Ralph Trapani joins HNTB as a senior project director

Accomplished transportation engineer supports the pursuit and delivery of major projects in the region

BELLEVUE, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2021) – Ralph Trapani, PE, has joined HNTB as a senior project director in the Northwest Division, bringing more than 40 years of experience to the position. Working with HNTB’s office in Bellevue, Trapani will support the pursuit and delivery of major transportation projects in the region.

For the last 16 years, Trapani has worked as a senior program director for another engineering firm’s transportation group, a role that allowed him to direct the pursuit, capture, and contract management for many projects across the U.S. and Canada. These projects include a study of Roaring Fork Valley’s future mobility, a structural integrity study of I-70 tunnels, and a role as an advisor for the Giant Mine site in Yellowknife, where he delivered constructability reviews, risk management, and technical support.

“Ralph’s talent for building consensus, his deep understanding of transportation projects, and his decades of experience will all be highly utilized in his new position,” said Kevin Collins, PE, senior vice president and HNTB Seattle office leader. “We are delighted to welcome Ralph to the HNTB family and look forward to leveraging his expertise as we continue to strive to deliver extraordinary value to our clients.”

Trapani began his career working for the Colorado Department of Transportation for 27 years, serving as a program engineer, managing 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.

“This opportunity to work for HNTB as a senior project director allows me to better serve the Northwest division as I help plan and complete complex transportation projects that enhance the environment and protect the safety of travelers,” says Trapani. “One of the reasons I am in this industry is because of my passion for integrating safety and mobility with environmental protection. I am excited to work with an innovative firm like HNTB and to collaborate with the fantastic professionals who make up this organization.”

Trapani earned a Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Trapani is a volunteer member of the Glenwood Springs Transportation Commission. He 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 our contribution to climate change.