Ross & Baruzzini Celebrates 65th, Lands Mexico City Airport

By on August 3, 2018

Ross & Baruzzini, Inc. (R&B), an international consulting and design firm which got its start in St. Louis, celebrated its 65th anniversary in business at the end of July, and announced that the firm had landed the assignment for technology engineering services for a new international airport in Mexico City.

Founded in 1953, by Donald Ross, Ross & Baruzzini has grown from a two-person engineering firm to its present team of more than 300 professionals that operate throughout the United States and serve clients in more than 30 countries. The firm’s founders established Ross & Baruzzini as a consulting and design firm from the very start with engineering roots grown from a great deal of focus on energy conservation. Early clients included the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Missouri Botanical Garden, Lambert St. Louis International Airport, and the State of California where we assisted with the development of their energy codes.

Dr. Donald Ross

Donald Ross held a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and MIT respectively, and earned his doctorate in Industrial Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Joe Barruzini had a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University. The pair were recognized by all of the leading professional engineering societies and industry organizations of the day including the American Consulting Engineers Council, the American Institute of Consulting Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Explosive Growth

Ross & Baruzzini has developed specializations in aviation, higher education and research, government, healthcare, cultural and commercial, intelligent transportation systems, utilities infrastructure, rail and transit, and public safety and communications. R&B has experienced explosive growth, both organically and through acquisitions, adding four firms in the past five years. It has expanded service offerings in specializations  while adding new offices in Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and Hamden, CT.

Headquartered in Webster Groves, Missouri, Ross & Baruzzini has repeatedly garnered local and national recognition. It has been voted a Best Place to Work by both the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis Business Journal.  Nationally, the company has moved up 200 spots in the last 10 years in annual industry rankings compiled by Engineering News Record.

William Overturf, III

“Our anniversary affords an opportunity to reflect on the core values and tradition of excellence established by Don Ross and Joe Baruzzini and to affirm our ongoing commitment to providing quality design and consulting services,” said William H. Overturf, III, president, who joined the firm in 1991. “The industry has seen tremendous change in the last 65 years. We have successfully adapted to these challenges – growing, expanding and most importantly creating new opportunities for our employees while preserving our original culture. The talent and commitment of our staff and loyal clientele has made this possible. We look forward to many more years of mutual success.”

Landing Mexico City Airport

R&B has been selected to provide comprehensive design and consolidation for more than 60 technology systems for the International Airport of Mexico City (NAICM).

The unique X-shaped, eight-million-square-foot main terminal is set to be the largest airport in Latin America and in its ultimate phase will top Los Angeles International, Chicago O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, handling more than 125 million passengers annually. Designed to be the world’s most sustainable airport, the $14 billion project will be one of the most innovative greenfield airport projects in the Americas.

“The Mexico City project is of particular significance in Latin America,” said Michael Zoia, Director of Aviation – North America. “It will become a key hub for transportation and tourism, providing numerous economic benefits to the region. The design of the terminal is going to be iconic, with London-based Foster + Partners creating a one of a kind, incredible structure. We look forward to continuing our collaboration as we complete the new international airport in Panama with them.”

Ross & Baruzzini’s experience in the aviation market spans more than 35 years, leading technology, security and operational consulting and engineering for more than 200 airports across North America and around the globe, including the world’s largest international airport in Dubai. In 2017, Ross & Baruzzini acquired CAGE, one of the leading airport baggage handling consulting firms.

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