Burns & McDonnell creates new Transportation and Water Infrastructure Divisions
Burns & McDonnell creates new Transportation and Water Infrastructure Divisions
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Burns & McDonnell creates new Transportation and Water Infrastructure Divisions
11/25/2011 2 minute read

To meet the urgent, growing need for investment in our national infrastructure, Burns & McDonnell is dividing its current Infrastructure Group into two practice areas — water and surface transportation — effective Jan. 1, 2012.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Burns & McDonnell has expanded to 11 operating divisions as a final step in implementing a planned restructuring of its Infrastructure Group into separate water infrastructure and surface transportation infrastructure divisions.

Ron Coker has been named vice president and general manager of the Water Group and Benjamin J. Biller has been named vice president and general manager of the Surface Transportation Group. Coker previously was the officer in charge of marketing for the Infrastructure Group, focused on water projects. Biller was the officer in charge of project delivery and marketing of highway, road and bridge projects in the Infrastructure Group. The establishment of the two new divisions and promotions of Coker and Biller are effective Jan. 1, 2012.

"The need for infrastructure investment in all parts of our country is now reaching critical urgency," said Burns & McDonnell Chairman and CEO Greg Graves. "Creating these two divisions now positions Burns & McDonnell to provide a resource to our clients as they focus on the dire needs and challenges of bringing our water infrastructure and roads and bridges up to the standards required in the 21st century."

"Burns & McDonnell has a long history of advocating for clean water and safe roads and bridges and we believe that history is now about to repeat itself," said James Foil, senior vice president and general manager of the current Infrastructure Group. "We recognize the urgent, growing need for investment in our national infrastructure and over the past four years have strategically positioned these two groups for this division. By establishing the two divisions now, we position Burns & McDonnell to be able to more effectively deliver the array of services our clients will need to make infrastructure investments better, faster and for less cost. Ron and Ben will be able to focus singularly on that mission in their own groups."

Burns & McDonnell was founded in 1898 as an engineering firm specializing in designing and managing construction of water infrastructure systems. Throughout the 20th century, Burns & McDonnell expanded into a number of other engineering disciplines but always retained an engineering focus on water infrastructure. Over the course of its history, Burns & McDonnell has designed and built water projects from coast to coast, including several major water improvements for public-sector clients throughout the metro area.

The Burns & McDonnell Water Group provides a broad range of services including master planning, engineering design, procurement and construction services for water transmission and distribution, wastewater collection, watershed and aquifer management, wastewater treatment and drinking water treatment facilities. Among its largest current projects are program management services for the $2.5 billion Kansas City, Mo., combined sewer overflow control program and a long-term project to replenish a major aquifer that supplies much of the drinking water for Wichita, Kan., and surrounding areas. In 2005, the firm won the prestigious Grand Conceptor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies for its work in preserving the Florida Everglades.

The Burns & McDonnell Surface Transportation Group provides a full scope of engineering design, permitting and right-of-way, procurement and construction management for highway, road and bridge projects. Though Burns & McDonnell has worked with state departments of transportation only since the mid-1980s, the 2010 acquisition of Harrington & Cortelyou (H&C) significantly expanded its portfolio of services. H&C has a long and rich legacy in bridge, highway and roadway design. The firm has been providing engineering design and construction services for highway and railroad bridges since 1907, including some of the most well-known bridges in the Kansas City metropolitan area and throughout Missouri. Burns & McDonnell currently is designing several large highway and bridge projects, mostly located in the Midwest and in Texas. Recent projects include: U.S. 169 Interchange project in Kansas City North, improvements to U.S. 75 for the Texas Department of Transportation, and construction management for large-scale improvements to Wacker Drive in Downtown Chicago.

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell provides engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting services to clients throughout North America and abroad. More than 3,000 engineers, architects, scientists, planners, estimators, economists, technicians and other professionals work in more than 20 regional, national and international offices. Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is currently ranked No. 20 on the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms.

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