Water Resources: Get to Know Ryan Kennerly

Category: Engineering

Written By: Valerie Edgren

Date: August 4, 2021

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Ryan Kennerly, PE, is a Principal in Parkhill's Water Resources Sector. He joined Parkhill in 2010 and has gained experience through a multitude of alternative delivery projects. His knowledge of the fast-track Design-Build and Construction Manager at Risk industry allows him to efficiently service vast water supply projects. Further experience includes the design and management of numerous elevated and ground storage reservoirs, irrigation wells, transmission piping, lift stations, and sewer systems. Ryan is actively involved with the Lubbock branches of American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Water Utilities Association, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and the Design Build Institute of America.

Q: Which of the following Parkhill values stands out most for you: real innovation, personal ownership, engaging collaboration, deepening credibility, life balance, contagious passion, enduring relationships, inspired contribution, unassuming influence, informed insight, or humble leadership?

Engaging Collaboration: The ability of Parkhill to provide internal design services from a broad range of A/E disciplines truly sets us apart from our competition.

Q: What project has given you a passion for your expertise?

T-Bar Wellfield and Delivery Project: One of Parkhill’s largest Water Resources projects to date, I was fortunate enough to be exposed to such a diverse and complex solution early on in my career. Totaling over $200 million in capital infrastructure, this fast-track Design-Build venture was completed in under 15 months from initial conception.

Q: Tell us about your honors, awards, or a fascinating experience in your career 

  • DBIA SW Chapter – 20 Under 40 award recipient
  • T-Bar Well Field Project – DBIA National Award recipient (Role: Project Manager)
  • ClearWater Ranch Project – ABC Excellence in Construction Award recipient (Role: Project Manager)
  • TSPE Mid-Cities Chapter Social Chairman

Q: What do you think is the next challenge in your field?

In general, attracting and maintaining talent, while also exposing our youth to engineering-related fields will be a key factor in sustaining our profession’s development.

Q: Looking forward, where do you see your industry going in the next 20 years? 

I believe our industry will have a heavier focus on computer-aided design and 3-D visual implementation to aid in a more machine-driven construction process.