Jan 09, 2007

Kansas City Companies Team Up for Water Services Project

Black & Veatch and Burns & McDonnell, both global engineering and consulting companies with headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., announced that the companies will jointly pursue upcoming program management opportunities within Kansas City’s Water Services Department.

The City of Kansas City, Mo., recently issued a Request for Qualifications to provide Extension of Staff Services for Water/Sewer Capital/Maintenance Projects. The city seeks to hire a company to provide experienced program management services to assist the Water Services Department in managing a complex set of capital projects associated with two $250 million bond initiatives previously approved by voters. Included in the scope is a broad range of capital and maintenance-related projects to improve service delivery, minimize flooding and open areas of the city to future development.

“This program will require the ability to develop cost effective and innovative solutions to address the complex challenges the city faces, and we believe that our design expertise positions us to effectively manage the program,” said Dan McCarthy, President & CEO of Black & Veatch’s global water business.

The partnering of Black & Veatch and Burns & McDonnell forms a hometown team with more than 200 combined years of service in Kansas City. The portfolios for the companies include program management services for the Kansas City International Airport’s Terminal Improvement Project, new downtown Sprint Arena, Capital Improvements Management Office, Truman Sports Complex Renovation Project, downtown entertainment district, Lake Lenexa storm water management and recreation project, as well as projects for the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, Johnson County Wastewater and WaterOne.

“The improvements made to this city’s infrastructure in recent years - the airport, downtown, neighborhoods - make us grateful for the opportunity to lend our international expertise right here at home,” said Greg Graves, CEO of Burns & McDonnell. “We are excited about the opportunity this unprecedented partnership of homegrown, world-class companies presents in continuing our role in making Kansas City an even better place. It doesn’t get much better than this.”

Through its core team members and other significant locally owned businesses, Black & Veatch and Burns & McDonnell expect to substantially exceed the city’s minority business enterprise (MBE) and women’s business enterprise (WBE) hiring goals. Key partners include Astra Communications, DuBois Consultants, K.C. Consulting, and Talliferro & Brown Engineering in addition to a variety of local MBE/WBE businesses.

“The decision to be on a team of this caliber was simple, considering the opportunity it presents for the growth of the local MBE/WBE community,” said Ajamu Webster, President of DuBois Consultants, Inc. “We are pleased with the opportunity this partnership will afford companies like ours to serve meaningful roles and build capacity within our own firms, while meeting the city’s needs.”