Reza Akhavan joins HNTB to lead the transportation practice in Colorado

Former director for the Colorado Department of Transportation and division vice president for an international A/E firm has managed complex, multimillion-dollar projects to improve transportation across the state

DENVER (Sept. 1, 2020) – Reza Akhavan, PE, has joined HNTB Corporation as vice president and transportation practice leader in Colorado. Based in the firm’s Denver office, Akhavan works closely with state and local transportation agencies to deliver solutions that address the most complex transportation challenges in one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation.

Akhavan comes to HNTB after working with other engineering consulting firms, most recently serving in the roles of vice president and Rocky Mountain operations manager. He was responsible for the delivery of major projects that include RTD – Denver’s FasTracks program, Denver International Airport’s Concourse Expansion and Colorado Department of Transportation’s Central 70 projects. He also has a 27-year tenure with CDOT, working in engineering roles before serving as transportation director.

“Reza brings more than three decades of experience in planning, design, construction and program management of complex transportation projects to HNTB,” said Jim Thomson, PE, president of HNTB’s Northwest Division. “In addition to Reza’s ability to deliver exceptional results, he has extensive, hands-on management experience leading large teams of engineers and architects, establishing policies, allocating resources and guiding project teams to successful outcomes. We are thrilled to have Reza’s leadership at HNTB to further understand what our clients need most as we continue in our commitment to meet the evolving transportation needs across Colorado and attract top talent for these projects.”

As a former regional transportation director of CDOT’s Region 6, Akhavan directed the transportation program for the Denver metropolitan area. He oversaw the region’s funding and managed a team that executed many of the region’s largest projects, including I-25 Valley Highway reconstruction, U.S. 6 Safety and Mobility project, U.S. 36 bus rapid transit, and the I-225 highway expansion and transit extension. Akhavan was a pioneer in the alternative delivery arena and managed CDOT’s first design-build project in the early ‘90s. His advocacy of alternative delivery in his region led to CDOT’s first CM/GM for the Pecos bridge replacement over I-70.

Among Akhavan’s unique leadership roles and project experience, he served as a consulting program manager on CDOT’s 2013 flood response and recovery program, which resulted in several permanent projects, including the reconstruction of U.S. 34 Big Thompson Canyon.

Akhavan holds a Bachelor of Science in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver. Akhavan also volunteered on the Denver Regional Council of Governments’ Transportation Advisory Committee and Regional Transportation Committee to address challenges and plan for regional development.