graduated in 1961 from the University of Washington with a B.Sc. in
Forestry and continued on at the University of Washington to receive his
B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1965. Then, he received his M.Sc. in Civil
Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1968.
joined Reid Crowther in 1993 and provides transportation engineering
consulting and advisory services. Prior to joining Reid Crowther, he
began his practice in transportation engineering with the cities of
Seattle, WA, USA, and Calgary, AB, Canada, where he developed, over a
10-year period, his expertise in transportation planning and traffic
engineering. With the City of Calgary, Al held the position of Manager
of Transportation Planning and Traffic Operations. He was
responsible for transportation systems research, highway and public
transit system planning and assessment of urban development projects.
His traffic operations responsibilities included design, installation
and maintenance of traffic control devices.
Al was engaged in private practice for eight years, with two consulting
engineering firms, involving project administration and business
development responsibilities. During this time, his major projects
included the Lethbridge Rail Relocation Study, Sunshine Village Parking
Lot Expansion, Glenmore Trail and 5th Street S.W. Interchange Functional
Design, Calgary, and numerous traffic studies for shopping centers and
1984, Al founded Swanson Transportation Consultants Ltd., specializing
in transportation planning, traffic engineering and parking systems
planning. For a brief period in 1986 and 1987, he was the Regional
Manager of the San Francisco office of JHK & Associates.
his career, Al has had an opportunity to develop his leader-ship skills
by serving as Director of the Alberta Safety Council, Vice President of
the Canadian Parking Association, Director of the Calgary Parking
Authority, Chair of the International Federation of Transportation
Engineering Societies and International President of the Institute of
Transportation Engineers in 1988. He also served as the Vice Chair and
Chair of ITE’s Canadian District and as International Director. Al was
Chair of ITE’s Parking Task Force in 1999. He also has held membership
in the following: Alberta Task Force on Motor Vehicle Accidents and
Suicides, the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, the
Calgary Civic Traffic Management and Advisory Board, the Olympic Winter
Games Organizing Committee (Transportation Committee; 1983 to 1986) and
the Expo 2005 Site Planning Committee. He is also a Member of the
Association of Professional Engineers in Alberta, British Columbia,
Saskatchewan and Manitoba and the Alberta Association of Canadian
Institute of Planners.
received several awards, including two Technical Council Awards from
ITE. He received the first in 1976 from Committee 6F4 for “Airport
User Transportation Characteristics for Ground Transportation” and the
second in 1981 from Committee 5F8 for “Pedestrian Malls.” Also, in
1988, the Institutional and Municipal Parking Congress bestowed on Al
the Merit Award
for Excellence in Parking, Civic Plaza Parkade.