Eric L. Keen, P.E.
Vice Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer
As president and chief operating officer, Eric Keen is responsible for the strategic growth and daily operations of the company. He also serves as vice chairman for the HDR Board of Directors.
A civil engineer by training, Eric has spent his 36-year career helping to develop and deliver some of the United States’ most notable transportation infrastructure projects, including the Whittier Access project in Port William Sound, Alaska; the Legacy Parkway project in Salt Lake City, Utah; the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina; and the world-renowned Hoover Dam Bypass.
Eric joined HDR in 1993 in the firm’s Alaska office. It was during this time that he became involved with major public-private and design-build projects, developing a passion for the use of alternative contracting methods. He was instrumental in establishing the firm’s transportation alternative delivery practice, which has since been involved in many high-profile projects such as the Oregon Bridge Delivery Program and the I-69 P3 Project in Indiana.
In 2004, Eric was named transportation business group director. Under his leadership, the transportation practice grew its planning, program management, design-build and management consulting services to complement an already strong design practice. Eric also oversaw a number of acquisitions across the United States, Canada and Australia, which expanded the firm’s capabilities and helped double the company’s size.
A graduate of the University of Iowa, Eric is active in many professional and civic groups. In 2012, he started the HDR Foundation, an employee-funded and administered charitable giving organization that benefits the communities where the firm’s employees live and work by supporting activities that align with the company’s values and areas of expertise.