Burns & McDonnell Selected to Execute Engineering, Procurement and Construction for Bonneville Power Administration
Burns & McDonnell Selected to Execute Engineering, Procurement and Construction for Bonneville Power Administration
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Burns & McDonnell Selected to Execute Engineering, Procurement and Construction for Bonneville Power Administration
03/15/2021 1 minute read

VANCOUVER, Washington — Burns & McDonnell, ranked No. 6 in Top 100 Design-Build Firms by Engineering News-Record (ENR), was selected by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to provide full-service engineering, architecture, environmental, permitting and construction solutions for a variety of power projects in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. As part of a five-year engineer-procure-construct (EPC) contract, Burn & McDonnell will also provide program management services.

“We are honored to continue our partnership with BPA to help them upgrade systems,” says Mark Lichtwardt, senior vice president and general manager for Burns & McDonnell in Denver, Colorado, and the Pacific Northwest. “From environmental services to construction, we’re looking forward to providing one-stop-shop services improving BPA’s energy infrastructure.”

The work will support the utility in providing safe, reliable and sustainable energy to its customers and the community through the collection of power projects BPA has planned in the next five years. Projects the firm will support, in partnership with subconsultant electrical construction company MYR Group, include greenfield substations, site expansions, transmission lines and multi-outage brownfield substations.

As part of providing program management services and supporting technical efforts, Burns & McDonnell will coordinate project planning, design and construction services throughout all stages of the power projects. The five-year contract was awarded in December 2020, with projects running simultaneously until anticipated completion in 2025.

Burns & McDonnell has experience managing more than 500 projects in the region, including extensive work completed for BPA substations, and is the No. 1 ranked firm in Power and Transmission & Distribution by ENR. The firm completed $30 billion of capital spend in program management services in the past 10 years, implementing an integrated and phased approach for many of the projects. Burns & McDonnell has office locations around the world, including in Portland, Oregon; Vancouver, Washington; and Seattle, Washington. 

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies bringing together an unmatched team of 7,600 engineers, construction professionals, architects, planners, technologists and scientists to design and build our critical infrastructure. With an integrated construction and design mindset, we offer full-service capabilities with more than 60 offices globally. Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is 100% employee-owned and proud to be on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. Learn how we are designed to build.

About Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)

BPA, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region’s high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. For more information, visit bpa.gov.

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