For three decades,
Keystone has been a reliable provider of qualified engineering resources and technically innovative solutions. On July 9, 1988, Keystone Engineering Inc. opened for business. The Company was founded by Ed Genois, P.E. and Rudy Hall, P.E. to provide quality project management, engineering, drafting and procurement services. In their offices in Harvey, Louisiana, Rudy and Ed built a team of more than thirty employees.
In 1998, Keystone was awarded its largest project to date – the "Spirit” platform for Shell Exploration and Production Company. This new production platform in the Gulf of Mexico was located in Viosca Knoll 780. Keystone provided comprehensive engineering design for the multi-deck production and quarters facility.
In 2000, Innovation at Keystone reached a new level with the development of the patented "Inward Batter Guide Structure”, or IBGS. The first design for construction was submitted in early 2001 for applications offshore Nigeria (OYOT). The IBGS, or "twisted jacket” foundation saw its first Gulf of Mexico liftboat installation in March of 2005; the following summer this structure took a direct hit from hurricane Katrina. As this devastating hurricane passed through the West Delta field, Keystone's IBGS suffered ZERO damage. The second installation was performed by derrick barge in the fall of 2005, also in the West Delta field.
In 2004, after more than 15 years, Keystone Engineering moved from the west bank of the Mississippi to Metairie, Louisiana. Ed retired that year, and Rudy committed to an expansion of Keystone, both through organic growth as well as strategic acquisitions. The following year, Keystone opened an office in Lafayette, Louisiana to service the oil and gas industry there. After Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, Keystone engineers, designers and programmers worked out of borrowed office space in Houma for weeks, responding to clients in critical need of assessments and assistance until the office could be re-opened.
2007 was a year of great expansion for Keystone. Most notably, Rudy brought in the expertise of Barry Reed, P.E. as Vice President. Under Barry's guidance, Keystone developed a diversified clientele spanning several industries and grew from 35 employees to its current complement of over 300. That same year, an office was opened in Mandeville, Louisiana. With the Northshore's fast-growing population, this office provides a closer location for employees residing in Mandeville and Covington.
It is also well-positioned to provide services to some of the firm's Northshore clients, including Chevron and LOOP. Keystone also expanded into the Baton Rouge market with the acquisition of Salmon Engineering. The Baton Rouge office provides multi-disciplined engineering and design to the numerous chemical, petrochemical and refining facilities in the area.
In 2010, Keystone opened in Houston, Texas. With the move of so many energy sector clients to the Houston area, Keystone is committed to developing a group of talented engineers, designers and programmers to service this important market.
In 2014, Keystone made headlines when the U.S. Department of Energy announced approved $47 Million in funding for three offshore wind demonstration projects. Keystone's IBGS design will be utilized on two of the three projects. Read more here.
In 2017, Keystone again received global attention for designing the foundations used for Deepwater Wind's Block Island Wind Farm - America's first offshore wind farm. Now fully operational, the wind farm was recognized by the National for how well it's innovative design features enhanced personnel safety.
Keystone celebrated 30 years in business in 2018. Keystone was founded to be an enduring company, and as we celebrate this major accomplishment, we continue our dedication to providing an environment for our employees and clients to innovate, thrive and be successful.