John Reilly Lima 2018John Reilly has nearly 60 years of progressively responsible experience in the management, planning. design, and construction of large, complex, transportation and infrastructure programs, including airports, highways, rail and rapid transit systems, transit vehicles and systems procurements.

John consults in the following areas to owners, engineers, and contractors:

  • Management, organization and strategic planning for complex programs
  • Partnering, team-alignment, structured work sessions
  • Risk process review, risk workshops, risk identification and mitigation
  • Probabalistic risk-based cost estimating – WSDOT CEVP® process
  • Contracting and delivery methods for public infrastructure programs
  • Initiation and leadership of Strategic & Technical Advisory Boards
  • Program management oversight (PMO) and program advisory services
  • Readiness review and recommendations for design-build RFQ/RFPs
  • Advanced engineering technologies for bridges, tunnels and underground facilities

Award winning projects include:

Project Director for the management, design development and construction management services for Boston’s $1 billion Southwest Corridor Transit, Rail, Highway and Urban Design Project. Winner of the President’s Design Award, and the ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement of 1988.

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

from the US Underground Construction Association “for outstanding achievements in the underground design and construction industry…with significant contributions to the education, planning, design and construction of …facilities…including advances in new methods and materials and advancing the public understanding and concurrence with the beneficial uses of underground space.”


M.S. 1964, Structural, University of California, Berkeley, California
B.E. (Honors) 1963, Civil/Structural, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Professional Registration / history:

BC Canada (*) 1965, Civil/Structural
Australia 1972, Chartered Engineer
Maryland (*) 1975, Civil/Structural
Virginia (*) 1975, Civil/Structural
Massachusetts 1978, Structural
(*) Currently inactive

Professional background:

Past-President, American Underground Construction Association
Animateur (Chair) and United States Representative, International Tunneling Association (ITA), Working Group 13, “Direct and Indirect Advantages of Underground Structures” (1999-2002) and Working Group 20, “Urban Problems – Underground Solutions” (2002-2004)
Chair, “North American Tunneling 2000” National Conference, Boston, June 2000
Chair, special workshop of Chinese professionals and International TBM experts to discuss TBM development/joint-manufacture in China, Beijing September 2001
Chair and facilitator, NAT-98 Forum – “What’s Working, What’s Not, What Remains to be Done”, North American Tunneling Conference, February 1998, Newport Beach California.
Track Chair, “Management, Policy and Contracting for underground construction” ITA Tunneling Conference, Track II, April 1996, Washington DC
Track Chair, “Policy and Finance for Underground construction”,
North American Tunneling Conferences, Denver 1994 and Boston 1992
Member, International Tunneling Association
Life-Member, Institution of Engineers, Australia
Life-Member, Australian Tunneling Society
Member, British Tunneling Society
Member, American Society of Civil Engineers