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When disaster strikes, whether natural or accidental, clients call upon engineers to help clean up or rebuild. Burns & McDonnell teams are prepared to hit the ground running. After the first responders address the most urgent needs, the focus shifts to picking up the pieces. "That's when we get the call." Plus: Fortifying the next generation of T&D engineers; renewing the water supply in Colorado; substation security takes a turn.

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At the Ready

Life is unpredictable. So is business. That's why you have plans in place to deal with challenges that may come your way. At Burns & McDonnell, we are proud to be a part of those plans.

Technical Q&A: Retro-Commissioning

Where do potential savings come from when you retro-commission a building?

How It Works: Laser Scanning for Industrial Facilities

Accurate measurements are key to surveying for refineries, chemical plants, power plants and other industrial facilities.

Safety Corner: Signs Help Keep Workplace Safety in Mind

Risk lurks in many forms and places on any construction site. A key to avoiding incidents is keeping safety in the minds of all site workers.

Wacker Drive Reconstruction Wins Top National Honors

Burns & McDonnell won its second national Grand Conceptor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

Hawaii Air National Guard Project Earns LEED Platinum Certification

A new combined squadron operations and aircraft maintenance unit hangar for the Hawaii Air National Guard earned Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Burns & McDonnell Milwaukee Welcomed to Green Tier Program

Program recognizes companies committed to superior environmental performance.

Investing in the Future

Burns & McDonnell's David Wallace builds a program to fortify the next generation of T&D engineers.

Renewing the Water Supply

New treatment facility prepares Castle Rock, Colo., to meet demand sustainably.

SOS: Answering the Call When Disaster Strikes

In the business of disaster recovery, you have to be prepared for just about anything.

Voices of Experience

What makes emergency response work different? What does it take to be successful? Here's what those in the field say.

Environmental Cleanup Is Often Job One

Disaster recovery efforts come in all shapes and sizes. A significant number, however, involve some form of environmental remediation.

Little Blue Parkway Project Realizing a Dream

Using stimulus money and federal highway funds, the project was constructed in seven phases over five years and now provides faster, safer, cross-town access and links state and interstate highway systems.

Public Process Narrows Options from Trillions to One

Finding a route for running 180 miles of new high-voltage electric transmission line between substations in Nebraska and Missouri isn't as simple as drawing a straight line.

Substation Security Takes a Turn

New NERC rules govern emerging physical threats in the wake of 2013 event in California.

What a Difference an App Makes

Software helps environmental monitors document and maintain construction compliance.