The Right Fit
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Our Facility Engineering Services (FES) Group facilitates efficient operations at a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) facility.

Every facility has it: a function that may not be part of the core business, but remains critical to its success. For many that function is engineering services — a key part of operation that requires professionals with a unique skill set and experience.

That's where the Burns & McDonnell Facility Engineering Services (FES) Group comes in for the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) facility in Kansas City, Missouri.

The advanced manufacturing and engineering facility produces intricate components to enhance the safety and security of our nation's defense programs. However, despite stellar scores in the performance-based evaluation system, the aging 3 million-square-foot complex began having issues that were getting in the way of the facility's mission.

"The facility operated for a long time with facility engineering done in-house," says Randy Pope, senior vice president in the Burns & McDonnell Aviation & Federal Group. "They recognized if they brought the Burns & McDonnell FES group in, they could continue to focus on their core business of manufacturing."

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Now it's been more than a decade, and the Burns & McDonnell FES group continues to manage engineering services, saving operational costs and helping the facility remain focused on defense.

"It creates a consistency of in-house staff with the support of the larger firm when needed," says Jeff Barrett, vice president in FES. "We provide a dedicated core staff who have building knowledge, are proficient with facility engineering, and can get things done quickly with rapid access to all of Burns & McDonnell's technical service offerings."

That partnership proved invaluable when the NNSA determined it was time to build a new, more efficient facility for its production services. Built during the World War II era, the complex effectively accomplished its mission while facing mounting challenges regarding efficiencies. In recent years, only half of the facility's space was being used.Honeywell hired Burns & McDonnell as a subcontractor to develop the new complex's requirements and act as the owner's representative during design and construction. In addition, the FES group made moving into the new facility a relatively painless procedure. In overseeing one of the largest moves in NNSA history — approximately 3,000 pieces of equipment and 40,000 moving crates — the FES group coordinated relocation of contents from a nearly 3 million square-foot campus into the new 1.5 million-square-foot facility. And it was accomplished under budget, ahead of schedule and with an outstanding safety record.

"Coordinating that kind of move takes a level of understanding another firm just wouldn't have," Barrett says. "Because our client had previously established a flexible core facility engineering group that understands their facility challenges, they were in a position to be very successful on this major transformation of their business."

For more information, contact Jeff Barrett, 816-803-4705.

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