A national transportation engineering and architecture firm has opened an office in downtown Allentown, it’s fifth in Pennsylvania.
HNTB has opened an office at 640 Hamilton St. It also has offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Valley Forge and Philadelphia.
Jay McGee, a project manager with the firm who will run the Allentown office, said the new office will allow HNTB to better serve its clients in the area.
“The Lehigh Valley is one of the fastest growing regions not only in Pennsylvania but on the East Coast,” McGee said.
He noted that HNTB has already been active in the Lehigh Valley. It was the design-build firm in charge of the American Parkway Bridge in Allentown.
It was is lead designer of the Fahy Bridge project in Bethlehem, which is just wrapping up on the city’s South Side.
And it’s now doing design for planned work on the Hill to Hill Bridge linking Bethlehem’s north and south.
He describes the work as a rehabilitation of the complex 1,600-foot long, 13-span structure carrying 38,000 vehicles a day over the Lehigh River and canal, Norfolk Southern Railroad and various streets in the city.
McGee said the company, which has offices in 26 states and Washington, D.C., works in the transportation industry designing bridges, tunnels and toll booths and other projects and also does work in rail and aviation.
“The Lehigh Valley has all those components. It made it a good fit for us to open an office here,” he said.
McGee said the Allentown office, which just opened in the past few weeks, has four employees with the intent to hire more.
“We’re looking to hire companywide, and this is a great place to find talent because of the engineering schools here,” he said of the Lehigh Valley.