Clyde Baker, Jr., a respected international figure in tall and super tall building foundation design and engineering, has joined GEI Consultants, Inc. Baker was formerly CEO and Chairman of Chicago-based geotechnical firm STS Consultants.

Baker has served as lead geotechnical engineer on most of the tallest buildings constructed in Chicago over the past 50 years. He has served as geotechnical engineer or consultant on many of the tallest buildings in the world, including Chicago’s iconic Sears (Willis Tower), Trump Tower, John Hancock, and Amoco buildings; the Petronas Towers (Kuala Lumpur); 101 Financial Center (Taipei); Burj (Dubai), Doha Convention Center and Tower (Qatar), and Incheon 151 (Korea). As a result of these experiences, he has developed an international reputation in the design and construction of deep foundations, and has been a leader in using in-situ testing techniques correlated with past building performance to develop more efficient foundation designs.

Clyde Baker CTBUH award

Clyde Baker (right) accepts the 2013 Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal from CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson. Credit: CTBUH

At GEI, Baker joins Bill Walton, P.E., S.E., his protege and former Illinois Civil Engineer of the Year (2010), and Chia Tan, Ph.D., P.E. both former STS colleagues and collaborators as consulting engineers and foundation designers on iconic structures including many of the buildings named above. These gentlemen collaborate with numerous other GEI experts in foundation design and deep foundations.

Ron Palmieri, chief operating officer of GE, commented in a press release: “He will be working with our clients while collaborating with some of the world’s leading geotechnical and geostructural engineers. Clyde’s addition to GEI reinforces our commitment to solving complex geotechnical engineering issues for our clients in Chicago, across the United States and internationally.”

Baker is member and past chairman of the American Concrete Institute Committee 336, Footings, Mats, and Piers; ASTM; ASCE honorable member; Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings; Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; Deep Foundation Institute; International Association of Foundation Drilling; Highway Research Board; Illinois Society of Professional Engineers; National Society of Professional Engineers; Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, and the National Academy of Engineering.

He has authored or co-authored over fifty papers and presentations, and is recipient of more than twenty five awards, including the Washington Award; ASCE’s Opal Design, Ralph Beck, and Martin S. Kapp awards; Moles Award; ASDC Outstanding Service Award, and Deep Foundations Institute Distinguished Service Award.

Baker received his B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also received a B.S. in physics from College of William and Mary.