When he was in high school, Patrick Williams was named “Most Dedicated Rower” by his crew coach, not because he was the strongest or the best, but because of his commendable perseverance and effort. Now, providing leadership in the southwest region of the country from Urban’s office in Texas, that dedication and commitment has paid off.
A graduate of Drexel University’s Class of 2004, Patrick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering with a concentration in construction management. He was originally hired by Urban at the Philadelphia office shortly after graduation. Immediately, Patrick was tasked with a large-scale project with the firm’s aviation department. He performed runway, taxiway, and stormwater management best practices for Philadelphia International Airport and was quickly entrusted as the deputy manager for the multi-million dollar project despite only being a few months out of college. While it is common to job hop early in your career, Patrick remained dedicated to Urban and has been able to grow his career within the firm.
His engineering and management expertise was integral in the success of a runway extension project at PHL, which involved multiple phases and intricate sequencing to include directional drilling under both an active runway and taxiways to install proposed utilities. His day-to-day oversight of pavement evaluation at Trenton-Mercer Airport led to an analysis that recommended the use of less construction material for their airfield, resulting in over $2 million worth of cost savings to the client. As Urban began to expand its national presence, the firm turned to Patrick – because of work ethic and track record of client satisfaction – to help build the firm’s aviation and land development practices in the southwest region, requiring him to relocate to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Patrick accepted this promotion and currently resides in "The Lone Star State,'' developing strong client and teaming relationships.
A longtime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Patrick participated in events such as the 'West Philadelphia Soup Squad,' preparing meals for local elderly and immobile citizens. Upon moving to Texas, Patrick quickly became involved with the Dallas Branch of ASCE, first serving as the Texas section director, then as secretary, and now treasurer. He is the 2020-21 membership chair for the ASCE Texas Section charged with attraction and retention of members for the entire state. Patrick also serves as a mentor for the Southern Methodist University student program and maintains a close relationship with his mentee, who was inspired by him to join the local ASCE board as well. In addition to being dedicated himself, Patrick is now inspiring dedication in others.