HNTB’s Southern California Office Announces Promotions, New Hire

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Victor Martinez named office leader; Joseph Quitter named associate vice president; team expands firm’s design-build expertise with Nathan Burgess.

Many states, including California, are adopting [design-build] ... as an effective way to deliver large, complex projects faster and within extremely constrained budgets.

HNTB Corporation, an infrastructure firm, has announced promotions and professional additions to its Southern California office. The firm has a long-standing presence in Los Angeles and was recognized earlier this year as the leading firm in the Engineering News-Record California 2011 Transportation market sector list.

Victor Martinez, PE, has been named vice president and Southern California office leader. Martinez has 32 years of project design, oversight, engineering and management experience. Previous experience includes project principal for the SR 79 Realignment Project in Riverside, Calif., as well as the development of final design plans for the ARRA-funded improvements to U.S. 101/SR 23 for the City of Thousand Oaks, Calif. He graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona.

"Vic understands the full range of markets and services HNTB provides," said Larry Davis, HNTB West Division president. "From business development and client management to operations and project delivery, he understands how to consistently provide superior quality and deliver projects on time and on budget."

Joseph Quitter, PE, PMP, PTOE, has been named associate vice president. He joined the firm in 2008 and currently serves as the deputy project manager on the Interstate 405 project, where he manages the business, change management and claim management teams on behalf of LA Metro. His work on the I-405 project has included developing the approved document that allowed construction to start on the design-build project, marshalling the first design package through the design-quality-submit-review-approval process, and planning a 53-hour full closure of the Interstate – the much publicized "Carmageddon." He regularly coordinates with contractors, partners and clients – teams of civil, structural and traffic engineers, transportation planners, and bridge and landscape architects – while also making numerous public presentations in support of the project.

Nathan Burgess, PE, has joined HNTB as a senior project manager in Los Angeles with a strong background in transit. He previously managed several large design-build projects in Salt Lake City, including the Mid-Jordan and Draper design-build projects, 10.6-mile and 3.8-mile extensions, respectively, of the Utah Transit Authority’s existing light rail system. He also was the design manager on the Bay Area Rapid Transit Oakland Airport Connector, a 3.2 mile automated people mover. He currently is working on the I-405 project as well as the Antelope Valley Line Infrastructure Improvement Strategic Plan.

"Joseph and Nathan both understand the importance and effectiveness of design-build," said Davis. "Many states, including California, are adopting and implementing this method as an effective way to deliver large, complex projects faster and within extremely constrained budgets."

Current HNTB work in Southern California includes serving as the prime engineering firm on the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening project, and it is evaluating and recommending operational and safety improvements to the Metrolink Antelope Valley commuter rail line for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The firm recently was selected by the Port of Los Angeles as part of a team to provide on-call engineering and architectural services for the port's capital improvement, maintenance improvement and aesthetic mitigation programs. Earlier this year ENR California, a regional construction magazine, also recognized HNTB as No. 1 on the list of Top Civil Engineering Firms and No. 4 on its overall list of Top Design Firms in California.

HNTB employs more than 390 people in the region and has offices in key cities across the state, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Oakland, San Jose, Santa Ana, Sacramento and Riverside.

HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With nearly a century of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and solves clients' most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program delivery and construction management. For more information, visit

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