As employee-owners, we provide a level of quality and service to exceed our clients' expectations — and suppliers are integral to reaching that goal.

Our procurement team achieves this mission by effectively managing the goods and services we purchase, delivering the lowest total cost of acquisition to projects across the company. We inclusively source equipment, material and services so they’ll be available when and where our customers need them — and at the quantity, quality and price they expect.

We are known for integrity and the close adherence to strong ethical principles. We expect the same from our suppliers.


We have established a partnership with COMPASS for our supplier registration requirements. The system change is effective as of September 2023.


What is COMPASS?

COMPASS is a secure, web-based application built to provide suppliers with the most advanced and efficient way to satisfy multiple general contractors’ registration/prequalification requests through a single, common, industry-standard prequalification form.

Supplier Benefits

  • COMPASS 1Form: An easy-to-use and standardized registration form that prefills answers from previous submissions and highlights important data.
  • Data Control: Suppliers have full control over their submitted data. You may authorize only the general contractors you want to have access to your sensitive data.
  • Q Score & Trade Rank: COMPASS provides an assessment of your company relative to others within your trade.

Learn About COMPASS

  • Monthly webinars are offered to Burns & McDonnell suppliers to assist in the registration process. Scheduled 2024 dates: Jan. 9, Feb. 6, March 5, April 2 and May 7. Find out more and register

More About COMPASS

  • COMPASS uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud-based software and the highest security measures that are used across institutions like NASA, financial companies and government agencies.
  • Annual registration renewals are required. This means you are required to submit 1Form (business, finance, and health and safety data) updates annually.
  • Please note that COMPASS is a paid service. If you have already paid, there is no additional charge. If you are registering for the first time and are prequalifying with only Burns & McDonnell, there are no annual fees. An annual fee is charged when you prequalify with two or more general contractors on the COMPASS platform.



If your company is based outside of North America, please reach out to us via our contact form, using the message field to share your company name and other details, as well as any questions regarding our registration process.


Diverse Partners

A diverse supplier base supports a more equitable world — and these relationships create value for our projects and clients.

Strategic supplier relationships bring long-term value to our internal and external customers.

As the single point of contact along the supply chain, our team never stops moving to identify and develop these partnerships, including:

  • Supplier sourcing and qualification
  • Preparation and issuance of bid documents
  • Tabulation and evaluation of supplier proposals
  • Contract negotiations
  • Development of purchase recommendations
  • Issuance and administration of purchase orders
  • Expediting administration
  • Source inspection planning and coordination
  • Tracking of equipment and material deliveries
  • Freight and transportation support

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I know before I register?

You must register to be considered for partnering opportunities. If the necessary data is assembled before beginning, the process should take about 45 minutes. Compiling the necessary information before beginning will support a smooth and trouble-free registration process. You will need:

  • Parent company information
  • Contact information, phone, fax and email address
  • Taxpayer identification number verified by a current and signed W-9/W-8/VAT
  • SAM Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), if applicable
  • Dun & Bradstreet (D-U-N-S) number, if applicable
  • Firm ownership information
  • Trading names or previous company names
  • Insurance coverage information, including limits, carrier name and expiration date
  • Construction subcontractors — safety performance statistics for the current partial year and previous three years verified by OSHA 300 and 300A logs
  • Industry classifications, including:
    • Construction subcontractors — Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) certifications
  • Current year-to-date and previous three years’ financial information
  • Project performance references, including contact name and phone number
  • Business size certification
  • Business diversity information and certifications, if applicable
What do you look for in suppliers and subcontractors?

We look for:

  • Commitment to safety
  • Capabilities, quality work and competitive pricing
  • A proven record of performance with references
  • Financial stability
  • A proven record of on-schedule delivery
  • An understanding of the project engineering and construction industry

Please note: Registering your firm does not guarantee a bid opportunity or any business.

What documents do I need to submit with registration if I’m outside the U.S.?

Suppliers, subcontractors, fabricators and professional service firms should include the following:

  1. W-8 or VAT registration form
  2. Business/diversity classification certifications
  3. Safety program documentation
  4. Brochures (optional)
  5. Insurance certificates (optional)
  6. Last three years’ audited financials

Construction subcontractors and fabricators should attach the following documents: 

  1. W-8 or VAT registration form
  2. Last three years’ audited financials
  3. Safety and health program documentation
  4. Description of fatality incidents
  5. Explanation for any regulatory citations
  6. Business/diversity classification certifications
  7. Detailed safety statistics for the current (year to date) and previous three years
How can I determine if my company is already registered?

If you want to confirm whether your company has previously registered with Burns & McDonnell in COMPASS, log in or create a new user account at You can find a list of general contractors that your company has registered within the Qualification Management screen. For further assistance, please contact COMPASS.

Who do I contact for assistance?

Please contact COMPASS directly for questions related to the COMPASS system.

For questions related to the Burns & McDonnell registration process, please reach out to our supplier registration team through the Contact Us form (select Supplier and/or Subcontractor Inquiry under Inquiry Type). We can help whether your company has a completed registration or is just beginning the process.

How can I get a list of upcoming needs or projects?

Because of the frequency of updates, we do not post our upcoming needs. Please review our website and follow our social accounts to gain insight on upcoming projects.

Have questions about registering as a supplier?

Please follow the instructions to register as a supplier. (Please note that sending through this contact form doesn’t enter you into our supplier database.)