Burns & McDonnell plans $42 million expansion amid hiring surge

Engineering firm Burns & McDonnell announced Wednesday that it’s embarking on a $42 million expansion of its Kansas City headquarters to make room for what it says is a record number of new hires.

Burns & McDonnell has hired 1,000 new employees in 2018 and plans to bring on about 200 more by year’s end, according Ray Kowalik, the company’s chairman and CEO. The firm expects to continue hiring 1,000 employees per year “for the foreseeable future,” according to a press release.

That growth has been driven by favorable trends in several sectors Burns & McDonnell serves, including strong demand for projects in the power industry, a boom in air travel and the need to modernize federal facilities, according to Kowalik.

To accommodate that growth, the company plans to construct a 142,000-square-foot, four-story office building on its campus in south Kansas City. VanTrust Real Estate will finance the project.

The expansion follows the 2016 completion of another structure that houses 1,400 employees, a child care facility, pharmacy and more.

By the end of 2018, Burns & McDonnell expects to employ about 3,225 people in Kansas City and 6,650 worldwide.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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