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Blanchard Joins HDR as Southeast Highways & Roads Lead

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Brian Blanchard

Brian Blanchard has joined HDR as the Southeast Highways & Roads lead.

Based in Tallahassee, Florida, Blanchard will lead the firm’s Highway & Roads business development activities in the Florida, Alabama and Mississippi markets and provide support as needed throughout the Southeast. He will work with operations and transportation leaders to provide strategic planning, project and program leadership, client development, and staffing support and development in the region.

“I look forward to enhancing HDR’s service to the states' department of transportation and local agencies,” said Blanchard. “Through emerging technology and innovation, we have huge opportunities to better serve the public in reducing congestion, improving safety, and delivering projects faster, while maintaining quality and staying within budget.”

Blanchard brings more than three decades of Florida Department of Transportation leadership experience, last serving as assistant secretary. Having worked in a variety of roles within the organization, he developed skills across all aspects of project delivery and staff development. He also managed and provided guidance to many groups, including the statewide construction program for roads and bridges. In 2015, he received the Florida Professional Engineer in Government Award, presented by the Big Bend chapter of the Florida Engineering Society.

During his career, Blanchard has had extensive experience in design-build, design-build-finance, design-bid-build and public-private partnership projects. He has instituted innovation teams in every district of Florida, and he aggressively pursued alternative contracting techniques, starting with the first design-build FDOT bridge project in 1988 — the Ochlockonee Bay Bridge on U.S. 98. His involvement helped deliver other projects, including the Port of Miami Tunnel, I-595 P3, I-4 Ultimate P3 and I-75 IROX program. Most recently, he assisted FDOT with the procurement of the $800 million I-395 Signature Bridge Project in Miami, for which HDR is the engineer of record.

“Brian brings a unique perspective to effectively help guide our clients and aid our teams to handle some of their most complex challenges, including finding alternative funding sources, accelerating delivery and implementing the fast-changing technologies in our industry,” said Jay Nagle, HDR’s transportation manager for Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

Blanchard earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Louisiana State University and is an active member in the Florida Engineering Society. He looks forward to continued involvement with the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials and the Southeast Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

About HDR's Highways & Roads Experience
Ranked in the Top 5 of Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms for Highways & Roads and Top 3 in Bridges, our award-winning transportation practice is known for solving our clients' most complex mobility challenges. Our transportation solutions can also help address societal issues such as social equity and access to employment. We are working on the multibillion-dollar Council Bluffs, Iowa Interstate rehabilitation program, designing the I-4 Ultimate P3 project in Florida, and collaborated on the SR 520 floating bridge and the Bayonne Bridge navigational clearance project ­— both winners of the American Council of Engineering Companies Grand Conceptor Award. Our unparalleled Advanced Technology for Surface Transportation team focuses on future-proofing transportation infrastructure through smart technology integration. In addition to planning and engineering, our experts help clients advance projects and programs across the infrastructure life cycle with strategic funding, economic analysis, public engagement, real estate services, program/project controls, risk management and operations and maintenance.

About HDR
For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.