McDonald Joins Atkins as practice manager for transit and rail - June 26, 2012
San Francisco, CA — Atkins, the industry-leading engineering and design consultancy, is delighted to announce the hiring of Jonathan McDonald, PE, who has joined the company as vice president and senior practice manager for the company’s transit and rail practice. He is based in Atkins’ San Francisco office.
McDonald is an industry leader with 20 years of experience, specializing in building partnerships with key stakeholders, driving business development, expanding client bases, and growing companies. He has successfully implemented several industry firsts, including IP-based emergency phones, distributed central control, and reliability management.
According to Barry Schulz, president of Atkins’ transportation practice, “Jon is a seasoned professional who has developed a successful career in building winning strategic plans while assembling high-performance technical teams for international transportation, manufacturing, and telecommunications organizations.” Schulz noted that McDonald’s outstanding reputation, exceptional project and business performance, international experience, and history of innovation will be a substantial asset to Atkins.
McDonald has successfully led systems development for some of the world’s largest and most advanced rail projects, including the California High-Speed Rail project, Hong Kong’s US$10 billion mixed freight/passenger West Rail Line, multiple BART extensions with state-of-the-art ATO (automated train operation), and Seattle’s Central Link light rail system with mixed bus/rail tunnel operations.
McDonald earned his MBA from the University of Chicago, after earning a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois. He is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), serving on its board of directors as chair of its Research and Technology Committee. He serves as a US delegate with the Asia Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC), and has chaired the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He is also an active member of Toastmasters International.
McDonald can be reached in Atkins’ San Francisco office at 415.671.7187.
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Atkins (www.atkinsglobal.com) is one of the world's leading engineering and design consultancies*, employing some 17,700 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Europe. It has the breadth and depth of expertise to plan, design, and enable some of the world's most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects.
*It is the largest engineering consultancy in the UK (New Civil Engineer Consultants File 2011) and the 13th largest international design firm (Engineering News-Record 2011).
Recent projects include:
- Critical program management of storm protection works in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana, providing expertise in coastal restoration, engineering, environmental and GIS support to rebuild defenses and protect habitats.
- Architectural and construction phase services for the new Tyndall Air Force Base Fitness Center, meeting LEED Platinum standards without impact to project cost.
- Equal partner in a joint venture that is providing full-service program/project management support for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, a $7.8-billion project encompassing ecological restoration, water storage, flood control, and recreation.
- Key transit projects – member of joint venture providing general engineering consultant team for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority and project management oversight contractor for the Federal Transit Administration for major transit projects throughout the US.
- Lead firm on the Ascend, Joint Venture, LLC team, which is designing the $1.2-billion Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. International Terminal roadway system at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
- Meeting stringent nutrient removal requirements for wastewater treatment plants in the Chesapeake Bay area through design of upgrades to Howard County, Maryland’s Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s Seneca Wastewater Treatment Plant, and design and construction of enhanced nutrient removal facilities at Anne Arundel County’s Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant.
- Multi-year architecture-engineering construction management services for the US National Park Service, including projects such as rehabilitation of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and Administrative Complex at California’s Death Valley to meet the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification standards.
Jonathan McDonald, PE
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