several landfills, excavation and disposal of jet fuel, PCB, and lead contaminated soils; excavation of unexploded ordinance sites, and total natural reconstruction of 2-1/2 miles stream bed that had been obliterated by PCB remediation operations.
Keith has an affinity for the craftsmanship that prevailed in the construction of older homes. During the 1980ís Keith and Sue purchased a small home that had seen much neglect and had several structural issues. Together, they moved in with their family, demolished a portion of the home and constructed a new addition, much of it with their own labor. They gained valuable experience in the qualities and issues associated with older dwellings, the amount of work involved in residential projects, and the pride resulting from restoration of an older home. They have lived in this same home for the past twenty-one years.
Keith is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers, the Lidstone Memorial United Methodist Church, and the Washburn Rotary Club. He also volunteers services to Boy Scout Troop 177 of Washburn. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono. He has received post graduate training in: construction claims management, subdivision review, indoor air quality, erosion and sedimentation control, hazardous material remediation, and OSHA regulations and is a licensed tester for radon in air and water.