Burns & McDonnell employees celebrated the opening of their Oak Ridge branch with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Wednesday, April 20.
The 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture, construction, environment and consulting firm plans to add 20 staff to this office, including hiring from local universities, over the course of the next two years, according to a press release.
Burns & McDonnell Oak Ridge office manager Phil Voegtle told The Oak Ridger that those interested in applying for a job with the company should apply at www.burnsmcd.com.
The company’s new 4,000 square foot office space, located at 1093 Commerce Park Drive, focuses on facilities and specialized infrastructure projects in support of federal, municipal and higher education clients . The firm – with an office in Chattanooga – recognized the need for an office in Oak Ridge as several new critical infrastructure projects were awarded to Burns & McDonnell in the area, including a second station project target at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, according to the release.
ORNL is upgrading the spallation neutron source with a second target station to address emerging science challenges and advance neutron science research capabilities, according to another release. The upgrade will include site improvements, utilities, a proton beam line tunnel and new lab space in over 350,000 square feet of new buildings that complement the capabilities of the first target station and reactor high-flux isotope at ORNL. The Burns & McDonnell team will work with ORNL on the next phases of facility and infrastructure design and development. The design of the facilities will run until 2025, and construction will follow.
“We want to be that shining light in the community,” Voegtle said at the event.
Also in attendance were U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, R-Chattanooga, whose district includes Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thomas Zacharia, and Burns & McDonnell Director of Federal Strategies Willie Clark. spoke at the event.
“Having Burns & McDonnell here in such a big presence, in a town like Oak Ridge, is really, really important to me, and I thank you all so much,” Fleischmann said at the event. “Their plan to hire at local universities and invest in the local workforce shows that they are committed to leading the way in workforce development and deepening community ties. I am confident that Burns & McDonnell will continue to do excellent work at ORNL and that their new Oak Ridge office will allow them to continue their pioneering work to improve our nation’s science and nuclear research.” he added in the press release.
“We are excited to expand our reach and bring our service offerings closer to our customers in the Oak Ridge area,” Voegtle said. “We look forward to building a strong team with strong talent and capabilities to continue to provide state-of-the-art facilities, infrastructure and other solutions for some of our nation’s most critical needs.”