Joseph P. McAtee, PE, PLS, FCMAA, is the immediate past Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Urban Engineers, Inc. (Urban), and currently serving as a Director in a support role to the Company leadership.
He first joined Urban in 1967, and became one of the principal owners in 1993, with oversight responsibility for all of the firm’s design, construction, and program management activities. In this capacity, he was responsible for the technical quality of the design groups providing services for virtually all technical areas of civil infrastructure projects, including transit, facilities, highways, bridges, rail freight, aviation, marine, and environmental engineering assignments. In the construction and program management areas, he was responsible for construction management services over large transit and highway programs, together with program management oversight for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on national transit projects, for which he has extensive experience overseeing projects with an aggregate value of more than $15 billion.
Mr. McAtee has also served as the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Representative on the Dispute Review Board for the I-405 HOV construction. Additionally, he has given numerous presentations and seminars to organizations on the topics of construction management practice, claims avoidance, and construction site safety.
When not in the office, Mr. McAtee stays active with regular exercise. He finds inspiration in his admiration of Robert E. Lee, a civil engineer as well as a leader in the Civil War. Despite overwhelming odds, he remained a very focused leader.
A Registered Professional Engineer in 10 states, Mr. McAtee earned his bachelor’s of civil engineering at Drexel University. He is a member of several organizations, including: The American Society for Quality Control, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASHE), Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Consulting Engineers Council of PA, Design & Construction Quality Institute, National Panel of Arbitrators, National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), and the World Trade Association of Philadelphia (WTA).