HNTB recognized with Outstanding Performance Award for Calmentor Mentor-Protégé Program in San Diego

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The mentorship program increases the pool of small architectural and engineering businesses for participation in regional transportation projects.

Being paired with protégé firm Davy Architecture has been a mutually rewarding experience as both firms had the opportunity to learn from each other.

HNTB Corporation was honored earlier this month with an Outstanding Performance Award by the Calmentor Mentor-Protégé Program in San Diego, California, for architectural and engineering mentoring for protégé firm, Davy Architecture.

The Calmentor mentorship program — overseen by the California Department of Transportation District 11 and the San Diego Association of Governments in coordination with the American Council of Engineering Companies and City of San Diego — is designed to encourage and support small businesses through voluntary partnerships with mid-size and larger firms. In addition, the program is intended to increase the participation of small architectural and engineering firms in public transportation projects in the San Diego region.

“This program is a great way for HNTB to share knowledge with talented smaller firms that are aspiring to grow and do business with Caltrans, SANDAG and other public agencies,” said Kevin Reed, PE, HNTB San Diego office leader. “Being paired with protégé firm Davy Architecture has been a mutually rewarding experience as both firms had the opportunity to learn from each other.”

“Being involved in the Calmentor program is one of the best opportunities we've had to grow our business,” said Eric (Ric) Davy, principal of Davy Architecture. “HNTB’s expertise and ongoing support have further enhanced our capabilities and helped to position our firm for greater future success. After 28 years in practice, we still had much to learn. Our 29th year was our best year ever, and our 30th was even better.”

HNTB and Davy Architecture were paired together following an application process that included interviews of prospective partners and an agreement on areas of support and development. Following a memorandum of understanding, both partners worked together on achieving the goals and objectives and filed progress reports with Caltrans and SANDAG.

About Davy Architecture
Founded in 1984, Davy Architecture initially provided services targeted to the speculative office, industrial and hospitality development communities. In 1991, the firm expanded services into the public sector with projects for the U.S. Navy and the Coronado Unified School District. An education design studio was firmly established by 1998 when the firm won the Award for Outstanding Design and Planning for Mesa Ridge High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2012, healthcare and acute care design studios became an addition to its portfolio. For more information, visit

About HNTB
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. HNTB’s work in California dates back to its founding in 1914. Today HNTB continues to grow in size and service offerings to clients in California from seven office locations, currently employing more than 350 full-time professionals. With more than a century of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit

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