KCI’s Transportation and Construction Management disciplines have merged together into a single Transportation Market. The firm prides itself on perpetual forward motion and industry leadership. This reorganization initiative creates synergies among departments that serve the same clients, as well as opportunities for employees to expand their knowledge base, gain new experience, and take on new roles. Transportation projects increasingly require cradle-to-grave service, and this new organization will facilitate coordination of project pursuits for planning, design, support services, and construction inspection.
Executive Vice President Scott Lang, PE, CCM has taken the lead in the combined organization now referred to as the Transportation Market. Lang had previously overseen KCI’s Construction Management Discipline, which has experienced unprecedented growth over the last five years. He will be supported by four new or promoted discipline managers, as follows:
The new reporting structure also creates opportunities for succession planning and career development for KCI managers and the technical team. Our planners, engineers and inspectors will be able to cross train in all aspect of design and construction.
The Construction Management and Transportation disciplines served the same clients. Now we can market them as a single company, while efficiently sharing resources so that we can provide the best service.
G. Scott Lang, PE, CCMExecutive Vice President, Transportation Market Leader
With the new management team in place, including several key hires noted below, Lang’s goal is to set the standard in the industry for operating with no regional barriers and silos. “We’re trying to build a flat organization so we can take the expertise where it is needed,” he said, noting that each of the four discipline heads are located outside of KCI’s headquarters in Sparks, Maryland. The reorganization also allows each discipline to share best practices that have accelerated their growth, including existing relationships, business development research, and a dedicated focus on technology.
Two geographic disciplines will offer transportation and traffic planning and design services. Barry Schoch, PE, recently joined KCI as senior vice president and transportation design discipline manager in the greater Mid-Atlantic, while recently promoted Senior Vice President Bayne Smith, PE, PTOE will oversee operations in the south.
“A former practice leader set us up for success by winning a series of open-end contracts,” said Lang. “With this management team in place, we are now in a position to hit the ground running.”
KCI also welcomed two new regional practice leaders—Dana Knight, PE, to oversee highway-traffic and Andy Smith in charge of planning—who will focus their efforts in Delaware, Maryland, Washington, DC, and West Virginia. With comprehensive multi-state experience, Dana, Andy and Barry are recognized region-wide for the expertise and industry leadership.
Senior Vice President Bryan Lawson, PE, CCM, LEED AP, was promoted to manage the Construction Management Discipline, which includes regional practices in the North, Greater Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic and South. Bryan had previously served as regional practice leader responsible for construction management and inspection services primarily in Florida and Georgia.
“Bryan’s experience both at KCI and outside, where he worked for a contractor and developer, has helped him develop a unique understanding and approach to managing both construction management and inspection work,” said Lang. “At KCI, he has grown his team and expanded his client base, both of which have led to a history of financial success.”
The existing Construction Management discipline structure, which is broken down into the North, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic and South East regions, will be maintained. “The processes that are in place, the way we execute our work, and our leadership will remain steady,” said Lawson. “We want to maintain our market share in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, while capitalizing on growth opportunities in the south.”
A new discipline that focuses solely on design-build work in the transportation market will be led by Senior Vice President Merritt King, PE. He will oversee a group of chief engineers, including KCI Vice President Stephen Drumm, PE, who managed numerous design-build projects in Maryland. Merritt’s team will serve as pursuit and project managers for major design-build and public-private partnership efforts. They will be supported with staff from the design and construction management teams.
The discipline will also include KCI’s existing Contractor Support Services Regional Practice, led by Vice President Jim Fitz Morris, PE. This small team of structural engineers works with more than 60 heavy highway contractors, primarily in the southeast, by helping them meet their constructability goals through efficient design, materials management, and permitting. Merritt plans to replicate the contractor services model in other regions in order to develop new relationships with contractors.
Separating design-build from traditional design and construction management allows the firm to focus on the unique set of clients and operational requirements prevalent to this alternative delivery method. Merritt and his team of chief engineers will develop processes and procedures specific to the risk profile and pace of design-build projects.
Now that the record-breaking 2017 has come to a close, KCI is excited to continue to shape our firm to meet the changing needs of our clients and the industry at large. We are investing $2.5 million in building out our transportation organization. “Our transportation market is literally the size that the entire company was when I started here in 1999,” said Lang. “With these proactive strategies in place, we’re looking for 2018 to be another remarkable year in terms of growth, geographic expansion, and professional development.”