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Burns and McDonnell celebrates $85-million expansion to world headquarters

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One of the largest engineering firms in the world just got a lot bigger. Burns and McDonnell is celebrating  an $85-million expansion Thursday to its world headquarters.

The new building increases the size of its world headquarters by 75-percent. It gives the company the space to hire hundreds more people and soldify its standing in the engineering and design world.

The new building, which took 17 months to build, sits on the corner of Ward Parkway and Wornell Road in south Kansas City, and Burns and McDonnell built it on an unused piece of land next to its world headquarters.

Being an engineering firm, they had the resources on hand to design and build it, with engineers, architects, and constructors working together to get it done.

They tried to be environmentally friendly, using recycled steel, concrete and marble along with LED lighting.

The new space is four stories high and includes a massive child care facility, a pharmacy, a credit union, a coffee bar, an auditorium and 60 conference rooms.