H&H announced that Howard Swanson and Earl Wacker have joined the company as Senior Project Managers in the Rail Practice.
Swanson, P.E., S.E., will focus on managing large freight rail projects, having spent 32 years with Norfolk Southern (NS). At NS, he was responsible for ensuring that standard procedures for bridge management complied with Federal Railway Administration (FRA) requirements. He also managed the bridge inspection process and audited inspections.
Swanson’s experience includes developing procedures for remote drawbridge operation, standard calculations for bridge ratings, and the design of NS’s standard pre-stressed concrete spans. He has taught AREMA Seismic Bridge Design Seminar and Steel Railroad Bridge Design Workshops for the International Bridge Conference.
Wacker will focus on both passenger and freight rail projects. He will also be involved in Midwest transportation projects. He has more than 37 years’ experience at CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) and its predecessors. While there, he worked in every aspect of the railroad business. Wacker held positions in operations, administration and service design, including six years with CSX Intermodal, a subsidiary of CSXT. His experiences include passenger, freight and intermodal train operations while serving as the Director-Train Operations. In 2008 he retired from CSXT and took a position as a consultant, where he was responsible for all railroad work in North and South America.
Wacker has managed major freight and passenger projects, including the CREATE Program, Amtrak’s 2009 Stimulus Act Program, Amtrak’s ADA Program and local commuter rail studies for Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District. He has also been involved in Amtrak, Illinois High-Speed Rail, Florida’s SunRail and All Aboard Florida, and many other passenger projects.
“I am excited to have two experienced railroaders like Earl and Howard join our team,” said Jeff Konrad, H&H’s National Passenger Rail Director. “The value of the hands-on experience that they bring to each project is immeasurable.”
“We are fortunate to add these expert rail professionals to our group,” said Bret Farmer, H&H’s National Freight Rail Director. “They are well-respected in the industry for their leadership skills and experience on complex rail projects.”