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Burns & McDonnell Keeps Workforce Moving Through Pandemic

June 26, 2020
Since breaking ground in 2018 on the $42m project, crews worked more than 134,000 hours without any safety incidents — even through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

State and local leaders recently joined Burns & McDonnell to dedicate the opening of the final building on its world headquarters campus to those who worked on its front lines — the critical infrastructure workers. Since breaking ground in 2018 on the $42 million project, crews worked more than 134,000 hours without any safety incidents — even through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From daily temperature checks to staggering schedules to improve social distancing, Ray Kowalik, chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, said he had two main goals for the project: keep everyone safe and keep everyone working.

“We always knew this project would create new jobs, but we could not comprehend just how vital these types of critical infrastructure projects would be to keep crews working through a pandemic,” he said.

Designed and built by Burns & McDonnell in partnership with VanTrust Real Estate, the project generated work for more than 50 companies in Missouri and Kansas. Nearly 30 minority- and women-owned businesses worked on the campus expansion, surpassing goals set at the beginning of the project.

Using integrated design-build delivery, it took 13 months to build the 142,000-square-foot, four-story office building and 550-stall parking garage. The new office building houses 776 office seats, increasing the size of the Burns & McDonnell world headquarters campus by 22%.

During the final stages of the project, the firm quickly adapted plans and implemented strategies to keep employees, partners and customers safe and healthy within the new building. Robust technology teamed with large workstations, conference rooms and outdoor patio and courtyard will promote compliance with social distancing requirements. Additionally, while the first wave of employee-owners transitioned back to the office this month, the majority will be phased back onto campus by the end of the summer.

World Headquarters Campus Highlights

  • 4,339 total office seats on campus
  • 345 total conference rooms on campus
  • 34-acre campus; 14 landscaped acres
  • More than 3,800 feet of dedicated walking trails
  • 20,000-square-foot childcare center for 144 preschool-aged children with a focus on STEM
  • Full-service pharmacy
  • On-site health center
  • On-site credit union
  • On-site fitness center
  • On-site cafeteria
  • Coffee bar with barista service
  • 2,500-square-foot rooftop event space
  • Two auditoriums with advanced audiovisual equipment

Throughout the pandemic, Burns & McDonnell continues work on nearly 10,000 other critical infrastructure projects in Kansas City, across the country and throughout the world.

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