Todd Wanless, a tunneling and geotechnical engineering expert with strong experience in water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure projects, has joined Black & Veatch’s water business. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Wanless will serve as a Regional Tunneling Lead throughout the company’s Americas operation.
Black & Veatch has completed nearly 10,000 projects and more than 12,000 miles of water, wastewater and stormwater conveyance worldwide, as clients implement tunneling, storage and supply projects to complement their treatment facilities and add protection from flooding. Wanless brings more than 25 years of experience in the evaluation, design and construction of tunnels and underground space that move beyond linear infrastructure. The use of underground space is a growing trend for pump stations, storage, treatment, data centers and conventional mining.
“Tunnels are increasingly seen as a preferred solution in our urban spaces to preserve the character of our cities and minimize the impacts of retaining, moving or storing water to the public,” said David Egger, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Infrastructure Systems and Programs in Black & Veatch’s water business. “Todd’s diverse experience, geotechnical expertise and work within cavern systems and mines will enhance Black & Veatch’s ability to deliver world-class, resilient solutions to water clients facing challenges related to regulatory programs, regional flooding, water scarcity and infrastructure rehabilitation and replacement.”
Wanless’ experience includes work on systems in Minneapolis, Kansas City, Omaha, Sacramento, and Chicago as well as award-winning projects in Texas and Colorado. He also has provided extensive consultation and design services for the Hunt Midwest Subtropolis development in Kansas City, considered the largest commercial underground business complex in the world.