Justin Keefe – Airport Engineer & Home Project Manager

Justin Keefe

1. What drew you to Hoyle Tanner?

I was in a site civil position with another firm when Tim Audet told me about an opening in the aviation group. I get to design and oversee construction on airport projects. Engineering and airplanes, sign me up!

2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?

Flexibility. I have been lucky enough to share responsibilities as a designer and as a resident engineer. In both roles you need to be ready for the unexpected. This is true for the individual as well as the team.

3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle Tanner & why?

The winter is design season. Design work keeps you out of the elements! I was in landscape construction for 10 years, and I always envied those who worked inside during the winter months, so I never take it for granted.

4. What’s the coolest thing you’re working on & why?

I’m working on an apron project with many challenges. There is an adjacent design/construction project, shallow bedrock, treating stormwater from fueling and non-fueling areas, geothermal crossings, etc. I have been tapping into and expanding my civil 3D knowledge quite a bit.

5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?

My two girls are moving up to their next class at daycare. One is moving from the toddler room to preschool and the other is moving from preschool to pre-kindergarten. I love watching them grow!

6. How many different states have you lived in?

Three: Massachusetts Native, Vermont, New Hampshire

7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

Any pasta dish from Podere Il Casale in Tuscany

8. What kind of pet do you have & how did you choose to name it?

I have a dog named Neela. My brother named her for her blue eyes as a puppy.

9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?

Rebecca and Abigail Bates, aka ‘The Army of Two,’ reportedly deterred the sailors from a British ship from coming ashore to ransack the town for supplies. The two played their fife and drum from behind a sea wall to sound like a small militia.

10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?

  • Seeing Mount Everest
  • Learn to play the guitar
  • Trip into space

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.

  • Sailboat
  • Harmonica
  • Sunscreen

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?


13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?

1978 Paddington Bear Piggy Bank

14. Words to live by? Favorite quote? Why?

‘I’ll ride the wave, where it takes me’, Eddie Vedder. Life is not a straight line, and many of the things that force us to change direction are out of our control. The thing that you can control is how you handle change and your ability to go with the flow.

15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?


16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?

Johnny Utah