Burns & McDonnell is experiencing strong growth in its Honolulu office, the result of previous successes and new opportunities in the Pacific region. The firm has hired two engineers so far this year and plans to expand by 10 positions in a range of engineering, design and technical specialties.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Burns & McDonnell is experiencing strong growth in its Honolulu office, the result of previous successes and new opportunities in the Pacific region, including recent aviation and Navy projects.
In November, the firm promoted John Bothof to become its operational director in Hawaii. He has been with the firm for eight years, serving as an electrical engineer and project manager. The firm has hired two engineers so far this year and plans to expand by 10 positions in a range of engineering, design and technical specialties.
A $149 million Hawaii Air National Guard beddown at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for its F-22 fighters that was designed by Burns & McDonnell has served as a foundation for establishing the office and providing for job growth in Hawaii. The beddown includes the Daniel K. Inouye Squadron Operations and Maintenance Facility, which recently received Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, the first ever for the Air National Guard.
Bothof said more defense work is expected, noting the firm recently received an award as designer of record on a $7 million design-build contract with local small business partners JSR-ECC for a Navy submarine maneuver training facility.
"We have been fortunate and are pursuing other opportunities and great relationships in the area," Bothof said. "As the Department of Defense pivots more resources to the Pacific, we are here to serve them as a local partner.
"Burns & McDonnell has industry-leading experience in many of the challenges facing Hawaii and the Pacific region today. Our work in energy security, cybersecurity, infrastructure, renewables, fuel systems, transportation and defense gives us a chance to provide a broad range of technical skills to our clients."
Burns & McDonnell has been on the forefront of energy solutions in Hawaii, as best exemplified by the two military microgrids that are becoming part of the Hawaiian infrastructure. The Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) microgrids built at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and under construction at Camp H.M. Smith are designed to rethink power distribution, communication and security.
Each project is designed to maximize the potential of legacy generation, modern grid controls and renewables to provide a resilient power platform for critical facilities.
"Energy projects that leverage Burns & McDonnell's unique experience, like the SPIDERS microgrids, are allowing our Hawaii office to create amazing solutions for the people of Hawaii," Bothof said.
In the field of commercial aviation, aviation fueling facilities have been delivered throughout the islands for the Hawaii Fueling Facilities Corp. (HFFC). Services range from turnkey design-build work to preparing facility assessments and providing project oversight. Burns & McDonnell is currently designing an upgrade to the Kona fuel farm operated by the HFFC, as well as significant facility improvements in Honolulu.
During the past decade, Burns & McDonnell also has designed more than 30 projects in Hawaii, Guam, China, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. The firm's local design experience helps meet the demanding tropical environmental requirements of Pacific region.
"Our Honolulu office is being built to perform the work done for Hawaii, in Hawaii," Bothof said. "We recognize the importance of hiring talented professionals from within the region who understand the unique nature of the facilities and infrastructure we design and build here. The local office allows us to provide a level of service and experience our clients expect to help them be successful. As our presence grows, we will serve as a hub to support work throughout the Pacific region as Burns & McDonnell continues to expand its global footprint."
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