Trade Publications

Burns & McDonnell experts often write articles published in the trade publications in the many industries we work in. Here are the most recent pieces authored or co-authored by our employee-owners.

 

  • July 24, 2015

    The director of security at a healthcare facility must balance the needs of diverse groups while maintaining a safe and secure environment for patients. Patient satisfaction scores encompass the entire experience. That's why maintaining a secure facility is critical, as a perceived lack of security can set the tone for a person's visit to a healthcare facility.

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  • July 1, 2015

    The concept of district energy is undergoing a resurgence in some parts of the United States and the world. Its roots in the U.S. date back to the 19th century, and through the years many technological advancements and synergies have developed that help district energy efficiency.

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  • July 1, 2015

    We've reached that time of the decade when EPA changes the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard. Normally, a change to a NAAQS has substantial impacts on a limited area; however, the proposed new ozone NAAQS would have significant effects to many areas of the country.

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  • June 1, 2015

    The EPA's Clean Power Plan is feasible in its ultimate goals, but getting there will take a lot of work and some rethinking of how the targets are achieved, according to speakers at the ELECTRIC POWER Conference & Exhibition. Block Andrews of Burns & McDonnell was one of the panelists.

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  • June 1, 2015

    Over the past decade, several key market influences have led to an increased interest in and installation of distributed generation (DG), cogeneration, combined heat and power, and microgrids. Add to this the fact that recent air permitting rules exempt many DG projects, and DG can or could become the next best thing to build.

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  • May 1, 2015

    A new University of Kansas West Campus laboratory features a 40-foot-tall strong wall and massive strong floor system. The University of Kansas School Of Engineering is investing to significantly expand its research capability with an eye toward innovation and student collaboration.

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  • May 1, 2015

    Public spaces, parks and trails do not always make a top priority during municipal budgeting, but they are one thing people will almost always agree there could be more of. One major solution to this dilemma can be found in carved-out corridors which are mostly ignored: power transmission line rights-of-way.

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  • May 1, 2015

    Acronyms are a government addiction. The Clean Power Plan has introduced some new acronyms and reinforced some existing ones that need to be incorporated into the vernacular of today's power plant engineer, specifically: CPP, EGU, BSER and CSS.

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  • May 1, 2015

    As coal plant owners are working overtime to simultaneously meet new mandates while remaining competitive in the marketplace, Power Engineering sat down with four coal-fired power executives, including Burns & McDonnell's Rick Halil, to discuss the current state of affairs in the industry.

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  • May 1, 2015

    ENR New York released its list of Top Design Firms in the region. Burns & McDonnell ranked No. 9, improving one spot from the previous year.

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  • April 29, 2015

    Utilities have long experience in managing risks. Prior to April 2013, most utilities thought those risks were well known. But a team of still-unknown snipers changed all that when they opened fire on PG&E's Metcalf substation. Now, utilities must do more than simply comply with NERC CIP-014 security requirements.

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