Henry Russell joins HNTB as director, tunnel resilience and rehabilitation

Brings more than four decades of experience in the design, inspection, evaluation and rehabilitation of tunnels and underground structures

NEW YORK (June 14, 2023) – HNTB announced today that Henry Russell, PE, PG, has joined its national tunnel practice as director, tunnel resilience and rehabilitation. In this new role, Russell will be an accomplished technical resource to clients and projects across the nation.

Russell is based in HNTB’s Boston office and brings more than four decades of experience in the design, inspection, evaluation and rehabilitation of tunnels, complex underground structures and deep foundations. He has developed and implemented state-of-the-art investigations and inspection procedures for tunnels of various uses and is a recognized leader in the application of the latest concrete repair methods and materials. In addition, Russell is an internationally recognized expert in the design and implementation of waterproofing systems, fireproofing materials and grouting for underground structures.

“Henry is a leader in tunnel resilience and rehabilitation who builds strong collaborative client relationships through effectively meeting owners’ and operators’ needs and expectations,” said Sanja Zlatanic, PE, HNTB national tunnel practice chair, senior vice president and HNTB Fellow. “He brings an impressive level of proven technical expertise and top-notch industry experience and will be an invaluable asset as our existing infrastructure is in dire needs. His overall professional acumen is unsurpassed, including improving tunnel resilience and implementing state-of-the-art methods for bringing existing tunnels to state of good repair.”

Prior to joining HNTB, Russell was vice president, principal and tunnel engineer for another consulting company. Earlier in his career, he developed a system for identification of tunnel structural defects which was adopted in the Federal Highway Administration and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials “Tunnel Design Manuals – Civil Elements” (2008, 2009).

He holds numerous professional memberships, including the American Society of Civil Engineers where he served as chair of the Tunnel Rehabilitation Committee and the Underground Technical Research Committee; The Moles; The International Tunnel Association Working Group 6 “Maintenance and Repair of Underground Structures” where he served as chair for 20 years; and the Transportation Research Board. In 2020, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Tunnel Rehabilitation by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration/Underground Construction Association where he served as part of the Committee on Tunnel Security and Safety. In 2022, he also received the International Tunneling Association Distinguished Service Medal, for his work on ITA Working Group 6.

Russell received his bachelor’s in engineering geology from Curry College. He is a Professional Engineer, Professional Geologist, Certified Engineering Geologist and Professional Geoscientist.