Hydrology expert Richard Bottcher joins HNTB as project director

Brings 37 years of experience to projects in Southern California, including drainage and stormwater projects in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles

SAN DIEGO (Oct. 13, 2020) – Richard (Rick) Bottcher, PE, joined HNTB Corporation as project director, based in the firm’s San Diego office. He has specialized expertise in transportation drainage system design and alternative delivery methods and supports work on XpressWest and other projects in Southern California.

“Rick’s extensive experience in stormwater and watershed management, flood control and hydrology make him a valuable asset to our current HNTB team,” said Mark Weber, PE, HNTB group director and San Diego office leader. “We look forward to bringing his specialized expertise to benefit our clients’ high impact projects.”

Bottcher has 37 years of experience serving as a program and project manager, stormwater manager and design engineer with special expertise in transportation drainage system design; water quality management; watershed sustainability; flood and erosion control design; and groundwater/surface water hydrology.

Prior to joining HNTB, he was a director of engineering responsible for drainage and stormwater projects in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and Dallas. He has supervised and managed designs and conducted hydraulic and hydrologic analyses for numerous flood control systems for major highway, transit and rail projects.

Bottcher holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Cornell University. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of California and Arizona.

HNTB is a leader in supporting clients with many of the nation’s most high-profile transit and rail programs, including the Bay Area Rapid Transit Second Crossing and BART on-call planning and engineering; LA Metro Sepulveda Pass Alternative Assessment and LA Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor; Dallas Area Rapid Transit South Oak Cliff extension; Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II; Sound Transit’s West Seattle-Ballard Link Extension; Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority GPC and engineering on-call contracts; Chicago Transit Authority’s Wilson Station; and Charlotte Area Transit System’s LYNX Blue Line Light Rail Extension in North Carolina.