December 2011

The Best Engineering Projects of 2011

by The Burns & McDonnell Team December 29, 2011

Engineering-News Record recently released its list of the best engineering projects for 2011. Naturally, we were excited to see the list, as it represents excellence in design and construction. The winners — as determined by a panel of our industry’s finest — were selected from a pool of regional winners based on several criteria: safety, […]

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4 Pieces of Timeless Architecture

by The Burns & McDonnell Team December 26, 2011

Great architecture can be characterized in countless ways and a variety of styles. It’s hard to pick a favorite style — so we won’t — but some of our favorite pieces are those classic, timeless buildings that can stand the test of time. The Getty Center in Los Angeles Sometimes a building speaks for itself. […]

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Frito-Lay: A Model for Sustainable Manufacturing

by The Burns & McDonnell Team December 23, 2011

When Frito-Lay’s food processing plant in Casa Grande, Ariz., first opened in 1984, it was a model for energy conservation. In fact, Food Engineering magazine named it Plant of the Year in 1985. Fast forward 26 years, and the Casa Grande plant has once again become a model for sustainability. The plant is one of […]

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Presidential Memorandum Calls For Energy Efficiency Upgrades In Federal Buildings

by The Burns & McDonnell Team December 21, 2011

President Obama recently released a presidential memorandum that implements a $2 billion plan to improve the energy efficiency of federal buildings. It’s a move that will not only help these older structures become more efficient and less costly to operate but is also expected to be a catalyst for new job creation. “Upgrading the energy […]

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Improving Energy Efficiency at Airports

by The Burns & McDonnell Team December 19, 2011

Facility energy costs have always been at the forefront of owners’ and operators’ concerns, but even more so today with reduced revenues and budget cuts. Our nation’s airports and support facilities are no exception. Over the years, design and product engineers have developed many ways to reduce airport energy usage, specifically when it comes to […]

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