Name: Ajamu K. Webster, P.E. - President
Company Name: DuBois Consultants, Inc. Civil & Structural Engineers
1. Where is your company located?Our main office in Kansas City and we have an office in Wichita.
2. How long have you been in business in Kansas City?
We have been in business for 30 years.
3. How did you get your start in the industry?
While an undergrad, I was mentored by one of my college professors who owned and engineering firm. Upon completing eight years in the corporate engineering environment with two firms in KC, I followed my mentor’s advice and went into private practice.
4. What types of services do you provide?
Although we have completed more than a dozen projects at KCI, our primary industry is water infrastructure. We provide structural engineering for treatment plant facilities and civil engineering services for site development, collection, and distribution systems.
5. How many employees do you have working for you in and around Kansas City?
We have 23 employees in Kansas City.
6. What is your role on the KCI New Terminal project?
We will be providing structural design for the Central Utility Plant (CUP) and structural design for terminal building foundations and superstructure. We will also provide civil site drainage design for the landside area.
7. How does the KCI project compare in size/scale to others on which you’ve worked?
This is the second largest contract that we have received as a firm.
8. What excites you most about this project?
The New Single Terminal will be a Kansas City and regional icon. I’m excited about the opportunity to contribute to its success. Also, as a structural engineer, I am very excited to have this chance to work with SOM which I believe is the world leader in structural engineering 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.
The New Terminal project has the potential to build stronger businesses, create more skilled workers, provide needed high-paying jobs that will help to significantly grow our local economic, and increase the overall competiveness of this region. Most important to me is that it has the opportunity to positively impact the underutilized African-American businesses and workforce at unprecedented levels.