Burns & McDonnell

Creating an Engineering and Aesthetic Masterpiece

by Julie Sarson February 20, 2017

Engineers embrace challenges. Solve problems. Make things work. And doing all that and more on a prominent project — one for a landmark near and dear to a community’s heart — just makes such work all the better. For us at Burns & McDonnell, the new Carriage Pavilion Bridge at the historic Union Station in […]

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Transportation Innovation Lab: A Launching Pad for the Future

by Julie Lorenz February 14, 2017

Technology is accelerating at a pace faster than we’ve ever seen — and it’s having a significant impact on all aspects of our society. Futurist Ray Kurzweil — who’s been quite successful foreseeing innovations like smartphones, cloud computing and self-driving cars —  predicted that “We won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century […]

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Finding Efficiency in the Growth of District Energy Systems

by Jeff Easton February 10, 2017

Operating budgets are steadily shrinking, while utility costs are progressively rising. District energy providers are feeling the squeeze — especially when a system is called upon to support continuing load growth and a major campus expansion. The University of Texas at Austin (UT) is tackling that challenge head on, with a strategic approach that not […]

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How Online Anger Pollutes Public Sentiment

by Chris Deffenbaugh February 6, 2017

Bill Gates once said, “In this industry, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s already too late.” And while he was referring specifically to the technology and software sectors, a parallel can also be drawn to the U.S. energy industry: By the time you realize you’re facing a public opinion deficit, it’s likely […]

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Preparing for the EPA’S 2017 Construction General Permit

by Lauren Gates February 1, 2017

As part of the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, the EPA’s 2012 Construction General Permit (CGP) — which authorizes stormwater discharges from construction activities — will expire on Feb. 16, 2017. Taking its place on that same day is the 2017 CGP, which will require compliance with effluent limits and other permit […]

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