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Burns & McDonnell launches consultancy arm

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Burns & McDonnell is launching the first new brand in the firm’s history with 1898 & Co., a future-focused consulting and technology solutions arm.

The new brand is poised to focus on services complementary to Burns & McDonnell’s 121 years of architectural, engineering and construction experience.

The launch of 1898 & Co. will generate new job opportunities with a focus on growing tech and management consulting talent. The new brand follows the firm’s continued efforts to hire 1000 new employees each year. Since the inception of the development of 1898 & Co. began in 2017, the group grew 55%. In the next five years following the launch, 1898 & Co. projects to grow by 80%.

“As a company, Burns & McDonnell has been designing and building clients’ futures since 1898,” says Ray Kowalik, CEO of Burns & McDonnell. “Staying in stride with the modern world takes intelligent investment and optimised business strategy. The consultants and technologists at 1898 & Co. are well-equipped to provide effective solutions to meet the needs of constantly changing markets.”

1898 & Co. will provide business, technology and security solutions consulting services, including: business optimisation and strategic asset planning, digital transformation and software solution development, as well as security and compliance.

1898 & Co. supports the development of systematic, structured and holistic strategies and programmes for risk management against cyber and physical threats while maintaining regulatory compliance.

“We understand our clients’ business objectives because we helped create their most critical infrastructure,” says Chris Underwood, General Manager, 1898 & Co. “1898 & Co., together with Burns & McDonnell, is capable of delivering value across the entire life cycle of an asset — whether physical or digital, from conception to construction and through operations — by driving smarter decisions, improving performance and maximising value, faster and more transparently than ever.”

While thesolutions provided by 1898 & Co. are distinct from traditional AEC services offered by the rest of the firm, 1898 & Co. will not be a separate company and will continue to serve new and existing customers as an integral part of the Burns & McDonnell family.

1898 & Co. has added new products, services, depth and capabilities to drive clients’ modernisation efforts, including the following:

  • AssetLens, a new cloud-based Software as a Solution (SaaS) technology to allow clients to better connect operational conditions with financial decision makers. The technology aggregates existing data, enriching it with key health algorithms and priority metrics to inform capital expenditure decisions.
  • An oil, gas and chemical consulting team whose experienced professionals deliver business and technology solutions to the oil and gas industry.
  • Seasoned management consultants to provide clients with critical strategies for business and digital transformation.

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