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John Burns, PE, LEED AP

Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

John leads continual advancement of the company’s specialized engineering services. Overseeing Burns’ operational performance and client satisfaction initiatives, John supports departmental leaders to achieve the highest standards of excellence. John fosters innovation, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and limitless opportunities for growth.

As the company expands, John ensures the working environment in every Burns location provides teams with the resources and support they need to perform at their fullest potential.

John is a professional electrical engineer registered in more than 20 states, reflecting his wide range of experience leading the design and delivery of complex engineering projects. Over the past 30 years, John has provided technical leadership and management for many of the country’s largest, most-critical infrastructure programs.

Professional Highlights

  • Chair of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Coalition of American Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (CAMEE) Committee
  • Past Chair of the Airport Consultant Council (ACC) Engineering Committee
  • Principal Investigator, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies Airport Cooperative Research Program, LED Airfield Lighting Operation and Maintenance Manual
  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Coalition Distinguished Service Award

John has collaborated on the following projects

  • Denver International Airport, South Terminal Redevelopment
  • Physical and Electronic Security Upgrades, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington
  • Los Angeles International Airport, Runway 7L-25R Runway Safety Area Improvements
  • On-Call Engineering Contracts for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • General Engineering Consultant Contract for City of Philadelphia, Division of Aviation

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