Joseph P. McAtee, PE, PLS, FCMAAExecutive Vice President and COO
Joseph P. McAtee, PE, PLS, FCMAA, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Urban Engineers (Urban), with oversight responsibility for all of the firm's design, construction, and program management activities. In this capacity, he is 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 is 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.
He joined Urban in 1967 and became one of its principal owners in 1993. A graduate of Drexel University with a bachelor’s in civil engineering, McAtee is an active member of numerous professional societies and a recognized leader in his profession. He was President of CMAA's Mid-Atlantic Chapter in 1990-91 and also President of ACEC/PA from 2007 to 2008. In 2005, he was appointed to the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Foundation Board. In 2004, the CMAA elected him to its College of Fellows. In 2003, he was named Chairman of the Construction Manager Certification Institute. In 1990, the Philadelphia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers named McAtee its Construction Engineer of the Year. In 2001 he was its Civil Engineer of the Year. In 2011, the American Consulting Engineers Council of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA) presented him with the 2011 Distinguished Award of Merit, along with receiving Drexel University's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, he received his Life Membership certificate from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Philadelphia Section.