Newly appointed President of Central Civil Construction Robert Murphy has a lot on his mind these days: the infrastructure bill, the technology, and the evolution of the industry over his nearly 40-year career.
“Technology has advanced tremendously in almost every way: the equipment, the actual heavy equipment, the technology in the office, the management software, the launch software, and the survey equipment have advanced quite a bit, as has drone applications,” he said. “It helped us a lot to become more efficient.”
Murphy was named president of the Medley, Florida-based construction company in late June, the first time a non-family member has held a C-suite position with the company. His decades of industry experience include public works and transport construction.
Murphy has held senior positions for other heavy construction companies in South Florida, most recently as the regional director for Daniel O’Connell’s Sons, specializing in wastewater treatment in the Miami area.
Murphy is keeping an eye on Capitol Hill these days. The Senate recently voted for a bill This includes $ 550 billion in new federal funding for infrastructure, which is expected to result in significant capital expenditures across the country.
The bill is also the largest dedicated bridge investment since the interstate highway system was built. according to the White House.
“I consider the infrastructure for motorways, bridges and airports to be essential. And I think that’s what the focus will be on. And the greatest benefits will be in those areas, including the seaports, ”Murphy said. “We expect the highway bridge, airports and seaport funding to be in place. It will benefit the economy if the money is focused on it.”
Also thanks to low interest rates, fObsession for projects is coming back after COVID-19 has dampened public and private budgets, he said. Central Civil Construction specializes in airports, seaports, roads, stadiums, heavy highway construction, earthworks, underground utility works, land development, deep excavation and civil engineering projects.
The construction company was recently received the package for the proposed improvements to an 82 acre park in Doral, Florida known as Doral Central Park (see above). The project includes clearing; Earthworks; Water, sewer, drainage and asphalt works; and concrete pavement.
“The projects we do for home builders, developers and general contractors have picked up quite a bit,” he said. “We will continue and expand it when the market allows.”
On the public side, major infrastructure work is coming online from local government agencies like Miami-Dade County and the South Florida Water Management District, which is running several projects in the Everglades Restoration Program, he said. Central Civil Construction is exploring areas related to water and wastewater treatment plants, Murphy said. He said the Miami Dade County, Broward County, and Southeast Florida communities have significant upgrades ahead of them over the next decade, and he sees this as a future opportunity.
In addition, there was an increased interest in mitigating sea level rise and many projects had taken this into account.
“The focus is a little on hardening the systems,” said Murphy. “For example, sewage treatment plants and waterworks that could be affected by sea level rise in the future.”
Murphy’s appointment means Richard Baer will become Chairman and Bob Baer CEO. The brothers are the sons of the late James Baer, founder of the construction company in 1977. Murphy will report directly to both Richard and Bob.
“My plan is to run the business and train the next generation in leadership roles,” said Murphy. “The business will certainly grow with the development of the market. We will certainly expand the business to a larger volume, possibly diversify it a little.”