Predictable Outcomes for Complex, Mega-Scale Industrial Projects
Predictable Outcomes for Complex, Mega-Scale Industrial Projects
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Predictable Outcomes for Complex, Mega-Scale Industrial Projects
02/28/2018 2 minute read

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APPLETON, Wisconsin (Feb. 28, 2018) — The late 2016 acquisition of Wisconsin-based AZCO Inc., has given Burns & McDonnell a foothold in competing for complex, multiphase industrial construction projects that are widely acknowledged throughout the industry as the most difficult to execute on-schedule and within budget. Thanks in part to robust growth in construction projects during 2017, Burns & McDonnell has for the first time recorded total annual sales of $3.2 billion.

After decades of partnering on projects, Burns & McDonnell, an engineering, architecture, construction and consulting firm, made it official in late 2016 and acquired Appleton, Wisconsin-based AZCO. Since the transaction was completed, AZCO has expanded into a number of additional states, increased employees by nearly 20 percent and achieved annual revenue of $300 million. 

“As employee-owned companies for decades, it’s no surprise that our foundations for success are identical,” says Burns & McDonnell Chairman and CEO Ray Kowalik. “Burns & McDonnell and AZCO both believe in hiring the best and brightest and then putting customer service first. We’re pleased by the sales and financial results, but we realize they are just an outcome of keeping our focus where it belongs: on the customer.”

Together, AZCO and Burns & McDonnell specialize in taking on the most difficult and complex heavy industrial projects, ranging from new construction to overhauls, upgrades and retrofits. AZCO’s in-house fabrication and direct-hire construction give project teams more control over many of the variables that can make or break a project. 

“AZCO has long been one of the industry’s premier industrial contractors,” says Randy Griffin, Burns & McDonnell executive board member and president of the Construction/Design-Build Group. “They give our customers the advantage of one team that can take many risk factors out of the most labor-intensive, difficult phases of industrial construction projects. Every project owner wants the predictability of safety, schedule and cost, and we believe the key to delivering on those goals is to take variables out of the equation. AZCO gives us even more ability to do that.”

Recent large projects from this pairing include: 

  • Denton Energy Center, Denton, Texas
  • Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Marquette Hospital, Marquette, Michigan 
  • Boeing Everett Campus 777X Commissioning Program, Everett, Washington 

“We take great pride in stepping up and competing for large, complex projects like the new Foxconn assembly facility to be built right here in our backyard of Wisconsin,” says John Trottier, president and CEO of AZCO. “This project is going to test the abilities of a lot of great construction firms. We believe the construction firms that have the most flexibility in project delivery — from direct-hire to multiple service specialties like steel erection, mechanical construction, heavy rigging and setting of manufacturing equipment — will be in the best position to compete.” 

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is made up of more than 6,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, commissioning specialists, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs. The 100-percent employee-owned firm provides innovative engineering, quality projects and constructed value to a broad range of industries and local, state and federal government agencies throughout North America and worldwide. Ranked the No. 1 power engineering firm by Engineering News-Record magazine and No. 3 on the MEP Giants and MEP Commissioning Giants annual ranking, Burns & McDonnell provides design-build EPC, program management, electrical transmission and distribution, conventional and renewable power generation, structural steel design and erection, lean six sigma planning, facility architecture, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, water, wastewater, road and bridge engineering and comprehensive facility commissioning. With more than 50 offices in North America and throughout the world, Burns & McDonnell is proud to be on Fortune’s 2018 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.

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