John Reilly joins HNTB as national tunnel practice consultant

Brings more than four decades of experience on complex underground projects including metro and light rail systems, structures, tunnels, highways, bridges and airports

BOSTON (July 7, 2023) – HNTB announced today that John Reilly, PE, has joined as national tunnel practice consultant. In this role, Reilly will serve as a technical resource to clients and on various projects. He is based in HNTB’s Boston office.

Reilly brings four decades of leadership experience and technical expertise in many aspects of complex underground construction. His previous projects include metro and light rail systems, structures, tunnels, highways, bridges and airports worldwide.

“John is internationally known as one of the world’s top technical experts and thought leaders in risk assessment and cost estimating for large complex programs and projects,” said Sanja Zlatanic, PE, HNTB national tunnel practice chair, senior vice president and HNTB Fellow. “This year is the 20th anniversary of the Cost Estimate Validation Process, which John and others initiated to better estimate the probable cost of complex megaprojects and to evaluate potential risks to the projects budgets and schedules. In addition, John’s expertise involves management, strategic planning, contracting, partnering and value engineering for complex infrastructure, systems and underground programs.”

Prior to joining HNTB, Reilly was president of his own consulting firm for many years. Earlier in his career, he served as project manager, consultant team for the long-range planning of Boston’s Logan Airport and the Cross-Harbor Regional Transportation program. He also was project director for management, design development and construction management services for Boston’s Southwest Corridor Transit, Rail, Highway and Urban Design Project as well as a partner in a Washington D.C.-based structural design office offering advanced design and historical remediation.

Reilly served as president of the American Underground Construction Association (1999-2001) and chair of two International Tunneling Association Working Groups – No. 20 “Urban Problems – Underground Solutions” and No. 13 “Direct and Indirect Benefits of Underground Structures.”

He was awarded a 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Underground Construction Association and has been published more than 100 times.

Reilly is registered in the U.S. and has held registrations in Australia and Canada. He is a member or life member in several professional engineering and tunneling associations. He received his bachelor’s in civil structural engineering from the University of Sydney (Australia) and his master’s in structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.