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.