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High Performance Buildings

Optimizing building performance. Maintaining uninterrupted services. Transitioning to sustainable operations.

Burns provides the full breadth of interconnected design solutions from mechanical, electrical and plumbing to structural, technology, life safety, and security engineering services. In partnership with owners and architects, our strategies are creatively integrated into the facility’s aesthetics and function.


  • Central Plants
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Distribution and Conveyance Systems
  • Building Modeling
  • Metering and Building Automation
  • System Reliability Analysis
  • Emergency Power
  • Fleet Charging and Refueling Systems
  • Utility Coordination and Rate Analysis


  • Condition Surveys
  • Structural Feasibility Studies
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Superstructure
  • Façade
  • Sustainable Design
  • Rehabilitation and Restoration Design
  • Waterproofing

Life Safety

  • Fire Protection
  • Alarms and Emergency Communication
  • Essential Electrical Systems
  • Backup Power Supplies
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Code Analysis and Compliance


  • Technology Selection and Integration
  • Telecommunication Systems
  • Building Management Systems
  • Electronic Security Systems
  • Multimedia and Content Management Systems
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Systems Integration

Burns has expertise in these areas to:

Inspire with skilled insights from cutting-edge technologies and design practices, including modeling and simulation approaches that can enhance system performance and reduce speed to market.    

Create specialized engineering assessments, planning studies, multidisciplinary designs, and construction management solutions that minimize disruption for occupants and staff.

Deliver full-service building systems that enhance occupants’ comfort, productivity and wellbeing; demand fewer resources; reduce emissions; and position owners for long-term success.

Meet Our Leadership

Bruno Fiorentino, PE

Vice President, Technical Quality

Bryan Mehaffey

Vice President, Southeast Region

Joseph Mizrahi, PE

Vice President - New York Region, Design Group Leader

Brian Phillips, PE, LEED AP

Senior Vice President, Aviation

Michael Walton, PE

Vice President, Facilities & Infrastructure – Philadelphia Region