April 15 project update: Hedges named new program administrator
Posted on Apr 15 2016 1:52 PM
Following an extensive nationwide search, the Washington State Department of Transportation has selected Joseph Hedges to be the next administrator of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program.
Hedges has 30 years of experience in program management, large-scale construction and engineering design in both the public and private sectors. That includes extensive experience with complex and high-profile projects as well as design-build contracts like the one WSDOT is using to administer the SR 99 Tunnel Project. Hedges has led large quality assurance and quality control programs, and has developed integrated risk management programs that include quality, safety and environmental protection. He is also accustomed to working on controversial projects, including overseeing the disposal design of the nation’s oldest nuclear inventory.
He most recently served as executive vice president and director of operations for Coastal Environmental Group, a New York firm specializing in construction, environmental remediation, energy efficiency and disaster response. Prior to that Hedges was the chief engineer for Pro2Serve, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he led a multidisciplinary team of more than 150 engineers and designers. Other career highlights include serving as assistant chief of staff overseeing $1.2 billion of complex military construction projects as a Navy officer in Iraq, and managing disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy.
“The SR 99 tunnel will transform Seattle’s waterfront and the corridor, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a historic project,” Hedges said. “I look forward to joining the outstanding people at the Washington State Department of Transportation in their ongoing work to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.”
In joining the viaduct program, Hedges takes over one of the largest construction efforts in state history. The $3.1 billion program includes more than 30 projects, among them the SR 99 tunnel that is currently under construction beneath Seattle.
Hedges will join the program in late April where he will initially work alongside current Administrator Todd Trepanier. Trepanier, who lives in Yakima and assumed leadership of the viaduct program in summer 2013, was named administrator of WSDOT’s South Central Region last summer. He is expected to transition to that role later this spring.