HNTB hosts local businesses for small and disadvantaged networking event

Representatives from Port of Seattle, SDOT and Sound Transit shared partnership opportunities

BELLEVUE, Wash. (June 24, 2019) – HNTB Corporation recently hosted business representatives from across greater Seattle at a consultant outreach and networking event for small and disadvantaged businesses. The event was held in the firm’s Bellevue office. 

Approximately 50 representatives from 40 companies in the local business community attended the event, which helped to identify and develop areas for partnership with historically underutilized businesses on future transportation infrastructure projects in Washington state.

“Diversity is important to HNTB because we believe that it provides a diversity of ideas and solutions that result in the best possible outcomes for our clients,” said Kevin Collins, PE, HNTB’s Seattle office leader and vice president. “While we’re actively embracing efforts to incorporate diversity and inclusiveness into our business practices, we’re also pursuing opportunities to help partner firms thrive. Those involved in planning, designing and constructing infrastructure solutions should reflect the communities in which we live and work.” 

Representatives were on hand from several public agencies — including the Port of Seattle, Seattle Department of Transportation and Sound Transit — to discuss partnership opportunities and areas of need for upcoming infrastructure projects, as well as underscore the importance of diversity in delivering their programs. Project managers and office leaders with HNTB also provided insight into upcoming projects for aviation, architecture, roadway and highway structures, rail transit and environmental work. Following the opening remarks, participants networked and held informal discussions about transportation in the region. 

HNTB has demonstrated its commitment to providing resources to local small businesses through the development of its Partners Program. Established 10 years ago, the program facilitates connections to strengthen business partnerships and has successfully supported small, minority and disadvantaged firms around the country.

HNTB’s signature infrastructure projects in the region include SR 99 Alaskan Way Tunnel; Mercer Corridor improvements in Seattle; Seattle-Tacoma International Airport third runway; second Tacoma Narrows bridge; Sound Transit University Link Light Rail Extension, Lynnwood Link Extension, West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions and East Link Extension; Washington State Department of Transportation General Engineering Consultant Services for I-405 and SR 509; South Park Bascule Bridge Replacement in Seattle; Mount Baker Ridge Tunnel; historic work on I-5 dating back to the 1960s; and Tilikum Crossing bridge in Portland, Oregon.

About HNTB 
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and construction contractors. Celebrating 105 years of service in the United States and more than 55 years in Seattle, HNTB continues to grow in size and service offerings to clients from its office in Bellevue, currently employing approximately 200 full-time professionals in the region. 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, or follow HNTB on LinkedInTwitterFacebook or Instagram.

Brian Cox
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