What he does: Kyle Darnell, ArchE’06, manages design-build projects for ARCO Construction Co. from cradle to completion, coordinating all aspects of a project including design coordination, construction schedule, cost management, and project close-out and turnover.
“My position requires me to be a creative, problem-solving engineer, with the ability to multitask at a very high level.”
Up for a challenge: Darnell began riding his bike six years ago, just for exercise. But in 2005 he connected with the Gateway Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and its annual Bike MS event, which raises money to fight multiple sclerosis and offers assistance to those living with MS in the St. Louis area.
“At Bike MS, there are participants from 10 years old to 80 years old, all shapes and sizes, and all skill levels. To see them come out and be a part of the movement to raise funds to find a cure for MS is inspiring.”
This year he helped the Gateway MS Chapter organize St. Louis’ first-ever MS Mud Run, a 10K run with more than25 military-style obstacles through mud, water and swamps. The event raised more than $83,000 and had nearly 500 participants.
Current project: Darnell is leading the charge for ARCO’s focus on the bio-science market with the construction of the Missouri Plant Science Center in Mexico, Mo. Scheduled for completion next spring, this 25,000-square-foot research and pilot plant production facility is a joint venture project for the city of Mexico, Missouri Technology Corp., and the University of Missouri.