KCI has promoted W. Merritt King, PE, DBIA, to senior vice president. King oversees a team of 140 performing engineering, construction inspection and construction services for transportation design-build and structures projects in the Southeast. He has led the firm’s exponential growth in the Carolinas and Virginia.
King joined KCI as a vice president in 2012 as part of the firm’s acquisition of Triplett-King & Associates (TKA), where he served as principal owner. He founded TKA in 1997 with James E. Triplett but reorganized the firm under his sole ownership in 2011. Throughout his 28 years of experience in the transportation industry, he has been involved in more than 500 highway and bridge design projects, including major interstate design-builds and large river crossings. King has overseen 35 design-build projects in the Southeast. Current or recently completed contracts include the Monroe Bypass and Winston-Salem Northern Beltway in North Carolina, Route 288/I-64 Interchange and I-64 widening in Virginia, and the I-26 Port Access Interchange and the I-520 Palmetto Parkway in South Carolina. With a thorough knowledge of bridge design and construction procedures, he has managed many of the firm’s largest contracts for state departments of transportation and has successfully led the pursuit of large design-build projects with contractors for both design and construction inspection. King is also responsible for the daily operations of the firm’s Rock Hill, South Carolina, office.
“Merritt sets an example for his team of exceptional leadership and management,” said Harvey Floyd, PE, previous Executive Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer. “His reputation, long-term relationships and technical expertise place KCI in a strong position to support both the DOTs and contractors in meeting the transportation needs in the Southeast.”
King earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a registered professional engineer in five states. He has been active in numerous industry organizations including the Design-Build Institute of America, the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Highway Engineers and Associated General Contractors.