Since our inception in 1908, Kelso-Burnett has been a leader in providing high-quality electrical services to businesses in the commercial industry. Our distinguished reputation has given rise to many commercialized projects within the Midwest. Whether we’re working on the design/build of a new corporate headquarters or installations and modernizations for an existing facility, we have the expertise necessary to carry out your vision while providing unique and valuable benefits along the way.


For decades, Kelso-Burnett has served the complete electrical needs of companies in a variety of industrial settings. We have upgraded plants with equipment and techniques to modernize operations, shrink energy costs and facilitate enhanced work efficiency. We have also provided services ranging from the installation of high voltage to the conversion of DC to AC motors. Safe and efficient working conditions are Kelso-Burnett trademarks, and we always schedule according to the needs of our clients. We wish to ensure that our clients’ establishments are technologically modernized, and in getting there, will continue to stress safety as our number one priority.


At Kelso-Burnett, we understand the importance of welfare and safety within your healthcare facilities. That’s why many of the most trusted names in healthcare rely on Kelso-Burnett for high-quality services ranging from expansions and renovations, to a variety of voltage installations. From hospitals to assisted living complexes, we are proud to provide services to a growing number of healthcare facilities.

energy solutions

Kelso-Burnett is helping customers access affordable, clean energy. Using a range of ever-evolving technologies such as solar heating, photovoltaics, solar thermal energy and solar architecture, Kelso-Burnett is helping pave the way to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.


  • Commercial Photovoltaic Systems
  • Industrial Photovoltaic Systems
  • Utility Scale Photovoltaic Systems
  • Photovoltaic System Design & Engineering
  • Commissioning & Testing
  • Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs)
  • Conceptual Budgeting
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical System Design

operations & maintenance

  • Scheduled Inspection & Preventative Maintenance
  • Emergency Maintenance and Repair


For nearly a century, Kelso-Burnett has had the privilege of serving some of the largest and most respected companies in the utilities market. In 1931, we entered the market with the renovation of Chicago offices from DC to AC power. Today, our services range from heater, cable, and panel replacements to precipitator repairs and the installation of generators. For added convenience, we also have the ability to maintain a consistent stream of power through all necessary repairs and replacements.


Kelso-Burnett’s experience in providing services to the institutional market continues to grow with time. Our quality and professionalism have earned us the opportunity to work on several of the most recognized projects for Illinois’ vital institutions. Our services range from the construction of new facilities to the renovation and remodeling of older structures. Our awareness of managing quality institutions is a top priority, along with providing a safe environment for others.

Virtual Design & Construction Services

The Virtual Design and Construction Services department of Kelso-Burnett is committed to providing accurate and timely coordination and installation documents to all projects. Our dedicated partnership with our customers, foremen and field workers allow for greater productivity and bring clarity to the ever-changing and increasingly complex construction industry.


Kelso-Burnett has had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of retail businesses in the Midwest. Our services range from complete store renovations to the installation of generators, low voltage and voice data systems, and our service offerings continue to expand. Whatever your need, Kelso-Burnett is dedicated to helping you meet your goals, while ensuring a high level of safety and work efficiency in your retail organization.

Data Centers

When it comes to cutting-edge technology, Kelso-Burnett offers the services you need to keep your data center up to speed. Our services range from data center design/build to expansions and remodeling, with many other options in-between. As a company we are well known for building and enhancing data centers across Chicagoland, you can be sure you’ll receive only the utmost quality of services.


Kelso-Burnett clients will benefit from the variety of quality services we offer for interior projects. Many renowned organizations have confidently chosen Kelso-Burnett to carry out their interior projects based on our reliable reputation as well as the level of modern technology we bring to each job. We look forward to continuing to assist companies with their interiors, from headquarters and office build-outs to tenant renovations, and more.

Design Engineering

Design engineering is the fastest growing method of project delivery in the country. It’s not only popular among owners but is also becoming the method of choice for developers, contractors and design professionals. Besides being cost effective, design engineering creates a teamwork environment in which all parties work together to ensure success. This results in a higher level of quality and workmanship, a faster turnaround time, a more acute attention to detail and a lower risk of error.

Design Engineering services

  • CHP  – Combined Heat and Power Plant
  • Substation
  • Control systems equipment and HVAC
  • HMI Human Machine Interface – graphical work stations using IFix – GE products
  • Renewable design and the install of solar, electric PV, solar thermal and wind
  • Energy consultation of both natural gas and electrical via Constellation
  • Generator optimization modeling in real time and day ahead pricing market
  • Equipment failure, accident investigation as a member of IENGA
  • Thermal equipment scans for both electrical and mechanical
  • Arc flash studies and coordination studies for electrical infrastructure


  • ICC licensed Renewable installer
  • P.E. licensed in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, Wisconsin
  • Past president of the MCA Midwest Cogeneration Association
  • Member and Board member of MCA
  • Member of ISPE and IEEE


We aim to exceed our customer’s expectations by maximizing the value of our prefabricated outputs on all projects while minimizing cost, waste, and time delays. Determining our lean construction strategy starts on day one. From an operational standpoint, lean construction is a key ingredient to our success with clients as well as our workforce. Our commitment to continuous improvement is a testament to our experience in this area of our business and the construction industry alike. With our multiple prefabrication sites, we have the capability to assemble project components, either completely or partially offsite. This offsite manufacturing process promotes a consistent quality for construction projects. Allowing us to finish projects more quickly and efficiently for our clients.

benefits of electrical prefabrication

  • Increased Installation Efficiency: Electrical assemblies are built to exact specifications, so once they are prefabricated and delivered on-site, they simply need to be connected to the electrical supply to start working, greatly increasing efficiency. This also limits lost time retrieving forgotten tools and materials since most of the work is already complete.
  • Less Material Handling: Prefabrication eliminates unnecessary material handling on the job site.
  • Reduced Labor Costs: By performing repetitive installations your team requires less time, saving you labor costs.
  • Faster Turnaround Time: With finalized plans, equipment can be prefabricated before the building is even built, which can shorten the project timeline.
  • Higher Quality: Eliminating the negative impact of weather by prefabricating in a controlled environment allows for higher quality output.