New Local Unit Completes ‘KC Star’ Work

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By: E&P Staff

Headquartered in Kansas City, the Burns & McDonnell engineering, construction, environmental, and consulting services firm has formed a Media Facilities Group.

The new unit comprises former employees of the Kansas City office of The Austin Co. and other professionals who recently joined the 108-year-old firm. Most were and remain involved with The Kansas City Star’s new production plant project.

Among those who joined Burns & McDonnell from The Austin Co. are Mike Pusich, former vice president and manager of Austin’s Newspaper Group, Ted Beer, former vice president and manager of Austin’s Kansas City office, and Fred Heid, project manager who oversaw design and construction of Star’s new, $200 million downtown plant.

Burns & McDonnell is completing remaining work on the Star’s press pavilion and has assigned many of the former Austin employees to the project, including Beer and Heid. The Austin Co. was unable to complete the project when it filed for bankruptcy in October.

So far, 20 former Austin employees have joined Burns & McDonnell — most from the Kansas City office, where they were working on the Star’s press pavilion and other newspaper and broadcast facilities around the country.

“With the addition of Mike Pusich, a nationally known architect and consultant in the newspaper and media industry, and the many former Austin architects and engineers who have joined our firm, we now have all the pieces in place,” Burns & McDonnell President and CEO Greg Graves said in announcing the Media Facilities Group.

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