Bill Tucker is currently assigned as project director for Bechtel’s contract with Texas Central providing project management services for the development phase for a new privately financed high-speed rail service between Dallas and Houston, Texas which will introduce the Japanese Shinkansen technology into the United States. Efforts to support the project achieving financial close in 2019 include design development, regulatory and assurance support, planning, estimating and development of a detailed execution strategy to organize delivery through two major joint ventures for the civil/infrastructure and rail systems work, respectively.
Most recently, Bill served as delivery director for the central section of the Crossrail project, where he was responsible for leading the delivery organization within the client’s programme management team for construction of a £7.5b portfolio of projects which comprise the central operating section of the new Elizabeth line in London. The scope of this historic project included 42km of new bored tunnels underneath London, eight new stations and all the rail and support systems to commission the new railway. His involvement with Crossrail spanned from 2009 to 2018 also serving as director of tunnels, portals and shafts and central area delivery director.
In 2003, Bill joined the West Coast Route Modernization programme as director of construction and commissioning. He was responsible for developing the program for, and coordinated, initial commissionings towards the Stage 1A completion milestone. He subsequently served as Line of Route Director in 2004 and then Implementation Director in 2006. Bill managed delivery of eight separate projects valued at £1.5b in support of the project achieving its December 2008 milestone completion date. He was elected a principal vice-president of Bechtel in 2004.
Bill joined Bechtel in 2000 as manager of construction for power projects in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia where he oversaw construction activities on nine fossil power plants. In 2002, he was appointed manager of construction for Bechtel’s civil business unit, overseeing development and construction of all rail, aviation and infrastructure projects worldwide outside the United States.
Bill began his career in 1981 with Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation as a field engineer involved in construction of nuclear power plants. He was assigned increasingly responsible positions completing three nuclear units before serving as construction manager of a deferred two-unit plant. Bill spent several years in project and business development, preparing lump sum turnkey estimates and proposals for power projects in the US, Europe and Middle East. Prior to his move to Bechtel, Bill served as regional manager overseeing Stone & Webster’s activities in the southeast United States.
Bill earned BS and MS degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois.
Bill serve on the Board of Trustees of the American School in London and chairman of the buildings and grounds committee from 2005 to 2018. He, his wife, and their three sons have moved to London in 2000 before returning to the United States in 2018.