Helene Kornblatt Joins HNTB as Environmental Planning Director and Southern California Practice Leader
LOS ANGELES – Helene Kornblatt joined HNTB Corporation as senior environmental sciences and planning director and Southern California practice leader. She also is an associate vice president of the firm. She brings 30 years of experience in transportation and public transit. In this position, she is responsible for project delivery and business development for the firm’s growing environmental practice throughout California. She is based in Los Angeles.
Kornblatt is recognized as a skilled environmental leader delivering major transportation projects throughout the western and central U.S. with experience in complex transit and highway projects. Most recently, she directed a contract for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority supporting the rail and bus capital construction program. She has worked on transit projects in Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Diego.
“Helene’s wealth of experience in transit and environmental sciences and services is a real asset to our team as we help our clients deliver programs that can be environmentally sensitive,” said Jack Allen, HNTB vice president and national environmental planning practice leader. “Her leadership skills will be instrumental to the growth of our environmental practice in Southern California.”
Kornblatt has wide-ranging public and private sector experience managing environmental compliance and permitting projects. Her background includes work as an independent consultant specializing in environmental review, intergovernmental liaison, public involvement and coordination between engineering and other key components of major development, redevelopment, transportation and other private and public works projects.
Kornblatt holds a Master of Arts degree in architecture/urban planning with an emphasis in environmental planning from the University of California – Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.
HNTB is currently involved with many of the nation’s most high-profile transit programs, including L.A. Metro Sepulveda Pass Alternative Assessment; Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II; Sound Transit’s West Seattle-Ballard Link Extension; Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Quality Assurance, Internal Compliance Oversight and Systems GPC; Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority GPC and Engineering On-call Contracts; Chicago Transit Authority’s Wilson Station; the Los Angeles Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor; and the Charlotte Area Transit System’s LYNX Blue Line Light Rail Extension in North Carolina.
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With more than a century of service in the United States, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit www.hntb.com.