Burns & McDonnell Expands Presence in Ohio with New Office in Columbus

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119-Year-Old Firm Sets Aggressive Hiring Plans for Central Ohio Office

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With more than two decades of experience supporting clients across Ohio, Burns & McDonnell is expanding with the establishment of an office in Columbus, Ohio. The 119-year-old global engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting firm is positioning for rapid growth throughout the next five years with plans to hire 200 local employees by the end of 2022. 

“Columbus is leading the country in innovation and the perfect home for our growing team,” says Darrell Butler, Burns & McDonnell Columbus office manager. “While we’ve had a presence in the state for many years, we’re excited to be a part of this vibrant community and add local top talent to our diverse team of employee-owners.” 

Butler says the establishment of the more than 9,000-square-foot office in the heart of Columbus is reflective of Burns & McDonnell’s commitment to be a best place to work in the country. The office space — located near the Arena District — will feature an open floor plan, state-of-the-art conferencing technology and virtual reality/BIM studio. The 100 percent employee-owned firm has been recognized by more than 20 publications as a top workplace and ranks No. 16 on Fortune’s 2017 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. 

Backed by an international team of more than 5,700, the Columbus office will provide a wide range of engineering, construction, consulting and environmental services. Employee-owners will bring experience in design-build project delivery to a wide range of markets, including oil and gas, mission critical facilities, power generation, electrical transmission and distribution, water and wastewater, manufacturing, and environmental permitting and remediation. One specific area of focus and growth will be within the data centers market

“With our society’s demand increasing for everything from smart cities to augmented/virtual reality to mobile capabilities, the need for connectivity has never been greater,” says Sam Allen, Burns & McDonnell mission critical department manager in Columbus. “Every market indicator agrees this is a trending sector creating enormous opportunity to speed up development and increase flexibility in data centers.”

To support clients facing the challenge of keeping pace, Burns & McDonnell is assembling a large team with integrated specialties who can take development of these mission-critical facilities from early planning, environmental and siting studies to full-scale engineering design and construction. 

The firm has successfully managed $200 billion in projects across Ohio since 2015 and ranks among the best in the industry according to Engineering News-Record, sitting at No. 1 in Power and Transmission and Distribution, as well as No. 3 in Cogeneration — combined heat and power facilities services for large load centers. 

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About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies made up of more than 5,700 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is proud to be No. 16 on Fortune’s 2017 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. For more information, visit burnsmcd.com.