Murphy Kerner

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Murphy Kerner

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Murphy Kerner
Building Systems Engineer

My story: I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, and I lived there until February 2017 when I moved to Norfolk. I am the oldest of five children, and I was lucky to grow up in the construction industry as my father works for a mechanical contractor. I grew up seeing the great relationships and family atmosphere that construction breeds, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of that family. I graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 2016 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I work with the Building Systems Group and am currently the Building Systems Engineer on the Measurement Systems Lab Project at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton.

Why I like working at W.M. Jordan Company: What brought me to W.M. Jordan, and what keeps me excited is the Building Systems Group. This MEP-centric group sets us apart from the rest of the construction managers in the area. Forming this group has set WMJ on a path towards more team-centered projects where the most complicated, expensive trades are placed first, alleviating major issues at the end of projects.

My hidden talent: I have an inner MacGyver when it comes to opening bottles without a bottle opener. According to my wife, I have an oddly high tolerance for spicy foods. I’m talking about ordering the spiciest chicken wings on the menu… and dipping them in hot sauce.

My favorite things: I haven’t had the opportunity in years, but I love to make ceramics on a throwing wheel. Throughout high school and college, I “threw” all types of bowls, vases, and plates, and I need to get back into it.