Infusing New Life Into Life Sciences

Life sciences facilities need to balance speed, quality, cost and technical complexity — all while adhering to regulations — to remain competitive in one of the fastest growing
global economy sectors.

Constructing a Healthier World

We create modern spaces for medical and scientific advancement. We design and build facilities and processes that help improve human and animal lives through the creation of products in the life sciences space. From research and ideation to accelerated commercialization, manufacturing, design, construction and environmental compliance, we help clients solve complex problems. Our true value is our ability to capture the entire project picture and integrate the highly technical and detailed engineering required for these spaces with constructability and cost controls.




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Rethinking Production Operations

Pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, cell and gene therapy, animal health and nutritional products improve health and quality of life and are all part of the life sciences industry. Through sustainable and integrated design-build delivery, we partner with companies across the life sciences spectrum to develop the high-performance, high-capacity facilities and manufacturing processes needed for the next generation of sustainable operations.


"Burns & McDonnell presented the option to receive an open-book GMP over traditional design-build. Primarily, the open-book GMP allowed us greater control where we needed it: upfront and over project costs. With greater control over budget, the open-book GMP provided us total project cost assurance and reshaped the company’s ongoing approach to planning and funding capital projects."

Engineer and Project Manager, Multinational Pharmaceuticals Manufacturer

Life Sciences Project Experience

Life Sciences Services

Integrated design-build is about streamlining processes from facility conception to completion. Our pathway from discoveries to manufacturing consumer products has safety and quality built into each step along the way: research and development, clinical trials, pilot scale production, bulk API production, formulation/filling and packaging distribution.

Our innovative solutions are designed to reduce costs, accelerate schedules and optimize production:

  • Site selection
  • Master planning
  • Process engineering
  • Automation engineering
  • Instrumentation and controls
  • Environmental engineering
  • Utilities
  • Facility evaluation
  • Facility design
  • Design-build
  • Commissioning and startup

Building Facilities for the Future

The most critical aspects of a life sciences facility are meeting the project owner’s intent and developing effective processes that allow for quality products to quickly get to market. That all starts with future-centric design. Shortened timelines, environmental accountability, advances in automation and a commitment to quality drive strategic product development and efficiency. We can help navigate it all and optimize performance with a well-planned, organized approach custom fit for your needs.


“The Burns & McDonnell team was professional, diligent and hardworking throughout this project. Their efforts were integral to our success in executing this work within the imposed logistical constraints and deadlines.”

Engineer and Project Manager, Multinational Pharmaceuticals Manufacturer

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Tim Burkhalter

Director of Life Sciences

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Hope Alexander

Business Development Manager

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Amber Yount

Life Sciences Department Manager

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