Burns & McDonnell builds up aviation team in DFW area

posted on 23rd March 2018 by Jordan Newton

Burns & McDonnell is strengthening its growing aviation team in Dallas-Fort Worth, bringing in experienced professionals to provide integrated planning, design and project-delivery services for airlines, airports and other clients in the industry.

“The Dallas-Fort Worth area is a key location for our airline and airport clients. This is another way that we show our commitment to our aviation clients, having experienced aviation professionals closer to them,” says Bret Pilney, vice president and leader of the firm’s Aviation Group.

“We focus on being a valued partner and trusted adviser, integrating with our aviation clients’ leadership and staff. These additions make our strong team in Dallas-Fort Worth even stronger.”

Recent additions to the team in Dallas-Fort Worth:

Jane Ahrens, a project manager with more than two decades of experience as an architect, sustainability consultant and program manager, served as the deputy program manager for the new $1 billion, 35-gate North Terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, and as the LEED project manager for the $1.4 billion Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal at Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport. She has taught courses in architecture and sustainability at the University of Texas at Arlington and at Southern Methodist University. Jane was a founding board member of the Dallas chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and currently serves on the board of the Airport Consultants Council.

Denny Ellison, a project manager who comes to Burns & McDonnell with two decades of experience in construction, construction management and project management, including four years as a senior manager on facility projects for an airline with major operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and across the country.

Stu Garrett, a project and business development manager with more than three decades of experience, including nearly two decades working with aviation clients. In 2015, he joined Burns & McDonnell at its world headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, to plan, design and implement IT systems for airlines, airports and other aviation clients across the country. His work in special systems design and IT consulting enables airports to turn their vast data — in fueling, cargo, passenger processing, maintenance and other sectors — into actionable intelligence, empowering enhanced security, efficiency, convenience and cost savings.

“The Dallas-Fort Worth area is booming in all of the market sectors that Burns & McDonnell serves,” says Scott Clark, vice president and regional office manager for Burns & McDonnell in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“Our high level of service, and being a great place to work, allows us to attract the top talent in the industry.”

Burns & McDonnell plans, designs and builds projects for aviation clients, addressing needs ranging from safety and security to convenience and amenities. The firm has experience working at more than 350 airports in the United States and around the world.