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Landfill gas is fulfilling a renewable energy market need by providing an abundant, consistent source for baseload electricity. Landfill gas-to-energy projects are popping up across the country as methane is diverted to address energy needs. Plus: a pioneering leader hands over the reins, missile site demolition, lab renovations and Industrial Boiler MACT.

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Powerful Options

As coal, natural gas and nuclear power remain the primary ways to meet large-scale energy needs, utilities continue working to locate, understand and capitalize on other resources to broaden the power supply spectrum.

Technical Q&A: New Evaluation Approach

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to issue new guidance documents later this year. The most obvious change is that the guidance will be separated into two documents by chemical class.

How It Works: 3-D Software Provides Unparalleled Design Power from Every Angle

Burns & McDonnell is among the first domestic firms to use 3-D programs to design electrical substations, empowered by clients who welcome the time savings, reduced costs and improved accuracy.

In-House News: Sharp Focus on Facilities

Campus facilities — manufacturing, corporate, healthcare or university — are a microcosm of a city. Managers of these facilities must deliver services to meet the diverse needs of their occupants. Burns & McDonnell recently focused our internal corporate structure to optimize service to the full range of facilities clients.

In-House News: Scott Newland Brings Big Project Success to the Big City

If you ask Scott Newland what led him to his position as vice president and general manager of the Burns & McDonnell Chicago office, he'll trace it back to a conversation he had within his first few months as an employee-owner in 1999.

A New Chapter: Pioneering Leader Hands Over the Reins

Wally Womack has been the face of the Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Group at Burns & McDonnell. Now, with his retirement in December 2012 after a distinguished four-decade career, Womack has handed over the duties of leading the firm's largest global practice to John Olander.

Countdown to Destruction

Fifty years ago a young engineer at Burns & McDonnell helped pinpoint locations for Minuteman missile silos. Now a handful of the firm's professionals are finishing up another set of plans — this time to wipe dozens of remaining missile sites off the map.

Turning Waste to Power

Society's castoffs fuel revenue generation and environmental protection through green energy.

Everything Gets Bigger in Texas

Burns & McDonnell was selected to prepare plans, specifications and estimates to improve and expand a 2.4-mile portion of U.S. 75, a major artery between Dallas and the bustling northern suburbs in Collin County.

Demonstrating a Battery's Benefits

Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) is demonstrating several smart grid technologies in its Innovation Park in midtown Kansas City, Mo. Burns & McDonnell has provided overall project management and technical support for the 1 megawatt/1 megawatt-hour-rated battery, as well as design of a battery automation controller.

Diagnosis: Redesign

Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City is one of the area's longest-serving hospitals. But the lab — arguably the most critical unit of the hospital for its diagnostic role — was last expanded in 1963 and needed renovations to keep up with changing technology and new testing techniques.

EPA Issues Final Ruling on Industrial and Institutional Boiler Emissions Standards

After years of legal challenges and debate, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its final ruling on emissions requirements for power houses operated by universities and industrial facilities.

Food Processing Automation: Faster. Better. Safer.

Fewer crumbs is one tangible result of the investments many food processors are making in automation, continuous improvement programs and other efforts to improve product quality and reduce production costs.