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Burns & McDonnell, KDM Engineering Announce Substation Partnership


Burns & McDonnell and KDM Engineering have announced a partnership as KDM Engineering looks to launch expanded services to the electrical substation market. Burns & McDonnell is an engineering, construction and architecture company with thousands of multidisciplinary professionals across an array of industries. KDM Engineering, a Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE), is an engineering company headquartered in Chicago with a primary focus on electrical distribution and telecommunications design.

“We support our utility clients’ supplier diversity goals in a meaningful way,” says Keegan Odle, managing director of substations at Burns & McDonnell. “Our approach is to champion a firm with a ton of potential and a great culture that we can truly help grow in the market.”

By establishing this partnership, Burns & McDonnell has the privilege of helping KDM Engineering develop a new substation engineering group and expand its business services.

“Our partnership with Burns & McDonnell started as a strategic business connection and has grown into so much more than that over the years,” says Kimberly Moore, president and founder of KDM Engineering. “It has evolved into a mutually beneficial relationship in which KDM and Burns & McDonnell are not competitors, but rather partners committed to helping one another reach our goals and achieve continued success in the industry.”

Odle adds, “Having worked with KDM for a number of years, they are exactly the type of company that we want to partner with and develop for the long term. We are committed to working alongside KDM as it builds out its substation group, helping our clients meet their goals while always maintaining the intent of supplier diversity growth.”

The partnership will provide the technical training and mentorship in substation work to enable KDM Engineering and Burns & McDonnell to collaborate in delivering creative, cost-effective solutions for clients across the nation.

“It’s been an honor to start working with KDM in the substation space,” says Frank Morrissey, transmission and distribution projects manager in Chicago for Burns & McDonnell. “When nurturing a new division like this, it takes trust and commitment from both parties to make it successful. We have been fortunate to benefit from constant communication, which builds trust and develops our relationship. We look forward to seeing the KDM team flourish through its entrepreneurial and inclusive culture.”

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies bringing together an unmatched team of 7,600 engineers, construction professionals, architects, planners, technologists and scientists to design and build our critical infrastructure. With an integrated construction and design mindset, we offer full-service capabilities. Founded in 1898 and working from more than 60 offices globally, Burns & McDonnell is 100% employee-owned. Learn how we are designed to build.