Meet the Team

Andrew BurnsAbout The Founder, Andrew Burns, LEED AP
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Andrew Burns has over 39 years of experience in the property development business. After receiving a degree in architecture, Burns successfully owned and operated a residential design-build company for more than 18 years.  He left residential construction to pursue creating two property development consulting businesses designed to serve private, corporate, and institutional property owners exclusively.

Burns is currently an active member with:
  • CMAA (Construction Management Association of America)
  • CSI (Construction Specifications Institute)
  • ULI (Urban Land Institute)
  • USGBC (US Green Building Council)

Burns is a sought after leader and expert in his field, and takes great pride in helping his clients increase their asset wealth and profits in their respective businesses. Andrew has worked with large institutional investors such as UBS, ING, and Aetna, as well as highly recognized companies in various construction projects such as Safeway Stores, Sears, Marriott Hotels, and more.

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Murray BlakeMurray C. Blake, Senior Project Manager
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Mr. Blake joined The Burns Companies in 2000 and has
more than 24 years of experience managing all types of construction projects as well as major renovations and restorations. Mr. Blake has been Director of Engineering for Hyatt, Meridian, Renaissance, and Marriott Hotels.

As Director of Engineering for Meridian Hotels Incorporated, Mr. Blake managed all engineering aspects of a 220,000 sq. ft. high rise building including 245 guestrooms, 7 meeting rooms, restaurant, bar, travel agency, and health club.  For Renaissance International Hotels Mr. Blake supervised 15 maintenance employees, oversaw 26 acres of grounds, 775,000 sq. ft. of space (9 buildings), 723 guestrooms, 58 meeting rooms, 2 restaurants, 2 lounges, health club, indoor & outdoor pools, business center, gift shop, 7 shuttle buses, and a par 3 golf course.

Later, as Director of Engineering for Marriott International Mr. Blake was responsible for all engineering building operations and project management, managed the engineering staff consisting of the supervisor, administrative assistant, and 12 associates. Mr. Blake provided engineering and training support to multiple Marriott properties.

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Mary DevineMary P. Devine, Senior Project Manager
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Ms. Devine joined The Burns Companies in 1995 and today has some 20 years of experience managing ground-up construction projects as well as major renovations and restorations. After serving as Assistant Director of Student Teaching at Boston College, Ms. Devine served as a research assistant at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, California.

For 14 years Ms. Devine served as Vice President-Treasurer for J.M. Devine Company, Inc. – a manufacturers’ representative of nondestructive testing equipment. Her responsibilities included inside and outside sales in a territory consisting of the six New England states, office management, customer service, corporate record keeping, accounts payable and receivable and payroll.

Ms. Devine has managed the completion of some of our most sensitive projects involving occupied properties that require close contact and coordination with property managers, occupants, ownership, and inspection officials. Ms. Devine has received numerous commendations from our clients for her thoughtfulness and good judgment.

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JOHN DOWNIEJohn Downie, Consulting Architect
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Mr. Downie has been a consultant to The Burns Companies since 1996 providing services in interior and exterior design involving a number of project types, property types and end-user needs.   He is licensed to practice Architecture in both California and Massachusetts – and he is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Before joining The Burns Companies, Mr. Downie worked for MW Steele Group Architects in California, where he ran his own firm in San Diego for several years before moving to Boston to work at the well-regarded firm of DiMella Shaffer Associates. At DiMella Shaffer, Mr. Downie managed the architectural processes, from design through construction, of a wide range of projects in senior living, multi-unit housing, interiors, as well as new construction and historic renovation. Mr. Downie supervised design teams, engineers and consultants, maintained relationships with contractors, owners, building officials and end-users. He developed firm protocols for integration of sustainable building techniques and promoted the firm through speaking engagements at national conferences.
Mr. Downie is an organized leader of complex, award winning projects and of diverse teams of architects, designers, engineers, consultants, contractors, owners, neighborhood groups, local governments, and federal funding agencies.  He has presented to various groups and associations on Green Building Design, Building Codes, and the impact of Sustainability and LEED programs.

Mr. Downie is an active member of:

  • American Institute of Architects
  • Boston Society of Architects
  • Green Decade, Newton

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Dorothy ReganDorothy Regan, LEED AP, MCPPO
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Ms. Regan joined The Burns Companies in 1993 and today has over 30 years of experience managing ground-up construction projects as well as major renovations and restorations. Ms. Regan is certified by the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) as a HUD certified housing manager, and by the US Green Building Council as a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Ms. Regan is a qualified Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO) – a program that promotes excellence in public procurement.

As past Executive Director of the Needham Housing Authority, Ms. Regan was responsible for supervision of all operations and managed the completion of a multi-million dollar Federal Turnkey complex of 76 units -- 50% for handicapped persons – from approved application through construction. The project was delivered on-time and within the established budgets. Ms. Regan is one of few women who holds a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Un-Restricted Construction Supervisors License – and she has held this distinction for over 20 years.

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