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New Terminal Opens at Kansas City International Airport, Bringing Enhanced Air Travel Experience to the Region

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Photo courtesy of Lucas Blair © SOM
Photo courtesy of Lucas Blair © SOM
Photo courtesy of Lucas Blair © SOM
Photo courtesy of Lucas Blair © SOM
Photo courtesy of Lucas Blair © SOM
Photo courtesy of Lucas Blair © SOM
Photo courtesy of Lucas Blair © SOM
KANSAS CITY, MO — The first flights recently departed from the new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport, marking the end of a five-year development, design, and construction effort and ushering in a new era of air travel in the region. The 1.1 million-square-foot, design-build project, developed by Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate and constructed by a joint venture team led by Clark Construction Group, and including The Weitz Company, and Clarkson Construction Company (CWC), was delivered ahead of schedule and on budget.

The new facility, which wholly replaces Kansas City's existing terminal buildings, features two levels, one for departures and one for arrivals, with wayfinding and sightlines, as well as an adjacent 6,200-space parking structure to provide a transition from parking to gate. Designed with adaptability and expansion in mind, the terminal opens with 40 gates with the capability to expand to 50 gates in the future.

The Edgemoor/CWC team, along with the Kansas City Aviation Department, and project designer, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, prioritized community engagement from the project's outset, hosting hundreds of project presentations and dozens of community design workshops and open house sessions to inform the community about the project and solicit their input on the new terminal's design and amenities.

"This project is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our project management team and trusted trade partners, as well as the ongoing support of the Kansas City community," said Mark Goodwin, Vice President with Clark Construction and Project Director in charge of the new terminal's design and construction. "The input from the community, and meaningful contributions of hundreds of Kansas City-based firms, helped ensure the project will have a lasting positive impact on residents, and on the business community."

The new terminal's features include the Kansas City Air Travel Experience — an airplane simulation room for anxious, first-time travelers or individuals with a fear of flying — a sensory room, quiet room, indoor and outdoor pet relief areas, the Variety KC Inclusive Family Play Zone, and glass boarding bridges to increase natural light, views of the airfield, and reduce flight anxiety. The new facility also has three times as many toilet fixtures post-security as the current terminals.

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The terminal features nearly 50 local and global eating and shopping experiences with 80 percent of the brands represented from the Kansas City region. The facility also features $5.6 million of newly commissioned art, showcased through 28 installations, 19 of which were created by artists who live in, or have ties to, the Kansas City area. The project is the largest One Percent for Art program in Kansas City history.

At $1.5 billion, the new terminal is the largest single infrastructure project in Kansas City history. More than 240 Kansas City-area firms contributed to the project, which generated over 6,500 design- and construction-related jobs. From the outset, Edgemoor/CWC committed to reaching transformative levels of participation from both minorities and women. The team implemented a series of programs to remove barriers that typically impact disadvantaged businesses from securing contracts and developed a first-of-its-kind workforce training program to build capacity in the local construction market. The workforce training program created a pathway to careers in the construction trades for 200 men and women. Those individuals went on to work more than 200,000 hours on the new terminal, earning more than $6.5 million in wages and benefits.

Through Edgemoor/CWC's intentional procurement strategy, 133 minority- and women-owned Kansas City-based firms were awarded contracts on the project, totaling more than $320 million. The team exceeded its project participation goals on every front, ultimately achieving 25.4 percent MBE and 18.7 percent WBE participation for construction services, and 20.5 percent MBE and 16.4 percent WBE participation for professional services.

In addition to meeting the city's goals for accessibility, inclusivity, and diverse participation, the new terminal is also among the most sustainable airport facilities in the nation. The project recently achieved LEED Gold certification, making it the first LEED v4 Gold BD+C: NC terminal/concourse project in the Midwest, and the second in the nation. Sustainable features include locally sourced materials, electric charging stations for personal and commercial vehicles, smart building systems, efficient lighting, and improved air quality.

"Throughout this project, we've focused on investing in the economic growth of women- and minority-owned businesses, while providing a state-of-the-art new terminal that will redefine standards for air travel," said Geoff Stricker, Edgemoor Senior Managing Director. "Kansas City is experiencing an exciting period of growth. We are honored to have delivered this transformative project to meet the evolving needs of the region."

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