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HNTB names Zlatanic chair, national tunnel practice

Written by Kyra Senese, managing editor
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Sanja Zlatanic began working with HNTB in 2011.

HNTB Corporation has appointed Sanja Zlatanic as chair, national tunnel practice.


Based out of the firm’s New York City office in the Empire State Building, Zlatanic, PE, a senior vice president of the firm, will manage HNTB’s tunneling and underground projects and lead the firm’s global marketing and business development for tunneling and underground within transportation and water resources market sectors.

“Tunnels and complex underground structures continue to be an integral and growing part of HNTB’s work within the transportation sector, dominating some of our most recognizable projects,” said Doug Mann, HNTB corporate development president. “In her new role, Sanja will lead the firm’s efforts to grow the existing market and establish new rail and transit underground infrastructure opportunities resulting from growing urbanization trends demonstrated by transit-oriented development challenges, along with pressing needs to repair and improve existing, aging tunnel infrastructure.”

Zlatanic has 28 years of experience in project and engineering management of mega transportation, transit and underground projects, representatives say. Previously, she has managed all phases of major multi-billion dollar projects, including extensive multi-disciplinary joint venture staff, from feasibility and conceptual engineering through final design and construction. Her expertise is said to have been recognized by clients and transit agencies worldwide regarding project management and multi-disciplinary coordination and integration of complex underground structures and tunnels.

She began working with the firm in 2011 as chief tunneling engineer, a role she will continue to fill. Zlatanic also provides insight on many of the firm’s largest projects, including the Crenshaw/LAX transit corridor in Los Angeles, Amtrak Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel in Baltimore and the SR-99 Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement in Seattle.

Recently, Zlatanic’s skills as project manager helped HNTB to successfully complete its role as independent design verification engineer on the iconic Istanbul Strait Road Tube Crossing Tunnel Project in Turkey.

An alumna of the University of Belgrade, Zlatanic is a graduate structural engineer, tunnels, concrete and steel structures. She has completed the Executive Education for Women program at Smith College, as well.

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