Woolpert Welcomes Aviation Expert David Tomber as Director, Strategic Consulting

The veteran airport planner said he’s looking forward to building on the firm’s legacy of innovation.

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 20, 2019) — David Tomber, FAIA, has joined Woolpert as a director in the firm’s Strategic Consulting Group. Tomber, who has 35 years of public and private sector experience at airports worldwide, will develop planning, design and asset management projects for Woolpert clients throughout the industry.

Tomber said his passion for aviation and transportation is reflected in his career-long focus on airport consulting. He called his new role at Woolpert “an awesome opportunity” due to the firm’s innovation and culture.


“Woolpert is the gold standard in geospatial, which has the potential to revolutionize traditional approaches to airport planning,” Tomber said. “The AEG (architecture, engineering and geospatial) niche also provides cross-disciplinary expertise, and the firm’s access to technology is unique in the industry.”

Tomber said the Strategic Consulting Group builds on its AEG expertise, fostering collaboration with clients and stakeholders to develop ideas and solutions that will benefit their businesses. He said he’s looking forward to providing planning that is focused on meeting client requirements, while achieving significant economic and environmental benefits.

“Design will be based on not only meeting functional and budgetary requirements, but also on delivering an exceptional passenger experience rooted in a strong sense of place and regional identity,” Tomber said. “Together we will create facilities that our clients can afford to build, operate and maintain. We also will work to identify innovative strategies for improving resiliency and maximizing non-aeronautical revenue.”

In addition to his years of excellence in the field, Tomber has been elected to the American Institute of Architects, College of Fellows (FAIA), is a past president of AIA Northwest Washington, is a member of the Airport Facilities Council of the International Facilities Management Association and earned certified membership in the American Association of Airport Executives. He has also served on steering committees for the Airport Terminal and Ground Access Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies and the Operations and Technical Affairs Committee of Airports Council International—North America.

Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Woolpert Strategic Consulting managing director, said Tomber provides unparalleled experience and leadership.

“Dave is highly respected throughout the industry, consistently elevating airport operations around the globe,” Fitzgerald said. “His addition to Woolpert strengthens the team as we position ourselves to lead the aviation asset management industry. We are delighted to have Dave on board.”

The Woolpert Strategic Consulting team is in Denver this week, attending the Airport Planning Design & Construction Symposium. Woolpert Vice President Eric Dillinger will moderate a “Track: Terminal/Landside” workshop on “BIMplementation—From Design to Facilities Management” from 10:15-11:45 a.m. MST Thursday.

Tomber, who is with the team in Denver, will work out of his San Diego office to best serve the firm’s broad client base. Although working remotely, he said he’s excited to join the culture of Woolpert and enjoy the benefits of its Great Place to Work status.

“The firm has a reputation and track record for doing great work on exciting projects, and the teams truly have a lot of fun,” Tomber said. “I hope that the Strategic Consulting Group can further enhance Woolpert’s 100-plus-year legacy. I look forward to collaborating with our clients on innovative ideas that add value to their business and improve their operation for many years to come.”

About Woolpert
Woolpert is the fastest growing architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm in the country, delivering value to clients in all 50 states and around the world by strategically blending innovative design and engineering excellence with leading-edge technology and geospatial applications. With a dynamic research and development department, Woolpert works with inventive business partners such as Google and Esri; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); and continually pushes industry boundaries by working with advanced water technologies, asset management, building information modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. The firm, which is 95th among ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms, supports a mission to help its clients progress and become more progressive. For over 100 years and with 28 offices across the U.S., Woolpert serves federal, state and local governments; private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments; and the U.S. Armed Forces. For more information, visit or call 937-531-1258.