Scott L. Murray is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Stantec, a top 10 international design firm offering engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics services, from initial project concept and planning through design, construction, and commissioning. Stantec has approximately 22,000 employees working in over 400 locations across six continents. Scott is based in Lexington, Kentucky, and is responsible for Stantec’s day-to-day operations.
Scott joined Stantec in January of 2008 with the acquisition of Fuller, Mossbarger, Scott and May Engineers, Inc. (FMSM) and served as Stantec’s Geotechnical Engineering Practice Leader until October of 2008, when he was elected as a Vice President of the firm and moved into the Regional Leader role for Stantec’s US Southeast Region. As Regional Leader, he was responsible for the day to day operations of over 400 staff and an annual budget of over $50M. Scott became a Senior Vice President for Stantec in 2010 and moved into the Regional Operating Unit Leader Role for the US East that same year. At the beginning of 2014, Stantec consolidated US West and US East operating units, and Scott accepted the responsibility for managing Stantec’s US operations with a staff of over 6,000 and an annual budget approaching $1B. As the Executive Vice President in charge of US operations, he was responsible for achieving US growth objectives while maintaining profitability goals. As a member of Stantec’s executive leadership team, Scott was also engaged in establishing and executing the firm’s strategic plan, client development, acquisition activities, ethics training of senior leadership, and reviews of major project proposals and execution strategies. In 2016 Scott became Stantec’s Chief Operating Officer.
Scott is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, holding a bachelor-of-science degree in civil engineering. He has completed leadership training courses conducted internally, through various external professional providers, and by Harvard University. A licensed professional engineer in many states, Scott is actively involved in organizations that promote the engineering profession. Past leadership roles in such organizations include: President of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Kentucky; President of the Kentucky Geotechnical Engineering Group, President of the American Society of Civil Engineers – Bluegrass Branch of Kentucky. He has also been active at the national level of these organizations, serving for several years on an ACEC National Transportation Steering Committee member jointly with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and as National State Liaison Subcommittee Chair with national ACEC.
When Scott joined Stantec in 2008, he brought with him expertise and leadership in civil engineering with a focus on geotechnical engineering, geographic information systems, and a significant presence in the federal market. He served in positions of increasing authority with FMSM, including as owner and vice president. Scott was a member of FMSM’s board of directors and provided leadership as the firm’s Transportation Program Manager and Lexington office manager.
Scott has extensive technical experience in the fields of civil and geotechnical engineering, including conducting and managing foundation explorations for a wide variety of structures ranging from small single-story buildings to cable-stay bridges across major navigable waterways such as the Ohio River. During his more than 30 years of engineering practice, he has been responsible for performing many seismic hazard evaluations, earthquake response analyses, slope stability assessments, seepage studies, Phase I inspections for earthen dams, and site civil designs for various private and public facilities. His project involvement typically began at the scoping/proposal phase, continuing through directing the efforts of professional and support staff members in implementation of the work. Scott has had final technical and quality review responsibilities over several Stantec major projects.