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Patrick Clifford to head Water Services Group in Burns & McDonnell, Chicago

  • Patrick Clifford to head Water Services Group in Burns & McDonnell, Chicago

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With more than two decades of water, wastewater, engineering, construction and management experience, Patrick Clifford joins Burns & McDonnell in Chicago, Illinois. Clifford will lead a growing team of multidiscipline professionals, while broadening the firm's water and wastewater service offerings in the Upper Midwest.

"Having served clients in more than 20 states across the U.S., Patrick has a deep understanding of how to deliver safe, reliable and efficient water systems to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities," says Scott Newland, senior vice president and general manager of Chicago and Detroit offices for Burns & McDonnell. "His extensive industry experience, proven leadership abilities and strategic vision perfectly position him to spearhead the expansion of our water capabilities in the region."

Throughout his career, Clifford has successfully built and developed water and wastewater teams while managing more than $250 million per year in projects throughout the country. He most recently served as the regional water business line leader for a large international firm, growing a team of 100 professionals to nearly 1,000, across 30 offices. Clifford's robust resume includes projects in municipal and private drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, water resources, energy management and other general civil infrastructure.

"I'm excited to grow our team and provide clients with comprehensive solutions that will reduce the stress that can accompany complex projects," Clifford says. "I truly believe the Burns & McDonnell design-build and engineer-procure-construct (EPC) approach is second to none and look forward to using it to improve life cycle costs, reduce construction time and lower overall project costs while solving the infrastructure challenges facing municipalities and communities today."

Clifford currently serves on the board for the ACE Chicago Mentor Program and Groundhog Club of Chicago. Additionally, he is a member of the American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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