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.

City Council Vote Gives Flight to New Single Terminal at Kansas City International Airport

KANSAS CITY, MO - A modern new single terminal will soon take shape at Kansas City International Airport. Kansas City, Missouri’s City Council voted last Thursday to approve Ordinance 180862 related to the new facility, confirming Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate’s position as the City’s development partner and marking the final step needed for construction to begin. City Council’s approval comes on the heels of the airlines’ agreement to pay for the new $1.5 billion project and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) approval of the project’s Environmental Assessment.

The New Terminal will be built in the footprint of the airport’s existing Terminal A, which has been decommissioned and will be deconstructed this spring. The facility will open with 39 gates and the ability to expand up to 50 gates in the future. Additional facets of the project 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. When complete, the new facility will replace the Airport’s aging B and C terminals, which were built in 1972.

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.

At just over 1 million square feet, the KCI 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. As part of its commitment to delivering a transformational project, Edgemoor has and will continue to implement programs and services designed to strengthen small businesses, train and grow the workforce of the future, and eliminate barriers to building a career in construction. The New Terminal is projected to generate up to 5,000 construction-related jobs. Edgemoor also has pledged to maximize opportunities for local minority- and women-owned firms to contribute to the project, setting ambitious participation goals of 20% MBE and 15% WBE for both professional services and construction services alike. Thus far, the Edgemoor Team has awarded contracts to more than 50 local firms, including well-respected companies such as JE Dunn Construction, Lockton Companies, and Henderson Engineers. That total includes 33 Kansas City-based minority- and women-owned businesses.

The New Terminal will be funded using 100 percent tax-exempt debt -- the most cost-efficient approach for the project. Edgemoor, the Kansas City Aviation Department (KCAD), the City of Kansas City, and the airlines have been working in partnership to structure the transaction in order to achieve a strong credit rating. Bonds to fund the project will be sold through the Kansas City Industrial Development Authority this spring. 

Edgemoor was selected as Kansas City’s development partner in September 2017, following a competitive city-led procurement process. Development, design, and construction personnel have been working closely with KCAD and its airline partners for more than a year to advance important early phases of design, budgeting, and enabling work and complete the project’s environmental assessment, an important prerequisite to construction.

“Kansas City deserves a modern new terminal that reflects our world-class city, provides a safe and efficient traveler experience for airport users, and serves the long-term needs of the Aviation Department and our airline partners,” noted Kansas City Aviation Director Pat Klein. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Edgemoor, its design-builder CWC, and the airlines, to deliver a facility that not only achieves these goals but positions the region for long-term growth and prosperity.”

With FAA approval in place, and a contract with the City, the Edgemoor Team will focus on driving forward the next phase of the project and activating the programs and services it has promised to deliver to the region as part of its Terminal Workforce Enhancement Program. Schematic Design work will commence in the coming weeks. A groundbreaking for the project is scheduled for later this month. Demolition activities inside existing Terminal A are anticipated to begin in March; structural demolition will follow in late spring with excavation and foundations work starting this summer.

“This is an exciting time for Kansas City and Edgemoor is honored to serve as their development partner during this journey,” commented Edgemoor Managing Director Geoff Stricker. “The City Council’s “yes” vote ushers in the next chapter in the life of this project and signals the start of many important programs and services that our team has committed to providing in order to leave a legacy impact in Kansas City. We are eager to begin the process of building a world-class new gateway for the region and ready to move forward.”

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

Kansas City Firm, Lockton Companies, Selected as Broker for KCI Terminal Modernization Project

Hometown company to provide insurance and risk management advice

KANSAS CITY - Edgemoor team design-builder, Clark | Weitz | Clarkson, has added another highly-respected Kansas City-based firm to its ranks. The team awarded the contract for insurance placement and administrative services on the KCI new terminal project to local insurance firm, Lockton Companies. The award furthers the Edgemoor team’s commitment to delivering a transformational project by amplifying opportunities for local businesses to contribute to the new terminal’s development, design and construction.

Founded in Kansas City in 1966, Lockton Companies has a longstanding local presence and deep roots in the community. Formed as an insurance and surety broker for the construction industry, the firm has expanded exponentially in both service offerings and geographic reach. Lockton’s Kansas City offices support both local and global clients and are home base for nearly 1,400 associates who live and work in the region. Construction and design remains the company’s largest industry and accounts for nearly a quarter of its revenue.

As part of their role on the project, Lockton will provide insurance placement and administration services, along with risk management consulting.

“Lockton is honored and excited to be part of making the new KCI terminal possible,” said Joe Agnello, CEO of Lockton’s Kansas City operation. “KCI is the gateway to our hometown, and we look forward to helping Edgemoor and the Clark | Weitz | Clarkson team create a world-class airport to serve our community and welcome visitors.”

Lockton enhances a growing and diverse cohort of local firms who will deliver the new terminal project. Collectively, the greater Edgemoor Team is comprised of more than 50 Kansas City-based firms - 33 of which are certified minority- and women-owned businesses. Lockton plans to enlist additional minority- and women-owned businesses to help administer the complex insurance program.

The project team also includes local general contractor, JE Dunn; construction firms, U.S. Engineering and Capital Electric; design and engineering firms Taliaferro & Browne and Garver; and financial services companies, Lead Bank and Kutak Rock, among many others.

Mark Goodwin, Clark | Weitz | Clarkson vice president and program manager for the new terminal, expressed his excitement about the latest addition to the project team, adding, “Lockton has a longstanding reputation as a top-notch insurance broker. Their technical knowledge, relevant industry experience, and national standing makes them the right partner for this project.”

Geoff Stricker, managing director for Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate called the addition of Lockton another positive step for the project and the community. “From day one, the Edgemoor Team made a promise to ensure the new terminal was a project for Kansas City by Kansas City. Our commitment to building a diverse and qualified team, maximizing local participation, and creating meaningful opportunities throughout this journey remains strong,” said Stricker. “We are confident that Lockton will enhance our ability to provide a successful outcome for the region.”

The new terminal project is advancing swiftly, and the selection of Lockton as the project’s insurance broker marks another important step in the construction process. Design work will continue into 2019. Demolition activities are anticipated to begin as early as this fall, following the FAA’s approval of the Environmental Assessment; a groundbreaking for the project will follow. Construction of the new terminal will begin in early 2019.

Edgemoor Team Hosts Seven Open Houses to Provide Update, Answer Questions on New Terminal Progress

Members of the Edgemoor Team and Kansas City Aviation Department (KCAD) hit the road in September to share the latest information on the KCI New Terminal. The team hosted seven Open House events across Kansas City, MO, and Johnson County, KS, to give citizens greater insight into the ongoing design process, including how the project team is working to incorporate sustainability and other features that will enhance the passenger experience in the New Terminal. The events also included stations on topics such as the Environmental Assessment (EA) process, Community Benefits Agreement, and job opportunities.

Open Houses were structured to allow interested individuals to walk through stations at their own pace. Subject matter experts from the project’s lead architect Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), and Kansas City-based design partner DRAW Architecture, joined KCAD, Edgemoor, and Clark | Weitz | Clarkson (CWC) representatives to address questions about design development, project features, and other important aspects of the New Terminal.

An estimated 300 individuals participated in the latest round of community events. To view information shared during the September Open Houses, click here.