Edgemoor Team Selects Vanderlande for Baggage Services on New Terminal

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.Edgemoor Team design-builder Clark | Weitz | Clarkson (CWC) is pleased to add global market leader Vanderlande to the New Terminal project team.  Vanderlande will lead the design and installation of an individual carrier baggage handling system (ICS) at Kansas City International Airport – a critical component of the project.

Vanderlande’s Individual Carrier System, which has been implemented at airports like Heathrow, Munich, and Barcelona, delivers improved baggage service both to and from aircraft with reduced travel times, a smaller carbon footprint and reduced operating costs.

“Vanderlande’s reputation as a leader in airport process automation and years of experience make them the right partner for this project,” said Mark Goodwin, CWC Vice President.

“We are excited about the technology that Vanderlande brings to the New Terminal and the enhanced customer service benefits it will bring to our flying public,” said Pat Klein, Kansas City Director of Aviation. “We expect it to greatly enhance a crucial component of that experience.”

Established in 1949, Vanderlande has active systems in 600 airports world-wide, including 14 of the globe’s top 20 facilities. Their systems move more than 4.2 billion pieces of luggage each year. Vanderlande’s product development aims to find solutions that are healthier to work with, reduce consumption of natural resources, and minimize CO2 emissions, values that directly align with the New Terminal project team’s ongoing efforts to create a sustainable facility.

Vanderlande adds to the Edgemoor Team’s growing list of partners and continues the positive momentum that has been building on the project.

The demolition of Terminal A currently is underway and is expected to be complete by the end of summer. The New Terminal is scheduled to open in spring 2023. Follow the progress of the New Terminal project at BuildKCI.com.

Three Questions with Cheryl Schoenberg

Cheryl Schoenberg, Owner, From the Ground Up Photography

Cheryl Schoenberg, Owner, From the Ground Up Photography

Many entrepreneurs have varied backgrounds. Have you always been a photographer?

I actually have a degree in chemical engineering and worked for Proctor & Gamble for almost a decade. When our family relocated for my husband’s military career, I took a professional hiatus and dedicated my time to raising our children.

Believe it or not, my path to a career in construction photography started on a high school football field. Sitting high in the stands isn’t the best vantage point to watch your child if they are a member of the marching band. Sensing that other parents were frustrated with our “birds-eye” view, I assembled a photo team to shoot various events. With the support of the band director, we were given field access which allowed us to shoot about 5,000 photos a season. The photos were then made available for purchase to families, making it the largest fundraiser in the band’s history to that date and planting the seed for my next career.

What led you to the KC Strategic Partnership Program and what have you gained from it?

It was at one of Edgemoor’s community meetings that I first heard about the SPP program and then again while I was applying for my WBE designation from Kansas City. The instructors really provided us with an education on the construction industry, which was particularly helpful for me since I didn’t have a construction background. I also came out with a much clearer understanding of how business is done, which is extremely helpful as I look forward to working on this project for the next four years.

What does working on the New Terminal Project mean to you?

It of course mean’s a great deal to me professionally, but personally too. On a professional level, the ability to chronicle a project of this magnitude is tremendous. When people ask what it’s like to be on site, getting that close-up view, I always say, “It’s really kinda cool” because it is. On the personal side, I have a family connection to the original KCI. My mother-in-law’s uncle was Clarence Kivett, “the” Kivett of Kivett & Myers, the KC architecture firm who design the current KCI terminals. When talk of replacing the terminal started, they were naturally opposed for sentimental reasons, but now are on board and pleased that I will be documenting the process.

Let’s Build KCI! Hundreds Celebrate Historic Groundbreaking for New Terminal at Kansas City International Airport

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The Kansas City Aviation Department joined with the City of Kansas City, Mo., major airlines, developer Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, Clark | Weitz | Clarkson (CWC), organized labor and business representatives, to celebrate the long-awaited launch of the construction phase of a $1.5B modern single terminal at Kansas City International Airport. Hundreds of Kansas Citians attended the event that included the ceremonial first turning of the dirt and the start of demolition activities at Terminal A.

“On behalf of the entire airline community, we are excited to be part of this journey and celebrate such an incredible milestone for the city,” said Kyle O’Neal, Senior Regional Leader, Airport Affairs at Southwest Airlines. “The new terminal will support more efficient airline operations and allow airport users to enjoy the convenience of modern air travel in a facility with updated technology and amenities, close parking, spacious gate areas, and ample food and beverage options.”

At just over one million square feet, the Kansas City International Airport New Terminal is the largest single infrastructure project in the City’s history. It will have a profound and lasting economic impact on the region in the form of new jobs, opportunities for local and small businesses, and a first-class traveler experience for airport users. The facility will open with 39 gates and the ability to expand up to 50 gates in the future. The project will also include a 6,300 space parking structure, which will be constructed adjacent to the terminal building, a central utility plant, and landside and airside improvements.

“We’re excited to move forward on this landmark project for Kansas City and eager to put men and women to work,” said Geoff Stricker, Edgemoor Managing Director. “This has been a great partnership with the City and airline partners, and we look forward to building on that to deliver an exceptional new terminal for travelers and the airlines alike.”

Edgemoor has partnered with design-builder Clark | Weitz | Clarkson (CWC) to construct the New Terminal. The construction joint venture, which is comprised of Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Weitz Company, and Clarkson Construction Company, has collectively delivered more than 40 aviation projects nationwide; Skidmore Owings & Merrill is the project designer.

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The New Terminal project is expected to generate up to 5,000 construction-related jobs. Sixty local partners are already at work on the project, including 41 minority- and women-owned businesses. Edgemoor has pledged to maximize opportunities for local minority and women-owned firms, setting ambitious participation goals for 20% minority-owned and 15% women-owned businesses for professional and construction services, respectively.

“The new KCI is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to benefit working families and our broader community in a number of ways,” said Alise Martiny with the Greater Kansas City Building & Construction Trades Council. “Kansas City has one of the strongest and best qualified labor communities in the country. This will be an outstanding project with all the skilled trades and crafts from throughout our region, working together.”

The New Terminal project will be funded using 100 percent tax-exempt debt – the most cost efficient approach for the project. When complete, the new facility will replace the airport’s aging terminals, which opened in 1972.

“With the launch of the ‘Build KCI’ phase of the project, it will serve as the official source for up-to-the-minute construction news for passengers and members of the greater Kansas City community,” said Pat Klein Kansas City Aviation Director. “We will continue to champion the benefits of the new single terminal and how it will be a valued asset to Kansas City.”

The New Terminal will be built in the footprint of the airport’s existing Terminal A, which has been decommissioned. Interior demolition operations will begin this spring; structural demolition is expected to begin to mid to late-April. The new terminal is expected to open in early 2023.

Nine Local Minority- and Women-Owned Firms Tapped to Lead Demolition, Abatement, and Early Start Work on New Terminal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Preliminary construction activities on the Kansas City International Airport New Terminal are in full swing. Days after beginning auger-cast test pile drilling near Terminal A, Edgemoor’s design-builder, Clark | Weitz | Clarkson (CWC), announced its selection of firms to lead early-start work on the project. Fifty-five percent of the contract dollars awarded will go to certified Kansas City-based minority- and women-owned businesses, furthering the Edgemoor Team’s commitment to maximizing opportunities for small, local firms to participate on the $1.5 billion project.    

The following firms will soon begin mobilizing on site to prepare for the deconstruction of Terminal A, laying the groundwork for the new modern facility that will take its place.

  • Capital Electric and Alpha Energy and Electric, Temporary Electric and Data Service (MBE)

  • Genesis, Cut, Cap, and Make Safe Utilities (MBE)

  • Four J Environmental, Erosion Control (WBE)

  • IBC, Fencing and Maintenance of Traffic (WBE)

  • Renascent, Inc., Demolition & Abatement

Renascent will lead demolition and abatement operations on both existing Terminal A and its adjacent parking garage. The firm is perpetuating Edgemoor’s promise of creating opportunities for local firms to contribute to the project by building a team that includes five Kansas City-based minority- and women-owned businesses, including:

  • Maher Oil, Fuel Supply (WBE)

  • Richardson Hauling, Off-site Trucking (WBE)

  • JA Lillig Grading, Off-site Trucking, Labor & Supervision (MBE)

  • Exceptional Waste Solutions, Trash Dumpsters (MBE)

  • JA Lillig Excavation, Grading (WBE)

“We are thrilled to add new partners to our roster, and proud to work alongside firms who share our commitment to leaving a lasting positive impact on Kansas City through this project,” said Mark Goodwin, Vice President with Clark | Weitz | Clarkson.

Richardson Hauling, one of Renascent’s local partners, will perform off-site hauling services during demolition. The firm’s president, Dianna Richardson, recently completed the Kansas City Strategic Partnership Program (KC SPP), an intensive, six-month professional development course that Edgemoor offers to small business owners as part of its robust Terminal Workforce Enhancement Program. Richardson is a graduate of the inaugural KC SPP class, which included owners and leaders from 29 local firms. The program is offered at no cost to participants and provides students with project management and business fundamentals to help position them for greater success on future pursuits. Richardson is the first graduate of the program to secure a contract on the New Terminal project.

“This has been an incredible journey,” recalls Richardson, who first learned about the New Terminal two years ago. “I have been following this project since the Edgemoor Team hosted its very first subcontractor open house event in 2017.” Less than a year later, Richardson was enrolled in the KC SPP. “I was fortunate to participate in the Strategic Partnership Program. The course was an amazing experience that prepared me for this moment and will continue to help me throughout my career,” she notes. In a story-book ending, Richardson’s firm will begin work on the New Terminal this spring. “I love Kansas City.  This is going to be a historic project for our City -- and for me personally. I can’t wait to get started.”

Edgemoor established ambitious goals of 20% MBE and 15% WBE participation for construction services as part of its Developer Pledge. “One of the ways we intend to reach our participation goals on the New Terminal is by investing in the growth and development of Kansas City small businesses, like Richardson Hauling,” said Managing Director Geoff Stricker. “Witnessing Dianna secure a contract on the project drives home the importance of programs – like the Strategic Partnership Program – that provide a pathway to long-term growth and success.”

A groundbreaking ceremony for the New Terminal is scheduled for Monday, March 25, and will kick start early start activities. Interior demolition in Terminal A will begin in April, followed by demolition of the terminal superstructure and nearby parking garage in early summer. Construction of the New Terminal is anticipated to begin mid-2019.

For more information on the New Terminal’s construction procurement process, visit www.cwcjv.com or for general information on the KCI New Terminal project visit www.kci-edgemoor.com or follow kciedgemoor on Twitter.

Wheels Up: Groundbreaking Celebration Date Announced for the KCI New Terminal

KANSAS CITY, MO - A modern new single terminal will soon take shape at Kansas City International Airport. On the heels of the City Council’s 11-1 vote in support of moving forward with the $1.5 billion project, the Kansas City Aviation Department and Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate are pleased to announce plans for a groundbreaking celebration for the project later this month.

Groundbreaking festivities will be held on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Kansas City International Airport’s Terminal A parking structure. City officials, airline representatives, key project partners, and labor, community, and business leaders, are expected to be on hand for the event.

Kansas City International Airport is an important regional asset. Furthering their commitment to engaging the community in the process of delivering the New Terminal, the Aviation Department and Edgemoor teams are excited to open this momentous occasion to the public. Individuals interested in attending the groundbreaking must register here.

The New Terminal’s groundbreaking celebration will be a watershed moment in the life of the long-awaited project and will serve to kickstart critical construction actives, including interior demolition of Terminal A, as well as important project-related programs and services designed to strengthen local small businesses, grow the workforce of the future, and eliminate barriers to building a career in construction.

At 39 gates, and just over 1 million square feet, the New Terminal is the largest infrastructure project in Kansas City’s history and will have a profound and lasting economic impact on the region in form of new jobs, opportunities for local and small businesses, and a first-class traveler experience for airport users. The project is projected to generate up to 5,000 construction-related jobs.

Additional details regarding the March 25th groundbreaking celebration will be made available in the coming weeks.