James Collins joined HNTB Corporation’s transit/rail practice as a project director and vice president. Collins will be based in HNTB’s Empire State Building offices and will support the continued growth of the transit/rail practice in the region with an emphasis on major design-build projects.
HNTB noted Collins’ extensive experience in design and alternative delivery procurement for complex transit programs in the New York City region.
“Jim is a recognized leader, known for his experience with complex transit projects,” said Stephen Dilts, HNTB’s New York office leader and senior vice president. “His knowledge of all phases of transit design and construction, including alternative delivery methods such as design-build, is increasingly important to transit agencies, and a valuable addition to our firm.”
Collins has more than 30 years of transit design and construction management experience. Prior to joining HNTB, he led design teams with another major consulting firm involved in many significant design-build transit projects, including improvements to Long Island Rail Road facilities at New York Penn Station.
He served as program design director for a portion of New York City Transit’s enhanced station initiative, and he led station design and construction engineering services for the Second Avenue Subway extension. Collins’s background includes a leading role in the design of the rail transit facilities for the James A. Farley United States Post Office Building/Moynihan Station redevelopment project; airline terminal expansion programs at John F. Kennedy International Airport; and managing construction of a multimodal passenger station integrating the Newark International Airport Monorail with New Jersey Transit rail services.
A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and he is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.