Higher profile Burns & McDonnell takes 19th floor at Pier 1 building

Pier 1 building (Photo courtesy of Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co.)

Burns & McDonnell 

Burns & McDonnell was founded in 1898 by Clinton S. Burns and Robert E. McDonnell. The Stanford University graduates chose Kansas City, Missouri, for their engineering company’s headquarters after determining that hundreds of cities within a 200-mile radius lacked sanitary sewers, water works and electric lights. With its global headquarters still in Kansas City, Burns & McDonnell has more than 40 regional offices in North America and across the globe.

Burns & McDonnell

Fort Worth office

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Pier 1 Imports Building

100 Energy Way

Fort Worth 76102


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Engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting firm of Burns & McDonnell is taking a higher profile in Fort Worth – literally.

The 118-year-old firm, based in Kansas City, Missouri, opened its regional offices in North Texas in 2010 and is moving to the Pier 1 Imports building to accommodate its flourishing workforce here. The move positions the firm for rapid expansion over the next five years, with expectations that the current 80-person staff in Fort Worth could grow by 200 percent.

“We are committed to bringing new jobs to the Fort Worth area and providing our clients with the top talent in our industry,” said Scott Clark, vice president and general manager of the Dallas-Fort Worth regional offices.

“This is a Class A building that provides an incredible work environment,” Clark said. “It has an on-site gym, walking trail, coffee shop and nearby restaurants. Plus, it’s positioned downtown near the vibrant West Seventh area, making it an easy commute for our employee-owners and clients.”

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Work environment is important at Burns & McDonnell, a 100 percent employee-owned firm that was No. 16 on Fortune’s 2016 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.

“Our turnover rate is less than 4 percent,” said Clark. “Our management works very hard to motivate everyone the right way.”

Clark says the firm’s job satisfaction rate is also reflected with its customers; it has a 90 percent repeat business rate. Locally, clients include Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., the University of Texas at Arlington, American Electric Power, Oncor Electric Delivery Co., Xcel Energy, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, North Texas Tollway Authority and Texas Department of Transportation.

“We are privileged to be working on some incredibly innovative infrastructure advancements in Texas and across the country, such as the Trinity River Vision project,” Clark said. Burns & McDonnell is inspecting construction on the expansive project that showcases a master plan for the Trinity River near downtown Fort Worth.

Burns & McDonnell is subleasing the space on the 19th floor from Pier 1 Services Co. The space was once part of Chesapeake Energy’s lease in the building. Burns & McDonnell worked with Kessinger Hunter Kansas City and Cushman & Wakefield of Texas on the six-year lease agreement.

In addition to leading a staff of more than 130 at offices in Fort Worth and Dallas, Clark also oversees 40 employee-owners at offices in Austin and Raleigh, North Carolina.