Kansas City-based Burns & McDonnell on Thursday began work on a 450,000-square-foot expansion of its headquarters.
The groundbreaking attracted Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and local officials.
Burns & McDonnell is building a $140 million, two-phase expansion at the site of the former Beth Shalom synagogue at 9400 Wornall Road.
The $109 million project is being jointly funded by the property owner, VanTrust Estate.
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Burns & McDonnell announced in February that the expansion could house an additional 2,100 employees over the next decade. That would bring the company’s Kansas City workforce to 4,700 people.
The engineering firm could receive up to $8.5 million in Missouri tax incentives. The Missouri Department of Economic Development said the incentives depend on the firm meeting job creation and investment criteria.
In May, the Kansas City Council approved an incentive package that includes industrial development bonds and about $42 million in tax increment financing assistance over 23 years.
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