Business and backlog are booming at Burns & McDonnell, a Kansas City-based engineering, architecture and construction firm, leading to significant growth in hiring. Every business unit in the firm is anticipating growth in 2014, and that is reflected in an unprecedented hiring spree.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Business and backlog are booming at Burns & McDonnell, a Kansas City-based engineering, architecture and construction firm, leading to significant growth in hiring.
Every business unit in the firm is anticipating growth in 2014, and that is reflected in an unprecedented hiring spree. The employee count totaled 4,300 at year-end 2013, including more than 2,600 employee-owners in Kansas City.
In total, the company added about 700 jobs in 2013. It forecasts adding another 600 positions this year, 300 in Kansas City and 300 in the firm's regional offices.
"Demand for our services is running high, and we are happy to continue building our talented team," said Greg Graves, chairman and CEO of the employee-owned firm. "We are determined to make the right hires to be our future employee-owners, recruiting and retaining the best and not hiring merely on the basis of need."
Space is at a premium as the company continues adding personnel. Burns & McDonnell is essentially at capacity at its headquarters complex at 9400 Ward Parkway and additional space at 9201 State Line Road. It recently assumed three floors at 10450 Holmes Road, totaling almost 60,000 square feet, and the company is studying its space requirements in Kansas City.
Burns & McDonnell set another corporate sales record in 2013 with $2.3 billion in total sales for all business units, a 15 percent increase over 2012 sales of $2.0 billion. The sales forecast for 2014 calls for a 15 percent increase.
Revenue recorded in 2013 totaled $1.9 billion, up 23 percent over 2012. Under generally accepted accounting practices adhered to by Burns & McDonnell, sales are the value of contracts signed in the fiscal year, and revenue is the actual income derived from work performed.
"Burns & McDonnell has continued to diversify its core offerings in engineering design, construction management and technical specialties while maintaining our commitment to safety and quality," Graves said. "We have tremendous opportunities to make a difference for our clients in a range of businesses, across the country and around the world. Our growth is fueled by our focus on making clients successful and we strive to be remarkable on every single one of our projects. This performance standard is a result of our employee-ownership culture."
Business units with significant engineering, construction or architecture project backlogs include electrical transmission and distribution systems, oil and natural gas refining and processing, petrochemical processing, air quality control work for power generation plants, combined heat and power facilities, water treatment, commercial and industrial facilities, and environmental remediation.
Among the contributing factors for Burns & McDonnell's success: the continuing North American shale gas boom that is creating an urgent need for new processing facilities and pipelines; a continuing need for investment in the nationwide power delivery infrastructure and its security; and water quality regulations driving investment in new controls and treatment systems. The continuing industry trend toward design-build projects has spurred tremendous growth within the company's Construction/Design-Build division, while the company has begun expanding into commercial construction opportunities as well.
About Burns & McDonnell
Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a 100 percent employee-owned, full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm. Burns & McDonnell is currently the 20th largest AEC firm in the Engineering News-Record Top 500 ranking. With the multidisciplinary experience of engineering, architecture, construction and technical professionals in more than 30 offices worldwide, Burns & McDonnell plans, designs, permits, constructs and manages facilities with one mission in mind — to make our clients successful. For more information about Burns & McDonnell, visit www.burnsmcd.com.