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Henry Russell joins HNTB as director, tunnel resilience and rehabilitation

HNTB announced that Henry Russell, PE, PG, has joined its national tunnel practice as director, tunnel resilience and rehabilitation. In this new role, Russell will be an accomplished technical resource to clients and projects across the nation.

Russell is based in HNTB’s Boston, MA office and brings more than four decades of experience in the design, inspection, evaluation and rehabilitation of tunnels, complex underground structures and deep foundations. He has developed and implemented state-of-the-art investigations and inspection procedures for tunnels of various uses and is a recognized leader in the application of the latest concrete repair methods and materials. In addition, Russell is an internationally recognized expert in the design and implementation of waterproofing systems, fireproofing materials and grouting for underground structures.

“Henry is a leader in tunnel resilience and rehabilitation who builds strong collaborative client relationships through effectively meeting owner’s and operator’s needs and expectations,” said Sanja Zlatanic, PE, HNTB national tunnel practice chair, senior vice president and HNTB Fellow. “He brings an impressive level of proven technical expertise and top-notch industry experience and will be an invaluable asset at times when our existing infrastructure is in dire needs. His overall professional acumen is unsurpassed, toward improving tunnel resilience in service and operations and in anticipation or after major natural or man-made events as well as toward implementing state of the art methods for bringing existing tunnels in state of good repair.”

Prior to joining HNTB, Russell was vice president, principal and tunnel engineer for another consulting company. Earlier in his career, he developed a system for identification of tunnel structural defects which was adopted in the Federal Highway Administration and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials “Tunnel Design Manuals – Civil Elements” (2008, 2009).

He holds numerous professional memberships, including the American Society of Civil Engineers where he served as chair of the Tunnel Rehabilitation Committee and the Underground Technical Research Committee; The Moles; The International Tunnel Association Working Group 6 “Maintenance and Repair of Underground Structures” where he served as chair for 20 years; and the Transportation Research Board. In 2020, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Tunnel Rehabilitation by the Underground Construction Association, a Division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration where he served as part of the Committee on Tunnel Security and Safety. In 2022, he also received the International Tunneling Association Distinguished Service Medal, for his work on ITA Working Group 6.

Russell received his bachelor’s in engineering geology from Curry College. He is a Professional Engineer, Professional Geologist, Certified Engineering Geologist and Professional Geoscientist.

HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With 109 years of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges.

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