Thursday, February 20, 2014

Patrick Watz joins HNTB

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
Patrick Watz, HNTB Patrick Watz, HNTB
Patrick Watz, PE, has joined HNTB Corp. as rail transit practice leader and vice president. Watz has more than 21 years of transportation industry experience, including planning, program management, design, construction management, and project controls services for rail transit systems, highways, bridges, and facilities. Watz is based in the firm’s Minneapolis office and serves clients nationwide.

Prior to joining HNTB, Watz most recently led the engineering services consultant team for the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit project in the Twin Cities. The CCLRT project is an 11-mile LRT line linking the Twin Cities, St. Paul and Minneapolis. At $957 million, the project is the largest public works project in history for the state of Minnesota.

Watz graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

“As rail transit practice leader for our Great Lakes Division, Watz will help drive growth for the transit practice, which includes light rail, commuter and intercity rail, bus rapid transit, and streetcar projects,” said HNTB Chair Public Transit Services Liz Rao. “As we are winning new rail transit projects and working with existing clients, Patrick’s experience and technical skills are great assets to HNTB’s growing transit practice. Hisexpertise includes managing design teams, providing project technical leadership, maintaining project cost and scheduling controls, ensuring contract compliance and delivering at the highest quality standards. In addition, he is experienced with the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Program guidelines and New Starts evaluation criteria.”