Thursday, February 20, 2014

Transportation consulting firm takes two new office leases in Center City

Natalie Kostelni Staff writer for the Philadelphia Business Journal

HNTB Corp. has signed two new leases and expanded its local presence.
The New York transportation consulting and engineering firm leased 17,700 square feet at 1650 Arch St. in Philadelphia and will relocate from about 13,000 square feet 8 Penn Center. The company has also taken 6,800 square feet at 680 American Ave. in King of Prussia, Pa., and will be moving from 4,500 square feet at 2 W. Lafayette St. in Norristown, Pa. HNTB has four offices in Pennsylvania with a total of 120 employees.
It picked 1650 Arch because it was still near the commuter rail system and concourse but also had room for it to expand. The King of Prussia location allows the firm to be near major highways as well as PennDot’s sixth district office.
The company has maintained a Pennsylvania presence for the last 20 years, having worked on the first phase of the Blue Route during the 1970s. HNTB then moved out of the state for years and re-established an office in the late 1980s, said Yassmin Gramian, vice president and district leader for HNTB’s Pennsylvania operations.
For years, it focused on traffic engineering and rail services but diversified into highway, aviation and other services. It has locally worked with SEPTA on infrastructure and other improvements, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on converting the highway with an electronic toll system and the Philadelphia International Airport.

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