As the Miami Access Tunnels’ Chief Executive Officer Chris Hodgkins is in charge of the operations, maintenance, public affairs and outreach for the $1 billion design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) contract that will represent 35 years of infrastructure innovation building a tunnel to connect the Port of Miami to I 95. The Miami Access Tunnel is the first Public Private Partnership (P3) in South Florida.
As the CEO He has been recognized for his energetic work with local communities, vendors and labor unions for his initiation of “OPERATION 305”, a program to aggressively pursue people and businesses from the Miami Dade area for inclusion on the Port of Miami Tunnel Project. Over 80% of all jobs and over $300 million dollars have been targeted to those in the 305 area code (Miami-Dade County). The on time and under budget tunnel construction was completed 6 days ahead of schedule and $90 million under budget.
Since the opening of the Tunnel over 80% of all truck traffic has been eliminated in downtown Miami.
Operational excellence and innovation is always the goal for the Tunnel. In October of this year, Chris and the Tunnel team won the National “Best Operations” award from the P3 Hub at the North American Conference.
Prior to working with the Miami Tunnel, Chris helped create and operate three of the nation’s top Public Private Partnerships. Most recently Chris served as the Vice President and Business Development Leader for AECOM, during this time he helped establish the teams to successfully win two of the largest Design /Build and P3 water projects in South Florida.
Chris has over 20 years of experience in municipal infrastructure and public sector development. His goal has been to always promote opportunity, diversity and cooperation on all aspects’ of public construction. Most recently Chris served as Chair of the Miami Dade P3 Task Force.