#KCCornerstone Finalist: Burns & McDonnell Headquarters Expansion

In Cornerstone Awards by EDCKC Staff

Burns & McDonnell Headquarters
9450 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64114

Burns & McDonnell partnered with VanTrust Real Estate to increase the size of their world headquarters by 74 percent. The new four-story facility added 310,000 square feet to their 37-acre campus in South Kansas City and is the third structure to be added to the property. The project also included the addition of a five-level, 885-space garage equipped with electric vehicle charging stations. The expansion was completed in 17 months (one month ahead of schedule) and was finished just under the projected $85 million budget.

Burns & McDonnell is a company made up of more than 5,400 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world.

The design team prioritized amenities to support employees whole lives, not just work lives. A few key amenities include an expanded health center with nurse practitioners on site, a full-service pharmacy, and a large credit union. Workstations include adjustable desks that allow employees to sit or stand, as well as pullout furniture for informal team sessions.

They also built “MacKids Learning Academy,” a 20,000-square-foot child care center focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education with the capacity to care for 144 preschool-aged children.

Other perks include a coffee bar with barista service, a 2,500-square-foot rooftop terrace event space, a 250-seat auditorium with advanced audiovisual equipment, 60 conference rooms, and four large training rooms.

Burns & McDonnell has made Kansas City its home since the firm was founded in 1898 and continues to be one of our city’s largest employers.

For more information, please visit the Burns & McDonnell website.

Sources: Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City Star, Kansas City Business Journal