HNTB adds Ralph Trapani as senior project director in Denver office

Former CDOT program engineer with 40 years of experience will support pursuit and delivery of major projects in the region

DENVER (Dec. 31, 2021) – Ralph Trapani, PE, has joined HNTB’s Denver office as a senior project director. Previously based in HNTB’s Seattle office, Trapani brings more than 40 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the Denver area to this new role. Leveraging his extensive tunnel engineering expertise, Trapani will help grow the Denver office through the pursuit and delivery of major transportation projects in the region. He also will work with key HNTB clients, including the Colorado Department of Transportation, Denver’s Regional Transportation District, the City and County of Denver, and Denver International Airport.

Trapani joined HNTB in May 2020, working in the Seattle area as a senior project director in the firm’s Northwest Division. Trapani started his career at CDOT, working 27 years as a program engineer. He managed numerous high-profile megaprojects such as I-70 through Glenwood Canyon and the State Highway 82 multimodal project from Basalt to Aspen. Trapani also provided counsel and assistance for several large projects including Nevada’s I-580 freeway extension project, the development of aesthetic guidelines on I-84 through Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and the development of California’s Devil’s Slide tunnels, an HNTB-designed project.

“Ralph’s extensive leadership skills, deep knowledge of complex transportation projects, and wealth of experience in tunnel engineering will be invaluable in this new role,” said Reza Akhavan, PE, HNTB vice president and transportation practice leader in Colorado. “We are thrilled to welcome Ralph to the Denver team and look forward to leveraging his expertise as we continue to grow the firm’s presence in Colorado to better support our clients.”

Before joining HNTB, Trapani worked for another consulting firm’s transportation group for 16 years as a senior program director; a role that enabled him to pursue and secure many large-scale projects across the U.S. and Canada.

“I have always had a deep passion for integrating safety and mobility with environmental protection. This new role as a senior project director in Denver enables me to continue that passion through the planning and delivery of complex transportation projects that help the environment while also improving safety for travelers,” Trapani said. “I am ecstatic to join HNTB’s dynamic Denver office and collaborate with the amazing and knowledgeable professionals who make up our team.”

Trapani earned a bachelor’s in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is a volunteer member of the Glenwood Springs Transportation Commission. He also serves as vice chair of the board for Clean Energy Economy for the Region, an organization dedicated to accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy, increasing energy independence, and reducing contributions to climate change.