HNTB welcomes former Port Authority expert as vice president, project director

James Starace joined HNTB as vice president and project director. Based in Newark, Starace will focus on helping the firm’s clients in New Jersey deliver its largest and most challenging transportation projects.

HNTB is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors.  It addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design and program and construction management.

“Jim is a noted leader in our region and throughout the transportation industry, and I am thrilled he has joined the firm,” Stephen Dilts, HNTB’s New Jersey office leader, said. “His decades of experience and leadership in transportation infrastructure engineering, planning, program and construction management will bring additional value to HNTB and our clients.”

Prior to joining HNTB, Starace spent nearly four decades with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, ultimately serving as chief engineer for the bistate agency. In his seven years in that role, as well as during the previous five years as deputy chief engineer, the Port Authority successfully delivered several major projects, including the new Goethals Bridge, Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal A, La Guardia Airport Redevelopment, the Bayonne Bridge “Raise the Roadway” project, the start of construction of the redevelopment of John F. Kennedy Airport, rehabilitation of Port Authority Facilities as a result of Superstorm Sandy, the Cross Harbor/Greenville Yard program, the “Restore the George” Program and the implementation of the All Electronic Tolls Program.

Starace is a licensed professional engineer in New York and New Jersey.