HNTB marks 50 years of shaping infrastructure in Atlanta

History in the region includes roads, rails and runways to help move people and grow the economy of Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA (May 15, 2018) – Today HNTB Corporation marks its 50th anniversary of service to transportation agencies in the Metro Atlanta area. The firm’s presence began with the opening of a design office in Atlanta in 1968 and it has operated continuously since then, from several office locations, serving numerous local public and private clients. Currently, HNTB is located in the central business district at 191 Peachtree Street, NE, in the heart of downtown Atlanta.

Since 1968, Metro Atlanta’s population has grown from approximately 1.5 million to more than 6.5 million, and Atlanta now ranks as the 10th most congested city in the world. HNTB’s expertise in aviation, transit planning and surface transportation is helping transportation agencies throughout the region address and relieve many congestion issues as the region continues to grow.

HNTB’s work during the past five decades includes more than 30 major highway improvement projects for the Georgia Department of Transportation, with recent roles as program manager of both the I-75 South Metro Express Lanes and Northwest Corridor Express Lanes projects. The firm provides general planning consultation for Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and State Road and Tollway Authority as well as on-call transit planning and engineering for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

HNTB’s history in the region includes being part of a unique effort in 1969 to replace 10,000 feet of runway and parallel taxiway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in only 40 days — ordinarily a 10-month job.

Other notable completed projects include Atlanta Streetcar, for which HNTB’s role on the project included management of funding, preliminary design-build plans and specifications and implementation of technical design. HNTB also served as resident engineer and provided construction oversight and quality assurance support. HNTB also has a long history of providing design services to DeKalb County, Cobb County, Gwinnett County and the City of Sandy Springs, among others.

“Georgia is experiencing tremendous opportunity for investment in transportation with GDOT’s Major Mobility Investment Program,” said HNTB Southeast Division President Charlie Herndon, PE. “Our talented engineers and planners have the expertise to help transportation agencies make the most of these investments, and bring relief to commuters across Metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia, whether that’s by air, car or public transit.”

The office currently employs 138 full-time professionals in Atlanta. 

HNTB’s employees support many industry and civic organizations including: Metro Atlanta Chamber, Council for Quality Growth, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia, Women’s Transportation Seminar International and ATL Airport Chamber.

The firm is committed to helping the region grow and prosper. To meet demand for mobility improvements, HNTB is seeking talented professionals to work on major programs. Positions will be filled in civil engineering, planning, traffic operations and more.

About HNTB
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and construction contractors. With more than a century of service in the United States and 50 years in Atlanta, HNTB continues to grow in size and service offerings to clients, currently employing 138 full-time professionals in the Atlanta area. HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit

Pictured: Atlanta Streetcar, for which HNTB’s role on the project included management of funding, preliminary design-build plans and specifications and implementation of technical design.

Lydia Steinberg
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