Transportation and drainage expert Portia Gonzalez joins HNTB

Her experience includes some of the region’s largest and most complex highway and rail infrastructure projects

SANTA ANA, Calif. (March 9, 2017) – Portia Gonzalez, PE, joined HNTB Corporation’s growing Southern California team as project manager. She supports the Interstate 405 Improvement Project, and plays a key role to help grow the firm’s transportation practice. She is based in HNTB’s office in Santa Ana, California.

Gonzalez has over 25 years of experience in transportation engineering, predominately in drainage design, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and storm water management. Her expertise also includes river modeling, floodplain delineation studies, water resource planning, sediment transport and project management.

“Portia is a highly respected infrastructure professional who brings a diverse range of drainage experience on high-profile public projects,” said Andres Ocon, HNTB Southern California office leader and vice president. “Her expertise and professional insight will enable her to provide a wide range of solutions for our clients’ transportation projects in the Inland Empire and throughout the West.” 

Prior to joining HNTB, Gonzalez worked for another engineering firm as drainage project manager, where her responsibilities included managing drainage staff for highway and rail projects. Her experience encompasses I-405 Improvement (I-605 to SR-73 and SR-55 to I-5); I-10 HOV (L.A. County to Redlands Blvd.); High Desert Corridor, Gerald Desmond Bridge, California High Speed Train (San Jose to Merced and Merced to Fresno); and Foothill Extension Gold Line.

Gonzalez earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a Master of Science in water resources from the California State University, Long Beach. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Environmental and Water Resources Institute and Women Transportation Seminar – Orange County.

HNTB is a leading infrastructure solutions firm in the U.S., with roots to the West since beginning work on Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco Bridge in 1914, the firm’s first year of operation, and has since been involved in some of the region’s most high-profile, complex infrastructure programs.

HNTB’s many signature infrastructure projects in Southern California include the Interstate 405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements project, the Tom Bradley International Terminal Expansion for Los Angeles World Airports, and the “Green Build” expansion at San Diego International Airport.

Currently, HNTB is providing design and engineering services for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project on behalf of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and working with the City of Los Angeles to deliver final design and construction support services for the Sixth Street Viaduct over the Los Angeles River between downtown and Boyle Heights.

About HNTB
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. HNTB’s work in California dates back to its founding in 1914. Today, HNTB continues to grow in size and service offerings to clients in California from eight office locations, currently employing more than 350 full-time professionals. With more than a century of service, 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

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