Pratt Institute

Burns Undertakes Upgrades to Historic Pratt Institute Steam System

Burns is leading an overhaul of the high-pressure steam system at Pratt Institute’s 25-acre Brooklyn campus. The upgrade will ultimately achieve a reduction in the fine arts university’s greenhouse gas emissions and facilitate compliance with New York City’s Climate Mobilization Act. Consistent with a university goal of reducing emissions 40 percent by 2040, Pratt plans… Read More

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AREMA Appoints Clay Payne, PE to Smart Railways Technical Committee

The digital revolution in railway communications will enhance passenger experiences, improve operational efficiencies, and help railways maintain system-wide security. To formalize best practices in “smart railway” systems, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) has launched Technical Committee 35 – Information and Technology. Burns’ Director of Right-of-Way & Facilities Clay Payne, PE will serve… Read More

MEP Giants List

Burns Ranks Among Top Firms on MEP Giants List

Burns retained our ranking among leading consulting engineers on the 2021 MEP Giants list. For the second year in a row, Burns ranked as the 33rd largest firm in North America. The Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) survey features the top 100 mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) and fire-protection engineering companies by MEP revenue. Burns is proud to… Read More

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Joseph Keith Strengthens Burns’ Security-Technology Expertise

Burns further expands our security-technology team with the addition of Joseph Keith. Joining our growing West Coast office, Joseph will support Burns’ aviation, municipal and commercial clients, beginning with his involvement in the new Automated People Mover (APM) system at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). With a background implementing security programs both as a technology-systems… Read More

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Burns Supports Major Utility’s Fleet Electrification Goals

Burns recently completed electric vehicle charging infrastructure designs for a major U.S. electric distribution company’s internal fleet, supporting the utility’s electrification and emission-reduction goals.  During storm events, service crews work around the clock in different shifts. Battery-electric technology advancements for heavy-duty electric vehicles allow crews to avoid idling through use of power-take off (ePTO) systems,… Read More

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Burns Oversees University of Pennsylvania Air Conditioning Upgrades

The University of Pennsylvania recently completed improvements to the last five dorms on campus without air conditioning. As a subconsultant to CICADA Architecture, Burns performed feasibility studies, design and construction-administration services for the two-year project. Engineering services included mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural disciplines. The university extended campus chilled water services to reach King’s Court,… Read More

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Newark Liberty Airport Reopens Runway 4R-22L

Burns is performing design and construction administration for rehabilitated Runway 4R-22L at Newark Liberty International Airport. The primary runway previously accommodated nearly half the airport’s flight activity. Now revamped and repaved, the runway features replaced lighting, new signage, and additional infrastructure enhancements that will improve the airfield’s durability and resiliency to extreme weather. The runway-closure… Read More

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Burns Revs Up Electrification Services Across New York

With goals to achieve an 18-fold increase in electric vehicle charging stations by 2025, New York’s electric utilities are undertaking the country’s largest expansion in charging infrastructure outside of California. Burns stands ready to support property owners and fleet operators with fleet electrification planning, design and implementation services. As an Approved Contractor in the Joint… Read More

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Philadelphia Navy Yard Campus Adds Battery Energy Storage System

Burns assisted development of one of the region’s largest Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) projects. The installation adds to the existing smart-energy microgrid solutions at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, already a model in resilient, sustainable energy management. The peak-shaving 6.4-MegaWatt (MW), 14.8-Megawatt hour (MWh) system charges at times when electricity rates are at their lowest,… Read More

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Burns Transforms Pittsburgh International Airport Technology Systems

Following a year-long delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Pittsburgh International Airport has restarted their Terminal Modernization Program. Burns is advising Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) across a wide range of information technology, special systems, security, and life safety systems. The new 700,000-square-foot terminal facility and multi-modal complex will consolidate and streamline operations including ticketing,… Read More


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