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Greater Opportunity for Small Businesses Through Low-Interest Small Business Loans & Pay Without Delay

Cash-flow is the most-often cited obstacle for small businesses. Not having the resources to add employees, or being able to sustain their companies during what can be lengthy pay cycles, are the top reasons many small firms do not pursue work that could otherwise help grow their businesses. In order to make work on the new terminal accessible to more small businesses, the Edgemoor team has partnered with Lead Bank to provide a low-interest loan program for disadvantaged firms. Furthermore, Edgemoor and it's construction team, Clark | Weitz | Clarkson (CWC), have made a commitment to its subcontractors to pay verified invoices within two weeks of receipt, instead of the traditional 45-60 days. As one small business owner noted, this “pay without delay” policy is a “game changer” for small firms.

Edgemoor Team Selects Local Powerhouse JE Dunn as Design-Builder for KCI New Terminal Parking Structure

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Edgemoor Team delivering a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport is expanding its ranks with notable local talent. Edgemoor team member Clark | Weitz | Clarkson (CWC), the joint venture responsible for the design and construction of the New Terminal, has selected JE Dunn Construction as the design-builder for the KCI New Terminal parking structure. JE Dunn joins a growing list of homegrown firms making significant contributions to the design and construction of the New Terminal project. Just two weeks ago, CWC announced the addition of mechanical contractor U.S. Engineering Company and electrical services contractor Capital Electric Construction Company to the team. Combined, the mechanical, electrical, and parking garage scopes represent nearly 40 percent of construction activities on the new terminal – all awarded to Kansas City-based firms.

CWC Vice President Mark Goodwin calls the addition of the local construction giant a “win for the project, and the City.”  “JE Dunn’s national reputation for quality work and strong local relationships make them a great partner and addition to our growing team; we're proud to have them on board,” notes Goodwin.

As design-builder for the seven-level parking facility, JE Dunn will lead the engineering and architectural design of the new structure and is responsible for coordinating design with the terminal building and all aspects of construction. The parking garage will sit adjacent to the new terminal and is estimated to include 6,500 parking spaces, a more than 50 percent increase compared to the current garage spaces at KCI. The firm is busy building out its team with local companies to carry forward Edgemoor’s commitment to maximizing opportunities for minority- and women-owned firms on the project.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., JE Dunn brings 90 years of construction experience and a deep bench of local talent to the KCI project. The firm’s reputation for delivering award-winning work, including projects like the Cerner Innovations Campus, Phases I and II, and Kansas City Missouri Police Department East Patrol Division and Regional Crime Lab, has earned them national industry recognition, including Engineering News-Record’s Midwest Contractor of the Year title in 2017. The company has amassed a national aviation portfolio, which includes a combined 1.47 million square feet of parking garage space at Terminals A and C at Kansas City International Airport. JE Dunn has nearly 1,100 employees in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, many of whom will support efforts to deliver the new parking structure.

“We are excited to join the Edgemoor Team and work alongside Clark, Weitz, and Clarkson to deliver critical infrastructure that will have a positive impact on the Kansas City economy for decades to come,” said Paul Neidlein, JE Dunn’s Midwest Region President. “JE Dunn is focused on delivering the best result for Kansas City and is committed to utilizing small, local firms to achieve that outcome.”

JE Dunn joins a growing and diverse team of local Edgemoor partners, which collectively includes more than 40 Kansas City-based firms, 33 of which are certified minority- and women-owned businesses.

Edgemoor Managing Director Geoffrey Stricker expressed his satisfaction with the latest addition to the KCI team. “We are thrilled to add another qualified and respected construction partner to our ranks. It’s easy to see the dramatic impact JE Dunn has had on the Kansas City landscape; they will bolster our ability to deliver world-class results.”  

The latest addition of JE Dunn marks another important step forward in the New Terminal’s construction process. While several major design-build construction contracts have already been awarded, this is only the beginning of a year-long construction procurement process. “Abundant opportunities exist for local firms of all sizes,” notes Goodwin. “CWC is resolute in our commitment to building a diverse and qualified team, maximizing local participation, and creating meaningful opportunities for minority-, women-owned, and small businesses to contribute on this project,” adds Goodwin. “Our partners share in our commitment.”

A groundbreaking for the KCI New Terminal is anticipated this fall; and construction activities will begin in early 2019.

With a full design team in place, the addition of Edgemoor’s permanent financial team, and a growing roster of construction partners -- including JE Dunn -- the New Terminal project is moving full steam ahead. “This is a busy and exciting time for our team, remarked Stricker. “We look forward to working alongside our local partners to continue the positive momentum.”

About Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate
Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate
is a leader in the development, financing, and operations of public buildings, infrastructure, and commercial real estate, and has delivered (or has under construction) more than $3 billion public-private partnerships (P3s) nationally, including the KU Central District Development project in Lawrence, KS; the Long Beach Courthouse and Long Beach Civic Center projects in Long Beach, CA; and the University of California, San Francisco Sandler Neuroscience Center. In 2017, Edgemoor was selected by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, to lead the development, design, and construction of a new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport. 

For more information on the KCI New Terminal project, or the Edgemoor Team, visit www.kci-edgemoor.com or follow kciedgemoor on Twitter.

About Clark | Weitz | Clarkson, A Joint Venture
Clark | Weitz | Clarkson
is a joint venture team comprised of Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Weitz Company, and local heavy civil contractor, Clarkson Construction. CWC is a member of the greater Edgemoor Team and responsible for leading design and construction efforts on the KCI New Terminal project. The team boasts a combined 400 years of construction experience and has successfully delivered complex airport projects across the country, including work at Los Angeles International Airport, Houston Hobby Airport, Dulles International Airport, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Sea-Tac International Airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Reagan National Airport, Tampa International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Midway Airport, among others.

For more information on the KCI New Terminal’s construction procurement process, visit www.cwcjv.com.

About JE Dunn Construction
JE Dunn Construction was founded in 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri. Headquartered in downtown Kansas City, JE Dunn is the 11th largest domestic general building contractor in the United States with offices in 20 locations. Our vision is to be an indispensable business partner for our clients by first understanding their purpose, goals, and customers and then delivering transformational solutions with certainty of results. We maintain a commitment to our guiding principles, the philosophy of our business operation which is both family and employee-owned. JE Dunn’s purpose is to enrich lives through inspired people and places. www.jedunn.com

 

KCI Partner Profile - Parson + Associates

Name: Jason Parson

Company Name: Parson + Associates

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1. Where is your company located?
Parson + Associates is located at the corner of 18th & Vine Streets, in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri’s Historic Jazz District.

2. How long have you been in business in Kansas City? 
2018 marks our 11-year anniversary.

3. How did you get your start in the industry?
I was motivated to get started in the industry during my time at war—Operation Iraqi Freedom—in 2003-2004. While at war, I was determined to play a more of an active role in my community. Upon returning home, I worked part-time for a local firm and was ultimately encouraged to venture out on my own.  

4. What types of services do you provide?
We specialize in providing strategic communications, outreach, and government relations services.

5. How many employees do you have working for you in and around Kansas City?
We currently have six full-time employees.

6. What is your role on the KCI New Terminal project?
Our team is the local lead for communications and community outreach.

7. How does the KCI project compare in size/scale to others on which you’ve worked? 
Our team has had the good fortune to work on some of the City’s largest and most impactful public projects, including construction of the Downtown KC Streetcar and the East Patrol Station & Crime Lab Campus. While the new terminal is certainly the largest in terms of total project budget, we have worked on many that are similar in terms of impact to the immediate community and region. 

8. What excites you most about this project? 
This is a generational opportunity for our region. It reinforces that Kansas City is ready and willing to do what it takes to maintain our status as a city on the move.  

9. Describe the impact you think the KCI New Terminal project will have on the local design and construction community and/or the City. 
It challenges our local design community in ensuring they are forward-thinking and gives them an opportunity to show the world the talent we have here in our city. This is a great opportunity to keep our city working. It is an even greater opportunity for M/WBE construction firms to use this opportunity as a springboard for healthy growth and future success.  

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KCI Partner Profile - Leigh & O’Kane, L.L.C.

Name:  Amanda Bush, P.E. & Adam O’Kane, P.E.

Company Name:  Leigh & O’Kane, L.L.C.

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1. Where is your company located?
Our main office in Kansas City and we have an office in 9201 Ward Parkway in Kansas City, Missouri.

2. How long have you been in business in Kansas City? 
Leigh & O’Kane was founded in 1986 and we have been in Kansas City for our entire 32-year history.

3. How did you get your start in the industry?
Our firm was founded on providing innovative structural engineering solutions to our clients. We pride ourselves on creative problem-solving solutions that meets the needs of our clients. 

4. What types of services do you provide?
We provide structural engineering services for both horizontal and vertical design. Our firm was founded on vertical building design and we have since expanded into horizontal structural design. Along with our design services we also provide structural inspection services

5. How many employees do you have working for you in and around Kansas City?
We currently have a staff of 15.

6. What is your role on the KCI New Terminal project?
We will be responsible for the structural design of the parking structure, elevated roadways, and pedestrian access tunnel for the new terminal.

7. How does the KCI project compare in size/scale to others on which you’ve worked? 
We have been fortunate throughout our firm’s history to be involved in a multitude of major projects throughout the Kansas City metro area, including design of the Bartle Hall Conference Center, Kansas Speedway, Starlight Theatre, and the Kansas City Chiefs Training Facility to name a few. The KCI New Terminal project will become another milestone project in our firm’s history.

8. What excites you most about this project? 
We are excited to be part of a collaborative design team that will shape the future of our city.

9. Describe the impact you think the KCI New Terminal project will have on the local design and construction community and/or the City. 
This is a very significant project for our city that will give many local design and construction firms an opportunity to be a part of something that will be here for generations to come.

 

 

KCI Partner Profile - FSC, Inc.

Name:  Sonia Garapaty, CEO

Company Name:  FSC, Inc.

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1. Where is your company located?Our main office in Kansas City and we have an office in 9225 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 300, Overland Park, Kansas 66210.

2.  How long have you been in business in Kansas City? 
Since 1979.

3.  How did you get your start in the industry?
In January 1979, Hasu Doshi formed Fire Sprinkler Consultants, Inc. to provide professional fire protection engineering consulting services to architects, owners and contractors. The company started with only one other employee: his wife, Subhi Doshi. I am their daughter and joined in 2005 and am now the majority owner and CEO. Over the past 39 years the company has grown to become “The FSC Family” by adding MEP, code, and commissioning services, and has expanded into the global market. 

4.  What types of services do you provide?
We are a multi-disciplinary engineering company that provides fire protection, mechanical, electrical and plumbing, code/life safety, commissioning, LEED and sustainable design, and fire and smoke modeling services throughout the United States and internationally.

5.  How many employees do you have working for you in and around Kansas City?
30 employees.

6.  What is your role on the KCI New Terminal project?
FSC is to provide fire protection and code consulting services.

7.  How does the KCI project compare in size/scale to others on which you’ve worked?  
FSC is accustom to providing design and consulting services on small and large projects locally as well as internationally.  FSC is currently providing fire protection, MEP and code / life safety services for Terminal C, Customs / FIS Facility and our MEP services for Post Gates 1 and 28. FSC was the prime and provided fire protection and MEP services for the $184 million renovation of the KCI Airport (1998-2006) that included passenger terminals, baggage areas, FIS facility, parking and bus facility, and parking garages. FSC also provided fire protection and code consulting services for a new $1.2 billion, 5 million SF aircraft hangar maintenance facility for Saudi Airlines.

8.  What excites you most about this project? 
While we have worked with many recognizable firms on other comparable projects in different parts of the U.S., we are over-the-moon that we get to invest our time and professional services into modernizing our own local community. We are excited to give the citizens of KC what they asked for. The KCI New Terminal project is building Kansas City’s legacy and solidifying the reputation of growth and innovation Kansas City is quickly becoming known for. We’re excited to be a part of something so important to so many who call Kansas City, home. 

9. Describe the impact you think the KCI New Terminal project will have on the local design and construction community and/or the City. 
This is a great opportunity for FSC and all the local small design and construction firms that have been contracted; to display their professional services on a very iconic Kansas City project. This momentous project may be the one that opens doors that have been locked for so many WBE’s, MBE’s, and other smaller firms.