Name: Leonard J. Graham, P.E., Hagos E. Andebrhan, P.E.
Company Name: Taliaferro & Browne, Inc. (T&B)
1. Where is your company located?
Kansas City, Missouri—with a branch office in St. Louis, Missouri.
2. How long have you been in business in Kansas City?
Our company will celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2018. Precursor companies go back to the mid 1940’s, giving us a longevity of some 75 years.
3. How did you get your start in the industry?
Hagos Andebrhan and Leonard Graham bought the Company from the estate of the previous owner in 1992.
4. What types of services do you provide?
Civil and structural engineering, surveying, landscape architecture, and planning.
5. How many employees do you have working for you in and around Kansas City?
We have approximately 50 employees.
6. What is your role on the KCI New Terminal project?
T&B has been chosen to provide services as the prime Landside Civil Engineer.
7. How does the KCI project compare in size/scale to others on which you’ve worked?
T&B has been the engineer-of-record on many large projects such as the Truman Sports Complex renovation and the Kauffman Center for the Preforming Arts. The KCI Single Terminal Project is a very significant project for us.
8. What excites you most about this project?
We are pleased to once again have an opportunity to add to the physical infrastructure of Kansas City. We are also excited to have an opportunity to play the role of the Prime Landside Civil Engineer. This is a significant responsibility that gives us an opportunity to continue to leave our mark on 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.
This is a large project that will give many in the local design and construction community an opportunity to grow and add expertise. This will especially be the case for M/WBE companies. A new KCI terminal will give Kansas City a new front door to the world, and we’re excited to be part of the team that brings it to fruition.