BUILT BY KANSAS CITY FOR KANSAS CITY: A NEW SINGLE TERMINAL
WRITTEN BY: Joe McBride
A new single terminal is coming to Kansas City International Airport. The City Council formalized an agreement with the project developer, Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, on Feb. 8 and the work already underway involves dozens of local businesses that will play critical roles in bringing this picturesque facility to life.
As Edgemoor representatives work to finalize the details of their development agreement with city officials and bring the project to financial close, their design-build team, including builder, Clark | Weitz | Clarkson (CWC), and architect, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), have focused on advancing the terminal’s programming and design work, and preparing for preliminary construction activities.
To get more involvement and feedback, the Edgemoor team held a series of work sessions throughout the fall with the Kansas City Aviation Department and airline stakeholders to validate technical requirements for the terminal, baggage-handling scopes and other areas. The information gathered during these workshops helps the design-build team form the basis of planning for the terminal. Concurrently, the team is initiating conceptual design work, bringing together the various components of the project to lay the ground work for the new terminal.
In addition to the data collected from the airlines and airport operators, Edgemoor is also incorporating the feedback received from hundreds of residents who participated in one of nine community-design workshops. Residents’ top priorities were ensuring modern convenience, planning for growth and advances in technology and designing a unique facility that embodies the spirit of the region.
As design activities ramp up, the new terminal project team is expanding. More than 26 Kansas City-based design and engineering firms, including 21 minority- and women-owned businesses have joined the greater Edgemoor Team since December. Wellner Architects, Taliaferro and Browne, Custom Engineering, SK Design Group, Henderson Engineers, and Garver are among the firms working on the project. All 26 firms boast impressive resumes and add depth and a local perspective to the team.
TSI Geotechnical Inc. hit the ground running in February, performing essential environmental work. Analysis of the soil will help the team identify any contamination and preempt issues that could negatively impact the project.
To make way for the demolition of Terminal A this year, the team is repositioning chilled water lines, power, airplane fuel lines and other utilities. Local engineering firms 3T Design & Development and SK Design Group are among the businesses assisting SOM in designing utility packages.
Although Terminal A won’t be razed for several months, Raymond Okuagu and his firm, Premier Engineering Consultants, is working with SOM and CWC to design demolition packages detailing how subcontractors will deconstruct the 46-year-old facility.
“Our team has contributed to numerous high-profile projects in Kansas City, including Arrowhead and Sprint Center, but the new terminal will allow us to grow our aviation practice,” said Okuagu. “As individuals, we have done airport work. The KCI new terminal will be the first aviation project we’ll tackle together.”
As the terminal’s design moves ahead, construction planning also is in full swing. Clark | Weitz | Clarkson, (CWC) a joint venture that includes Clark Construction Group, The Weitz Company, and 140-year-old Kansas City-based heavy civil contractor Clarkson Construction, is preparing to release qualifications packages for structural steel, electrical, mechanical, baggage handling and numerous other trades. CWC started hosting outreach events in early March to walk potential bidders through the procurement steps and identify opportunities for large subcontracting firms to partner with local, minority, and women-owned shops.
While hundreds of Kansas Citians are already working on the project, even more local businesses and residents will join this massive effort to deliver the new facility, which is sure to have a transformative effect on regional air travel and elevate KCI into the spectacular gateway that many KCMO officials envision.