Thinking Ahead for New EPA Coal Ash (CCR) Regulation

by Block Andrews June 10, 2015

A long-anticipated EPA regulation covering coal combustion residuals (CCR) at power plants will begin to affect facilities this fall, potentially leading to the closure of a number of CCR ponds and landfills in the next few years. Will your facility be affected? Understanding the regulation can help you prepare for potential changes. Will you want […]

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Integrating Combined Heat and Power into High-Rise Buildings

by Michael Dempsey June 9, 2015

Will a combined heat and power (CHP) unit work in your building? It’s worth the consideration. Typically, a high-rise building gets its electricity from a large utility power plant, supplemented by boilers to provide heat and chillers for cooling. CHP is a cogeneration system, where two forms of energy — electricity and heat — are […]

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Students Gain Experience with Wastewater Treatment Plant Design Challenge

by Christine Hobson May 26, 2015

The goals were lofty for a wastewater treatment plant at an oil refinery in the Rocky Mountain region. The plant must treat 1 million gallons of industrial wastewater daily. The design must minimize the plant’s footprint and environmental impact, while reaching for efficiencies in capital outlay and operational costs. It’s a combination of challenges engineers […]

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Trail Development Below Transmission Lines

by Will Kirby May 21, 2015

The world’s urban population is growing. According to the World Health Organization, 54 percent of people lived in urban areas in 2014, up from 34 percent in 1960. As people flock to cities, they find fewer open spaces to enjoy. This has health experts worried. Studies show people’s brain waves differ when they spend time […]

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EPC Firms Ranked on Client Satisfaction: Burns & McDonnell Comes Out on Top

by Rick Halil May 15, 2015

For power generation clients looking for a single responsible entity to provide an on-time and on-budget project delivery, the engineer-procure-construct (EPC) method continues to gain ground. Clients are increasingly taking advantage of the benefits of EPC delivery. But just how well are EPC firms across the nation serving their clients? A recent comprehensive survey of […]

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Battle of the Brains Is Back — and We’re Taking It Outside!

by The Burns & McDonnell Team May 14, 2015

If you haven’t been to Science City lately, you may be in for a surprise. Over the past several years, Kansas City’s Science Center has continued its evolution into one of the country’s most engaging centers. At the heart of this transformation are the ideas of area students, brought to life through the Burns & […]

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