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Promoting Natural Capital in Construction Helps Biodiversity and the Climate

As the U.K. implements rules for construction projects that promote a net benefit to the environment, the concept of natural capital is emerging as a tool to measure value.

The Future of Gas Generation in an Increasingly Decarbonized World

Gas-fired generation facilities provide the reliability, adaptability and dispatchability needed by the power grid, even as renewables gain market share.

Considerations for Skid-Built Fabrication Pathways on Natural Gas Projects

During the design and construction of pipeline facilities and equipment, companies can choose to stick-build or skid-build equipment. Skid-building equipment has the potential to save money by shortening construction duration and increasing the quality of the product being fabricated. The decision...

Using Process Modeling to Control Costs and Optimize Efficiencies

Process modeling helps utilities minimize cost and prioritize efficiency with real-world data. These insights help to inform treatment plans.

Burns & McDonnell and Bay Ltd. Have Teamed to Boost U.S. Offshore Substation Supply Chain

WALLINGFORD, Connecticut — To help the U.S. reach its offshore wind generation targets and address global supply chain challenges for the industry, Burns & McDonnell and Bay Ltd. are teaming up to provide U.S.-based engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of offshore substations. The...

Burns & McDonnell Awarded Independent Review Contract to Support Major Alternative Water Source Program

JOLIET, Illinois — The City of Joliet, Illinois, has contracted Burns & McDonnell to provide independent review and assessment of key documents and features of the Alternative Water Source Program (AWSP). Joliet has taken aggressive action to find an alternative water supply since 2015, when a...

Burns & McDonnell India Announces Principal Class of 2022 Amid Record Growth

MUMBAI, India — Burns & McDonnell India, a part of Burns & McDonnell, is proud to promote seven exceptional team members to the Principal Group.

Established in 2013 in Mumbai, Burns & McDonnell India has multidisciplinary capabilities across industries like oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical,...

WEC Energy Group, Burns & McDonnell, EPRI Complete World’s First-of-Its-Kind Hydrogen Power Test

WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC) and EPRI announced today the successful demonstration of blending hydrogen in a natural gas generator. The project is the first hydrogen power test of a utility-scale, grid-connected reciprocating engine generator in the world.

During two weeks of testing in...

Mitigating the Effects of Inflation and the Supply Chain on Solid Waste Contracting

An early start to RFP processes can help local governments overcome supply chain issues with vehicles and equipment for solid waste collection, recycling and disposal.

Elevating the Airport Experience: Consulting Services Improve Cybersecurity and Business Operations at Los Angeles World Airports

International airports require regular maintenance, facilities upgrades and a strong security apparatus. After winning the 2028 Olympics, Los Angeles is overhauling LAX to improve customer experience, cybersecurity, business operations and IT.

What California’s Zero-Emission Moves Could Mean for Fleet Operators

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) mandated a phased transition to zero-emission vehicles, with consequences for fleet operators of all sizes.

Technical Proficiency and Industry Knowledge Drive Advisory Council Discussions Toward Better Outcomes

After founding an advisory council of public interest groups and industry representatives, Arizona Public Service required a skilled partner with industry experience to lead meetings that improve outcomes for the public and the utility.

Addressing Airport Cybersecurity Risks as Threats Increase

Airport operators have varying solutions in place when it comes to cybersecurity. Managing risk and having an organized response plan is imperative.

Renewable Energy Projects Can Deliver Economic Benefits Under the Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act will boost the clean energy industry while also benefiting economically disadvantaged communities and brownfield locations.

Upgrades at I-35 and Gardner Road Interchange Earn City Public Improvement Award from ACEC

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Upgrades to Gardner Road at its interchange with Interstate 35 to handle increasing traffic and embrace future development have been honored with a City Public Improvement Award by the Kansas Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

The $4.7 million...

Eight Rules for Testing Hydrogen Blends at Gas-Fired Generation Facilities

The power industry is exploring strategies for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and one that is gaining attention is blending natural gas with hydrogen.

Burns & McDonnell and PLTW Grant Provides Opportunity for STEAM Program in Cicero District 99

CICERO, Illinois — Through a $260,000 grant from Burns & McDonnell, Cicero District 99 is expanding its cutting-edge STEAM curriculum with Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to students in grades kindergarten through six across 13 schools in Cicero.

For the past several years, seventh and eighth graders...

Solar Projects Are Getting Grittier and More Difficult

As solar power projects become more challenging to design and build, the culture of engineer-procure-construct (EPC) contractors can be a key success factor.

Evergy Partners With Ericsson and Burns & McDonnell to Turn On Private Network in Record Time

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Evergy (NYSE: EVRG), Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Burns & McDonnell have launched a new private LTE (PLTE) core and radio access network (RAN) to help enable grid modernization efforts at Evergy, a U.S. investor-owned utility, in record time. The project created one unified...

Integrating Technology and Security By Design

Security by Design is an innovative approach to the design process for cybersecurity that seeks to harden systems — both hardware and software — by integrating security considerations into engineering and implementation. The idea is to mitigate risk up front, focusing on preventing cybersecurity...

Project Gives New Life to Aging Airport Terminal

When San Francisco International Airport decided to redevelop one of its oldest terminals, it needed an integrated team approach to support the multibillion-dollar project. As a full-service firm, Burns & McDonnell was an integral part of the progressive design-build team and kept the six-year...

Better Options and More Considerations Come With Inflation Reduction Act

Tax changes under the Inflation Reduction Act give renewable energy developers a range of new options that could make projects more attractive and successful.

Tech Talk: Embracing New Realities

AEC firms want to make client projects successful as they design, engineer, build and maintain the planet’s critical infrastructure. Doing so efficiently requires determining just what roles technology can play as we stand on the threshold of a worldwide digital transformation.

What’s New in Nuclear? Advancing Safety and Affordability

There is a broad menu of options available to begin bringing down carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on a global scale. While many agree nuclear energy will (or should) be part of the solution, just how it is developed and deployed elicits a wide range of opinions. From cost and safety considerations...

Supporting Emerging Clean Energy Technologies Through Thoughtful Partnerships

A more sustainable energy future is achievable, but the path to get there requires investment in and promotion of emerging technologies that will help transform the global economy.

The Grant Proposal: A Story Worth Millions of Dollars

Securing grant funding can be a laborious task, but applicants can use this opportunity to collaborate with local leaders, build relationships with funding agencies and envision their ideal project.

Investing in an Energized Future

The electrical transmission and distribution industry is experiencing massive change. The need to improve our current power system is a critical component driving that evolution — and it’s requiring electric utilities to act.

We Like IKE: Modernizing Kansas Transportation

From big cities to small farm towns, everyone needs and deserves safe transportation infrastructure. The IKE Transportation Partners joint venture is advancing the delivery of various projects in support of KDOT’s 10-year modernization program.

Dividing Wall Columns Push the Boundaries for Midstream Efficiency

Sometimes innovative ideas take extraordinary amounts of time to germinate. Such is the case with dividing wall columns — an innovation that is introducing unprecedented cost efficiency, energy savings and emissions reductions to the natural gas liquids processing industry.

Refining Your Renewable Fuels Approach for Success

Producing renewable fuels is a potentially rewarding opportunity for refiners to enhance their services for profitable and lasting portfolios. From feedstock and technology selection to project delivery methods and complementary projects, several considerations can affect the feasibility of such...

Charging Forward With Clean Energy

Achieving clean energy goals is rapidly becoming a cost of doing business. Learn how industrial facilities can respond to these mounting pressures and develop a road map to implement sustainable solutions.

Mexico Business News: Decarbonization Must Be Central to Public Policy

The Digital Evolution of Materials Management

Digitalization of materials management is shaping the future of construction, improving supply chain visibility, reducing waste and raising labor productivity.

Strategies to Supercharge Electric Fleet Operations

When transitioning from internal combustion engine to electric vehicles, fleet operators should evaluate charging technologies to pick the optimal solution.

Treatability Testing Is Crucial as Refineries Push for Renewable Fuels

Comprehensive treatability testing informs how to address wastewater challenges for novel renewable fuels while maintaining control of operational and capital costs.

Dave Kinchen Named National Construction Director for Water Projects

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Dave Kinchen has been named national director of construction for Burns & McDonnell water projects. He will have overall responsibility for strategic positioning and growth of water construction projects throughout all 50 U.S. states.

Kinchen has nearly 35 years’ experience...

The Transformation Taking Place in Life Sciences Facility Development

Drug and medical technology breakthroughs, data management and integration opportunities, and a growing body of research are pushing the life sciences industry forward at an ever-faster pace. This rapid growth is impacting the facilities constructed by major pharmaceutical companies, drug discovery...

Accounting for Carbon: Biofuel Projects Require a Different Economic Model

Renewable fuel projects designed with traditional market dynamics in mind have a built-in economic disadvantage. To be cost competitive, renewable fuel plants and refinery conversion designs must look beyond the four walls of the plant. Designs that lower carbon intensity at every step from the...

Riazzi Substation is a Model of How to Overcome Challenging Construction Conditions

In the heart of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University — along with high-tech, finance and medical industries — are growing rapidly and placing new demands on the power network operated by Duquesne Light Company (DLC). The Riazzi Substation is now adding critical...

Begin With the End in Mind When Navigating the Renewable Project Approval Queue

The entire power industry is going through an unprecedented transformation. In response, regional transmission authorities across the country are initiating a variety of steps to improve long-term planning in preparation for a host of new demands that could threaten the high transmission...

Gaining Operational Resiliency and Reliability Through the Management of Cybersecurity Threats

Critical infrastructure companies often struggle to keep their operations protected from cybersecurity attacks. Unlike other firms that focus mostly on information technology cybersecurity, 1898 & Co. is one of the first firms to support operational technology through managed threat services.

A New High-Efficiency Hangar Design for the KC-46A Tanker

Burns & McDonnell successfully designs a first-of-its-kind hangar with integrated multifunction maintenance capabilities.

Supplementing Workplace Connections Through Digital Knowledge Networks

Digital knowledge networks are a new systematic approach to capturing, preserving, delivering and analyzing relevant information for employees.

Analytics-Driven Monitoring-Based Commissioning Improves Building Delivery and Operations

Government, healthcare and other operations with multiple facilities are increasingly turning to firms that provide ongoing data-driven, monitoring-based commissioning services and use tools like Clockworks to improve building and operational efficiency.

Staying Ahead of Cyberthreats to Operational Technology Systems

Protecting operation technology (OT) systems requires different strategies than would be used to protect conventional information technology (IT) systems.

As the Port of Muskogee Recovers From Historic Flooding, the Waterway Looks to Mitigate Future Weather-Related Events While Supporting Continuous Growth

A strategic plan that focuses on current and future needs of the key inland port in Muskogee, Oklahoma, outlines flood mitigation measures and infrastructure improvements while positioning the port for future success.

Energy Global: The Changing Solar Landscape

Global Hydrogen Review: The Race to Identify the Next Generation of Maritime Fuels

Burns & McDonnell Celebrates Opening and Growth of Office in Akron, Ohio

AKRON, Ohio — Officials from the City of Akron and Summit County joined Burns & McDonnell leadership and employee-owners at a ribbon-cutting and open house to celebrate the opening of their office in Akron. Opened originally during the pandemic in late 2020, the Akron office is now well...

Solar Power World: Alliant Energy completes 150-MW Wisconsin solar project

EV Cybersecurity Measures a Major Priority With NEVI

The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program provides cybersecurity guidance for electric vehicles, aiming to keep all interested parties secure.

Improve Success of Complex Highway Projects With an Underutilized Tool

The right of entry process required for highway expansion projects can be a great tool for addressing property owner concerns and drive to project success.

Conducting an Innovative PEL Study for a Major Road in Kane County, Illinois

To help identify and implement essential improvements to Randall Road between Big Timber Road and Illinois Route 72 in Kane County, Illinois, the Kane County Division of Transportation (KDOT) selected Burns & McDonnell to conduct a large-scale feasibility study. Roughly six months into the project,...

Vision Transforms Into Strong and Sustainable Capital Investment Program

When FirstEnergy needed a plan to manage an annual expenditure of over $1 billion, it leveraged a long-standing partnership with Burns & McDonnell to implement its vision — Energizing the Future — and create a manageable portfolio of improvements to meet customer needs and corporate goals.

Burns & McDonnell Builds Ameren Missouri’s Largest Solar Power Generation Plant

Ameren Missouri aims to increase clean energy production in the Greater St. Louis region with a new solar array. The project is part of a program to encourage a reduction in carbon emissions.

Balancing Cybersecurity and Production in the Oil and Gas Industry

Cyberattacks are often successful due to security lapses caused by internal shortcuts. In order to find vulnerabilities and offer remedies, 1898 & Co. analyzed the systemwide architecture and field deployments of a global energy company determined to shore up its cybersecurity.

Burns & McDonnell Announces Director of Operations for Denver and Pacific Northwest

DENVER, Colorado — Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm, announces its selection of Zach Herrington, PE, to serve as director of operations for the firm’s offices in Denver and the Pacific Northwest. The firm's presence in the region is growing,...

Taking the Helm and Delivering the Goods: Sustaining Port Infrastructure for Economic Development

Since its opening, more than 80 million tons of freight have moved through the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. After undertaking ownership of a second port and adopting the name Tulsa Ports, improvements were essential to reinvigorate both sites and promote economic activity throughout the region.

Attention to Detail Yields Quality Approach to Transportation Projects

Focusing on details is crucial for having a successful project outcome on transportation or any construction initiative. Taking a quality approach can help.

Optimizing Oilfield Electrification: An Integrated Approach

Reliability, emissions reduction and cost savings are some of the reasons to alter the electrical infrastructure supporting your oilfield production assets. To fully understand options, costs and implications — as well as capture maximum value for your investments — requires support from a partner...

Village of Homewood Completes Water Supply Project to Provide Sustainable Water for the Future

HOMEWOOD, Illinois — Village of Homewood leaders joined Burns & McDonnell project team members on Tuesday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate completion of a $12.25 million design-build project to transition the community's water to a new supplier. This allows the Village to continue...

The Preconstruction Podcast: Let's Talk Water/Wastewater with Estimating & Preconstruction Manager Kevin Waddell at Burns & McDonnell

Offshore Wind Transmission: How Far Has the U.S. Come?

Strides are being made in the offshore wind transmission space, but to maximize the potential of this renewable energy source, interested parties from all relevant sectors must come together and agree on issues like oversight and how to connect offshore generation to the onshore electric grid in a...

Understanding Process and Performance Management

Surviving and thriving requires aligning your organization’s purpose with a systematic approach that uses processes, people and culture to drive success.

Delivering Design Efficiently for Gas Distribution Main Replacements

DTE Energy’s aging gas distribution infrastructure is being replaced through a multiyear main renewal program set to install approximately 200 miles of new polyethelene and cathodically protected steel mains throughout the state of Michigan annually. Strategically sequencing survey, design and...

DTE Energy Accelerates DC Fast Charging Station Deployment

The need to decrease carbon emissions is accelerating the popularity of electric vehicles. DTE Energy’s DC Fast Charging Corridor Study and the interactive tool developed as part of the analysis are being used to grow the utility’s EV charging infrastructure in a way that minimizes impact on the...

An Organizational Approach to Analytics

Organizations rely on data analytics to make timely decisions with confidence. However, for data to be used to achieve desired results, it must evolve from a technology led approach to a human-centric process focused on clients’ needs, desires, feedback and responses.

Transistor.fm Podcast: KTA's Safety Assessment Featuring Jessica Hutton

Combined Experience Contributes to Innovative Fish-Handling Solution

After years of development of Section 316(b) regulations under the Clean Water Act, the time had come to select and implement compliance options. At Nearman Creek Power Station, an uncommon approach was customized to achieve compliance while minimizing complications.

Building Capacity to Effectively Manage Change in a Dynamic Environment

Businesses, utilities and public agencies are facing historic change. Navigating projects, initiatives and priorities can be daunting, especially when organizations must address technological disruption and human resource demands. To effectively execute change management, an organization must build...

Queuing Up Renewable Energy Project Success

Efforts are underway throughout the U.S. to update the interconnection process to alleviate stresses on application queues and efficiently secure new energy generation systems on the grid. With modernization underway, now is the time for renewable generators looking to interconnect to start...

Unlocking Smarter Solutions for Managing the Built Environment

The built environment is increasingly dependent on sophisticated, connected controls for heating and air conditioning, energy management, lighting and many other systems. Unfortunately, many of these controls function in silos, with little interoperability and integration. A master systems...

Investing for a Better World: Making the Case for Standardised ESG Data Reporting

Standardised environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting allows lenders to incorporate environmental risks into strategic planning decisions.

Mitigating Subsurface Corrosion on Foundation Piles of Solar Installations

A variety of risks should be considered at all design stages in order to mitigate subsurface corrosion of a solar installation’s steel foundation piles.

Six Vital Questions for the Future of the UK Offshore Wind Sector

The future of the U.K.’s offshore wind sector rides on the answers to questions about interconnections, supply chains and global competition.

Why HVDC Cables Are Poised to Provide Valuable Alternatives

Increasing the use of HVDC cables in the U.S. could require facing N-1 contingency challenges, siting along railroad tracks and boosting the supply chain.

Industry-Leading Data Consolidation Streamlines Workflow

Since December 2020, Evergy, an energy utility based in Kansas City, Missouri, has been consolidating multiple legacy data sets and asset management applications on to a Maximo application platform. This initiative covers multiple fossil plants and one nuclear plant. 1898 & Co. was brought on to...

Properly Planned Decommissioning and Demolition Can Extend Life of Mining Sites

Planning can mitigate risks inherent in decommissioning mine sites, including safety concerns, unanticipated findings, schedule delays and cost overruns.

Why Effective Water Treatment Pilot Testing Requires Flexibility and Agency Collaboration

Pilot projects provide valuable proofs of concept for costly large-scale water treatment infrastructure. With design-build project delivery, construction often begins before final regulatory design approval can be secured — and a flexible approach to pilot design and execution is essential. An...

Let’s Examine the Tradeoffs Between Going Fast and Controlling Costs

Integrated engineer-procure-construct (EPC) project delivery brings balance and allows both an aggressive schedule and careful budget control.

Tara Delagarza Joins Burns & McDonnell in Austin to Help Lead Water Projects in Central Texas

Tara Delagarza joins Burns & McDonnell in Austin, Texas.

With 25 years of national experience in capital program management and engineering, Tara brings her unique interdisciplinary water and power skill set to lead our water practice in central Texas. She joins Burns & McDonnell from the City of...

Burns & McDonnell Strengthens Its Underground and Submarine Cable Services Team

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell, a global engineering and construction firm, has reorganized resources and expanded services to better meet the rapidly growing need for underground electrical cables. The new Underground & Submarine Cables team is organized within the company’s...

CFO Alissa Schuessler Appointed Newest Member of Burns & McDonnell Board of Directors During Rapid Firm Growth

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Alissa Schuessler, CFO and SVP for Burns & McDonnell, is the newest board member of the 100% employee-owned firm.

Schuessler joins CEO and Chairman Ray Kowalik and the five other current board members (Paul Fischer, Steve Gross, Renita Mollman, John Olander and Bob Reymond)...

New Hues Turning Hydrogen Rainbow Into Hydrogen Kaleidoscope

Hydrogen could be a significant zero-carbon energy resource. Production pathways can be better understood via the evolving hues of the hydrogen rainbow.

Addressing the Human Capital Side of Transformation

Water and energy utilities undergoing transformation must implement well-planned strategic people management to improve performance and achieve objectives.

Facility Control Systems Integration Unlocks Hidden Value for U.S. Marine Corps

An integrated facility-related controls system is serving as a proof of concept to deliver better situational awareness, operational efficiency, planning and budgetary forecasting.

The Case for Segment Routing in the Utility Industry

Utility networks that use label distribution protocols have proved reliable over time and capable of transporting mission-critical traffic, but those protocols also introduce operational complexity and excess network overheads. Software to better manage traffic priority and flow can alleviate some...

Sean Kenny Named Burns & McDonnell Construction Director for Industrial Projects in California

BREA, California — Sean Kenny has been named director of construction for the Burns & McDonnell California region. He will have overall responsibility for construction operations and execution of industrial projects in the transmission & distribution, oil, gas and chemicals, power generation and...

Texas Trio Battery Energy Storage Facilities Address Grid Stability in West Texas Wind Resource Area

Three battery energy storage facilities in West Texas are helping stabilize the power grid with 60 megawatt-hours (MWh) of total energy capacity that now is available to help system operators manage grid operations in one of the country’s most active wind resource areas. Dubbed the Texas Trio,...

Kansas City Business Journal: Burns & McDonnell appoints second woman to its board

A Modernized Fuel Facility Creates Resilience for Travel at San Francisco International Airport

SAN FRANCISCO, California — San Francisco International Airport (SFO) leaders joined SFO FUEL LLC airline partners and Burns & McDonnell project team members for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the airport’s modernized jet fuel storage facility designed and built by Burns & McDonnell on behalf of the...

Staying Breach-Ready During a Cybersecurity Labor Shortage

Well-trained personnel are necessary to combat cyberattacks, but all industries are struggling amid a declining cybersecurity labor pool.

Hope Alexander, Global Manufacturing Facilities Development Leader, Joins Burns & McDonnell

CHICAGO — Leading facilities development professional Hope Alexander has joined Burns & McDonnell in Chicago to support the firm’s growing portfolio of manufacturing facility solutions and clientele nationwide. She will spearhead the development of integrated design and construction services for a...

Holistic Strategies Fuel ESG Maximization for Oilfield Electrification

Oilfield electrification can produce quick gains, but a holistic strategy and adaptable approach generates ESG value over the long term.

Volatile Market Means It’s Time to Explore Other Contracting Approaches

Open-book engineer-procure-construct (EPC) offers contracting advantages over traditional project delivery methods in today’s market volatility and uncertainty.

Transaction Advisory Identifies Project Risks That May Hinder Success

Every project has a unique set of variables that contribute to project risk. Achieving an acceptable return on investment for any project requires a thorough understanding of risks and having a well-crafted plan to address them.

Beyond the Solar Farm: Transmission and Distribution Jobs Deliver Clean Energy

The clean energy transition is inspiring a new generation of engineers. Their opportunities to contribute extend throughout the electrical infrastructure.

U.S. Rep. Sherrill Visits Burns & McDonnell to Discuss Growth and Local Infrastructure Initiatives

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) visited the Morristown, New Jersey, office of Burns & McDonnell, an engineering, architecture and construction firm, on Aug. 22 to meet with regional leadership and lead a town hall with employees of the Morristown office. During the visit,...

The Crossroads of People, Process and Culture: Helping Organizations Thrive Through Change

The time to integrate sustainability and net zero policies is now. As utilities, municipalities and industrial companies test new technologies, new business models and new hiring processes, people change management needs to be at the forefront. What does this mean for you and your organization?...

Burns & McDonnell Names Leader for Water Group in California to Support Regional Growth

BREA, California — Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction company, has promoted Michael Lehrburger to regional manager of the firm’s Water Group in California.

In this role, Lehrburger will build and lead the team that provides safe, reliable and...

Engineering & Technology: Six vital questions for the UK offshore wind sector

Unlock a Connected Future at Your Airport With Private LTE

There are new possibilities everywhere in the aviation industry and connectivity is the key to unlocking them. Achieving this vision of “the possible” will require airports, airlines and the aviation industry as a whole to begin thinking differently about telecommunications systems. These networks...

When it Comes to Rail at Airports It’s All About Operations

As most industries continue to grapple with the lingering effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, namely supply chain challenges and labor shortages, finding more efficient and faster ways to transport goods is crucial. With truck drivers in short supply, industrial rail is standing out as an...

Looking to a Future of Private Air Travel

Imagine a flight where you have the chance to stretch out your legs with more than ample space to store your luggage and golf clubs in the aircraft rear. Or how about jumping on a flight with a little less planning, a lot less hassle and minimal security screening compared to what you might...

Ramping Up for Increasing Airport Electrification

Recognizing which aspects of aviation will electrify sooner could help airports optimize their infrastructure planning.

Keeping Airports Operational in Inclement Weather: A Case for Glycol Recycling

Airports depend on fuel, people and planes to remain functional, but once the temperature drops and a winter storm moves in, glycol becomes a key component for reliable operations. Glycol, used as deicing fluid, is sprayed on aircraft to remove frost, snow and ice from the wings and protect against...

NextGen is About to Transform Aviation

The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is the catalyst for a breathtaking array of improvements that qualify it as one of the most ambitious upgrades of critical infrastructure in U.S. history.

AZCO Announces Leadership Promotions

Will Market Volatility be a Speed Bump for Clean Energy Tech Development?

Federal incentives may boost decarbonization technologies in the face of the 2022 economic downturn, though technology developers should proceed cautiously.

People and Organizational Culture Services: State of the Workplace

The war for talent has been and continues to be a reality for organizations across industries for the past 20 years, as there is an increasingly competitive landscape for recruiting and retaining talented employees. Today, the great resignation continues as business leaders struggle to make sense...

Coal-to-Gas Conversion at Big Rivers Electric Corp.’s Green Generating Station Completed Ahead of Schedule

HENDERSON, Kentucky — A coal-to-gas conversion is now commercially available to generate 500 MW of electric power at the Robert D. Green Generating Station, part of the Sebree Generating Station owned and operated by Big Rivers Electric Corp.

Completion of the project means the plant produces just...

City of Siloam Springs Completes Water Treatment Facility Project to Meet Water Demand for 2040

SILOAM SPRINGS, Arkansas — The City of Siloam Springs and design-build partner Burns & McDonnell celebrated the completion of a $30 million upgrade to the City’s Water Treatment Plant with a ribbon-cutting. In the nearly three decades since Siloam Springs’ water treatment facility underwent its...

Burns & McDonnell Promotes Tony Paresa to Hawaii Leadership

HONOLULU, Hawaii — Tony Paresa has been promoted to lead Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm, in Hawaii as the next Pacific branch operations manager. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Paresa joined Burns & McDonnell after fulfilling a...

Burns & McDonnell Appoints New Leadership in Canada

CALGARY, Alberta — Darcy Wagner has been promoted to lead Burns & McDonnell in Canada. With a career spanning more than 20 years directing major capital project execution and operations in the energy industry, Wagner brings invaluable experience to his leadership role for the firm in Canada. As...

Navigating New Standards for PFAS Forever Chemical Compounds

Municipalities and water utilities must perform due diligence when evaluating responses to revised EPA drinking water health advisories for PFAS compounds.

Protecting Water and Wastewater Utilities With Critical Cybersecurity

Guarding system vulnerabilities and planning for cyberthreats is vital for water and wastewater utilities. Innovations prioritize protection of the water supply.

Q&A: Construction Teaming Powers Diverse Hiring Achievements

Burns & McDonnell is working with SaskPower and Indigenous and other local partners to build the Great Plains Power Station, an combined-cycle facility.

Burns & McDonnell Awarded EPC Contract for 30-MW Battery Energy Storage System for RWE Renewables

HOUSTON, Texas — Burns & McDonnell has been selected to provide engineer-procure-construct (EPC) services for project Texas Waves II, a 30-MW/ 30-MWh lithium-ion stand-alone battery energy storage system (BESS) in Scurry County, Texas.

This battery system will make a meaningful contribution to grid...

TSA Revises Cybersecurity Directive for U.S. Pipelines

A ransomware cyberattack prompted the TSA to enact additional cybersecurity measures to protect oil and gas companies from similar attacks in the future.

Q&A: Lauren Bertram Reflects on Hiring the ‘Culture Add’ Versus the ‘Culture Fit’

Leon Harden interviews Lauren Bertram about how companies should focus on how a candidate could add to an existing culture with a diverse perspective.

Design-Build Project Secures Clean, Affordable Water Supply for Village of Homewood

An Illinois community applied a progressive design-build approach to bring its water system online fast, supporting reliable water services at a stable rate.

Constructing Tomorrow: Sustainability and Resilience in Civil Engineering

Incorporating sustainable and resilient design into building practices is a focus of civil engineers. However, there are different interpretations of the concepts and gaps in how to effectively incorporate these strategies and additional data needed to help make sustainability and resilient...

Finding Funding: Writing a Grant Proposal for Commercial/Industrial Industries

For those who aren’t well-versed in grant funding development, grant writing can be a challenge. Following several key steps for any grant development venture is crucial for putting an organization in a position to receive funding.

Key Steps to Prepare for Transportation Funding Opportunities

Cities, counties and communities hoping to secure federal funding for projects should take early steps to identify crucial infrastructure needs and upgrades.

The Wall Street Journal: Power Companies Enter Peak Hurricane Season Lacking Enough Transformers

Boosting Capacity Through Efficient Project Delivery

When Beaches Energy Services needed to replace an old autotransformer at a suburban substation facing growing demand, it chose to hire a partner with broad engineer-procure-construct (EPC) contract experience to expedite the results.

Return Periods and Cost Considerations

Return periods are a tool that the transmission line engineer can use to turn up or down the reliability of a line design. When should a higher return period be selected? How do you design a line for a higher return period? What are the cost implications of doing so? This presentation will provide...

Burns & McDonnell Names New Principals Leadership Class Amid Record-Breaking Growth

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell has promoted 35 employee-owners across the U.S. to the Principal Group after their contribution to a record year of sales and growth in 2021 for the 100% employee-owned engineering, construction and architecture firm.

Last year, Burns & McDonnell supported...

With Plans to Double in Size in Charlotte, Burns & McDonnell Moves to New Location to Better Serve the Region

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The Charlotte office of Burns & McDonnell has relocated to Whitehall Corporate Center, a larger space that can accommodate the staff required to support major infrastructure expansion in the region and meet the needs of a growing customer base in a variety of industries.

Burns & McDonnell Announces Director of Operations for Mid-Atlantic to Support Regional Growth

CHESAPEAKE, Virginia — Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm, announces its selection of John Bothof to serve as director of operations for the Mid-Atlantic region. The firm’s presence is growing in the region and its expansion will facilitate...

Burns & McDonnell Maintains Key No. 1 Spots and Strong Standing in ENR 2022 Sourcebook Rankings

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Continued support of critical infrastructure and strong economic growth helped Burns & McDonnell achieve a strong standing in the 2022 Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine annual rankings of consulting engineering services.

The 100% employee-owned, engineering,...

6 Tips for Building National EV Charging Corridors People Will Use

Planning electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure should consider legislation, user experience, and coordination between government agencies and utilities.

Q&A: Advancing the Way We Empower Women in the Workplace

As companies emphasize hiring and promoting women, Kerrie Greenfelder and Karen Horting discuss how this leads to better-performing workplaces.

Burns & McDonnell Promotes Laura Toporowski to Lead Program Management Projects Across Southwest

PHOENIX, Arizona — With a history of project success, Laura Toporowski has been promoted to department manager for the regional Construction Group at Burns & McDonnell in Phoenix, Arizona. In this role, she and her team will focus on driving growth and leading successful program management projects...

A Comprehensive Approach to Project Siting

Finding the optimal site for your project is integral to overall success. But the task of finding that location can seem daunting when facing the multiple steps it takes to determine if a site will be suitable. An experienced partner understands this process and can help you find an ideal site.

Burns & McDonnell Awarded Second Substation Contract With National Grid

BIRMINGHAM, England — National Grid has awarded engineering-led construction firm Burns & McDonnell an engineer-procure-construct (EPC) contract for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of an extension to National Grid’s 275-kV substation in Oldbury, West Midlands.

This project, which...

Growing in Business Together

Meeting a percentage spend goal for diverse businesses is not enough. Sustainable growth requires tangible long-term business opportunities that benefit all.

Perspectives on Utility Transformation

Utilities face challenges ranging from physical security threats to digital transformation. Finding efficiencies and optimizing performance is key.

Burns & McDonnell Selected as SP Energy Networks Supplier

BIRMINGHAM, England — Engineering-led construction firm Burns & McDonnell has been selected by SP Energy Networks to join a new framework for engineering design services in Scotland.

Suppliers on the framework will design new connections for SP Energy Networks’ transmission system, as well as...

X-energy Selects Constructors for Design and Deployment of Xe-100 Advanced Reactor Fleet in US

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — X-energy today announced a significant step toward the creation of a unique energy delivery model with the selection of Zachry and the combined team of Burns & McDonnell and Day & Zimmermann as constructors to collaborate and work with the company on the next phases of...

Improving Natural Gas Distribution Systems to Ease Pressure Risks

Providing a continuous supply of gas to residences and industries is the main objective of gas utilities. An overpressure event can jeopardize safety, damage the infrastructure and interrupt supply. Understanding regulatory requirements and enhancing safety can reinforce the system and reduce risk.

Complete Street Design Improves Livability and Connectivity

With continued economic and residential growth, Leawood, Kansas, needed to improve its roads. Pursuing a complete street design transformed a minor arterial road into a bright, open environment that supports multimodal transportation.

Autonomous Vehicles: The Disconnect Between Traffic Engineers and Private Sector

Private companies and traffic engineers have opposing goals for autonomous vehicles (AVs). Safety and profit will need to work together.

Burns & McDonnell and EVS Inc. Launch Alliance to Provide Electrical Transmission and Distribution Services

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Burns & McDonnell has entered into an alliance with engineering firm EVS Inc., a certified minority business enterprise (MBE), to begin jointly providing electrical transmission and distribution engineering services.

“We promote an inclusive approach across the...

What’s Next With the Infrastructure Law?

Since the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed late last year, more than 4,300 projects — affecting all 50 states and representing $110 billion in funding — have been announced. In the coming months, thousands more projects will be awarded. What does this mean for you and...

Designing for Procurement Can Help Alleviate Supply Chain Headaches

As supply chain disruptions continue to strain timely delivery of utility infrastructure projects, designing for procurement is becoming a vital strategy.

1898 & Co. ESG Consulting for Transparency in Complex Transactions

Environmental stewardship, social impact and climate change are among the most significant issues of our time. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) evaluations will support lenders and investors — helping them understand these complex issues — while increasing transparency and accountability...

Unlocking Site Selection Success

For many projects, the perfect site can feel just beyond reach. The process of finding your ideal location may seem daunting at first, but working with an experienced site selection team to do all the heavy lifting — from sifting through sites to learning about unique site features and determining...

Taking the Pressure Off Planning for Capital Investments

When major operational changes require large capital investments, the unknowns of the outcomes can weigh heavily on an organization. Pre-capital consulting is crucial to delivering a successful project, especially for companies that have multiple departments with diverse responsibilities or...

Juan Gomez Tagle Accepts New Program Management Role for Burns & McDonnell in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Juan Gomez Tagle has joined the Mexico City–based team at Burns & McDonnell to lead development and implementation of the office’s program management efforts. With the recent growth of the firm’s Mexico City office, including the location’s exciting new addition of its...

Simplifying Program Management for Large-Scale Capital Projects

Comprehensive data and dashboards through program management can help ease some of the challenges electric utilities face with large capital programs.

Delivering Complex Projects With Agile Project Management

With its step-by-step methodology, waterfall project management remains the preferred delivery model for projects with an end result clearly established from the beginning. But for complex projects with evolving or ambiguous requirements, agile project management — with agility and flexibility...

Early EPC Project Integration Helps Utility Owners Meet Grid Demands

Early integration of project teams through engineer-procure-construct (EPC) delivery has benefits, from improving constructability to conserving resources.

Using Established Nuclear Processes to Meet Hydrogen Demands

New or existing nuclear power facilities may be the key to meeting the demand for hydrogen gas as a net zero fuel source.

Projects for Next Generation Renewables

Resources for utility-scale renewable energy generation have been successfully integrated into the grid for quite some time. However, the intermittent nature of renewable energy assets pose some challenges as utilities, government agencies and private developers aim to achieve a Net Zero Grid. When...

Battery Energy Storage Augmentation: Key Project Considerations

There are variables to consider before deciding if periodic augmentation is the right move for owners of battery energy storage systems (BESS).

Business Intelligence Project Delivers Road Map for Data-Driven Insights at Port of Portland

A business intelligence road map developed for the Port of Portland is helping guide the port authority’s transformation into a data-driven organization that will enable future budget, financial and operational planning decision-making.

Burns & McDonnell Announces Key Hire to Strengthen, Grow Commissioning Services Throughout the Northeast

WALLINGFORD, Connecticut — Strengthening its commissioning offerings to help clients meet key facility performance objectives, Burns & McDonnell has hired Krunal Patel to lead the company’s Northeast commissioning team. Patel will be based out of the firm’s Boston office and will serve all...

Delivering Expanded Cargo Capacity for O’Hare International Airport

With phases I and II of the Northeast Cargo Development complete, the Chicago Department of Aviation and Aeroterm began planning the project’s next piece. Our team was retained to design the airfield and landside infrastructure for phase III, optimizing the remaining space to provide a 20% increase...

Powering Future Manufacturing With Decarbonized Industrial Operations

Industrial manufacturers are exploring how to decarbonize assets and processes, a key step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainability.

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District Launches Mission to Improve Water Quality

Through Project Clear, a Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) initiative, MSD has plans to alleviate wastewater concerns and improve water quality for the entire St. Louis region. The Gravois Trunk Sanitary Storage Facility project supports this initiative by incorporating a variety of water...

New Bulk Fuel Storage Facility at STL Doubles Jet Fuel Capacity

As the number of air travelers grows, airlines are adding more planes, flights and destinations, thus increasing the need for additional jet fuel. STL Fuel Company LLC, a consortium of airlines, contracted with Burns & McDonnell to provide design-build services for a new $50 million bulk jet fuel...

Act Opens Pathways to Operate Federal Facilities More Efficiently

Monitoring-based commissioning and energy management information systems are part of the solution for federal facilities to meet requirements of the Energy Act of 2020.

Burns & McDonnell Launches Integrated Construction Group in the Twin Cities

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Burns & McDonnell recently announced the launch of an integrated construction group at its Minneapolis-St. Paul office. The team of construction professionals joins the more than 130 engineers and architects at the office who deliver turnkey project solutions that include...

Major Manufacturer Reaping Multiple Benefits From Data Conversion to Enterprise GIS

One of the largest manufacturing companies in North America has gained greatly improved safety, efficiency and quality for facility operations, thanks to a major migration of vital operations data into an Enterprise GIS system hosted in the cloud.

Big Investments at the Space Coast Propel Expansion for Burns & McDonnell

MELBOURNE, Florida — Supporting momentum generated by innovative aerospace, defense and space projects along with historical launches along Florida’s Space Coast, Burns & McDonnell is opening a new office in Melbourne, Florida.

The new 2,800-square-foot space at 6767 North Wickham Road, Suite 106,...

The Reinvention of Transmission Line Design

Advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning and digital twins are transforming the manufacturing and automotive industries. They could also dramatically improve transmission line design. By integrating historical data with emerging computer science and information technologies, utilities...

Water Infrastructure Webinar

This webinar will provide water utilities with the latest updates on the funding opportunities found in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation (BIL). Our discussion will focus on state revolving funds (SRFs) programs, as more than 80% of water-related funding will be delivered through these...

Burns & McDonnell Awarded Design-Build Contract to Modernize Texas A&M University’s Central Utility Plant

FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas A&M University (TAMU) is partnering with Burns & McDonnell on the modernization and expansion of their Central Utility Plant (CUP) power production systems, which serve the school’s main campus in College Station, Texas.

Operated by the university’s Utilities & Energy...

Making Underground Transmission and Distribution a Reality With All-In Project Delivery

The construction complexities of underground transmission or distribution can be streamlined with an all-in engineer-procure-construct (EPC) project approach.

The Clean Path Forward: What It Will Take to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy

As the overall demand for energy increases around the globe, so does the need to generate energy from renewable sources. Solar, wind and hydropower — combined with nuclear and other low-carbon sources of power generation — will continue to evolve, stabilizing energy costs, creating job...

Forbes: Burns & McDonnell Navigates Passage Between Electric Revolution And Supply Chain Crisis

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Partners With Burns & McDonnell for a Multiyear Distribution Automation Program

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) is partnering with engineering, construction and architecture firm Burns & McDonnell in planning a five-year, $132 million state-of-the-art distribution automation program. The work is designed to improve overall service reliability of the...

Creating Career Confidence Through Mentorship

The power of mentorship cannot be overlooked when it comes to creating opportunities and interest in the engineering profession.

PowerGrid International: Wisconsin Public Services uses predictive analysis to guide grid modernization

Let’s Move Away From Uncertainty and Toward Actionable Insights

As systems and controls become increasingly digitized, campuses have an opportunity to mine legacy data from disparate systems to form actionable insights.

Programmatic Approach Can Deliver Cost Certainty for Utilities

Private broadband wireless networks provide better control options and are increasingly the solution utilities look to. However, telecommunications build-outs are often logistically and geographically complex. These challenges are forcing a new look at long-held assumptions on how best to deliver...

New Fuel Facility Supports Current, Future Airline Needs at TUS

As air travel demands shifted over the years, the jet fuel storage facility at Tucson International Airport (TUS) became outdated and struggled to meet the airport’s needs. Burns & McDonnell quickly delivered a new fuel storage and delivery facility by self-performing the construction and quickly...

Greener Skies Could Be on the Horizon

As airlines explore approaches to decarbonize the aviation industry, sustainable aviation fuel has emerged as a leading sky-friendly solution.

Renewables’ Ripple Effect on the Grid

Managing a massive influx of widely distributed decarbonized energy sources, large and small, will involve rethinking — and reworking — much of our electrical infrastructure.

An Electric Journey: The Transmission and Distribution of Renewable Energy

Renewable power is transforming the energy landscape, but the journey from energy generation to consumption doesn’t stop once solar panels and wind turbines are installed. These renewable energy technologies must be connected to transmission and distribution systems, and utilities need backup...

Wyoming Hyperscale Launches Construction of World’s First Sustainable Hyperscale Data Center Ecosystem

ASPEN, Wyoming — As the data center services market is projected to grow by more than 50% by 2026, Wyoming Hyperscale White Box is leading the way globally to drive down the environmental impact of Big Tech within hyperscale applications. The company’s Aspen Mountain Hyperscale Data Center campus —...

Boldly Pursuing Energy Opportunities With Offshore Wind

Flying out over the ocean, you might catch a glimpse of a renewable energy solution that is poised to turn the power industry on its head, create thousands of jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Offshore wind farms — turbines generating energy taken from the force of the wind out at sea — can...

Strong Currents: Lithium-Ion Dominance Is Making Life Difficult for Other Energy Storage Technologies

Until recently, utilities may have had difficulty imagining a day when massive installations of batteries would be the main energy storage resource needed for grid stability. It’s not so difficult anymore.

Raising a Field of Solar Panels

Utilities can leverage a fully integrated EPC approach and community engagement efforts to foster a safe and reliable transition toward renewable energy.

Bringing Sustainability On-Site

The quest for sustainable solutions is changing design and construction norms emerging throughout the EPC process. But how sustainable engineer-procure-construct (EPC) manifests itself on any given project can vary widely, depending on the owner’s interests, budget and goals.

Burns & McDonnell India Ranks No. 56 on the 2022 Best Companies to Work For List

MUMBAI, India — Burns & McDonnell India, part of Burns & McDonnell, is gaining national recognition for its workplace operations and culture. Coming in at No. 56, the firm has now made India’s Best Companies to Work For list for the last six years in a row.

To earn this recognition, Burns &...

An Outlook for the Chemicals Industry

Decarbonization goals, the war in Ukraine and lithium production are themes driving the chemicals industry now and into the future.

Cyber Resilience Spurs Reassurance for Renewables

The fast transition to renewables is leaving energy providers vulnerable to cyberattacks. Learn how the industry is responding and doing what it can to shore up grid reliability.

Comprehensive Software Solution Streamlines Transmission System Modeling for LG&E and KU

Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities (LG&E and KU) must annually gather data on updated load forecasts, generation resources, current transmission system information and planned transmission system projects within a 10-year planning horizon in order to build a digital model of the...

Burns & McDonnell Expands Into Scotland to Support Energy Transition

BIRMINGHAM, England — Global engineering-led construction firm Burns & McDonnell has established an office and team in Scotland, continuing to expand its U.K. footprint.

The firm, which has operated in the U.S. for over 120 years, will provide engineering and construction services to electricity...

Scrubbing CO2 From Ambient Air Through Direct Air Capture Technology

Grants and financial incentives are available for direct air capture (DAC) projects and storage technology to help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air.

A Tool for Modernizing the Grid

Patience has long been a virtue of those interested in connecting their distributed energy resources (DER) to the grid. Approval for these projects has been slow, with utilities lacking ways to identify feasibility and costs for interconnections. Hosting capacity analyses can solve for these...

T&D World: SDSIC: Improving the Way Substations Are Designed Through Connections and Collaboration

Focus on Optimizing Existing Solar Installations During a Market Pause

During an uncertain time in the solar market, a high-level performance audit can help companies understand and optimize performance of existing solar sites.

Public Utilities Fortnightly: Maximizing Opportunities for Diverse Subcontractors and Suppliers

Overcoming Project Challenges With Integrated QA/QC Services

A thorough, focused and integrated quality assurance and quality control program (QA/QC) can keep a project on schedule and on budget.

5 Things to Consider When Undertaking a First-of-its-Kind Project

While new federal funding opportunities are reinvigorating infrastructure spending, owners of major infrastructure projects must contend with rising construction prices and increased attention by the public on infrastructure spending. A collaborative delivery approach can reduce project costs and...

T&D World: We Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Talk About Diversity

Meeting Expectations With On-Site Airport Fuel Storage

As travel numbers rise, airports are assessing fuel storage capacity needed to maintain operations and support growth. Adequate on-site fuel storage is key.

4 Factors Will Steer the Journey to Fleet Electrification

Electrification of large fleets of vehicles will contribute greatly to global decarbonization, but the journey comes with four distinct challenges.

Implementing Creative Solutions for Wind Waste Management

As operators need to refurbish parts of their wind generation facilities, challenges in waste management have quickly emerged for the renewable market.

Now More Than Ever, Critical Infrastructure Must Be Cybersecure

The pace of digital change is opening new windows for cyberattacks on critical industries; vigilance is warranted now more than ever.

Solar Construction Innovations Are Driven by Collaborative EPC Framework

Collaborative opportunities under an EPC contracting framework inspire custom technology applications driving efficiencies in solar construction projects.

Thinking Beyond the Stadium: The Future of District Development

Technology, accessibility and diversity of people and entertainment options are transforming sports- and entertainment-centered districts.

Using Plants for Sustainable, Effective Remediation of Groundwater and Soil

Metal contamination in soil and groundwater has resulted from a variety of industrial activities. Traditional remediation approaches, such as pump-and-treat or soil excavation, can be energy-, cost-, and carbon-intensive. Phytoremediation can offer a sustainable alternative to these approaches by...

Understanding Procurement Specifications When Purchasing Pipeline Materials

Pipeline design and construction projects are unique and complex, whether the project is underground, aerial or offshore; a single crossing replacement or an entirely new pipeline; 500 miles or 500 feet. To successfully procure the materials needed for a new pipeline system, engineering...

Burns & McDonnell Marks Rapid Growth, Creates Job Opportunities at Its Atlanta Office

ATLANTA, Georgia — Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst and members of the city of Brookhaven and the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce joined Burns & McDonnell leadership and employee-owners at a ribbon-cutting and open house event to celebrate the expansion of the firm’s Atlanta office.

Since opening its...

Enhancing Design-Build Projects by Incorporating an Optimization and Refinement Period

The scope of a traditional design-build project can change even before ground is broken. On these projects, an optimization and refinement period — an interval of time when the owner and project team collaborate on project details before locking in the price — can make all the difference.

Why Design-Build Is Vital to Managing Commercial Aviation Growth

Capital improvement efforts are soaring in commercial aviation. Design-build delivery makes them more efficient and easier to manage.

Fast-Track Design Offers a Clean Start for Production of New Product

Managing risk in new product production is key to a profitable outcome. When a personal care products manufacturer wanted to introduce a new body wash to its portfolio, it needed a new manufacturing process to operate within an existing and predetermined production space, all while meeting an...

Designing Utility Systems to Augment 5G Build-Out

Cellular networks — especially networks operating on 5G technology — are poised to directly and indirectly transform utilities. With their infrastructure and vast device ecosystem, private 4G and 5G technologies can do more than provide a robust and secure communications network for utility...

H2Oh No: Clean Hydrogen’s Water Challenges

Hydrogen is important for decarbonizing the power industry, but water scarcity threatens project development. Identifying water sources early is key.

Progressive-Design Build: A Tool for Our Times

Rising costs, disrupted supply chains and a constricted labor market will pose challenges to the many construction projects now coming to market. Using a progressive design-build approach, owners can mitigate costs and minimize risks by reducing upfront cost and time investment, while fostering...

Kohler Co. and Burns & McDonnell Complete 546,000-Square-Foot Distribution Warehouse at Kohler’s Huntsville Campus

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bath products, and Burns & McDonnell have completed construction of a 546,000-square-foot warehouse at Kohler’s Huntsville campus. Spanning 28 acres, the major capital investment project will increase production and shipping capacity...

How to Manage Risks While Executing Underground Transmission and Distribution Projects

A strategic approach for underground electrical transmission and distribution lines can mitigate or reduce risk and support on-time, on-budget completion.

The Case for Digitalizing Ports

Data is playing an increasingly critical role in seaport and maritime operations. By including technology — one key area being data management — in their master planning processes, port operators can find ways to address logistical bottlenecks and improve operational efficiencies, achieving...

Fault Detection and Diagnostics Project for Federal Contractor Supports Energy Efficiency Efforts

With federal facilities facing stringent energy efficiency mandates, technology for advanced monitoring and diagnostics can provide much-needed visibility into whether equipment is operating outside of normal ranges — a solution that can help lower energy and operations costs.

The Paybacks of Carefully Planned Security Technology Implementation

When done right, enhanced electronic security can lead to increased operational efficiencies and reduced insurance premiums. This explains the surge in investment in advanced electronic security systems. Yet, adopting the technologies that provide security and operational benefits can be...

Downtown Skyscraper Shines Bright Again Following Modernization

Holistic building renovation strategies that use simple, cost-effective materials with durability and timelessness in mind can add a sense of beauty and new life to a dated space, changing how it is perceived, which was the case for an iconic building in Kansas City.

Automating Pharmaceutical Inspections for Efficient Delivery

By automating previously manual pharmaceutical inspections, the life sciences industry takes a step toward maintaining safe and reliable production.

Facility Renovation Improves Processes for Production and People

Reimagining constrained space leads to increased plant capacity, improved production processes and overall better manufacturing efficiency for Tyson Foods in the Midwest.

Advancing Order Fulfillment With Automated Solutions

The Jasco Products omnichannel distribution facility in Oklahoma City fulfills and distributes over 100,000 consumer product orders each day. To improve fulfillment operations, speed and order accuracy, Jasco turned to Burns & McDonnell to develop, design and build its new automated material...

Buckeye Partners, L.P. Selects Burns & McDonnell to Build 164-MW Solar Project

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell is supporting Buckeye Partners, L.P. (Buckeye) as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for a new 164-MW solar energy project. The project — located in Hill County, Texas, between Waco and Dallas — is part of Buckeye’s energy...

Burns & McDonnell Recognized as U.S. Best Managed Company

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2022 US Best Managed Company. Sponsored by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal, the program recognizes outstanding U.S. private companies and the achievements of their management teams.

The 2022...

Kansas City Business Journal: Burns & McDonnell CEO shares hiring, growth plans for 2022

Holistic Planning Drives Strategic Stormwater Solutions

Stormwater can damage structures and pollute streams. Examining the entire watershed addresses upstream challenges before they create downstream issues.

Burns & McDonnell Delivers on the First Beddown for the B-21 Raider

Through planning, design and construction services, Burns & McDonnell established the framework for successful B-21 project delivery, vital to U.S. national security.

Mental Health Awareness Is Vitally Important on Construction Sites

Construction workers have challenging work lives. It’s important for others to check on them to see how they’re doing. Resources are available to help.

Examining Meshed Interconnections and Their Impact on Offshore Wind Design

Moving from radial interconnections of individual offshore wind turbines to a model with clusters of these facilities linked in a mesh is an idea whose time is rapidly approaching. The reliability and flexibility benefits will result in additional costs and complexity to develop “mesh-ready”...

Construction Safety: This Is Why We Do What We Do

The work of AEC professionals is about safety, first and foremost. This was exemplified at a solar construction site when a crew member had a heart attack.

The Case for Strategic Program Management for Airport Concessions

When constructing a new terminal, airports are laser-focused on one goal: achieving a fully operational facility by the date of their first scheduled flight. That includes all the concessionaires that line terminal corridors and pre-security spaces. A behind-the-scenes look at an airport’s key...

Burns & McDonnell Moves Up to No. 8 on Annual Industry List of Top 500 Design Firms

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — A record-breaking year of growth helped Burns & McDonnell maintain a strong standing among the nation’s leading design and construction firms. In 2021, Burns & McDonnell reached $5.7 billion in sales, supported nearly 17,000 projects and grew by nearly 650 employees.

Such...

Proposed Hazardous Substance Regulation Could Pose Major Impact to Facilities

The EPA’s latest proposed regulation could pose a major impact to facilities storing hazardous substances. Facility owners may soon need to take action.

What Minnesota’s New PFAS Monitoring Plan Means for Environmental Cleanup Sites

By identifying how PFAS monitoring could affect their operations now, organizations may be able to reduce the impact of upcoming federal PFAS regulations.

Navigating Band 8 Specifications in the U.S.

Marketplace confusion makes it critical to focus on key specifications when evaluating long-term evolution (LTE) devices to work on a Band 8 LTE network.

5 Steps to Achieving a True Safety-First Culture

For safety and health to gain emphasis, everyone in the organization must be engaged. Here are factors critical to creating a safety-first culture.

AssetLens Food and Consumer Products Industry Usage: Informing More-Effective Strategic Decisions

Millions of dollars of strategic capital investment decisions are evaluated by your organization every year. A turnkey, purpose-built software solution gives you the insights needed to make those decisions efficiently and accurately. Your stakeholders require fast, effective choices that meet...

Untapped Hydro Capacity Can Advance Clean Energy Goals

Retrofitting some of the 87,000 U.S. dams and impoundments that do not currently have hydroelectric equipment could add another 60 gigawatts of clean power.

A Closer Look at Minnesota’s PFAS Monitoring Plan

Minnesota’s PFAS Monitoring Plan provides a road map for documenting PFAS in air, wastewater, solid/hazardous waste and industrial stormwater.

End-of-Life Planning for Offshore Wind Farms Cannot Wait

What goes up must eventually come down. That is true for onshore and offshore wind farms alike. As owners undertake new offshore projects, they can learn much about end-of-life planning from their onshore counterparts in the U.S. and abroad. Lesson No. 1: The best time to consider decommissioning...

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann Joins Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at New Burns & McDonnell Office in Oak Ridge

OAK RIDGE, Tennessee — To support new and ongoing projects in the region, Burns & McDonnell opened a new, permanent office in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting firm plans to add 20 employees at this office, including...

Burns & McDonnell Selects Tammy Martin as Business Diversity Program Director

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Tammy Martin has joined Burns & McDonnell as the firm’s business diversity program director. With nearly 24 years of experience in supply chain and supplier management, Martin will work closely with executive leaders and business diversity teams globally throughout the 100%...

Burns & McDonnell Relaunches Its International Award-Winning Quarterly Magazine With High-Tech Touches

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — BenchMark, a Burns & McDonnell magazine featuring projects, trends and insights in engineering and construction, is back as a digital-only publication after pausing during the COVID-19 pandemic. It consists of stories, interviews, videos and more featuring some of the...

Benefits of Design-Build

Design-build is a project delivery approach that integrates design and construction to create a single point of accountability, reducing schedule and cost and producing higher-quality results in less time than traditional methods. It also facilitates collaboration among the project’s stakeholders...

Burns & McDonnell Completes Construction of 65-MWdc Solar Project for Vistra

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell recently completed construction of a 65-MWdc/50-MWac solar project at Vistra’s Brightside Solar Facility in Live Oak County, Texas. The project peaked with over 250 craft construction professionals on-site and was completed with zero safety recordables or...

Keep Your Eyes on How Minnesota Is Addressing PFAS Monitoring

State is among the first to develop plans. Its program signals the intention to require a wide range of facilities to document use of PFAS-containing materials.

Recycling, Reusing or Refurbishing First Generation Solar Panels

As operators look to refresh parts of their solar energy generation facilities, challenges in waste management have emerged for the renewable market.

Burns & McDonnell Responds to Global Life Sciences Boom With Industry-Leading Additions to Growing National Team

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell is adding significant new veteran talent to its team that supports the life sciences industry. The global design-build firm has added four professionals with more than 95 years of combined experience spanning the pharmaceutical, biotech, animal health,...

Identifying Moderate Consequence Areas for Pipeline Safety

Recent changes to gas pipeline regulations push toward improving pipeline safety, dramatically changing the way operators handle critical data assets.

Geology-Based Design Results in Remediation Cost Avoidance

A groundwater remediation system at Eglin Air Force Base was not meeting performance based remediation objectives. Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy (ESS) — an innovative geology focused approach for mapping subsurface conditions and contaminant distribution — refocused the remedy, improved...

Moosa Creek Restoration Aids Native Wildlife Species via Habitat Expansion

Burns & McDonnell is transforming a former golf course near San Diego into a natural wildlife habitat to support environmental and safety improvements at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Camp Pendleton.

Burns & McDonnell Selects Vice President Dan Korinek as General Manager of Denver and Pacific Northwest Offices, Announces Additional Leadership Promotions

DENVER — Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm, announces its selection of vice president Dan Korinek as general manager for the firm’s offices in Denver, Colorado; Vancouver, Washington; and Portland, Oregon. The firm also promoted other...

5,000 Athletes Rock the Parkway to Raise Funds for Children’s Mercy Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — More than 5,000 athletes laced up their running shoes to participate in the 13th annual Burns & McDonnell Rock the Parkway Half Marathon and 5K. Athletes raced along scenic Ward Parkway to support Children’s Mercy Kansas City, designated by Burns & McDonnell and KC Running...

New Demands Ramp Up Urgency for Distribution Grid Modernization

As more distributed generation is connected to the grid — especially solar power and new demands —emerge, a holistic planning approach is urgently needed.

Energy: Nuclear and renewables to spearhead UK energy security

ENR Midwest: Burns & McDonnell Thrives Even During Pandemic Times, Leads Initial Top Design Firms List

Raytown Students Inspire $1 Million Robotics Exhibit at Science City, Earn Grand Prize in Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Organizers of Kansas City’s most exciting K-12 competition for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) presented students from the Raytown Challenge Gifted Program with the grand prize in the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains. The 43-student team’s proposal for...

New Bulk Fuel Storage Facility Equips Tucson International Airport for Future Travel Needs

TUCSON, Arizona — Tucson International Airport (TUS) leaders joined airline partners, local officials and Burns & McDonnell project team members for a ribbon-cutting and celebration at the airport’s new 500,000-gallon bulk jet fuel storage facility. The $28.8 million facility was designed and built...

Breaking Down Energy Incentives in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

There are now billions of dollars in new federal funding available for energy storage, renewables and other forms of low-carbon power generation. From long-duration, utility-scale battery storage, carbon capture utilization and storage and hydrogen to long-standing clean power solutions like hydro...

Ref-Chem, a Burns & McDonnell Company, Earns National Safety Pinnacle Award

Understanding the Data Behind Pandemic Speeding and Fatalities

The pandemic saw a rise in fatal motor vehicle crashes and tickets issued for excessive speeding. New data findings and conclusions explore the reasons.

4 Steps to Efficiently Upgrade Control Systems at Power Plants

Control system upgrades can extend the productive lives of the coal-fired plants that produce more than half of India’s power. These steps are a how-to.

Opening the Door to Sustainability

For TruStile Doors, finding a more beneficial use for more than 7,200 tons of sawdust byproduct created each year through manufacturing meant integrating a solution into design of its new facility — effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 37,000 tons per year.

Resilience Is the Golden Ticket for Chocolate and Confectionery Producers

Adapting rapidly to consumer preferences, demonstrating resistance to disruptions in the supply chain and available labor market and continuously improving processes and equipment are critical for chocolate and confectionery producers in an industry that is constantly changing.

Building Resilient, Self-Healing Grids Starts With Careful Analysis of Feeder Layouts and Load Distribution

Electric utilities are facing a grim horizon of rapidly aging distribution system assets at a time when extreme weather events and natural disasters are increasing in frequency. Though smart protection devices and other advanced technologies can give utilities the means to upgrade and better...

Effective Traffic Maintenance Saves Lives While Improving Efficiencies

A thoughtful maintenance-of-traffic (MOT) plan uses public engagement, signage, logistics and finances to promote a safe and consistent driving environment.

Anticipated New Phase In U.S. Manufacturing

With the COVID-19 crisis, global insecurities have never been more apparent and are leading to a push to onshore pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Limiting PFAS: Pursuing Clean Drinking Water for Safer Communities

At the heart of the drinking water industry is the need to deliver safe, clean and reliable drinking water to communities. Consumers should not have to think twice about what’s coming out of their tap. For some, however, the reality is unsettling.

Modularizing the Electrical Substation

In this live webinar, you will hear about new Burns & McDonnell design approaches for modular substations. Conventional, permanent substations require significant field construction time and have limited flexibility to scale with load and generation growth, resulting in a restricted ability to...

Revolutionizing Automated Warehousing: A Turnkey Approach to ASRS + Building Delivery

The desire for reduced labor costs, improved accuracy and supply chain safeguards is pushing distribution centers and manufacturing facilities forward into the golden age of advanced automation. Extensive data analysis, careful application to relevant business operations and facility integration is...

The Road to Recovery: Vital Impacts of the Infrastructure Package

Sustaining and boosting growth in the U.S. means implementing clean, smart, efficient infrastructure that keeps people and industry moving. That's just what this new infrastructure law will do, and transportation is at the heart of such significant investment and change.

How GIS Can Help Utilities and Municipalities Respond to Changes in the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule

The EPA revised its Lead and Copper Rule for municipal agencies and water utilities. Due to this rule change, all systems must develop a lead service line inventory or demonstrate the absence of lead service lines by Oct. 16, 2024. In this webinar, we discussed how utilities and municipal agencies...

How Water Utilities Can Use GIS Tools to Comply With Lead and Copper Rule

With the compliance clock ticking, water utilities facing deadlines for remediation of lead service lines should understand how GIS tools can ease the burden.

Taking Action in Creating a Circular Economy of Plastics

Regulation is needed to jump-start sustainable change and encourage businesses to dive into advanced, effective and actionable plastic recycling options.

Make It Happen: How to Secure Federal Funding

For decades, business leaders, engineers, economists and community leaders have advocated for more infrastructure spending. Deteriorating infrastructure is deleterious to public health and economic prosperity. In fact, the American Society for Civil Engineers gave the U.S. a “C-” in its 2021 report...

Accelerating on the Road to Electrification

The movement to reduce carbon emissions is giving a speed boost to efforts to electrify transportation. Building the appropriate electrical infrastructure to support this dramatic transition will depend on understanding the reality of new operational models.

Ref-Chem: Leadership Promotions Boost Offerings in Multiple Heavy Industrial Construction Markets

Scoping Out Solutions for Supply Chain and Labor Challenges

Sometimes challenges contain the seeds of their own solutions. Bogged-down supply chains and persistent shortages of skilled labor are familiar complications throughout many industries, but efforts to address them are also driving more efficiencies in project planning and execution.

Solid as a Rock: Streamlined Permitting Efforts Are Crucial for Carbon Storage Success

Carbon capture, utilization and storage show strong potential to help reduce carbon emissions globally. Successful deployment of one of the newest tools in the net zero emissions toolbox — carbon capture and storage — will depend on understanding a complex permitting process and aligning efforts to...

Burns & McDonnell Announces Alliance With IEC, a Minority-Owned Electrical Construction Firm

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell and Infinite Energy Construction (IEC), an electrical contractor and certified minority-owned business enterprise (MBE), have entered an alliance to begin jointly providing electrical transmission and distribution engineering services.

IEC Engineering, a...

Building a Data Platform for Operational Analytics

Virginia-based Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) needed a data platform to enable self-service operational analytics and support a data-driven culture. The solution developed by 1898 & Co. involved ingesting key operations data sources such as meter data, substation operations, distribution...

Show Me the Money: Where Infrastructure Funding Will Go

If you’ve sat in traffic along the nation’s highways, considered purchasing an electric vehicle (EV), relied on clean drinking water or used the internet to work remotely, you will likely benefit from the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law.

Highlighting Hydrogen for the Future of Decarbonization

Taking steps toward reducing carbon footprints and increasing sustainability requires careful planning, integration and innovative solutions using state-of-the-art technologies. As organizations look to diversify their energy portfolios, a clear objective endures: delivering reliable, affordable...

Shelly Brown Named to Lead IT for Burns & McDonnell as Current IT VP Rich Miller Retires

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell has selected Shelly Brown as the new managing director of IT for the 100% employee-owned firm.

In her nearly eight years with Burns & McDonnell, Brown has led or supported many of the firm’s advancing business critical platforms to better serve clients,...

Alternating Current Interference Mitigation Techniques for High-Voltage Transmission Line Operators

Collaboration with pipeline and railway operators can help electric utilities build efficient, robust systems along shared rights-of-way that reduce the potential damage high-voltage alternating current transmission lines can cause to paralleling infrastructure.

Pipeline & Gas Journal: Protecting Pipelines from Effects of Alternating Current

Jennifer Willenbrock Joins 1898 & Co. as Director of Transaction Advisory for UK, Europe and Middle East

LONDON, England — Jennifer Willenbrock has joined 1898 & Co., part of Burns & McDonnell, as its new director of strategy & transaction advisory services in the U.K. In this role, she will lead the startup and expansion of a consultancy practice focused on due diligence and lenders’ advisory...

UTC Journal: Connectivity Is Critical to Enabling Infrastructure Act Investments

Electrical Contractor: What's So Smart About Substations? Built-in controls and automation enhance grid reliability and two-way power flow

Geotechnical Engineers: Foundation Problem Solvers

A construction project has many layers, but a solid foundation begins with the investigation and analysis completed by a geotechnical engineering team.

Chilled Water Thermal Energy Storage and Management Systems Provide Opportunities to Optimize Renewables

Employing thermal energy storage (TES) technologies can improve flexibility when auxiliary power associated with energy storage is utilized. This can optimize battery performance, resulting in longer life cycles.

Employee Ownership and the Great Realization

Among the wide variety of factors for job seekers to consider in a new role, employee ownership is one incentive that may stand out from the rest.

Keeping Water Treatment Operations Safe from Cyberthreats

Every municipal utility has a primary objective: to deliver safe, reliable services to the community. Achieving this objective requires designers and operators of water and wastewater treatment facilities to address a broad range of microbial, physical and chemical risk factors. Cybersecurity...

Answering the Call for a Business Culture–Enhancing Workspace

Alta Resources needed a new contact center for its growing team of office services professionals. It desired a building with amenities that would help attract and retain personnel. A design-build project delivered a facility that reflects and encourages its vibrant culture.

Office to Lab Conversions: A Greener Approach

With many employers and workplaces still navigating how to pivot in the face of the rise of remote working, commercial property owners and landlords are looking to a new solution to use vacant office space. The potential to accommodate life science uses is one solution being explored.

Burns & McDonnell Awarded EPC Contract for Two New LNG Peak Shaving Facilities in Southeastern Wisconsin

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — We Energies has contracted Burns & McDonnell to provide engineer-procure-construct (EPC) services for two liquefied natural gas (LNG) peaking facilities in southeastern Wisconsin, near Ixonia and Bluff Creek. The facilities are needed to support long-term growth in the...

Speeding the Pace of Cleanup

Over many years, grain fumigant solvents leaked from a tank at an active grain elevator into the underlying soil and groundwater. Remediation would be complicated not only by the nature and extent of the contamination, but also by the site’s difficult-to-access location. Thanks to a multipronged,...

Let’s Reenergize Nuclear Power

Advanced reactor technologies will enable the nuclear power needed to help address grid challenges arising from the transition to renewable energy.

Trail Design Supports Historic Preservation and Sustainable Reuse

In 2016, Jackson County, Missouri, purchased 17.7 miles of the abandoned Rock Island Rail Corridor. The county wanted to develop a shared-use path system that would connect to regional trail systems and preserve right-of-way for future transit use. Our team provided environmental and engineering...

Burns & McDonnell Receives Awards for Protection and Restoration Projects and Litter Analysis

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Environmental Business Journal is recognizing Burns & McDonnell in three award categories at this year’s EBJ Business Achievement Awards. The publication will host its awards banquet on Wednesday, March 16, during the Environmental Industry Summit XX in San Diego, California.

Demolition Projects Improve Safety Near Railroad Facilities

Decommissioning and demolishing old buildings near railroad tracks can improve safety and deliver positive environmental outcomes.

Burns & McDonnell Successfully Energizes Boone to Ward Hollow Transmission Line in West Virginia to Bring Reliable Power to Area Residents, Businesses

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell in partnership with American Electric Power (AEP) successfully completed a four-year-long project to retire and rebuild an area transmission system, improving reliability between Boone and Kanawha counties in West Virginia.

The Boone to Ward Hollow...

AssetLens Utility Usage: Holistic System Analysis With Project Identification and Justification

Value-driven transmission and distribution asset management requires informed decision-making. Holistic system analytics and robust algorithms must be designed to empower those decisions.

Engineering Port and Maritime Facility Resiliency to Weather the Storm

The design of ports and maritime facilities must accommodate the growing intensity and frequency of extreme weather that could wreak havoc on infrastructure.

Burns & McDonnell Supporting WEC Energy Group, EPRI and Wärtsilä With Hydrogen Blending Pilot at Existing Natural Gas Engine Plant

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell is supporting WEC Energy Group to test hydrogen as a fuel source at one of its reciprocating internal combustion engine (RICE) power facilities as part of a pilot program with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The demonstration project will test...

Pathways for Renewable Natural Gas

As Canadian energy providers transition toward a low-carbon future, renewable natural gas (RNG) is expected to play a significant role. RNG is a carbon neutral fuel with wide ranging uses including electricity production, heating homes and businesses, and powering public transit fleets.This webinar...

Kansas City Business Journal: Burns & McDonnell has best year in history with $5.7B in sales

High-Tech and Sustainability Measures at New Facility Help Frozen Food Producer Meet Growing Demand

A seasoned food producer needed to add production capacity to meet increasing demand for its products. The company is maximizing cutting-edge technology, including advanced automation, at its new 400,000-square-foot facility on an existing campus in Kansas.

Collaboration and Planning Drive Success for Construction Projects

By defining key project elements and engaging multiple parties early, construction managers can deliver projects in a steady and predictable manner.

Inclusion Drives ARDOT’s First Design-Build Transportation Project

ARDOT engaged diverse suppliers to help meet disadvantaged business enterprise participation goals for the state’s first design-build transportation project.

Burns & McDonnell Promotes Five Senior Executives, Expands Officer Group After Best Year in Firm History Reaching $5.7 Billion in Sales

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell announces several key leadership promotions to president, senior vice president and vice president after another record year of sales for the 100% employee-owned engineering, construction and architecture firm. These individuals contributed to a year that...

Feeling Connected Through STEM

When it comes to building STEM talent, representation is critical. Learn how staff architect Leigha Sledge encourages young people to consider STEM careers.

Smart Preparation Will Be Critical Amid Surge in HVDC Development

Demand for HVDC transmission over the next decade will push suppliers to the limit. Developers need experienced partners who know the right questions to ask.

Q&A: Hannibal B. Johnson Reflects on How Narrative Shapes Civility

Leon Harden interviews Hannibal B. Johnson about the Tulsa Race Massacre, improving business outcomes through diversity, and building bridges with grace.

Elevating Teams From the Basketball Court to the Boardroom

Kimberly Moore, president of KDM Engineering, shares her experience as the founder of a STEM education nonprofit and the president of a small business.

Implications of the EPA’s Proposed CCR Rule Decisions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought new clarity to its rules for coal combustion residuals (CCR) in written responses to applicants requesting deadline extensions for closing their unlined CCR surface impoundments. Here are some ways the EPA’s proposed CCR rule decisions could...

Increasing Reliability for Federal Government High-Performance Computing Operation

Challenging issues were resolved for a mission-critical California project, thanks to extensive experience with the U.S. Department of Energy, in-depth knowledge of HVAC and electrical transmission and distribution systems, and familiarity with computing facilities.

Comprehensive ArcGIS Upgrade Enables New Efficiencies for Large Utility

For many utilities, technology tools like ArcGIS can present new options for updating and managing drawings and documentation. This solution proved optimal for a utility on the West Coast in integrating thousands of inconsistent drawings and related materials into a new documentation suite backed...

5 Trends Now Shaping the Electrification Landscape

From more public charging stations to new power delivery innovations, the electrification landscape is undergoing a profound shift.

Jeff Smith to Lead Oil, Gas and Chemical Sector at Burns & McDonnell Calgary Office

CALGARY, Alberta — Reinforcing a commitment to its Canadian clients, Burns & McDonnell is promoting Jeff Smith to lead the engineering, architecture and construction firm’s Oil, Gas & Chemical Group at its Calgary, Alberta, regional office. The Calgary office offers full-service engineering,...

Reimagining the Electric Grid

The world’s electrical needs are evolving — the electric distribution grid must evolve with them. Entergy is using a bold new holistic planning process to jump-start this transformation.

Burns & McDonnell Wins Engineering Excellence Award for Viaduct Modernization Project

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — A project that navigated unique weather and global challenges to modernize a critical transportation system has won an Engineering Excellence Award from the Kansas Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

The Lewis & Clark Viaduct is one of several...

Digital Transformation Drives Efficiency in Manufacturing Enterprises

Smart manufacturing investments can maintain a competitive edge in many industries. Such practices can yield deeper insights into production efficiency, equipment reliability and asset performance and health.

Innovative Software Solution Streamlines Cost Estimating for Entergy

As distribution system upgrades surge, utilities need a more accurate efficient, and transparent way to scope and estimate these projects. A digital cost estimating and project scoping application built for Entergy transformed a cumbersome and inefficient process into a streamlined, data-driven...

Burns & McDonnell Chosen as Prime Contractor for Design of High Explosive Synthesis, Formulation, and Production Facility

AMARILLO, Texas — The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen Burns & McDonnell to design another critical facility for the nation’s nuclear weapons program.

The new High Explosive Synthesis, Formulation, and Production (HESFP) Facility, at the Pantex Plant in Texas, carries a total project cost of...

Burns & McDonnell Expands Philadelphia Area Operations, Strengthening Design-Build Capabilities on the East Coast

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — Burns & McDonnell is growing its East Coast presence with the expansion of its Philadelphia office. The growth in Pennsylvania is part of the 100% employee-owned global engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting firm’s plan to continue...

How Hydro Modernization Supports Canadian Renewable Energy Objectives

Keeping aging hydro facilities operational is critical to providing ongoing reliable renewable power as a counterbalance to intermittent renewables.

The Feedstock Conundrum for Renewable Diesel and Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Refiners are expanding their interests beyond renewable diesel into the sustainable aviation fuel marketplace. While feedstock availability continues to be a concern, another pathway has opened that may provide some temporary relief.

Burns & McDonnell Welcomes Cyrill Weems as Director of Infrastructure in Detroit

DETROIT, Michigan — With more than 20 years of experience, Cyrill Weems has joined Burns & McDonnell to lead and support infrastructure development in Michigan. Bringing with him an extensive background in transportation and water, Weems will be key to the firm’s continued success and service...

EPA’s Proposed CCR Decisions Launch Ripple Effect in Coal Ash Industry

EPA has issued its first written comments on the coal combustion residuals rule since it was issued in 2015. The 30-day comment period for utilities is in force.

Pass-Through Businesses: What Are They and Are They Legitimate?

Beginning in the late 1960s, public and private programs were created to increase utilization of diverse businesses and help level the competitive playing field. Since then, however, there have been “entrepreneurs” that have taken advantage of these programs by creating businesses that appear to be...

Intuitive Machines

To manage space travel successfully, aerospace firms need a unique combination of sophisticated amenities, from 3D printing capabilities to metal fabrication and lunar lander assembly spaces.

Let’s Get to the Right Outcomes by Measuring Processes, Not People

Organizations need a new measurement paradigm that focuses on measuring process improvements and motivates people to take ownership of those results.

Regain Sponsor Focus by Measuring What Matters in Your Change Initiatives

Though elements of change programs often are intangible, they still must be measurable if they are to be meaningful to an organization.

Embracing Artificial Intelligence in Design Automation

The use of AI and other advanced technologies will become more urgent as industries consider the complexities of next-generation infrastructure.

Preparing the Power Industry for USPS Fleet Electrification

Growth in e-commerce has pushed parcel delivery companies to consider the potential of using alternate fuels to power fleet vehicles. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is making plans to replace more than half of its 160,000 aging vehicles with alternately fueled vehicles by 2026. Should the USPS...

Getting the Most From EV Infrastructure Investments: A Programmatic Design-Build Approach

For most transit agencies and fleet operators, the biggest impediment to fleet electrification is a lack of available charging infrastructure. But making informed decisions is challenging in the ever-changing electrification market. The programmatic approach to project delivery clarifies the path,...

Burns & McDonnell Issued Patent for Use of Dividing Wall Columns in the Natural Gas Liquids Industry

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell has received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an innovative dividing wall column (DWC) designed for the natural gas liquids industry. This state-of-the-art dividing wall column technology means the traditional four-tower fractionation...

Three Innovative Reactor and Fuel Design Pathways Can Restart Nuclear Power

Advanced reactor technologies offer the potential to transform the nuclear power industry, providing safe, carbon-free electricity that addresses the plethora of challenges arising from decarbonization of power grids worldwide and energy security. Three quickly advancing options deserve careful...

AZCO Bolsters Prefabrication Services With Key Promotion

Eric Bestul will direct prefabrication operations — including pipe and metal components — for the heavy industrial construction and prefabrication firm.

AZCO: Firm Bolsters Prefabrication Services With Key Promotion

There Is a Dark Side to KPIs That Could Be Slowing Your Change Efforts

Though the relationship between KPIs and performance reviews is uncomfortable, accountability can be compatible with improving organizational performance.

Lowering Costs and Improving Efficiency With 2D Stormwater Modeling

Advances in 2D modeling technology are making a splash in enabling communities to develop targeted, economical flood mitigation measures.

Imagining an Electric World

The electrified future is coming. For many industries and communities, being prepared for the changes can mean the difference between success and failure. Creating a road map for how to absorb the changes economically and culturally can help.

Flash Fulfillment Solution Leads to More Efficient E-Commerce Processing

As the e-commerce market continues to grow, flexible fulfillment solutions are needed to improve the order-filling process, reduce labor costs and improve space utilization.

New Research Facility to Bolster Advancements in Precision Medicine

The University of Missouri is going boldly into the future of medical research with the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health Building. The signature research facility is designed to enhance the academic experience, while attracting world-renowned researchers and industry partners.

Burns & McDonnell Promotes Industry Leader to Serve Upper Midwest Aviation and Federal Clients

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Burns & McDonnell is strengthening its services in the Upper Midwest in areas including aviation support and construction by promoting Mark Rivers to regional manager for the firm’s Aviation & Federal Group in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

He will be taking...

Technology and Logistics Planning Create Opportunities for Trucking Industry

The trucking industry is facing four issues that impact retention and supply chains: parking, detention times, electrification and port expansions.

Data-Driven Asset Management Can Transform Ports Into Smart Ports

Ports and harbors are under pressure to modernize infrastructure and assets to facilitate smoother movement of goods and ease supply chain bottlenecks. From ports along the coasts to inland intermodal terminals, data-driven asset management solutions are proving to be an answer.

Exploring the Future Role of Hydrogen in a Decarbonized Power Industry

As hydrogen reemerges as a key technology for electric power, utilities can consider its ability to reduce emissions and enable carbon-free dispatchable generation.

Gateway at a Crossroads: Reconstructing a Century-Old Thoroughfare

In one of its largest construction projects, the Kansas Department of Transportation relied on innovation, collaboration and a commitment to community partnerships to revitalize a historic river crossing.

Storage Is Key to Unlocking Potential of Green Hydrogen

Storage is key to unlocking the potential of green hydrogen, a carbon-free energy source derived from one of the most abundant chemical elements on Earth.

The Helical Pile Foundation’s Time Has Come

When choosing substation foundations, utilities have traditionally favored concrete piers for their strength and durability. But with the volume and pace of new construction picking up, more are seeking faster, less labor-intensive ways to install a deep foundation. Helical piles may deliver...

Sustainable Aviation Fuel and Existing Infrastructure

As the aviation industry explores sustainable alternatives to Jet A or Jet A1 grade kerosene fuel, sustainable fuel is emerging as a potential substitute. Even though it is considered a simple drop-in fuel, airports may need to upgrade fueling systems.

Understanding the Long-Term Impacts of Electric Vehicle Charging

The number of electric vehicles on U.S. roads will increase rapidly over the next 20 years, requiring utilities to accurately forecast the effects charging will have on long-term utility peak demand. New forecasting methods that measure EV coincident peak demand can be used to accommodate this...

Innovative Retrofits to Existing Plants Can Turn Challenges Into Opportunities

With growing populations and increasingly rigorous regulations, owners and operators of water and wastewater treatment plants are working to keep pace. But space and budget concerns often provide significant challenges, leading to a rise in retrofitting and rehabilitation. Technology, innovative...

Electrifying Public Transportation With an Industry Leader

As the first transit agency in the United States to bring a fast-charge electric bus into service, Foothill Transit has long held a leadership position in electrified transportation. Now it has taken the next step — developing a comprehensive master plan to transition its natural gas fueled bus...

Advanced Technology Provides Cost and Schedule Savings for Large Food Producer’s Expansion

A confidential client needed to expand its existing food production facility by 50,000 square feet to satisfy increased market demand. Laser-scanning technology and 3D modeling aided the process engineering effort and significantly reduced the project schedule.

Designing an Innovative Retrofit to Meet Tightened Discharge Limits

When a Colorado water/wastewater utility had to reduce its total dissolved solids, it chose design-build delivery and a first-of-its-kind treatment process to save time and money while meeting strict compliance standards.

Recommendations for Overcoming the Limitations of Capacity Tests of Utility-Scale Photovoltaics Projects

The gathering of sufficient valid data points to meet photovoltaic project capacity test procedures can present major challenges. Mitigation strategies are available to overcome these challenges. These include using wider irradiances ranges, higher resolution data, and stowing tracked arrays.

Design-Build Turns an Emergency Repair Into a Long-Term Benefit

When one of the two wastewater tanks in Harrisonville, Missouri, suddenly failed, the city found itself in need of an emergency repair. By using our team’s design-build project delivery model, the city was able to repair the failed tank to even better than it was before — while staying on time and...

Electrifying the Nation’s Mass Transit Bus Fleets

Transit authorities are facing new and exciting challenges on the path to electric bus fleets: new infrastructure, technology and operational considerations. To overcome these challenges, transit authorities may need new partners to help develop a comprehensive electrification road map.

Burns & McDonnell Completes Construction of Three West Texas Energy Storage Projects Delivering 60 MWh of Capacity

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell has completed construction of three 10-MW/20-MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage systems (BESS) in West Texas. The three project sites were constructed, commissioned and put into operation in just five months, delivering the project on schedule amid a...

Sustainability Practices Provide Future-Focused Solutions

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria and transparency of these criteria are driving significant regulatory change and influencing business and investment decisions in all sectors and industries, from local governments and manufacturers to transportation and utilities.

Burns & McDonnell Promotes Justin Sherman to Lead Its San Diego Branch Office

SAN DIEGO, California — Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm, has promoted Justin Sherman to serve as branch manager for its San Diego office. He is responsible for overseeing the management of daily operations and business development for...

Balancing Cost vs. Reward in Carbon Capture Streams

Global interest in decarbonization is rising across industries, corporations and countries, driven in part by the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to limit global warming below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. As an increasing number...

The Importance of Security Orchestration in the Utility Space

Electric grids are modernizing to support microgrids, smart city devices, automation and grid operations, and integration of distributed energy resources (DERs). In this dynamic environment, utilities face new cybersecurity challenges.Utilities are combating everchanging cybersecurity threats with...

Burns & McDonnell India Announces New Leadership

MUMBAI, India — Burns & McDonnell India, a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm, has named Anjan Khandelwal as chief financial officer (CFO) and Parul Gopal as chief administrative officer (CAO). Khandelwal has extensive experience in...

Burns & McDonnell Is a Key Partner in Securing WIFIA Loan for Critical City of Wichita Public Works and Utilities Project

WICHITA, Kansas. — The City of Wichita was recently selected to apply for financing through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and receive a loan of up to $181.1 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The financing will support new biological nutrient...

Redefining the Petrochemicals Industry With a Crude Oil-to-Chemicals Approach

Competitive market conditions mean organizations may want to consider crude oil-to-chemicals technology over traditional routes for petrochemical processing.

Proactive Wastewater Master Planning Reveals Attainable Improvements for Small Communities

All communities, regardless of size and financial resources, eventually face wastewater collection system trials and tribulations. Reactive remedies can temporarily plug the gaps in wastewater collection and treatment processes, but proactive approaches can avoid scenarios in which systems are...

T&D World: BEC, Burns & McDonnell Partner to Deliver Energy Analytics Platform to Utilities

IEEE Smart Grid: CPS Energy Recloser Program Builds a Smart Grid For San Antonio

Taking Charge of Growing Demand for EV Infrastructure

When a utility client launched a pilot program to install and maintain electric vehicle charging stations for a variety of nonresidential customers, interest was high. Processing dozens of applications and a quickly growing backlog required a streamlined approach.

Helical Piles Improve Cost, Schedule and Durability of Substantial Industrial Projects

Helical piles have secured their spot as one of the most resilient, cost-effective foundation choices. When incorporated into an integrated delivery approach, in-house prefabrication and installation of these structural foundations provide even more value, adding to their wide-ranging benefits.

Natural Gas Usage Evolves to Meet the Demands of a Net Zero Future

Natural gas will see continued demand and important use cases, using existing transmission and distribution assets, as we move toward a net zero economy.

Manage Facilities More Efficiently Through the Industrial Internet of Things

Investment in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can provide the means to correlate supply and demand with plant capabilities at various locations. Additionally, it can improve inventory planning, optimize the scheduling of field services and enable a quick response to upcoming market...

Addressing Wastewater in the Renewable Diesel Sector

Understanding the unique challenges of wastewater generated from renewable diesel production is critical to avoid unexpected issues during a renewable diesel refining transition project.

Power Grid International: New in ’22 - Five trends in transportation electrification

Burns & McDonnell Joins Internationally Recognized Group Focused on Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS)

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell is proud to announce its partnership in the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership Initiative, led by the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC).

“Burns & McDonnell is excited to join the PCOR Partnership. The focus on...

Construction Industry Veteran Earle Cianchette Named New AZCO CEO

He brings more than 30 years of construction management experience across multiple industries to leading industrial construction and prefabrication firm.

Project Maturity Assessments: Chasing the Scoring

Projects go through critical stages of maturity as they are developed, and each step is instrumental to the project’s completion. A project maturity assessment and score can provide senior stakeholders an analysis of internal processes to identify and correct any significant risks as the project is...

AZCO: Construction Industry Veteran Earle Cianchette Named New AZCO CEO

Analytics Yield Clearer Picture of System Losses for Electric Cooperative

A data platform built for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative delivers system analytics and greater insight into what is causing system electricity losses.

Advancing PFAS Mitigation Through New Funding Opportunities

The presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water is driving new funding opportunities for utilities. Now is the time for water utilities to develop plans for PFAS monitoring and treatment.

Navigating the Waters of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

There’s excitement over what’s to come with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, but approval is just the start for the water and wastewater industry.

Port Authorities Can Prepare for Federal Funding Opportunities

The federal infrastructure act provides ports and maritime facilities with a unique funding opportunity to modernize transportation operations.

Kansas City Business Journal: Partnership with Chicago firm expands Burns & Mac’s electrical services

Maximizing Federal Support Dollars for Transportation Projects

Examine strategies transportation project owners can use to improve chances of getting projects funded through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Upgrading Fuel Facilities on a Tight Timeline

When Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) Fuel proceeded to improve efficiencies and reduce environmental concerns for its sites, fast work was needed to modernize its bulk fuel facility to allow operations to remain active.

Mitigating High-Voltage Induction Hazards Along Railroad Tracks

New transmission lines often follow existing railroad rights-of-way, but this poses risks of voltage induction. Explore the hazards and mitigation options.

Managing an Array of Targeted Grid Improvement Projects

Georgia Power is investing in projects across the state to improve the electrical grid’s reliability and resiliency. The first phase includes upgrades to 1,700 miles of power lines — and all the permitting, stakeholder management and implementation support that comes with it.

Connectivity Is Critical to Enabling Infrastructure Act Investments

The bipartisan infrastructure act funds expansion and upgrades to the electric grid. Telecommunications are critical to getting the most out of investments.

Burns & McDonnell to Deliver Charging Infrastructure for Calgary Electric Bus Pilot Project

CALGARY, Alberta — The City of Calgary has selected Burns & McDonnell, a global engineering, architecture and construction firm with a local office in Calgary, to provide charging infrastructure design and construction for Calgary Transit’s electric bus pilot project.

Burns & McDonnell was selected...

Burns & McDonnell Boosts Renewable Power Capabilities in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Burns & McDonnell, a leading engineering and construction firm, is expanding its presence in Puerto Rico with the addition of Rafael Pagan, director of project development, to its local team. His addition will boost the firm’s support for renewable power generation and ...

The 411 on Leadership Podcast: Success, Failure & Lessons Learned in 2021 - Lesson of Adaptability

Healthcare Industry Veterans Join Burns & McDonnell

KANSAS CITY, Missouri —  Burns & McDonnell is expanding its healthcare team with the addition of four industry veterans, poised to lead and support hospital and healthcare system projects across the U.S. Jennifer Bahan, Steve Berko, Eric Perry and Todd Wicker collectively bring more than 120 years...

EPC Projects Deliver Flexibility Needed by Mining Industry

Alternate project delivery contracting such as engineer-procure-construct (EPC) can offer solutions to the unpredictability of mining sector capital projects.

Commissioning Enhances the Resiliency of Airport Building Enclosures

Amid the hard work to build an effective and efficient airport building enclosure, tapping a commissioning team early can create lasting resilience.

Comprehensive Remediation Transforms Manufactured Gas Plant Site for Future Development

After a manufactured gas plant located in a mixed commercial, industrial and residential neighborhood closed, the site owner needed remedial design support. Site characterization and remedial planning were important steps to reduce impacts on the soil, groundwater and community.

Burns & McDonnell Promotes Chris McCall to Lead Transmission & Distribution Group in California

BREA, California — Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction company, promoted Chris McCall to lead the Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Group in California. He is responsible for leading and growing a team of 76 employees who provide safe, reliable and...

Burns & McDonnell and 1898 & Co. Adds Two Employee-Owners to Leadership Team in the Southeast

ATLANTA, Georgia — Ali Elnaamani and Lori Jones have been promoted within the Burns & McDonnell family of companies’ regional office in Atlanta. Elnaamani leads the regional team for 1898 & Co., and Jones leads the regional Global Facilities Group for Burns & McDonnell.

Elnaamani has more than 14...

Moosejaw Today: Donation made to Salvation Army ‘Adopt A Family’ program

Utility Fiber Build Capital Programs Gain Multiple Benefits from Data Dashboards

Regionwide fiber-optic network installations typically require multiple years to complete. Integrated digital dashboards are becoming essential tools to manage the complexity of large programs composed of many unique projects.

Burns & McDonnell, KDM Engineering Announce Substation Alliance

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell and KDM Engineering have announced an alliance as KDM Engineering looks to launch expanded services to the electrical substation market. Burns & McDonnell is an engineering, construction and architecture company with thousands of multidisciplinary...

Former Chicago Manufactured Gas Plant Site Remediated With Phased Approach

When a utility client sought to reduce its overall operational footprint on a former MGP site, it first needed to remediate its 14 acres. A phased approach kept operations running smoothly from decommissioning and demolition to remediation and construction.

Permitting Considerations for Sites with Joshua Trees in California

The California Fish and Game Commission is considering whether to list the western Joshua tree as a threatened species, which could impact development.

Burns & McDonnell Hires Aerospace and Water Industry Leaders, Bolstering Florida Operations

ORLANDO, Florida — Burns & McDonnell has hired Richard Pruss and Justin Sobol to expand the 100% employee-owned firm's teams that support the aerospace, defense, space, manufacturing, commercial, water and wastewater industries.

Pruss, PE, will serve as a regional global facilities manager,...

Judges Surprise Student Finalists in Kansas City’s Largest STEM Competition

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Crews from Burns & McDonnell and Science City boarded “battle buses” and drove to schools across the Greater Kansas City area to surprise students and teachers with exciting news — that they have been selected among the top 20 finalist teams in the Burns & McDonnell Battle...

Pebble Bed Nuclear Reactors Emerge as Leading Decarbonization Option

A demonstration pebble bed nuclear power plant being built by X-energy in Washington state could become a game changer for the power industry.

Burns & McDonnell and Librestream Partner to Implement Collaboration Platform Supporting Critical Infrastructure Workforces

Burns & McDonnell Expands New York City Office, Strengthening Its Design-Build Capabilities in the Northeast

NEW YORK, New York — Burns & McDonnell is growing its Northeast operations with the expansion of its New York City presence and the addition of three industry leaders, building upon decades of success managing and delivering projects for clients in the region.

At 9,000-square feet, the new office...

Five Energy Storage Pathways Show Promising Future

Energy storage options are gaining ground due to their potential to address energy storage, reliability and resiliency issues amid the decarbonization push.

Planning Considerations for an HVDC Transmission Project

A number of high-voltage direct current (HVDC) projects are being contemplated to boost interconnectivity across Canada. These interconnections between regions and even countries are needed more than ever as more renewable energy sources are added to the grid to offset retirements of coal-fueled...

Hydropower Deserves Role in Clean Energy Future

Hydropower is getting renewed attention from policymakers as a clean energy source at a time when these critical assets face the need for upgrades.

Evaluating the Impacts of Electric Vehicles on Utility Distribution Systems

Consumers and transportation companies are embracing the electric vehicle transformation, but electric utilities across the U.S. will need to prepare for increased demand. To avoid costly upgrades and mitigate the downstream effects of increased energy consumption, utilities should implement...

Burns & McDonnell Promotes Chitra Foster to Lead and Expand Water Group in Dallas-Fort Worth Region

DALLAS-FORT WORTH — As Burns & McDonnell works to support the significant growth of municipal, industrial and construction markets across the Southern U.S., the firm has promoted Chitra Foster to lead its Water Group in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Foster, who previously served as a senior project...

BBP Media: Burns & McDonnell Awarded £14 Million National Grid Substations Contract

5 Ways Civil Engineers Can Act to Protect the Climate

Civil engineers have frontline opportunities to influence project designs in ways that help protect the climate. These are five practical steps to take.

United Way Builds DE&I Into Fabric of Organizational Culture

United Way of Greater Kansas City is building diversity, equity and inclusion into its hiring practices, company culture and community outreach efforts.

Digital Tools Manage Underground Risks for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Prioritizing the rehabilitation and replacement of aging infrastructure is becoming easier with the support of digital tool sets that help define success.

Professional Development Elevates Trajectory for Subcontractor

Vernal Stewart attended a program at the Tuck School of Business focused on minority-owned business development, supported by a Burns & McDonnell scholarship.

Optimize Your Electrical Distribution Asset Replacement Schedules

As distribution systems age and failures become more likely, utilities must explore strategic asset replacement strategies for maximum impact at minimal cost.

Solar Project Oversight Addresses Climate Challenges

Utility-scale solar energy projects are being connected to the grid throughout North America. However, geographical considerations require different approaches for design and construction. A 23-MWac solar installation near Suffield, Alberta, illustrates some of the challenges and solutions required...

New Civil Engineer: Five ways for civil engineers to act on climate change

Honoring Veterans of WWII: Women of the 6888th

The Buffalo Soldier Commemorative Area, at Fort Leavenworth, honors Black veterans. Burns & McDonnell partnered with the area’s visionary to honor the impact of an all-Black Women’s Army Corps during WWII.

Q&A: Cliff Cate Reflects on How Relationships Expand Diverse Workforces

Cliff Cate worked for a disadvantaged business previously. He now helps us join forces with minority-owned businesses on water infrastructure solutions.

Four Factors Impacting Water Management in Industrial Operations

When trying to boost water efficiency, industrial water users should consider regulatory compliance, aging infrastructure, economic growth and ESG factors.

Aligning Communication Between Multiple Parties on Complex Projects

Most complex oil, gas and chemical projects require an array of stakeholders, contractors and site personnel for the decision-making process. Intentional interface management supports effective communication among all involved parties, thereby reducing errors, rework and overall project costs.

As-Needed Energy Services to Drive Sustainable Port Operations

The San Diego Unified Port District has embraced a leadership role in establishing operations that reduce emissions and improve air quality. To help determine the right projects to further this mission, the District turned to our team for a multiyear, as-needed energy services contract.

Operational and Cost Benefits of Early Commissioning

Engaging commissioning and startup staff early in the project life cycle and detail design helps to minimize potential startup and operational risks. A comprehensive turnover, commissioning and startup plan sees to it that all aspects of a facility, power plant, refinery or electrical substation...

A More Progressive Approach to Design-Build

Given its multiple benefits, the design-build approach to project delivery continues to grow in popularity, rapidly replacing more traditional contracting methods. Many state and local governments allow public projects to use this integrated, single-source method that continues to evolve in...

Burns & McDonnell Receives Three United States Air Force Design Awards

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — A testament to the firm’s dedication to project quality, Burns & McDonnell has received three United States Air Force (USAF) Design Awards. Two were received in the Facility Design category and one in the Facility Renovations and Additions category.

The USAF Design Award...

Q&A: Lisa Myers Discusses the Power of the Small Business Administration’s Mentorship Program

After running her own company for a decade, business owner Lisa Myers joined the U.S. Small Business Administration’s mentor-protégé program to diversify and grow her company.

Wichita’s Largest Water Project Showcases Innovative Subcontracting Programs

A Wichita, Kansas, water project owner is implementing creative approaches to increase involvement of small, diverse businesses in the city's largest infrastructure investment.

Burns & McDonnell Awarded £14 Million National Grid Substations Contract

BIRMINGHAM, England — National Grid has awarded engineering-led construction firm Burns & McDonnell a £14 million engineer-procure-construct (EPC) contract for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a 400-kV GIS substation. The two-year project, located in Yaxley, Suffolk, will...

Passing the Test for Global Integrated Capabilities in Energy Storage

Factory acceptance testing is critical for vital equipment. Testing in India with local resources sped this step for an energy storage site during COVID-19.

Design-Build Water Treatment Project Delivers Early Cost Certainty

With an integrated, direct-hire approach, the City of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, is undertaking a major water system upgrade with confidence that it will be completed within the city’s fixed $31 million budget.

Preparing the Electrical Grid for a Net Zero Transition

Meeting the U.K.’s net zero targets will require significant infrastructure changes and investments. The Zero2050 initiative is designed to identify obstacles and find decarbonisation pathways, including analysing what electrical network reinforcement measures will be necessary.

Burns & McDonnell and Bluestone Environmental Group Announce Partnership Through U.S. Small Business Administration’s Mentor-Protégé Program

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Small businesses can contribute great things to projects of all sizes and that is why engineering, architecture and construction firm Burns & McDonnell is proud to be a part of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Mentor-Protégé Program.

The initiative allows larger...

Four New Scholarships Target STEM-Related Coursework at Saskatchewan Polytechnic

MOOSE JAW, Saskatchewan — Burns & McDonnell is providing four $5,000 scholarships for Saskatchewan Polytechnic students pursuing STEM-related coursework at the institution in 2022, with at least two of those designated for recipients with Indigenous ancestry. Additionally, the firm is providing...

ENR Midwest: Midwest People News for November 2021

Inspiring Change: A Fortune 500 Company’s Journey Toward Racial Equality

PepsiCo’s CEO has pledged to better represent and serve its customers, workforce and suppliers through increased commitments to racial equality.

Evaluating Passive Optical Networks for Electric Utilities

Passive optical networks (PONs) are a flexible, scalable communication architecture. Utilities might be able to leverage existing assets and infrastructure to deliver enhanced, efficient and secure service through PONs that stand tall in comparisons with many wireless approaches.

Utility Analytics Institute: How to Handle the Load

Burns & McDonnell Continues Building Team for Georgia Grid Program

ATLANTA, Georgia — Burns & McDonnell is providing program and construction management services for a multiyear, $7.5 billion Georgia Power Grid Investment Plan. The partnership is designed to meet today’s energy challenges head-on and help to improve reliability across the state.

By the end of...

Burns & McDonnell Expands Water Services Team in the Mid-Atlantic

NORFOLK-HAMPTON ROADS, Virginia — With more than 30 years of experience in the water, wastewater and stormwater industry, Paul Delphos, PE, joins Burns & McDonnell as Water Group manager for the Mid-Atlantic region based in Norfolk-Hampton Roads. Delphos joins the firm’s growing water practice,...

Burns & McDonnell Reaches Substantial Completion for Evergy Switching Station

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The 161-kV Evergy Jayhawk Switching Station near Fort Scott, Kansas, has achieved substantial completion. The project to connect a 195-megawatt (MW) wind farm in southern Kansas was delivered under an engineer-procure-construct (EPC) contract by Burns & McDonnell. The wind...

Solving India’s Problem With Plastic Waste

Tough government regulations in India promise a ban on single-use plastics by July 2022. The India Plastics Pact is one initiative crafting the path forward.

American Gas Magazine: Automation for Continuous Monitoring of Compressor Stations

The Power of Place: Leverage Design to Reinvent the Workplace

From managing safety concerns to incorporating creative, collaborative areas, office environments will likely transform in the coming months and years to meet evolving needs and improve employee well-being and satisfaction.

Utility-Scale Energy Storage

Storage technologies, both old and new, short and long duration, are competing for space in a rapidly evolving and dynamic energy storage market. The rapid advancement and price decline in lithium-ion technology are among the key factors, but what about pumped hydro, compressed air, flow batteries...

Alissa Schuessler Named as Next Chief Financial Officer of Burns & McDonnell

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell has selected Alissa Schuessler as the next chief financial officer (CFO) of the 100% employee-owned firm. Schuessler’s promotion builds on her strong track record that began with her joining the firm in 2005 as a staff accountant, then rising through the...

Procure-Engineer-Construct: Optimize Solutions for Solar Sites

Understanding the equipment needs for solar is critical. Flipping the engineer-procure-construct approach to procure-engineer-construct can drive success.

Burns & McDonnell Earns ISO 27001 Certification for Information Security Management Systems

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell recently attained the (ISO) 27001 certification, the most widely recognized standard for information security management systems. The firm’s information technology (IT) group worked with a third-party auditor to confirm meeting requirements set by the...

Personal Perspectives on Being an Owner

To celebrate Employee Ownership Month, we asked a few colleagues to share their perspectives on being an owner and what it means to clients.

Reciprocating Engine Plant Proves Value During Hurricane Ida Recovery

The flexibility of reciprocating engine technology combined with black start capability proved its worth at New Orleans Power Station after Hurricane Ida.

Economies of Scale Speed Studies and Distribution Design

Automatic circuit reclosers are valuable equipment to enhance reliability and limit outages on electrical distribution lines. For a large East Coast utility ramping up installations of reclosers, a highly efficient development process was needed to maintain its schedule.

Emergency Operations Plan Allows Flying With Peace of Mind

The goal of an airport emergency operations plan is to improve safety and reinforce the traveling public’s confidence in the airport’s emergency response.

Burns & McDonnell Supply Chain Briefing Webinar

Please join us for our upcoming supplier briefing webinar where we’ll share details about opportunities the Transmission & Distribution (T&D) team is pursuing.The session will begin with a welcome message from U.K. Managing Director Jonathan Chapman, who will give an overview of Burns & McDonnell,...

Engineering & Technology: How innovation can make the UK a global leader in offshore wind

Proposed Listing of Lesser Prairie-Chicken Could Impact Energy Development

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may classify the lesser prairie-chicken as an endangered species. This decision could affect energy projects.

Shifting 3 Fundamental Elements of Culture Creates a New Environment

Culture is made up of behavior patterns that emerge based on individuals’ views of roles and mind maps. To change culture, we must tackle these inner thoughts.

T&D World: Considerations in Guyed Steel Pole Design

Four Answers to Navigating the Interconnection Queue

Navigating the interconnection queue for renewable power is difficult for utilities. Four experience-based lessons offer pointers on factors to consider.

Regulatory Factors to Consider Before Developing a Solar Site

Countless regulatory constraints can affect a solar development. These four factors can help project owners keep the process moving forward.

Employing a Robust GIS Program to Comply With EPA's Lead and Copper Rule

Having a robust GIS program will help utilities comply with the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule and provide safe and clean drinking water to their communities.

A Guide to Prepping for FRP Virtual Compliance Monitoring by EPA

Facility operators must have a plan to mitigate oil spill damage. Off-site compliance monitoring (OfCM) provides for virtual reviews of spill response plans.

Kansas City Business Journal: Even after 35 years, Burns & McDonnell continues to benefit from ESOP status

Collaborative Technology Helps Utilities Tackle Pressing Challenges

Retiring utility staff creates a widening knowledge gap. The Onsight software platform offers a technology solution to utilities and other industrial teams.

Cyberattacks on the Rise: API Standard Helps Utilities Assess Resilience

The American Petroleum Institute cybersecurity standard is a road map for addressing cybersecurity directives focused on critical energy infrastructure.

Converting Terminal Assets for Renewable Fuels

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and state-level Low Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS) are driving interest and growth of renewable fuel production in the U.S. These regulations open up the opportunity for terminal operators to consider converting existing assets to support renewable fuel production.

Closing the Loop: Incorporating a Design-Build Approach to Address Helium Supply Challenges

Helium has rapidly transformed from a commodity to a precious resource. Helium liquefaction recovery systems implemented by a trusted and proven partner can recover up to 95% of used helium and place it back into bulk liquid helium tanks.

What to Watch: Five Trends Fueling Private Business Aviation Travel

Private corporate travel is a key economic tool for business today. Knowing what drives the sector will help firms increase efficiency and stay competitive.

Burns & McDonnell Foundation Announces National Partnership With Veterans Community Project

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — In response to housing instability for at-risk veterans, the Burns & McDonnell Foundation is forming a national partnership with the Veterans Community Project (VCP) to commit funds and resources for efforts to end homelessness among military veterans. The Burns & McDonnell...

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Burns & McDonnell Complete Industry-Leading Recycling Market Development Plan

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has released its Recycling Market Development Plan (RMDP) — designed as a tool and resource for strategy implementation — which was completed in August by Burns & McDonnell and Circular Matters.

A statewide survey showed...

Bridging the Manufacturing Production Gap With Innovative Solutions

Facility operators can implement innovative solutions by seeking efficiencies. Automating processes and taking a people-focused approach improve production.

Investment Drives Interest in Flow Batteries and Long-Duration Energy Storage

The commercialization of next-generation long-duration energy storage may get a boost in the U.S. with the expected passage of bipartisan infrastructure legislation that includes more than $500 million for energy storage demonstrations. For companies investing in flow batteries and other...

Burns & McDonnell Selected as an Awardee for $650 Million Multiple-Award Contract by Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC)

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell is an awardee of the Supply Chain Management Center's first-of-its-kind Architect & Engineering (A/E) Services Agreement, an arrangement designed for efficiency and cost savings. The seven-year agreement will allow the firm to deliver projects for...

Cuomo Joins Burns & McDonnell to Lead Environmental Services in Mid-Atlantic

RALEIGH, North Carolina — With more than 25 years of environmental consulting experience, Chris Cuomo, PE, joins Burns & McDonnell as the new environmental services regional manager in Raleigh, North Carolina. Cuomo will lead the Environmental Services Group in the Mid-Atlantic region, while...

Choosing Private Over Public Networks for Critical Communications for Utilities

When disaster strikes, communities need power restored quickly. To make that possible, communications are paramount. With limits and conflicting priorities on public communication networks, investment in pursuing and upgrading private networks is becoming more attractive.

Massive Grid Improvement Program Positions Indiana for the Future

When our client received regulatory approval to proceed with a massive transmission and distribution grid upgrade, it was a classic “good news/bad news” situation. Funding for the $1.4 billion program had been approved, but internal resources to perform the work were insufficient.

Duquesne Light Company and Burns & McDonnell Mobilize Construction of Sweeping Distribution Reliability Enhancement Program

PITTSBURGH — Duquesne Light Company (DLC) and Burns & McDonnell recently began construction of a comprehensive underground distribution reliability enhancement program in the heart of Pittsburgh. Burns & McDonnell is providing full engineer-procure-construct (EPC) services throughout the life of...

Integrating Safety Throughout Pipeline Facilities

Pipeline facility safety starts with the early design phase. Mitigating hazards is key to maintaining a safe environment for staff and nearby communities.

Rightsizing Your Risk: Understanding Stakeholder Exposure

Most businesses have embraced or are in the process of adopting risk management. Risk is the impact of uncertainty on objectives. The simplest way to reduce business risks is to reduce uncertainty. Doing so is aided by access to better information. Both internal and external risks must be...

Burns & McDonnell Delivers on Capital Power’s Genesee Repowering Project

CALGARY, Alberta — In an important step toward providing reliable baseload power while reducing carbon emissions, Capital Power is working with Burns & McDonnell to repower Units 1 and 2 at the Genesee Generating Station.

Burns & McDonnell had previously provided project development services,...

New Bulk Fuel Storage Facility Prepares St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) for Future Travel Demands

ST. LOUIS, Missouri — St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) leaders joined airline partners, local officials and Burns & McDonnell project team members for a ribbon-cutting and celebration at the airport’s new 3 million-gallon bulk jet fuel storage facility. The $50 million facility,...

Utility Dive: Burns & McDonnell Delivers on Capital Power’s Genesee Repowering Project

Using Intellectual Stimulation to Improve Work Culture

Design and construction firms are refocusing on the importance of culture and its role in acquiring talent and improving the workplace. Understanding the benefits of intellectual stimulation can improve customer service, advance company structure, elevate employee well-being and expand community...

Energy Infrastructure in Mining: The Key Factor for Success

A mining operation’s energy infrastructure is the key factor for success in operational safety, reliability, expansion flexibility and energy efficiency, reducing operating expenses as well as carbon emissions. Mining stakeholders are looking for ways to incorporate alternative energy sources...

Burns & McDonnell Bolsters Presence and Service Offerings to the Twin Ports Region With Duluth Expansion

DULUTH, Minnesota — After a century of service and commitment in Minnesota, Burns & McDonnell is expanding its footprint in Duluth — the second office location in the state — to better serve the influx of critical infrastructure project execution and improvements for local communities. The more...

Burns & McDonnell Team to Propel Expansion of Cold Chain Logistics Solutions Nationwide

MINNEAPOLIS — Global engineering, construction and architecture firm Burns & McDonnell is bolstering its support of the food and beverage and cold chain logistics industries. The firm has assembled a veteran team of cold chain logistics solutions professionals with nearly 175 years of combined...

It Takes Courage to Push Past Boundaries for True Organizational Change

Transformational changes are not for the faint of heart. Steel yourself for the emotional roller coaster, required at all levels of the organization chart.

Burns & McDonnell Promotes New Leadership to Boost Multimarket Support in Central Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Burns & McDonnell has promoted Jake Merriman to lead its Central Texas office in Austin as it works to support significant growth in the region's construction, advanced manufacturing and renewable energy markets. Merriman, who previously served as managing director of transmission...

Are Overhead Wires or Underground Cables the Best Solution for Your Transmission Project?

Beginning in the 1880s, the earliest days of the electric power industry, wooden poles were preferred as support structures for power lines. Later, as high-voltage power lines were built over longer distances, metal towers became common. Now, as project priorities shift, underground transmission...

Power Grid Challenges and Opportunities for Transit Electrification

Utilities and transit agencies face many challenges in transforming the grid, but working together can help overcome concerns and identify opportunities.

Burns & McDonnell and Librestream Partner to Implement Collaboration Platform Supporting Critical Infrastructure Workforces

KANSAS CITY, Missouri, and WINNIPEG, Manitoba — To support clients in the critical infrastructure industries, Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, construction and architecture firm, and Librestream, the #1-rated provider of augmented reality (AR) and remote collaboration...

Lessons the U.S. Offshore Wind Market Can — and Can't — Learn from Europe

It’s estimated the U.S. has over 4,000 GW of offshore wind potential — four times the amount of electricity needed to power the country. Given Europe’s 15-year head start in this sector, U.S. developers might be tempted to take an identical approach. But it’s not that simple.

Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) will play an essential role as Canada transitions toward a net zero carbon economy between now and 2050. The recent announcement of a proposed federal investment tax credit to stimulate major CCUS projects is a significant step forward in solving the...

Utilities Must Quickly Address Cybersecurity Mitigation Measures

Four key steps can aid in utility compliance with federal cybersecurity directives requiring criticality assessments of energy infrastructure assets.

Containing the Costs of Stray Current

DC interference and stray current corrosion could be damaging your metal assets. This common problem for utilities and the oil and gas industry often goes unnoticed by operators and leads to unexpected expenses. The risks caused by DC interference are important to identify and understand for...

Promising Outlook for Lithium-Ion Battery Technology — Once Risks Are Addressed

Lithium-ion batteries have become the technology of choice for utility-scale energy storage configurations. Further growth will depend on how manufacturers and the utility industry address battery safety challenges.

Let’s Get Real About Federal Spending on Cybersecurity

The federal infrastructure bill under consideration acknowledges that cybersecurity is a national priority, but funding allocated so far falls far short.

Restoring a Crucial Connection

In early May 2017, Ozark County in southern Missouri experienced a 200-year storm, damaging or destroying several bridges in the area. The Hammond Bridge on Route CC was completely washed away. Aware of such a significant loss in connecting surrounding communities, the Missouri Department of...

Brett Williams Chosen to Lead Construction Business at Burns & McDonnell

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Brett Williams will take over the Construction/Design-Build (CDB) Group at Burns & McDonnell in 2022. He is a 22-year employee of the firm and has held many construction-related roles over the course of his career.

Williams will replace President Randy Griffin, who is...

To Change Behavior, Reduce or Increase Friction

When starting a difficult or complex task, create efficiencies by simplifying options and reducing friction. “Easy” smooths the path to acceptance of change.

Streamlining LNG Plant Construction With Proactive Stakeholder Engagement

Owner-operators need to bring liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities online to meet growing energy demand. By engaging stakeholders early, LNG companies can build collaborative relationships within diverse communities and decrease the likelihood of third-party interest groups initiating opposition...

Achieving Redundancy of Power Supply for Critical Mining Assets

Redundancies in power systems allow mines to maintain smooth operations. Redundancy solutions strengthen operations and open opportunities for expansion.

New Facilities Improve Munitions Testing and Development

Modern facilities for advanced capabilities are paramount to the mission of the U.S. Air Force. The new Advanced Munitions Technology Complex will support advanced technology for research on the next generation of military munitions across 18 safe and sustainably designed laboratory facilities.

Three Innovations Could Help the UK Become a Global Leader in Offshore Wind

The United Kingdom’s ambitious plan to install a total of 40 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity by 2030 poses a significant challenge. It also creates an even more significant opportunity to demonstrate to Europe and the rest of the world how an innovative market leader gets the job done.

Is Your Oil Refinery a Candidate for Renewable Diesel or Sustainable Aviation Fuel?

Refineries have many options available for full or partial conversion to renewable diesel or sustainable aviation fuel production. With momentum continuing in the renewable fuels space, the petroleum industry is actively looking to repurpose existing refineries by converting diesel hydrotreaters,...

On the Road to Fleet Electrification With Foothill Transit

Transportation electrification provides potential for electric growth within a utility’s service territory while supporting transportation decarbonization within the region. Enabling beneficial transportation electrification requires collaboration among a multitude of stakeholders who are at...

Automation and Warehouse Logistics Industry Leader David Campbell Joins Burns & McDonnell

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — With two decades of engineering, project management and automation experience, David Campbell joins Burns & McDonnell to lead design and construction solutions for distribution and warehouse facilities throughout the U.S. Campbell will manage projects for a wide range of...

Burns & McDonnell Contracted to Build 250 MW of Solar Projects in Wisconsin

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell is providing the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for three Alliant Energy solar projects in Wisconsin. The projects include Bear Creek (50-MW/ac / 64-MW/dc), North Rock (50-MW/ac / 64-MW/dc), and Wood County (150-MW/ac / 198-MW/dc)...

Designing a Cost-Efficient System to Reduce Power Plant Carbon Impacts

To keep its fossil-fueled generation plant productive in the near term, Minnkota Power Cooperative needed a way to reduce environmental impacts. It sought preliminary design work and a turnkey cost estimate to assess the feasibility of adding a carbon capture and sequestration system.

Burns & McDonnell Adds Two Key Hires in Omaha, Expands Square Footage

OMAHA, Nebraska — Michelle Winkelmann and Patrick Finigan join Burns & McDonnell, an employee-owned leading engineering and construction firm, in the Omaha office to expand services offered across the region.

Winkelmann, joining the firm as a transportation section manager, brings 25 years of...

Modular Substations Provide the Flexibility Needed for a Net Zero UK

The flexibility and efficiency of modular substations could offer benefits to network operators and developers in pursuit of the U.K.’s net zero objectives.

Calumet Partners With Burns & McDonnell for Renewable Diesel Project

GREAT FALLS, Montana — Leading the energy transition in the Pacific Northwest, Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. is converting a significant portion of its Great Falls facility to process renewable feedstocks and will produce 12,000 barrels per day of renewable fuels upon completion. Burns...

Diversifying Water Sources With Potable Water Reuse

Communities turn to potable water reuse to meet population demands and tap a renewable water source as they face drought and rising average temperatures.

Permitting Considerations for Installing Fiber-Optic Cable Below Ground

Before installing fiber-optic cables underground, a utility first needs the support — and often the permission — of many people. By engaging environmental and permitting specialists early and continuing engagement before, during and after construction, utilities can save time and costs associated...

Five Trends Influencing the Planning and Design of Stadia of the Future

Future stadia will be marked by trends surrounding the fan experience and cutting-edge technology. The experience will be as important as the event itself.

Consider PFAS Impact During Site Due Diligence

PFAS evaluations must be part of the due diligence process because uncovering emerging contaminant risks during site development is key to project success.

The Comprehensive Benefits of Diverse Partnerships

A strong diverse supplier network requires a corporate commitment to diversity and a commitment to fostering mutually beneficial relationships.

Land Research and Title Work Are Crucial for Utility Projects

Utility project success can depend on research and title search practices, which promote efficiency, maintain schedules and support implementation steps.

Athletes to Support Children’s Mercy Kansas City at 12th Annual Rock the Parkway

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Athletes returned to race along historic Ward Parkway in the 12th annual Burns & McDonnell Rock the Parkway Half Marathon and 5K. Burns & McDonnell and KC Running Company designated Children’s Mercy Kansas City as the race’s beneficiary for the fourth consecutive year.

“This...

Burns & McDonnell Expands Federal Services With New Office in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

OAK RIDGE, Tennessee — To support new and ongoing projects in the region, Burns & McDonnell is opening a new, permanent office in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, slated for completion this fall. The 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting firm plans to add 20...

Three Ways Clients Benefit from Employee-Owned Companies

The resilience of employee-owned companies has earned headlines recently. Here are three ways their clients see a big upside.

Five Key Questions to Kick-Start Sustainability Strategies

Sustainability is an increasingly key feature of business, projects and supply chains. Here are five questions substation engineers should be asking.

Opportunities for Canada in a Hydrogen Economy

Hydrogen is an important part of Canada’s commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. It has the potential to decarbonize many sectors of our Canadian economy, including power generation, resource extraction, transportation, manufacturing, and the production of steel and cement. In...

1898 & Co. and Idaho National Laboratory Counter Cyber-Sabotage for Critical Infrastructure Industries Globally

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — A partnership announced today between 1898 & Co., a preeminent industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity solutions provider, and Idaho National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, will allow 1898 & Co. to apply the patent-pending...

The Next-Generation Airport

Whether redesigning an existing space or creating an entirely new airport, key stakeholders must collaborate to develop innovative solutions that prioritize the travel experience and focus on long-term efficiencies.

Delivering Solutions + Results

Program managers and engineering consultants are playing increasingly vital roles as extensions of airlines and airports facing turbulent industry conditions.

Prioritizing Efficiencies With Prefabrication

As airlines continue to rebound from a decline in revenue, finding ways to save time and money for new projects — like fuel truck loading and unloading — has been critical, and prefabrication can help.

Tapping Into Real Estate Potential

From air cargo utilization to nonaeronautical projects, airport operators are turning to real estate to help increase revenue.

Airports That Run Themselves

As airports grow more complex, monitoring-based commissioning is becoming an indispensable part of the construction program.

Rehabilitate, Reconstruct or Replace

Performing a condition assessment prior to beginning airport infrastructure renovations could help save time and money.

Burns & McDonnell Announces Principal Class of 2021

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell has promoted 22 employee-owners across the U.S. to the Principal Group after a record year of sales in 2020 for the 100% employee-owned engineering, construction and architecture firm. These individuals were instrumental in the continued success of the firm...

Authenticity Is the Key to Business Growth

After operating her own company for 15 years, Angela Hurt shares insight on the importance of authenticity and diversifying to grow a successful business.

Diverse Chambers and Organizations Offer Dynamic Business Resources

Many diverse business owners are unsure of how to network for maximum benefit. Local and national support organizations can help small businesses grow.

Managing Mine Water Challenges and Evolving Site Conditions

Careful planning of water supply and treatment helps mine operators mitigate risk throughout a mine’s life cycle and maintain the mine’s water balance.

Q&A: HBCU Graduates Thrive in STEM Professions

Two employee-owners discuss the benefits of attending a historically Black university. The environment and experience helped them learn, grow and thrive.

3D Laser Scanning Technology Can Give Construction Teams an Edge

3D laser scanning during the design and construction phases of projects can yield benefits like demonstrated cost savings and schedule efficiencies.

New Water Treatment Facility Offers Flexibility and Resilience

With a more than 65-year-old water treatment facility and a growing population, the City of Wichita decided to construct a new facility to treat multiple water sources ranging from 100% groundwater to 100% surface water. The new Northwest Wichita Water Facility allows the city to leverage its...

Refining the Roles of Planning and People in Digital Transformation

Implementing new technologies, restructuring workflows and training people is easier when leadership understand technical and change management processes.

Three Ways Prefabrication Can Help Expedite Gas Turbine Projects

Prefabrication has reemerged in construction because it delivers faster, safer and more affordable projects, especially as part of an integrated team approach.

1898 & Co. Managed Threat Detection and Response, Powered by the Dragos Platform, Expands Into Manufacturing

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — 1898 & Co., a leading industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity consulting and solutions provider, and Dragos Inc., a global leader in cybersecurity for ICS and operational technology (OT) environments, announced the expansion of 1898 & Co. Managed Threat Detection and...

Q&A: Meaghan McCaffrey Examines Renewable Fuels Trends

As companies seek new technologies to help reduce carbon emissions, renewable fuel alternatives gain influence within the chemicals, oil and gas sector.

Burns & McDonnell Hosts Hawaiian Blessing of Honolulu Office Expansion

HONOLULU, Hawaii — A testament to the firm’s rapid growth in Honolulu, Burns & McDonnell hosted a traditional Hawaiian blessing of its new 5,800-square-foot office space in downtown Honolulu.

The Honolulu office team gathered to bless the new location and celebrate the successful expansion. The new...

Cybersecurity Directives Require Quick Action by Electric/Gas Utilities

Pipeline owner/operators and gas and electric utilities have 180 days to comply with a federal cybersecurity directive requiring rigorous asset assessments.

Burns & McDonnell Expands Southern Reach With Opening of Amarillo, Texas, Office

AMARILLO, Texas — To support local clients and expand service offerings across West Texas and New Mexico, Burns & McDonnell has expanded operations with a new office in Amarillo, Texas. The 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting firm commemorated...

A Structured Approach Supports Proactive Asset Management

Managing assets is critical to successful business outcomes, yet many companies take an ad hoc approach to the process. Implementing a formal program supported by international standards can improve decision-making, mitigate risk and reduce total cost of ownership.

Small-Business Partnerships Create Mutually Beneficial Relationships

A federal mentoring program partners large contracting businesses with small, diverse businesses to foster mutually beneficial relationships.

Stacked Tasks Help Utility Meet Expedited Timeline

The wind of change is strong in Texas. Interconnecting wind power with the electrical grid is essential to deliver that renewable power to end users. To serve one new wind farm developer, Electric Transmission Texas needed to build a new transmission line and substation — the Vera Wind...

Six Simple Measures to Prepare for Industrial Cyberattacks

As industrial cyberattacks occur with more frequency, companies across all sectors must be better prepared. Here are six steps to get started.

Pinpoint a Flexible Solution for Shifting Standards

New standards from the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) will make regulations for hazardous and nonhazardous drug compounding more stringent. Until the standards are final, pharmacies may think building for the worst case scenario is the only option to begin upgrades now. But a...

Distribution Implications of DER Aggregation Under FERC 2222

FERC Order 2222 opens the door for distributed energy resource (DER) aggregations to access wholesale markets. This will have implications for the grid.

Use Traffic Modeling to Manage Truck Queues at Manufacturing Plants

Traffic modeling can help manufacturing companies get a clear picture of the traffic the facility can withstand and find ways to improve the process.

World of Chemicals: Making the most of safety integrity levels

The Future of Carbon Capture and Storage Is Looking Up

Carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies make it possible to prevent up to 90% of a power plant’s carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere. Utilities with carbon dioxide off-take potential can leverage these technologies to create a new revenue stream that enhances the...

Treatment Facility Improves With Intermediate Pump Station

Old infrastructure, outdated systems and regulatory obligations posed several challenges for a wastewater treatment facility. A detailed study identified rapid and cost-effective solutions to meet regulatory requirements.

Chad Hotovec Named as CEO and Director of Burns & McDonnell India

MUMBAI, India — Burns & McDonnell India, ranked No. 63 on the list of India’s Best Companies to Work for 2021, has welcomed Chad Hotovec as its next CEO and director. Hotovec joined parent company Burns & McDonnell in 2006 as a project controls specialist, and most recently served as a vice...

Powering Up HS2

With the U.K. government launching the largest public transit improvement project in a generation, a critical substation was needed for a tunnel boring project near Long Itchington.

Electric Bus/Fleet Transition Planning — Lessons Learned

Electrifying vehicle fleets typically ranks as an achievable goal as municipalities, fleet operators and electric utilities implement sustainability and emissions reduction plans. This can even be considered “low hanging fruit” when considering recent policy and funding drivers that incentivize a...

The Maritime Executive: Robust Cybersecurity Solutions for Maritime Transportation

Planting a Seed for a More Diverse STEM Future

As careers in STEM grow, the workforce can lack inclusivity and diversity. One route to a more diverse future is to improve outreach in K-12 classrooms.

How Hydrogen Storage Could Support Renewable Energy Resiliency

Green hydrogen could provide a long-duration energy storage option to help electric utilities maintain power in times of extreme weather events.

Connection of Industrial Plants to the Electric Grid: The New Critical Path

Many industrial projects in Mexico have been delayed because of not having carried out the process of connecting to the electrical network correctly. This is due to the regulatory and technical complexity of the country’s new energy and environmental laws, which require several processes to be...

Trucking Industry Stakeholders Can Help Shape Robust Projects and Policies

Engaging trucking industry stakeholders throughout a project’s life cycle can aid in building an inclusive and transparent environment to deliver success.

Improving Interstate Access for a Large Freight Enterprise

An enormous amount of freight moves through intermodal centers and industrial logistics facilities in north-central Illinois by way of inland ports connected to Lake Michigan. To reduce the number of trucks on local road networks, CenterPoint Properties proposed the construction of a new long-span...

User-Based Fee Systems for Roadway Funding

User-based fee systems can help the transportation industry maintain safe and efficient infrastructure that meets the evolving needs of drivers.

Pipeline & Gas Journal: Burns & McDonnell's Glaeser Looks to Pipeline Integrity Future

Understanding the Complexities of Building Vertically

Design and construction of high-rise buildings is a creative, complex process that remains in high demand as people migrate toward urban environments.

On-Call Environmental Services Keep Progress Flying

To support Southern California’s regional aviation demands, Los Angeles World Airports needed environmental and technical consulting services on demand to deliver high-quality support, no matter the environmental challenge.

Burns & McDonnell Expands Mining Team With Two Strategic Hires

PHOENIX, Arizona — Burns & McDonnell hires Ulises Arvayo and Dan Richards to support mining growth in the United States and Latin America. With mining projects on the rise, Arvayo and Richards will be key to Burns & McDonnell’s continued success and expansion in the industry.

Dan Richards joins...

Dedicated On-Call Team Accelerates Project Timeline

To confidently complete a massive infrastructure update, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Delta Air Lines needed an on‑call partner to handle environmental impact and permitting concerns during construction. Our team’s solutions keep the program moving forward.

American City & County: The Kansas Transportation System moves to modernize its transportation infrastructure

Design-Build Approach Maintains Focus on Key Objectives

Arkansas is wrapping up an ambitious 10-year transportation improvement program with its first major design-build project. The 30 Crossing project is focused on managing congestion, improving access to the vibrant downtowns of Little Rock and North Little Rock, and reducing the division of both...

Embarking on a Utility-Scale Solar Project to Meet Emission Reduction Goals

To continue to provide reliable service, CenterPoint Energy needed a new 50-megawatt alternating current (MWac)/64.7-megawatt direct current (MWdc) universal solar array. Burns & McDonnell was brought on to self-perform the construction and stayed on-site despite challenges related to the ongoing...

Burns & McDonnell Wins Contract for Architecture Engineering Design Services for the Second Target Station Project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

OAK RIDGE, Tennessee — To address emerging science challenges and advance neutron science research capabilities, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is upgrading the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) with a second target station (STS). The Architecture Engineering (AE) Design contract for facilities...

1898 & Co. Partners With CyberSaint to Bring Cybersecurity Automation to Critical Infrastructure Assets

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — 1898 & Co., part of Burns & McDonnell, has formed a partnership with CyberSaint, developer of the leading platform delivering cyber risk automation, to offer the CyberStrong software platform to operators of critical infrastructure facilities around the country.

“Our...

Power Station Expands Natural Gas Generation Capabilities

SaskPower’s new natural gas power station is needed to support Saskatchewan’s generation demands and integrate additional renewable generation into the utility’s system. Based on a successful track record at the Queen Elizabeth and Chinook power stations and through a competitive process, our firm...

First 100 Days

U.S. senators have introduced a plan that would revamp tax credits for new power plants, stand-alone storage, high-voltage transmission lines, distributed generation and carbon capture transactions. How would these tax credits impact energy storage projects? What would the opt-out option mean for...

Entergy Louisiana and Burns & McDonnell Mobilize Construction of 16.3-Mile, 230-kV Waterford to Vacherie Transmission Line in Southeast Louisiana

KILLONA, Louisiana — After overcoming a few years of unavoidable, unrelated challenges, Entergy Louisiana and Burns & McDonnell have begun helicopter operations to construct the utility’s 16.3-mile, 230-kV Waterford to Vacherie transmission line.

By significantly upgrading local power delivery...

Wind Energy Network: Offshore Wind Supply Chain - A Collaborative Approach

Burns & McDonnell Growth Recognized in ENR 2021 Sourcebook Rankings

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Continued support of critical infrastructure projects and diversified services helped Burns & McDonnell achieve a strong standing in the 2021 Engineering News-Record (ENR) annual rankings of consulting engineering services.

The ever-evolving transition of the power...

Design Alternatives for Special Industrial Occupancies

One size does not fit all when achieving and maintaining optimal asset protection and life safety for special industrial occupancies. Performance-based fire design helps complete the protection of people and property, especially for special industrial occupancies.

What to Watch: Safety Trends for High-Traffic Facilities

Design firms are increasingly being tapped to design MEP systems that improve air quality and reduce pathogen exposure in large, high-traffic facilities.

Designing Maintenance Into Your Next Building

Addressing building operation and maintenance (O&M) concerns in the early design phase can yield reduced maintenance costs and improved user well-being.

Progressive Design-Build Approach Accelerates Work on a Water Treatment System

A new water treatment plant uses innovative technologies such as ozone and biological filtration to solve taste and odor challenges. Upon project completion, the new facility is helping the community of Thornton, Colorado, exceed water quality standards.

All-New Thornton Water Treatment Plant Positions Growing Colorado City for the Future

The City of Thornton was looking for a solution to consistently manage water quality challenges. Through an innovative new water treatment plant, the city used ozone and biofiltration to maintain water quality standards for its community.

Current: Meeting decarbonisation goals with reliability and resilience

Turning Data Into an Asset With Geospatial Technology Tools

Geospatial technologies can help utilities manage thousands of assets for reliable energy delivery — bringing information from disparate systems together.

Evaluating the Safety of Exposure To Low Levels of EMF

Electrical equipment and power lines can produce electric and magnetic fields (EMF). While studies about correlations between EMFs and health continue, the estimated EMF from a proposed substation at U.S. Army Garrison Detroit Arsenal is a small fraction of published limits and recommendations.

A Holistic Approach Helps Manage Interconnection Requests Efficiently

Managing the inflow of renewable generation interconnection applications was challenging a major utility. Proper planning, research, management of the engineering and construction of required interconnection facilities and associated network upgrades streamlined the process.

Identifying the Right Solutions for Energy Storage Foundations

Selecting a foundation for an energy storage project must incorporate geologic and other factors. An integrated EPC team helps achieve a seamless experience.

Considerations for Replacing or Upgrading Underground Transmission Assets

Utilities face a number of new demands on power infrastructure, while also facing the need for replacement or upgrades of aging transmission assets. The task becomes even more challenging when assets are in dense urban areas and utilize various underground transmission technologies. How should...

Electrical Master Planning for Industrial Facilities

Facility electrical infrastructure assessment, also known as electrical master planning, is a critical industry practice to help reduce the possibility of electrical failures that could cause significant losses. Knowing how and when to conduct these assessments is not only a safety best practice,...

Ameren Missouri and Burns & McDonnell Break Ground on 6.5-Megawatt, 12,200-Panel Community Solar Project in East-Central Missouri

NEW FLORENCE, Missouri — To continue powering Ameren Missouri’s transformational renewable generation plans, the utility and Burns & McDonnell have broken ground on a 6.5-megawatt (MW) solar array in Montgomery County — Ameren Missouri’s largest solar installation to date. The facility, which will...

Advanced Treatment Systems Tackle Taste and Odor Issues in Water

Municipal utilities look to capital investments in advanced water treatment systems to address taste and odor (T&O) compounds in drinking water supplies.

A Robust Program Significantly Reduces Compliance Errors

Understanding and implementing North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards can be challenging for utilities. Compliance monitoring can help by investigating, reviewing and auditing to measure readiness and risks.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers: 5 ways diversity enhances engineering projects

Burns & McDonnell Secures U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Approval for National Eagle Protection and Offset Program

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — With support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Burns & McDonnell is helping project owners across the country mitigate impacts to eagles through the newly created Eagle Protection and Offset Program (EPOP).

To assist project owners in complying with the Bald...

Influencing Solar Regulations With Early Involvement

Early engagement in ordinance discussions requires thoughtful planning and can lead to more cost-effective, manageable solar power projects.

Burns & McDonnell and bpx energy Cut Oilfield Emissions Through Electrification in Permian-Delaware Basin

MIDLAND, Texas — As reported in bp’s 2020 corporate sustainability report, oilfield electrification at bpx energy — bp’s U.S. onshore oil and gas operations — led to a significant reduction in carbon emissions at bp’s Permian assets. Burns & McDonnell’s innovative solutions were instrumental in...

The 5G They Are Selling May Not Be the 5G You Need

Frequency bands have historically been used interchangeably with technology standards and naming conventions. Utilities may not need the latest and greatest.

Creative Solution Overcomes Challenges to Power a Community

Facing a quick timeline to accommodate the harsh winter months and accompanying bitter cold temperatures, as well as adjust to the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our firm implemented a forward-thinking approach to provide a feasible solution.

Burns & McDonnell, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Break Ground on a Restoration Project

SAN DIEGO — Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm, joined Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to break ground on the Moosa Creek Restoration project. This project will convert and restore an out-of-use...

CPS Energy Selects Burns & McDonnell as Contractor for Multi-Year Turnkey Grid Modernization Program

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — CPS Energy has selected 100% employee-owned engineering, construction and architecture firm Burns & McDonnell as program manager for a state-of-the-art grid modernization program to improve service quality for the utility’s nearly 850,000 electricity customers.

The cutting-edge...

10 Private LTE Considerations for the Utility C-Suite

Utilities must take charge of communications systems. A clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities starts with buy-in at the executive level.

Digital Transformation Project for Northeast Utility Yields Significant Operational Efficiencies

A computerized maintenance management solution implementation for a large Northeastern utility has enabled operational staff to view digital twins of physical components and equipment running a network of pump stations. The result has been significant efficiencies as well as much-improved ability...

Burns & McDonnell India Ranks No. 63 on the Great Place to Work List of ‘India’s Best Companies to Work For 2021’

VIKHROLI, Mumbai — Burns & McDonnell India has again been recognised as a great place to work by Great Place to Work Institute, marking the fifth consecutive year the company has earned this recognition, and the first year in the large company category. More than 850 organizations applied to the...

Birmingham Business: Q&A With Zoe Dempsey

Achieving Efficient and Effective Protection With Managed Security for OT Systems

Ransomware, insider threats and advanced persistent threats all pose significant risks to the connected industrial enterprise. OT assets that historically have been unmanaged are becoming more accessible targets. To maintain protection and robust detection of threats, OT organizations need to adopt...

Five Ways Diversity Enhances Engineering Projects

International Women in Engineering Day in 2021 marks the time to address what is needed to increase numbers of women entering the U.K. engineering sector.

Engineering News-Record: Progressive Design-Build Enhances Project Completion and Operational Flexibility of Water Treatment Plant in Colorado

Cybersecurity Directive for Oil and Gas Pipelines Targets Vulnerabilities

A recent federal security directive is the first of many steps toward greater protection of oil and gas pipelines and related infrastructure.

Lead and Copper Rule Updates Seek to Improve Drinking Water Quality

Changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule require water service providers to develop an effective compliance strategy.

Lake Filled With Coal Ash Takes on New Life

The City of Columbia, Missouri, is transforming a coal ash impoundment into a freshwater lake and centerpiece of a public park. Through closure and restoration efforts, the city has proactively managed coal combustion residuals, met environmental regulations and demonstrated a strong commitment to...

Permitting Flexibility: Prepare Now for the Next Winter Storm

Preparing for the next major storm involves understanding air permit flexibility. Power producers can make immediate modifications to expand limitations.

Rethinking Passenger Terminal Space Configurations

Even as the aviation industry grows and evolves, enhancing the passenger experience remains at the forefront. Airlines are discovering inventive ways to use existing space to meet today’s advancing needs.

Q&A: Roger Wright Shares Insights on the Right-of-Way Easement Process

A utility’s capacity to manage relationships with stakeholders, including landowners, can be key. Roger Wright shares insight into the process.

Q&A: Leon Harden Shares Insight on Creating a Community of Inclusion

As the firm’s first diversity, equity and inclusion strategy manager, Leon Harden seeks to enhance diversity and inclusion at Burns & McDonnell and beyond.

Let’s Find Better Strategies to Counter the Upsurge in Ransomware

Recent ransomware incidents highlight the importance of protecting against OT system vulnerabilities with a risk assessment and robust preparedness plans.

Gaining Efficiencies Via Digital Collaboration for Hydro Commissioning

Digital collaboration tools for efficient, effective commissioning enhance document management for modernization projects at aging hydroelectric plants.

The Ticking Clock for AWIA Compliance on Risk Assessment and Emergency Response Plans

America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) sets into motion a timeline for risk and resiliency compliance requirements for community water systems. A cohesive, comprehensive approach that incorporates best practices for infrastructure resiliency, physical security and cybersecurity can keep you...

Dividing Wall Column Theory, Application and Execution

A patented dividing wall column (DWC) design is helping the oil and gas industry meet ESG goals. By reconceptualizing a traditional distillation system with a DWC, capital and operational costs are significantly reduced, a more environmentally friendly process is implemented and less footprint is...

Thinking Outside the Box With Supplier Diversity

A holistic and inclusive approach to supplier diversity expands opportunities for minority-owned businesses while increasing resiliency and flexibility.

CCR Regulations Can Be as Clear as Mud: Planning Ahead Is Key

Regulations are being developed around the Federal CCR Permitting program that could affect CCR impoundment closures. It’s important to start planning now.

RMEL: Scott Clausen Receives RMEL’s 2021 Emerging Leader Award

San Diego Gas & Electric Seeks to Double Spend With Black Suppliers by 2025

A utility in Southern California is investing in Black suppliers, boosting economic activity and meeting customer needs while embracing regional diversity.

Managing Public Perception of Toll Projects

Education is key when it comes to managing public perception of toll projects. Explaining a toll roadway’s benefits can lead to better project success.

Evaluating Firm Fuel Options to Weather Challenging Conditions

Power disruptions in Texas due to an extreme winter storm exposed the urgency of preparing generation facilities to operate on firm backup fuels when necessary. Operators have several options to consider as they explore the feasibility of inclusion in new facilities or updating existing plants.

Utility Consulting Industry Leaders Debashis Bose and Brian Despard Join 1898 & Co. in Houston

HOUSTON — As challenges surrounding thermal energy retirements meet related needs of integrating large-scale renewable generation, utilities are tasked with creating and sustaining resource plans that are economically feasible, help provide the utmost service to customers and meet policy goals....

EPC Delivers Schedule Certainty for Municipal Utility in Florida

Florida municipal utility Beaches Energy Services reaped the benefits of engineer-procure-construct (EPC) project delivery for a substation upgrade.

Meeting Decarbonisation Goals in the UK With Reliability and Resilience

The UK power industry must maintain grid reliability and resiliency as it sets decarbonisation goals. Efficient gas facilities may continue to be needed.

Proactive Preparation for Lead and Copper Rule Compliance

Changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lead and Copper Rule require water service providers to develop an effective compliance strategy to protect the public, especially children and vulnerable populations. The time is now for proactive measures that address public health protection...

Mission-Critical Leader David Bals Joins Burns & McDonnell, Propelling Firm’s Design-Build Offerings for Data Centers

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As the data center market continues its rapid growth worldwide, David Bals will expand Burns & McDonnell’s comprehensive services for mission-critical projects. With more than 25 years of multinational experience, Bals will bolster the firm’s data center service offerings, including

Burns & McDonnell Selected as EPC Contractor for 175-MW Natural Gas-Fired Plant

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — NorthWestern Energy is adding dispatchable capacity to its portfolio through a 175-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired RICE plant, the Laurel Generation Station, near Laurel, Montana. Burns & McDonnell was selected as the EPC contractor based on its solid EPC reputation within...

How EPC Integrators Balance Objectives and Streamline Performance

An experienced and knowledgeable engineer-procure-construct (EPC) integrator balances competing objectives to successfully deliver infrastructure projects.

Realizing Maximum Potential for Professional Success

The president of a black-owned engineering firm reflects on the life of a civil rights leader who was instrumental in effecting change in numerous ways.

PHMSA Mega Rule Creates Challenges and Opportunities for Utility Operators

With deadlines for compliance with the new Mega Rule imminent, the natural gas industry has an opportunity to move into a new era of pipeline safety.

Expanding Power Capabilities for Southwestern Canada

Kineticor Resource Corp. needed a coordinated owner’s engineer team to support its development and execution of a cleaner, more efficient power generation solution. Working through winter weather constraints, the project team focused on long-term operability and market competitiveness to deliver on...

Scott Glaeser Joins Burns & McDonnell as Leader of New Pipeline Integrity Group

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Scott Glaeser has joined Burns & McDonnell, where he will start up and lead a pipeline integrity practice within the Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Group. Over a career spanning nearly 35 years, Glaeser has served in a number of officer roles at a large Midwestern...

Electra: Transforming 3D substation design with engineering design automation

Strong Partnerships With Diverse Suppliers Garner Well-Rounded Results

A strong network of diverse suppliers requires a corporate commitment to diversity and to fostering mutually beneficial relationships.

Pandemic Paradox: Roadway Fatalities Rise as Traffic Volumes Drop

Even as traffic and miles driven dropped during the pandemic, many U.S. states experienced a spike in road fatalities.

Overcoming the Challenges of Operational Cybersecurity With Verve

With threat profiles continuing to evolve, operational cybersecurity is becoming a top priority for every critical infrastructure industry. Challenges can be overcome by partnering with consultancies specializing in cybersecurity risk assessments and management.

Public Utilities Fortnightly: Under Forty: Amanda Olson

Central Utility Plant Upgrade Project Improves Airport Efficiency

The replacement of aging chillers and water-based pumps and the upgrade of a cooling tower at O’Hare International Airport provided the chance to add system redundancy while contributing to Chicago’s sustainability program.

Industrial Site Selection in Mexico: What Industrial Energy Users Need to Know

Industrial site selection is one of the most critical and complex decisions every industrial investor must make. In addition to supply chain considerations, the energy and water supply is critical because of multiple factors that could affect their reliability and quality, which in turn would...

Proactive LNG Equipment Assessments Can Help Maintain Energy Supply

A mechanical integrity program can assess longevity of critical liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant equipment and reduce risk of downtime during peak demand.

What You Should Know When Planning Gas-Insulated Substations

Please join us for a live webinar discussing the features and benefits of gas-insulated substations (GIS), versus air-insulated substations (AIS). Though a GIS has higher upfront costs, it can be built on a smaller footprint, with lower operating and maintenance costs, and delivers enhanced safety...

Burns & McDonnell Joins Second Major National Grid Framework to Support Net Zero Projects

BIRMINGHAM, England — National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) has selected engineering-led EPC construction firm Burns & McDonnell to be part of its new RIIO T2 Electricity Transmission Mechanical and Electrical Installation Framework.

The framework will last a minimum of five years and will...

Authentic Approaches to Building an Inclusive Workforce

An inclusive workforce can be built when relationships are established with historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions.

Understanding the Effects of Incentives in the Renewable Fuels Market

Although the U.S. does not currently have a carbon tax on transportation fuels, national and regional standards effectively put a price on carbon.

Ready or Not, Here Comes an Open Ecosystem for Wireless Broadband

Open radio access network (RAN), or O-RAN technology, is emerging as an attractive cellular solution. Though exact benefits are still disputed by some, there is evidence that these new concepts are starting to be embraced more broadly by both government and industry.

Burns & McDonnell an Awardee for $2 Billion Design and Construction Services Contract With U.S. Military

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — To advance worldwide design and construction missions across multiple branches of the U.S. armed forces, Burns & McDonnell was selected as an awardee of the U.S. Air Force’s AE Next contract.

The multiple-awardee contract, worth up to $2 billion, spans five years with an...

Burns & McDonnell Names Two New Members for Board of Directors to Help Guide Growth and Evolution of the Firm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ray Kowalik, chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, announces the addition of two members to the board of directors, including Renita Mollman, the first female board member, and Steve Gross, the first board member from outside the firm.

Mollman and Gross will join Kowalik and the...

Midway International Airport Keeps Its Cool

A major renovation to Midway’s central heating and refrigeration plant offers increased energy efficiency while maintaining its robustness and reliability. These improvements leverage the current electrical rate structure and available chiller technologies.

Burns & McDonnell Awarded Engineer-Procure-Construct Contract for West Texas Storage Projects

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell was selected by