HNTB announces new office leader in Salt Lake City

With extensive infrastructure experience, Spaethling will oversee the growth of the Utah office

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 15, 2021) – HNTB Corporation, an employee-owned engineering and architecture firm, has named Dominic Spaethling its new Salt Lake City office leader. In this role, Spaethling will lead a team of more than 40 transportation infrastructure and architecture professionals.

With over two decades of experience in transportation, Spaethling is an industry expert in multimodal solutions who has played a vital role in expanding the Salt Lake City office presence, including supporting the recent Utah Transit Authority contract for program management services. As office leader, he will be responsible for the operations and growth of the office and oversee the delivery of complex infrastructure solutions for highways, light rail, bridges, and more in the Utah region.

“With his impressive 25 years of experience in the transportation industry and his passionate, results-driven approach, Dominic is an exceptional fit for leading our Salt Lake City office,” said Mel Sears, PE, PMP, HNTB Northwest Division president. “His leadership will be instrumental to our clients in the Utah market as we work together to meet the transportation and infrastructure needs of the Salt Lake City community.”

Previously, Spaethling served as HNTB’s Northwest Division sales officer, helping guide the planning process and increase the sales pipeline for the region. He collaborated with the division offices on strategies to engage clients during the pandemic while also spearheading efforts to meet the division’s growth goals.

“Utah is a dynamic market that continues to grow, which makes this new role especially exciting for me,” Spaethling said. “The Salt Lake team has an excellent reputation and is well-known for its client-focused delivery of complex infrastructure projects. I’m looking forward to building on that reputation as we continue to support our clients in shaping and improving mobility throughout the region.”

Spaethling earned his master’s in city planning at the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s in international relations at Brown University. Currently, Spaethling is the chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Intercity Passenger Rail Committee and collaborates with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials on rail research needs for state departments of transportation.

HNTB has been involved in some of the region’s most high-profile, complex infrastructure programs that are reshaping the West and the state of Utah. The firm’s many signature infrastructure projects in the area include the Utah Department of Transportation’s award-winning I-15 Technology Corridor expansion project; the Utah Department of Transportation’s Veyo Arch and Dirty Devil Arch retrofit project; the new terminal, concourses and parking facility at the Salt Lake City International Airport; and the West Davis Corridor highway design-build in Utah.