Engineering and design firm HNTB Corp., which has about 150 Indianapolis employees, plans to open a Noblesville office next month as part of a plan to significantly expand its local workforce over the next several years.
“We’ve got a strategic plan that has us adding about 100 people over the next five years or so,” said Dave McDougall, HNTB vice president and Indiana office leader. “It’s the first time that we’ve looked at opening multiple offices in the state.”
Currently, all the firm’s local employees work out of its Monument Circle office in Salesforce Tower. On July 1, some of those employees will shift to a 2,110-square-foot leased office at 350 Westfield Road in Noblesville, in the BlueSky Technology Partners building just west of downtown.
HNTB has the option to roughly double that space as its workforce grows, McDougall said.
Based in Kansas City, Missouri, HNTB has offices around the U.S. and has been doing business in Indiana since 1940. The firm offers engineering, design, construction management and other services, with a focus on transportation and infrastructure projects.
HNTB is working on the North Split project for the Indiana Department of Transportation, and some of its other local customers include the city of Indianapolis, IndyGo, Citizens Energy and Indiana American Water, among others.
McDougall said much of HNTB’s local growth is spurred by the road funding plan that Indiana legislators approved in 2017. By 2024, the program is expected to generate more than $1.2 billion in new revenue for state and local road projects—which translates into new business opportunities for HNTB.
This year, legislators also approved the creation of a fund to help pay for water infrastructure improvements around the state.
“The market is pretty robust across the board,” McDougall said.