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Black & Veatch Number One in Telecom for Third Consecutive Year


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Engineering News-Record ranking shows industry leadership in critical human infrastructure

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Black & Veatch is the top U.S. engineering and design company for telecommunications projects in 2011, according to a just-released study by Engineering News-Record (ENR). This is the third consecutive year that Black & Veatch has achieved the number one ranking in telecommunications.

In ENR’s Top 500 Rankings, Black & Veatch is also ranked 2nd in power, 7th in water and 8th in sewer/wastewater. The company is ranked 14th overall on the Top 500 list, up from 16th the previous year. Also, for 2011, the Federal Times ranks Black & Veatch the No. 5 architect-engineer in providing services to the U.S. Government.

The many successes in 2011 have further strengthened Black & Veatch’s position as the leading brand in critical human infrastructure. The company’s global business lines saw rising market demand in 2011, and there was an increase in expanded scope delivery, where the company takes overall responsibility for large, complex infrastructure programs in energy, water and telecommunications.

To meet the demand for its services, employment increased 13 percent in 2011 to more than 9,000. Black & Veatch’s overall business growth has resulted in a need for additional professionals, especially in engineering and technical-related fields. The company is hiring in many of its 100 locations worldwide, including more than 1,000 job openings in the U.S. with about 500 in the Kansas City Metro area.

“We are in a strong position to continue our growth in 2012,” said Len Rodman, Chairman, President and CEO. “The need is increasing for the critical human infrastructure that we provide globally. This includes energy, water, telecommunications and security.”

ENR is an industry publication of the McGraw-Hill Companies. ENR provides news, analysis, commentary and data that construction industry professionals use to do their jobs more effectively. It has been published since 1917. The Top 500 Rankings are based on revenues. Black & Veatch’s total revenue for 2011 was $2.6 billion. The Federal Times was founded in 1965 and provides news and information for U.S. Government managers.

Editor’s Notes:

·Black & Veatch’s telecommunications division has generated a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 109 percent over a three-year period in revenues. This resulted from work to help wireless carriers meet the continued demand for faster speeds and broader coverage and the need for utilities to further automate their networks with digital technology.
·The company’s energy business increased its business sharply. This growth included projects in India, Southeast Asia and South Africa for natural gas, natural gas processing, liquefied natural gas, fossil fuel and renewable power generation, nuclear and power delivery.
·The company provided the design for one of the world’s largest natural-gas-fired power plants that serves more than 2 million homes in India.
·Black & Veatch performed the engineering and construction management of the Kusile Power Station in South Africa, one of the largest energy projects in the world, as well as construction of power facilities in Malaysia and Vietnam.
·Black & Veatch’s water business has major projects in the U.S., UK and Asia. This includes design and construction of a major water project that produces about 70 percent of the water needs for the city of Santa Monica, Calif. The company also completed the development of the Glencorse Water Treatment Works in Scotland that provides drinking water to more than 500,000 residents.
·The water business was recently selected for the initial project for Kansas City, Missouri’s long-term control plan to reduce combined sewer overflows. The water business is assisting Olathe, Kan., to evaluate its water treatment plant assets; and helping WaterOne of Johnson County, Kan., expand its distribution system to better meet customer demands.
·Black & Veatch’s federal services division showed strong successes through program and project work for government agencies providing critical human infrastructure in the U.S. and globally. Projects included more than doubling the amount of electricity available in Afghanistan; as well as design work for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and services to improve biological threat security for the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
·Black & Veatch’s management consulting division also grew in 2011. The management consulting division increased its revenues by 14 percent in 2011. The division advises clients on business and technical issues. It also publishes strategic reports for the energy and water industries along with energy market forecasts that help utilities better forecast and meet electric demand. The division has brought opportunities for the company’s energy, water and telecommunications businesses, including a 20-year Integrated Resource Plan for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.
·Additional Kansas City area projects include ongoing work for Sprint, Westar Energy, the Kansas City, Kan., Board of Public Utilities and Unified Government of Wyandotte County.

Black & Veatch is an employee owned, global leader in building Critical Human Infrastructure™ in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2011 were US$2.6 billion. Follow us on and in social media.

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