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Burns & McDonnell Continues Expansion of Life Sciences Capabilities Nationwide

by Danni Hammontree | Oct 23, 2019

International engineering, construction and architecture firm Burns & McDonnell recently announced it is redoubling its support of the life sciences industry. This year, the firm has hired a dozen professionals across the country, collectively bringing more than 200 years of additional design and construction experience in the animal health, pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and gene therapy sectors.

“The life sciences industry is facing demand like we’ve never seen before,” says Mike Fenske, senior vice president and Global Facilities Group general manager at Burns & McDonnell. “With this demand comes a host of challenges, including managing cost, enhancing quality and accelerating speed to market. We’re expanding our Life Sciences Team to help clients tackle those challenges with integrated design-build solutions. Our experienced team’s design-build delivery approach helps us eliminate waste, increase productivity and reduce cost.”

Within the past three years, Burns & McDonnell has supported manufacturing projects that have helped customers achieve a less than 2% variance from front-end loading-3 (FEL-3) — an advanced stage of engineering design — to construction on a combined total project cost of more than $2.5 billion. The firm’s multidisciplinary Life Sciences Team delivers complete design and construction services — with a focus on project execution — to drive informed decisions and control costs.

Burns & McDonnell has experience with all stages of project lifecycles. This includes pre-capital master planning, development of software for asset and project management, preliminary and detailed engineering, design-build and project controls. The firm has supported and managed projects for animal health companies both locally and nationally.

“The animal health industry is experiencing exponential growth and change like never before,” says Spencer Chestnut, chemical engineer at Burns & McDonnell. “This environment opens doors for innovative solutions and new opportunities for our clients. We’re excited to continue expanding our team to help our clients successfully navigate the changing market and meet their business objectives.”

About Burns & McDonnell

Founded by two entrepreneurs in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies made up of 7,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and innovators with offices across the country and throughout the world. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. Burns & McDonnell is 100% employee-owned and is proud to be on Fortune’s 2019 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. For more information, visit



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