Program management services help power utilities maintain adequate safety, quality, cost, and schedule controls for large, complex initiatives or the execution of high-volume, interrelated projects. This allows the program manager to serve as a single source of accountability to link individual components and strategic objectives together to deliver the program efficiently.
Program management is an expanding need for utilities as several industry headwinds converge. Utilities are responding to the changing needs of the grid because of new state and federal clean energy policies, microgeneration of clean energy, and the explosive growth of transportation electrification infrastructure for EV cars and mass transit vehicles. These demands are met with aging grid infrastructure that needs modernization or replacement to maintain reliable, resilient service.
To further strengthen its expanded service offerings, Burns & McDonnell has appointed Brian Jacoby as the Director of the new program management team in Chicago. With over 30 years of project and program experience in the power sector, Jacoby brings valuable experience and knowledge of managing large programs and capital projects to the team.
“I am thrilled to lead the program management team here in Chicago,” Jacoby said. “We have extremely talented individuals who are already doing great work for our clients, and we look forward to growing this team as we continue to expand in the region.”
The team is designed to assist power utilities in navigating the complexities of large-scale capital projects and programs while maintaining regulatory compliance, delivering cost-effectiveness, and managing risk. Burns & McDonnell program managers offer consistent processes, procedures, and reporting to support client teams and provide proficiency.
“Power utilities are under stress to complete large capital projects to meet clean energy goals while keeping costs down for their ratepayers,” said Tim Faber, Vice President in the Transmission & Distribution Group of Burns & McDonnell in Chicago. “Under Brian’s leadership, our program management team will deliver exceptional results, helping our clients achieve their program and financial goals.”