In the weeks following Kansas City Council’s 12-1 vote to continue negotiations with Edgemoor, our team has maintained a laser focus on moving the KCI New Terminal Project forward. We are committed to maintaining an open and honest dialogue with City representatives and remain confident that we can quickly reach a resolution that will be a win for Kansas City.
As the firm leading the development, design, and construction of a KCI New Terminal, Edgemoor remains committed to delivering a truly transformative project -- one that will yield thousands of new jobs, build the workforce of the future, provide meaningful opportunities for area residents, and bring to life a new and remarkable gateway for Kansas City. We want to take this opportunity to update the community and share the work that has been taking place to continue advancing the project in several key areas.
The Edgemoor Team has participated in several productive work sessions with City attorneys, during which time we worked to modify the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and provide clarity and details around the Project Reimbursement Agreement, Community Benefits, and Edgemoor’s project leadership and financial plan. While there is still work to be done, we are making good strides to address the concerns brought forth by Council in December.
The reimbursement agreement, which is a standard practice in public-private partnerships, will allow Edgemoor to proceed with critical path activities for the project, such as work to complete the FAA environmental compliance process and to deliver a design by the City’s desired timing of September 2018. These reimbursable costs are approved by the City and only paid in the event the City decides not to move forward with this project. These essential activities further the project, and enable us to reach a fixed price and schedule, which in turn allows the Aviation Department to execute use and lease agreements with the airlines. This approach also ensures that construction can begin as soon as possible, and that the City will retain all of the work product produced by the Edgemoor Team.
Edgemoor’s Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) package provides support for Kansas City-based organizations and programs directly associated with the New Terminal project, including:
- Workforce training and small business development programs,
- Support services for Kansas City-based minority- and women-owned firms, and small local business enterprises (SLBE), and
- Services designed to help Kansas City’s disadvantaged residents overcome the barriers to a career in construction, including jobsite transportation, access to licensed child care, and on-site medical care.
Advancing the Design
In late December, we concluded Design Validation meetings with the airlines and Aviation Department, marking a critical, early project milestone. This intensive, months-long collaborative process addressed master planning, airside, terminal, baggage, and landside planning. Our team is currently working to generate reports and studies using the data we collected. This work is the foundation for advancing the terminal design.
Since November, Edgemoor has facilitated eight design workshops across Kansas City and in Johnson County to gather feedback on how to deliver an airport that is convenient and reflects Kansas City. Over the course of these meetings, we talked with more than 600 residents. Our final workshop will take place in Kansas City's 6th Council District on January 16.
Expanding Our Purpose-Built Team
We remain committed to delivering a New Terminal for Kansas City, built by Kansas City. In December, we announced the expansion of our purpose-built team, adding 15 minority- and women-owned Kansas City-based design and professional services firms to our ranks. This is just the beginning, and we are continuing to expand our team with local talent.
Later this month, Edgemoor’s construction joint venture team, Clark | Weitz | Clarkson, will host two outreach meetings to share with minority and women-owned businesses the opportunities and benefits associated with the project. Additional outreach events for subcontractors will begin in early 2018, kick starting the construction procurement process. More information will be available soon.
Delivering a Transformative Project
Our team has a track record of leveraging mega-projects to help small businesses grow. We will begin accepting Kansas City Strategic Partnership Program (KCSPP) applications for the inaugural KCSPP class in the first quarter of 2018. This intensive, executive MBA-style course designed to build capacity in local, small firms, is offered at NO-COST to KC small business owners. This program is just one of the many ways we will help small, minority- and women-owned businesses be successful on this project and beyond.