Friday, October 14, 2011

Wow - here’s an AE firm – Burns & McDonnell – that is, apparently, doing very well, in spite of difficult AEC industry conditions

This firm has offices all over the U.S.; what a wonderful “national account” for a reprographer to have!!!

This story is from August, but I just noticed it today…..

Burns & McDonnell plans 500 new jobs in Kansas City (!!!)

Kansas City Business Journal by Alyson Raletz

Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 10:48am CDT

Burns & McDonnell plans to create 500 jobs in Kansas City and another 500 jobs companywide by end of 2013, the engineering and architecture services firm announced Wednesday at its Kansas City headquarters.

The additions, which count 150 hires made since January, will bring the company’s total employee count to about 4,000 nationally and 2,500 in the Kansas City area. The company, which has 2,150 local employees, plans to hire 50 more Kansas City employees by the end of this year.

To handle the larger work force, Burns & McDonnell is extending and expanding by 12,000 square feet its lease at the 145,000-square-foot office building it has used since 2007 at 9201 State Line Road in Kansas City. In doing so, Burns & McDonnell is occupying space that Swiss Re has been trying sublease since it left that building to consolidate in Overland Park. The building houses 400 employees.

Strong projected demand for large public and private construction, utility and environmental projects is fueling the company’s expansion plans.

Burns & McDonnell said its sales through July this year are 56 percent ahead of the same period last year.

Burns & McDonnell will not seek tax increment financing tied to expanding its work force, CEO Greg Graves emphasized to roughly 1,000 employees and community members who attended a Wednesday news conference.

However, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon — who also attended the announcement — said the state had been working with Burns & McDonnell on a tax incentive package. A company spokesman said Burns & McDonnell would apply for tax credits tied to job creation during the coming year, but the company didn’t yet know how much it could capture. In 2010, Burns & McDonnell received $3 million in tax credits for its building renovation efforts and for creating fewer than 100 jobs. The spokesman said this year's investment is expected to exceed last year's.

“We have always been conservative in our real estate planning, only adding space when the need was immediate, not sometime in the future,” Graves said in a written statement. “We have never had much margin for error in our space planning, so we have been scrambling a little bit in the past few months. We’re very pleased with our agreement to stay at State Line because it keeps us in an attractive office building that our people like and because it gives us some breathing room to plan for the additional space we will need as we get closer to the 4,000 threshold.”

Kansas City Mayor Sly James joked during the event that if Burns & McDonnell needed more space, it could use his house.

“This is the sort of economic development that I’m focused on,” James said, pointing to the high-paying engineering and architecture jobs.

In 2009, Burns & McDonnell announced that it had expanded and extended the lease at its headquarters at 9300/9400 Ward Parkway for 15 years to accommodate 2,000 employees. The company is renovating the 217,000-square-foot 9300 wing of the complex, which previously housed J.P. Morgan Retirement Plan Services. More than 500 employees working out of an office building at 10450 Holmes Road will move into the wing when the interior office work wraps up in October, the company said.

Employees have worked out of the Holmes office since 2006.

Burns & McDonnell previously announced a $25 million renovation at the Ward Parkway campus. The company also is building a 9,000-square-foot, 450-seat auditorium and conference center, fitness center, wellness clinic and revamped food service space. The overall renovation project is slated for completion in mid-2012.

“I believe deeply that the investments you make now in these markets will pay out for years to come,” Nixon said. “At a time when others have put on the brakes, (Burns & McDonnell) is putting on the gas.”

In the State Line office expansion deal, John DeHardt, a principal with Kessinger/Hunter & Co. LC, represented Burns & McDonnell; Bryan Johnson, CEO of Colliers International’s Kansas City operation, represented Swiss Re.


Who We Are, What We Do

Burns & McDonnell, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm. Our multidisciplined staff of more than 3,000 employee-owners includes engineers, architects, construction experts, planners, estimators, economists, technicians and scientists, representing virtually all design disciplines. We plan, design, permit, construct and manage facilities all over the world, with one mission in mind: 
Make our clients successful.

Celebrating Employee Ownership

In 2011, Burns & McDonnell celebrates 25 years of being 100 percent employee owned. These years are a small portion of our 113-year heritage, but they play a formative role in how we continue to serve our clients today. In the highly competitive world of engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions, our ownership mentality sets us apart from the competition. We all share a commitment to client service that means we never stop until the job is done right. After all, what else would you expect from an owner?


  1. Joel,thanks for the republish on the story. We are always excited when our stories are shared. I did want to let your readership know that the company has a National account with the ARC network of reprographics and printers. We rely on these types of companies everyday to do business. We appreciate your industry and the "shout out," here.

    Kevin C. Fox CBC
    Corporate Marketing Manager
    Burns & McDonnell

  2. Kevin, thanks for visiting Reprographics 101. I'm positive that all reprographers appreciate the comment you made about "appreciating" the reprographics industry! Best wishes for continued success with your business!