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Burns & McDonnell Grows Footprint in the Pacific Northwest With New Office in Downtown Portland

Mark Lichtwardt
Mark Lichtwardt
PORTLAND, OR — Burns & McDonnell, a 100 percent employee-owned engineering, architecture, and construction company, has further expanded its operations in the Portland area with the opening of an office in downtown Portland, Oregon, expanding its services in the Pacific Northwest. The new space, in the Power + Light Building, marks the firm’s third expansion in the Pacific Northwest in the past three years. Burns & McDonnell continues to have employee-owners in Vancouver, Washington, where it has established the firm’s presence in 2011 and has experienced an average annual growth rate of more than 50 percent.

“From creating new jobs to delivering critical energy and facility solutions, we’re excited to grow in a thriving Portland economy,” said Mark Lichtwardt, Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Pacific Northwest and Denver, Colorado, offices. “Our continued growth is a part of our commitment to deliver world-class projects for our clients and create great places for our employee-owners to live and work.”

After hiring more than 1,000 employees globally in 2019, Burns & McDonnell opened its new office downtown in the Power + Light Building to address engineering and design-build construction needs across the Pacific Northwest. With the successful execution of more than 500 projects in the region, the firm’s Portland area operations have experience designing and constructing the following:

  • Airport facility and aviation infrastructure to meet increased passenger demands
  • Commercial buildings within tight budgets and aggressive schedules
  • Mission-critical buildings, including critical power and data center infrastructure
  • Electric power generation for comprehensive, integrated power generation projects
  • Electrical transmission to provide reliable, safe, and resilient power to communities
  • Manufacturing and industrial facilities, including life sciences, food and beverage, healthcare, electronics, and consumer products

Backed by an international team of more than 7,600 professionals, Burns & McDonnell has office locations in Portland, Vancouver, and Seattle. With its growth, the firm plans to continue hiring engineers, construction specialists, and other professionals to support clients like Bonneville Power Administration, PacifiCorp, Portland General Electric, and Port of Portland.

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