TWEP Public Meetings

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Amazing Traditions will be conducting public meetings throughout greater Kansas City to gather important community input on construction workforce support programs offered by the Edgemoor Team as part of their Terminal Workforce Enhancement Programs (TWEP). The TWEP is comprised of programs and services designed to help build and support a sustainable workforce over the next several years to help deliver a New Single Terminal at Kansas City International Airport.

Edgemoor is committed to providing services such as a workforce training program, free/ subsidized transportation to and from the New Terminal jobsite, and access to licensed child care with extended hours, to help eliminate the barriers to a career in construction and put Kansas Citians to work. Input captured during the upcoming public meetings will help determine the demand for these programs and services. 

Public input is vital to assessing the demand for these programs.

Please select a meeting date that is convenient for you and help Edgemoor and its design-build partner, Clark|Weitz|Clarkson, determine the need for these programs.

To take the TWEP Survey, please follow this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KCIAirport

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Two Kansas City Firms Selected to Lead Roadway Work on KCI New Terminal Project

As the demolition of Terminal A nears completion, Clark | Weitz | Clarkson (CWC) and Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate are pleased to add two local firms to the KCI New Terminal Project team. Kissick Construction Company and Axiom Construction Group have been selected to establish the new permanent traffic flow pattern and roundabouts around International Circle.

Kissick Construction is a heavy civil contractor, specializing in critical construction environments. The firm self-performs civil and site development projects, underground utility work, engineered shoring, structural concrete contracts, and facility maintenance. Since its founding in Kansas City in 1994, Kissick has established annual revenues in excess of $100 million and a workforce of more than 350 employees.

The addition of Axiom Construction Group, a certified Kansas City-based, minority-owned business, to the KCI New Terminal Project furthers the Edgemoor Team’s commitment to maximizing opportunities for small, local firms.

“We have enjoyed working with Axiom Construction Group as they continue to grow their business,” said Kissick President Pete Browne. “Our firm’s mentor-protege relationship with Axiom’s principals Daniel Felder and Vince Stephens has provided a solid framework for Kissick’s leadership team to share best practices in construction operations and overall business management.”

Axiom’s CEO, Daniel Felder, is a recent graduate of the Kansas City Strategic Partnership Program (KC SPP), an intensive, six-month professional development course that Edgemoor offers to small business owners as a part of its Terminal Workforce Enhancement Program. 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. Felder is the fifth graduate of the program to successfully compete for a contract on the New Terminal Project.

"We are excited, along with our partners at Kissick Construction, to join with Edgemoor and CWC on the Project,” Felder said. “Not only will this opportunity help Axiom Construction Group grow our capacity and expand our abilities, it will ultimately help redefine how our community comes together – no matter your background – for the greater good of our city.”

The demolition of Terminal A is ongoing and 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.

3 Questions with Allan & Krista Arias

Allan and Krista Arias, Compass Roofing, LLC

Allan and Krista Arias, Compass Roofing, LLC

Explain to us why you chose the name “Compass”?

Allan: Before we became a high-tech society and started using GPS, the compass was a very important tool. It has helped us in the roofing business when we needed to determine exposure and wind direction. In life and business, heading in the right direction is very important which is why our tagline is “The Right Direction for You”. We want to help our clients look at all directions and choose the right one for them.

Playing off that theme, what direction would you give to other minority- and women-owned business owners who are considering a bid on the project?

Krista: There is no doubt that a project of this size, with so many big-name players, can intimidate a small business owner. I’m more so the budget person here, so I’d tell them to do their homework, so they can be confident they are prepared for the growth that a project like this can bring. That’s their “north” where they need to be secure. They need a firm handle on costs and to have established good relationships with suppliers and a track-record of on-time projects - all the things you need for any job.

Allan: As a board member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, I mentor small business owners - even the competitors. It’s very important to me because their success helps our industry and the community as a whole. Right now, Kansas City is really growing which makes it a great time for business owners, as long as they can navigate along the way. Edgemoor is really making a tremendous effort on this project to create opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses to grow. After all, every big company involved in the construction of the New Terminal started out small.

Do you believe your work on The New Terminal will benefit your company?

I have no doubt that our business will benefit tremendously, as a matter of fact it’s already started. The Compass team learned a great deal about work site safety from the CWC team. We were already following OSHA guidelines, but now we’ve also implemented the safety standards and practices that CWC employs which go above and beyond what OSHA requires. We are a growing business with 14 employees whom we consider family. What we’ve learned from CWC will help keep them safe and that’s literally priceless.

In addition, of course, there is the visibility that goes along with being involved in such a high-profile project. As we go after new business, we definitely highlight our work on this project. Go to our website and you’ll see. We are proud of contributing to a project that will have such a deep and wide-ranging impact on Kansas City, now and for years to come. As with any large project there have been some challenges along the way, but everyone on the team comes together to work through it.

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.