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The Burnham Story – Celebrating 20 Years! How It All Began…

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
This year Burnham celebrates its 20th anniversary and we’d like to take this opportunity to share with you the story of how Burnham Nationwide came to be, where we are headed and how Daniel Burnham’s message has inspired us along the way.

> “Make no Small Plans; They Have no Magic to Stir Men’s Blood. Make Big Plans, Aim High in Hope and Work.”

These words, attributed to Chicago architect and urban planner, Daniel Hudson Burnham, capture the essence of his visionary spirit. And just as Burnham envisioned greatness in every endeavor undertaken, at Burnham Nationwide so do we on a daily basis.

Daniel Burnham not only served as a catalyst for the company name, but also his beliefs have helped us become one of the premier regulatory and compliance consulting firms to the building and construction industries. 

> In The Beginning There Were Two…

Back in 1992, gas was $1.05 a gallon, the Sears Tower was the tallest building in the world, and Microsoft Works was released by Microsoft, there were two friends and business partners, Carson Kyhl and Mike Gaynor; each of whom shared a vision and a common goal: to offer a special experience for the construction industry to maintain municipal compliance. Creating this experience would require a new way of thinking, including: promoting a transparent approach for information exchange with governments, understanding the roles and responsibilities of everyone on the team, and most importantly – doing what we say we are going to do.

20 years later, with the support of dedicated and passionate employees, their vision, inspired by Daniel Burnham’s, can lay claim to success, having obtained well over 100,000 permits from coast to coast, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. 

> The Burnham Difference

The landscape that gave rise to Burnham Nationwide 20 years ago may be slightly different than today’s, but the principles that guide our business remain steadfastly unchanged:

* Caring for People – Appreciating every stakeholder, their role and responsibility, and always working to effectively and efficiently support one another

* Leading Through Innovation – Recognizing that success and growth happen by creating new and better processes

* Improving Productivity – Learning from experience and practicing tenacious problem solving

* Perfecting Customer Service – Assuming ownership of your satisfaction by consistently meeting or exceeding client expectations

At Burnham Nationwide, we add the human touch to a process that at times can be cumbersome and tedious. Every employee is committed to enhancing your experience, assuming ownership of each project from start to finish, and consistently following through on our promise to “Simply Get It Done”! 

 That’s only the beginning… up next, Burnham Nationwide expands upward and outward!

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Friends of Downtown

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Written by Mike Foley

Friends of Downtown has very interesting and informative free lectures on a variety of topics. With the centennial of the Burnham Plan, it is quite appropriate that their next event is “the Legacy fo the Chicago Plan.” The speaker is Dennis McCleandon, a noted expert on Daniel Burnham and the Chicago Plan.

Burnham Plan enthusiasts may also want to visit the official Burnham Centennial website, which includes a blog by Patrick T. Reardon.

When: Thursday, July 2nd, 12:15
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Room

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"Burnham is a first-rate operation. I rely on them to coordinate many of the permit-related tasks that I am too busy to do myself. I draw on their knowledge on changing municipal requirements, proactive problem solving and would definitely recommend them to others."
Rich Neubauer,
"I've had great success with Burnham for permit expediting, and recently learned they offer code consulting. They are great in meetings and provide excellent reports supported by detailed research and experience. I will use them whenever I have code issues on a project."
Jeff Kennedy,
Centaur Construction
"I like Burnham because their response time is terrific. They're professional with a systematic approach and solid corporate infrastructure - and their web-based system shows me exactly what is happening with my permits at all times."
Tom McCloskey,
The Related Companies, L.P.
"Working with Burnham makes the best use of my resources. It would be too costly for me to have staff who know as much as they do about the permit process."
Mike Moravek,
The John Buck Company
"Burnham is always a vital part of our Project Team. Their level of service and professionalism far surpasses their competition. The first call I make when a new project comes in is to Burnham."
Gregg Navins,
OMARA Organization, Inc
"We have tried other permit services in the past but only Burnham delivers the level of detail, follow through and accountability necessary to be successful in today's complex permit acquisition arena."
Dave Morgan,
The Body Shop
"Speed and efficiency are paramount, we aren't looking for just another layer of project management. Burnham gets the process due to their strong knowledge of jurisdictional requirements, and excellent working relationships with municipal staffs."
Glenn D. Middleton,
Design Forum
"We have come to rely heavily on Burnham's expertise... they have developed a professional consulting practice that we are proud to be associated with."
Michael T Clune,
Clune Construction Company