KCI Promotes Burgess and Fitz Morris to Vice President

KCI has promoted R. Eric Burgess, PE, and James D. Fitz Morris, PE, to vice president. Burgess oversees the Transportation Structures Practice in Rock Hill, South Carolina, while Fitz Morris leads the Contractor Services Practice out of Charlotte. Both joined KCI when the firm acquired South Carolina-based transportation engineering company Triplett-King & Associates in 2012.

Norfolk Southern Railroad over Coddle Creek Construction 2
Norfolk Southern Railroad over Coddle Creek

Burgess specializes in the engineering and design management of highway bridge projects, ranging from single spans over small streams and creeks to large river crossings, major multi-level interchanges, and interstate facilities. He has served as project manager for a multitude of bridge design, value engineering, and design-build projects for state departments of transportation. In his current role as practice leader, Burgess oversees a staff of engineers, designers and technicians responsible for major projects throughout the southeast region. He has managed and/or designed more than 70 bridges in Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. Burgess earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Clemson University and is a registered professional engineer in six states. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and has served on the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina/South Carolina Department of Transportation partnering committee and the design-build subcommittees.

Eric has directly contributed to the success and growth of the firm’s transportation structures efforts in the southeast. His technical expertise and innovative design solutions have led to the successful completion of many of KCI’s largest design-build projects.

W. Merritt King, PESenior Vice President, Regional Practice Leader

W. Merritt King, PE
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Fayetteville Outer Loop

Fitz Morris has nearly three decades of experience in bridge design, inspection and construction-phase contractor engineering services for transportation projects. He has designed or overseen the design of more than 200 bridge projects throughout the southeast. Fitz Morris specializes in working directly with contractors to develop innovative designs for work trestles, temporary bridges, erection plans, shoring, cofferdams, and other structures that facilitate construction of transportation projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a registered professional engineer in seven states. Fitz Morris is a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina/North Carolina Department of Transportation design-build subcommittee and is actively involved in volunteer work in his community.

Jim has grown our contractor services client base from less than 25 to more than 60 heavy-civil construction firms. His expertise combined with his leadership has allowed his practice to expand geographically outside of the Carolinas to complete projects in Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Texas and Washington, DC.

W. Merritt King, PESenior Vice President, Regional Practice Leader

W. Merritt King, PE