Certified environmental professional manages environmental and transportation departments and assists with office growth in new role
BELLEVUE, Wash. (Oct. 1, 2019) – Deborah Taylor, CEP, was named group director for HNTB Corporation’s Bellevue office. A transportation environmental planner with more than 33 years of experience, Taylor manages HNTB’s environmental, structures, urban planning, and mechanical, electrical and engineering departments. She also will help meet growth goals for the office and maximize client relationships.
Taylor transfers to HNTB’s Seattle-area office from its Houston location. An HNTB employee for more than 20 years, Taylor previously served as director of environmental planning for HNTB’s Texas region, managing more than 50 employees statewide. She was office leader in Houston from October 2006 through February 2011, a role in which she frequently worked with local elected and public agency officials.
“Deborah brings to our Seattle office a wealth of project management experience and expertise with environmental planning that is critical to advancing large-scale transportation projects,” said Kevin Collins, PE, vice president and HNTB Seattle office leader. “Her demonstrated leadership and commitment to client satisfaction genuinely reflects HNTB’s core values and will further drive outstanding results for the communities we serve.”
During her tenure in Houston, Taylor was environmental manager for the South Padre 2nd Access bridge project; environmental task lead for the US-181 Harbor Bridge project EIS and design-build project in Corpus Christi; environmental task lead for the Loop 375 Border Highway west extension EIS and schematics; and deputy project manager for both draft and final EIS segments of the Grand Parkway project in Houston.
Prior to joining HNTB in 1998, Taylor worked with the Texas Department of Transportation for 13 years as the Houston District Environmental Section supervisor.
Taylor is a certified environmental planner and maintains affiliation with the National Association of Environmental Planners. She is environmentally trained in areas that include National Environmental Policy Act regulations and wetland delineation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard permitting, and the fundamentals and abatement of highway traffic noise.
Taylor is an active member of Women’s Transportation Seminar. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Houston.
HNTB established its Seattle office in 1960, but the firm traces its roots in the region back to 1912, when the Columbia River Interstate Bridge between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, opened. The bridge was designed by John Lyle Harrington, a partner in HNTB’s predecessor firm, Waddell & Harrington. HNTB has grown to employ more than 200 professionals in the region who help play a role in planning and delivering high-profile transportation infrastructure projects across the state and around the country.
HNTB’s many signature infrastructure projects in the region include State Route 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 Interstate 405 and State Route 509; South Park Bascule Bridge Replacement in Seattle; Mount Baker Ridge Tunnel; historic work on Interstate 5 dating back to the 1960s; and Tilikum Crossing bridge in Portland, Oregon.