KCI Partner Profile - Argus Consulting Inc.

Name:  Chris Straub, P.E.

Company Name:  Argus Consulting Inc.

1. Where is your company located?
Since our founding in 1994, Argus has proudly called Kansas City home. Originally located in Blue Springs, MO, our Corporate headquarters is now located at 6363 College Boulevard, Suite 600, Overland Park, KS 66211.

2. How long have you been in business in Kansas City? 
We celebrated our 24th anniversary as a Kansas City company in January 2018.

3. How did you get your start in the industry?
Our founders were four engineers with a strong passion for aviation and technical expertise in aircraft fueling systems. They came together with the vision of a highly-specialized firm of experts to serve general and commercial airports with full-spectrum services from project planning to construction. Since our start, the firm’s expertise has expanded across the globe, with our team of nearly 60 employees, working exclusively to plan and oversee the construction of critical fueling infrastructure.

4. What types of services do you provide?
While we are focused on fuel, Argus provides the full spectrum of engineering and professional services for fuel receiving, storage and distribution systems, and facilities. 

Fuel-handling System Services include: Project Management, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Controls Engineering, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Construction Management, Corrosion Engineering, and Asset Management.

Specialty Services include: Fuel Facility Master Planning, Site Planning and Layout; Topographical Surveys, Code Analysis, Surge Analysis, Hydraulic Simulations, Pumping Systems, Utility Location, Utility System Design, Storage Tank Design, Facility Security (CCTV), Controls Integration, Environmental Compliance, Permitting, Budget and Schedule Management, Asset Integrity Analysis and Management, Capital Planning, Risk Prioritization, Upstream Supply Studies, Insurance Planning, Failure Analysis, Operating Manuals, Inventory Controls, Training, and more. 

5. How many employees do you have working for you in and around Kansas City?
Argus currently has 38 employee-owners located in our Kansas City office, with plans for expansion.

6. What is your role on the KCI New Terminal project?
Argus will provide fueling system design and construction oversight services for the aviation and ground support equipment fueling.

7. How does the KCI project compare in size/scale to others on which you’ve worked? 
Argus is a worldwide leader in the design of aircraft fueling facilities for commercial airports and military bases, comparable in size and larger than KCI. Nationwide airports from the east coast to the west coast have included such major airports as JFK, LaGuardia, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Love Field, DFW, Houston Hobby, Las Vegas McCarran, Phoenix Sky Harbor and LAX to name a few. We’ve completed hundreds of aviation fueling projects in North and South America, including Bogota, Ecuador and Lima, Peru; and on Department of Defense installations throughout the continental United States, on Mideast bases in Iraq, Oman Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and on Guam in the Pacific.

Our experience at KCI goes beyond the age of Argus Consulting. Our Chairman Emeritus, Gary Crawford, was the mechanical designer from 1970 to 1972 of the original KCI fuel storage facility and the aircraft hydrant fueling systems. Gary and the firm continued to be involved with fuels related projects at KCI on modifications to the fuel storage facility, the KCI fueling stations for the ground support equipment, and the fuel facilities for the consolidated rental car facility.

8. What excites you most about this project? 
Our principals are lifelong citizens of Kansas City who have spent their careers working in the aviation industry—we are very proud to be a part of the redevelopment of our hometown airport. It will be our honor to be on the local team of aviation experts to work on this significant program for 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. 
KCI has been the gateway to our city for more than 45 years. It’s the first glimpse of Kansas City that our international and domestic tourists and business travelers experience. Just as the city continues to grow and evolve, it’s important that our airport will grow and improve with it. Additionally, the KCI New Terminal project is an incredible program that will provide the opportunity for a number of small and minority-owned firms to gain entry to and recognition within the aviation design and construction industry. 
 

KCI Partner Profile - DRAW Architecture + Urban Design

Name:  Dominique Davison, AIA & Dan Maginn, FAIA

Company Name:  DRAW Architecture + Urban Design

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1. Where is your company located?
KCMO Crossroads District
214 W. 21st Street, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64108

2. How long have you been in business in Kansas City? 
DRAW was established in 2005.

3. How did you get your start in the industry?
I received a Bachelor of Art in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley and launched my career working with Daniel Solomon FAIA in the Bay area. After earning my Master of Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture, I was able to hone my design skills in the offices of Pelli Clarke Pelli in New Haven. In 2005, I founded Davison Architecture + Urban Design (now DRAW) with the desire to explore the intersection between research, resourcefulness, and simple, clean forms.

Dan Maginn earned his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans. In 1996, Dan co-founded el dorado inc., where he led numerous award-winning projects and served as a national voice for design excellence and innovative professional studio models. Dan joined me as a partner at DRAW in 2015, and together we are building a practice on the foundation of creating authentic, inspired places for people to gather and connect.  

4. What types of services do you provide?
Architecture, urban design, land use planning, interior design, sustainable consulting, and feasibility analysis.

5. How many employees do you have working for you in and around Kansas City?
14

6. What is your role on the KCI New Terminal project?
DRAW will provide architectural design and smart building expertise for New Terminal project.

7. How does the KCI project compare in size/scale to others on which you’ve worked? 
Dan and I have worked on a variety of project scales at DRAW and at previous firms, including an associate architect role on a $25 million hotel project and design team leadership for a $205 million performing arts center. The airport will be DRAW’s largest architectural collaboration to date, and we look forward to teaming with SOM and the other project team members on this transformational project.

8. What excites you most about this project? 
We are thrilled at this opportunity to positively contribute to the future of Kansas City—to create a welcoming front door to our city, help shape and reflect our identity, and plant seeds for economic growth in our region. We are also very excited about integrating smart technology and high-performance building solutions to inform the airport design.

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 legacy project, with long-lasting, far-reaching impacts. We love the idea of this airport serving as a portal to our community—a portal that represents who we are and what we value. We look forward to a well-designed, well-crafted place that will help establish the identity of Kansas City as a livable, culturally-rich, sustainable-minded, entrepreneurial and technologically innovative city.
 

 

KCI Partner Profile - S&S Engineering

Name:  Santanu Kumar Nath

Company Name:  S&S Engineering, Inc.

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1. Where is your company located?  
Overland Park, Kansas considered as Greater Kansas City, MO

2. How long have you been in business in Kansas City? 
14 years

3. How did you get your start in the industry?
I worked for a few consulting engineering firms in Kansas City after graduating from Kansas State University since the early 90’s and worked my way up from design engineer, to project manager, to Partner/Principal of the last firm before I started S&S Engineering on my own.

4. What types of services do you provide?
MEP Engineering Design, Commissioning, and Energy Management (including Energy Modeling) services.

5. How many employees do you have working for you in and around Kansas City?
10 to 12. We regularly team up with another firm to have access to a staff of 50.

6. What is your role on the KCI New Terminal project?
We are working with Henderson Engineering developing energy models for both the airport and parking garage, which will inform the design process as we seek LEED Gold Certification.

7. How does the KCI project compare in size/scale to others on which you’ve worked? 
The KCI New Terminal project is a large project, however, I was involved in the last KCI Terminal Renovation project which was approximately 1/3 of a billion dollars. I was also part of the large design team for the Kansas City Power & Light revitalization project which was approximatey the same size in terms of dollar amount.  

8. What excites you most about this project? 
Our ability as a small business to grow by being part of the Edgemoor/SOM design team and draw from the team’s experience for this landmark project for our community.

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 project will have a huge impact on the local design and construction community because this project will provide an economic boost to the local design & construction industry. The local design community will be able to share and draw experiences from national and international level firms. The innovative design approach and project management style, coupled with the use of technology that transcends into real-life advanced construction practices, will be used to build a world-class international level terminal. This airport project is going to reflect an image of Kansas City as being an advancing and more progressive city among the similar cities in Midwest. 

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KCI Partner Profile - SK Design Group, Inc.

Name:  Sassan Mahobian & John Chamberlin

Company Name:  SK Design Group, Inc.

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1. Where is your company located?  
Kansas City, Missouri & Overland Park, Kansas

2. How long have you been in business in Kansas City?  
29 years (since 1989)

3. How did you get your start in the industry?  
Worked as an engineer for other firms for nine years prior to founding SK Design Group, Inc.

4. What types of services do you provide? 
SK Design Group offers the following professional engineering and construction phase services:
•    Highway/Roads
•    Pavement Design/Rehabilitation
•    Airfields/Airports
•    Drainage Studies
•    Sanitary and Storm Sewers
•    Water Lines
•    Parks and Recreation
•    Sustainable Site/Land Development
•    Schools and Universities
•    Subdivisions
•    I & I Studies
•    Shop Drawing Review
•    Inspections
•    Special Inspections
•    Coordination

5. How many employees do you have working for you in and around Kansas City?  
23

6. What is your role on the KCI New Terminal project?
We are providing utility design for a portion of the utility systems on the airside of the new terminal project. We are managing the review and coordination of all utility systems on the airside and assisting Garver Engineering the lead Civil Engineer for the airside design team with the management of all civil airside design services.

7.  How does the KCI project compare in size/scale to others on which you’ve worked? 
We’ve had the good fortune to design the Economy Parking Project at KCI and the new Cerner Innovation Campus located at the previous Bannister Mall site.  While this is a very large project overall, our roles is in line with an average project at SK Design.

8. What excites you most about this project? 
Wow, what an opportunity to assist with the vision and creation of a new terminal for the citizens of Kansas City. The KCI New Terminal provides Kansas City with the critical infrastructure necessary to stimulate economic growth and tourism for the entire metropolitan area. Hopefully, in the future when our children and grandchildren stroll through the terminal they will smile with pride knowing what their parents helped to create.

9. Describe the impact you think the KCI New Terminal project will have on the local design and construction community and/or the City. 
The KCI New Terminal project will have a tremendous impact on the local design and construction community. The New Terminal project provides us with the opportunity to further our airport design experience and the necessary training and knowledge required to compete on other similar airport projects. This project also provides many of our local design and construction partners involved with the project with the same opportunities.

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ONWARD: MOU Approval Signals Start of Next Phase of New Terminal Project

The Edgemoor Team is excited to take the next step in delivering a new gateway for Kansas City. An 8-5 City Council vote in favor of moving forward with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signaled the close of the procurement process and the start of a new chapter for the KCI New Terminal project.

The approved MOU is the result of months of collaboration with City representatives and Council members, and reflects our Team’s commitment to delivering a transformative project—one that will foster job growth, train and develop the future workforce, and provide capacity-building opportunities for local, minority-, women-, and veteran-owned firms, as well as disadvantaged businesses.

Thank you to our project partners, local business and community leaders, and Kansas Citians who have been proponents for a new terminal, and for our Team.

Since Edgemoor’s selection in September, we have been working diligently to deliver on the promise we made of a Better KCI. We are pleased to take the next important step in that journey.

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