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Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell (PRNewsfoto/Burns & McDonnell)


Main Office:
9400 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri 64114
P: 816-333-9400

Additional Offices:

56 Offices located in North America, including: Boston MA, Charlotte NC, Chicago IL, Denver CO, Detroit MI, Los Angeles CA, Mexico City, Miami FL, New York NY, Omaha NE, Orlando FL, Phoenix AZ, Portland OR, Salt Lake City UT, San Francisco CA, Seattle WA, Toronto, Washington D.C.
Texas office locations in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Houston.
10 international sites including offices in Canada, Qatar, and India.

Number of employees: 7,600.



Burns & McDonnell was founded in 1898 by two new Stanford University engineering graduates — Clinton S. Burns and Robert E. McDonnell — in Kansas City to provide the most potential clients in a 200-mile radius for cities and towns in need of water and power systems to support growth.

The firm was built on a client-first culture — working to make clients successful — up to a pivotal moment in 1985, when a small band of Burns & McDonnell employees risked their personal finances to secure a loan to buy the firm from Armco Steel, which had purchased the company in 1971.

Today, the employee-owners draw strength from their sense of perseverance, dedication and ownership. The firm is constantly evolving with the world around us, knowing that seemingly ordinary projects lead to extraordinary opportunities to Create Amazing.

Selected Projects:

GE Advanced Technology & Research Centre – Doha, Qatar
REVERB – Kansas City, Missouri
Columbus Crew SC Training Facility
NextGen Precision Health – University of Missouri System
Creative Planning Campus – VanTrust Real Estate and Creative Planning
U.S. Central Command Headquarters – MacDill AFB


Written by Mark Midgley

January 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Posted in Engineers

NORR / Ingenium Group

Parent Company:


Main Offices:

2 International Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M9W 1A2
TEL: 416-675-5950

175 Bloor Street East
North Tower, 15th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4W 3R8

Additional Offices:

4 U.S. Offices:


7 International Offices:
Abu Dhabi
New Delhi


Building Conditions Audits
Document Management
Electrical Engineering
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Master Planning
Mechanical Engineering
Project Management
Relocation Management
Renewable/Alternative Energy Systems
Structural Engineering
3D Design/Engineering


Although the title of ‘NORR Limited’ (Neish Owen Rowland & Roy) has only been used since 1986, the firm’s partnerships and traditions harken back to 1938 when John B. Parkin started his private practice in Toronto.  By 1947, he was joined by Edmund T. Parkin (Brother) and John C. Parkin (no relation).  Roy Marshall joined as a partner, in 1970, when John C. Parkin left to create his separate ‘Parkin Architects Planners’.  NORR now operates as one of the largest design firms in Canada. (Source)

Selected Projects

Burj Khalifa

Al Hitmi Complex

Casino New Brunswick

Al Fattan Marine Towers

The Canada Science and Technology Museum

Written by Mark Midgley

January 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Posted in Architects, Engineers

Wood PLC

Wood Group Logo


Main Office:
15 Justice Mill Ln
Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Additional Offices:
Oklahoma City
40,000 employees across 60 countries


Upstream / Midstream / Downstream Oil & Gas
Renewable Energy
Mining & Minerals
Industrials & Manufacturing
Life Sciences
Government Services
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(From Firm’s Website)
The company was first formed in 1848, when Matthew Hall opened a lead-work business in the UK. This later became the Matthew Hall Group of Companies. Separately, in 1883 Leonard Fairclough started a stone business in the UK, which expanded into construction at the turn of the century.
In 1982 Fairclough Construction merged with William Press (founded in 1913) to form AMEC plc. Six years later the Matthew Hall Group of Companies was incorporated into the AMEC Group. AMEC was acquired by Wood PLC in October of 2017, they then shifted to more of an energy and sustainability driven company and moved away from just buildings. More detail on Wood PLC acquisition of AMEC.
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Selected Projects

Columbian Publishing Company office building

Milton CAT’s regional centre

Beatrice Wind Farm demonstrator project (world’s first deepwater wind farm)

Compressed Air System for Australian Paper

49.9MW Geothermal Plant

Written by Mark Midgley

January 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Posted in Engineers

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.


Main Office:
1111 South Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, California 91105
United States
+ 1.626.578.3500

Additional Offices:
170+ locations; 25+ countries
(120 U.S. Offices, 10 Texas Offices)


Construction and Field Services
Environmental, Health and Safety Services
Planning/Front End
Management Services
Modular Fabrication
Technology Services
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Founded in 1947 as Jacobs Engineering Co. by Joseph J Jacobs, the company started as an engineering consultant as well as a representative for manufacturers of process equipment.  Having largely expnaded its area of specialty in consulting, over 60 years, in engineering, architecture, construction, operations and maintenance, Jacobs has succesfully established itself as a highly admired Fortune 500 company.
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Selected Projects

(photos removed at the request of Jacobs Engineering)

Written by Mark Midgley

January 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Posted in Engineers

Paul Andreu Architecte

Born in 1938 of Cauderan, France, Paul graduated from Ecole Polytechnique by 1961.  His career was primarily launched with the design of the first terminal for the Charles-de-Gaulle Airport in Roissy, France (completed by 1967).  He continued to produce further work for the Airport with successive projects that continued through the decades on into the 2000’s.  His contemporary style and expertise helped him expand his scope to other International Airports and transportaion facilities around the globe.  He also expanded his portfolio by the 1990’s to include Exhibitions, Sporting Facilities, Theaters, Museums, Hotels, and Casinos.  In the last decade-plus, Paul’s work has moved to focus more and more in the regions of Far East Asia.  These new devlopments have primarily occured in the growing districts of China.
Selected Projects:

Charles-de-Gaulle Airport Terminal 1, Roissy, France

Osaka Maritime Museum, Osaka, Japan

Technology and Science Enterprising Center, Chengdu, China

City of Europe, French Channel Tunnel Terminal, France

Oriental Art Center, Shanghai, China

Written by Mark Midgley

August 30, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Posted in Architects