Burns & McDonnell Awarded $20 Million Minot Bridge Contract
Burns & McDonnell Awarded $20 Million Minot Bridge Contract
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Burns & McDonnell Awarded $20 Million Minot Bridge Contract
02/19/2015 2 minute read

Burns & McDonnell has been named by the North Dakota Department of Transportation as the engineer of record to design a new $20 million Highway 83 bridge in downtown Minot. The bridge will serve as a gateway to downtown, carrying approximately 30,000 vehicles each day.

BISMARCK, N.D. — Burns & McDonnell, a global architecture, engineering and construction firm, has been named by the North Dakota Department of Transportation as the engineer of record to design a new $20 million Highway 83 bridge in downtown Minot. The bridge will serve as a gateway to downtown, carrying approximately 30,000 vehicles each day. Coinciding with the recent opening of the firm's Bismarck office, the project win comes at a time when Burns & McDonnell is expanding its Transportation practice in the Minneapolis-St. Paul office.

With the expansion of the Transportation practice serving the Upper Midwest, Burns & McDonnell has added new leadership in its Bismarck and Minneapolis-St. Paul offices. In the Bismarck office, Jugesh Kapur, PE, SE, will serve as a senior associate bridge engineer in the Transportation practice. He brings more than 30 years of experience in bridge design, construction, operations and management. His experience includes 22 years at the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), where his various roles included state bridge engineer, state bridge design engineer, design unit manager and senior structural engineer. Kapur will serve as project manager for the Highway 83 bridge development contract, which includes delivering project environmental documentation and working with the community on the bridge's aesthetic design elements.

Leading the firm's Upper Midwest Transportation practice from its Minneapolis-St. Paul office, Steven Schmidt, PE, will serve as senior project manager and transportation department manager. Schmidt, who is relocating from Burns & McDonnell's world headquarters in Kansas City, has been involved in the transportation industry for the past three decades, serving in roles such as project design engineer, project manager and department manager. His experience includes various types of intersection and interchange improvement, urban arterial roadway projects, complex interchange design and more for numerous local, state and federal agencies.

"As a 100 percent employee-owned firm that is consistently ranked as a best place to work, Burns & McDonnell has always prided itself on being a destination for top talent, so we couldn't be happier about Jugesh and Steve joining our regional team," said Gene Sieve, office manager of the Minneapolis-St. Paul office. "Their transportation experience opens up new industry opportunities for us in the Upper Midwest and gives the firm a competitive advantage in leading high-profile projects such as designing the Minot Bridge that can positively impact those who travel in the area and call the Upper Midwest home."

Replacing a bridge originally constructed in two phases between 1962 and 1971, the new Minot Bridge will span the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Canadian Pacific railroads and Souris River, also known locally as Mouse River. The project will include levies and flood walls to mitigate future flood conditions. Now in the initial design phase, the bridge's construction is scheduled to begin in 2017.

About Burns & McDonnell
Burns & McDonnell is a company made up of more than 5,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is proud to be No. 14 on FORTUNE's 2014 List of 100 Best Companies to Work For. For more information visit burnsmcd.com.

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