Leslie M. Duke

Leslie M. Duke

Senior Vice President
Email Leslie
P: 713-622-0227

Allen Xi

Allen Xi

Vice President
Email Allen
P: 832-214-2839

Meet the Leadership Team


1700 West Loop South
Suite 1500
Houston, TX 77027
P: 713-622-0227

After more than a decade in Houston, Burns & McDonnell is becoming the engineering consultant of choice in Texas. Backed by a nationwide network of multidisciplinary experience, we design and build the infrastructure that transmits wind power from West Texas. We modernize oil and gas plants throughout the region and enable facilities to support military missions large and small. We're at the forefront of implementing the Smart Grid and renewable energy initiatives that will sustainably power Texas for generations. 

Since Burns & McDonnell is a 100 percent employee-owned firm, every team member has a vested interest in making you successful, so we approach your project with an unparalleled dedication to exceeding your expectations.

The Houston office specializes in electric transmission and distribution, global facilities, oil and gas processing plants, design-build construction, and terminal services.

Recent accolades include:

  • Houston Chronicle Top Workplaces, 2010-2015
  • #1 Houston Business Journal Largest Houston-Area Civil and Structural Engineering Firms, 2012-2015
  • #4 Houston Business Journal Healthiest Employers in the Houston-Area, 2012 (100-499 employees category)
  • #10 Houston Business Journal Largest Houston-Area Energy Engineering Firms, 2015
  • #16 Houston Business Journal Largest Houston-Area Environmental Companies, 2012
  • Engineering Excellence Honor Award,  American Council of Engineering Companies 2012
  • Engineering Excellence National Recognition Award, American Council of Engineering Companies 2011, 2014
  • Engineering Excellence Gold Medal in Building/Technology Systems, American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas 2014
  • Engineering Excellence Gold Medal in Energy, American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas 2011, 2012
  • Houston Business Journal Best Places to Work, 2011-12 
  • Texas Monthly Best Companies to Work for in Texas, 2009-2015

The Houston office doesn't just work hard; employee-owners play hard too. From fun activities like office Summer Olympics and the annual golf outing, to giving back through projects for Habitat for Humanity and fundraising for agencies like United Way and Junior Achievement, Houston staffers have a blast building camaraderie while making a difference for the community.

Client Testimonial

In the video below, Steve Swinson, president and CEO of Thermal Energy Corp. (TECO), explains how Burns & McDonnell's innovative solutions have helped TECO implement its central utility plant master plan at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.




Want to know what makes Burns & McDonnell a great place to work? Great Rated!, the organization behind the rankings used by Fortune magazine, shares details about what our people say and do that puts us on the list.

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Our clients are important to us, and we're proud to have earned PSMJ's Premier Award for Client Satisfaction for the fifth year in a row. 

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FORTUNE 100 Best Companies

Burns & McDonnell ranks 15th in FORTUNE's 2015 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. This is the fourth year in a row the firm has made the list. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, Licensee.

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Best Companies in Texas

For seven consecutive years, 2009-15, Burns & McDonnell has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in Texas.

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In the Houston News

Featured in the Houston Business Journal, Burns & McDonnell is nearly doubling its office space in a Galleria-area tower that is being renamed Burns & McDonnell Plaza. The space is designed to accommodate 550 employees as the company grows.

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Houston Leadership

Learn more about the employee-owners who lead the Houston office of Burns & McDonnell.

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