Burns & McDonnell names new VP of transmission projects

Ken Gerling has been promoted to vice president of transmission projects within the Transmission & Distribution Group at Burns & McDonnell.

During his 25-year career at Burns & McDonnell, Gerling has managed transmission projects with capital costs of up to $1.9 billion and led teams with as many as 350 members. His experience includes project planning, design and construction management from inception to close out. He is known for his outstanding work managing difficult and large projects.

In the last 12 years, Gerling has worked with regional offices in Arizona, Connecticut and Southern California on some of the largest, most complex programs in the country.

One example was the Sunrise Powerlink, a 117-mile transmission line completed for San Diego Gas & Electric in 2012. Gerling was the owner’s engineer and construction manager.

Sunrise Powerlink started in the desert and passed through rugged terrain, rising into a forest as high as 5,600 feet above sea level. At the peak of construction, more than 35 helicopters were in the air at one time and more than 1,000 workers were spread out along the 117 miles of right-of-way.

In 2012 Gerling returned to Burns & McDonnell world headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2013 he became director of transmission projects.

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