Decks cleared for $1.5bn new terminal at Kansas Airport in US

WCN Editorial Team 1 Mar 2019 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The council of Kansas City, Missouri, has given approval to design and build a modern terminal to improve the customer experience and convenience at Kansas City International Airport under a $1.5bn project.

The new terminal, which will be constructed on the site of the closed Terminal A, is expected to open in 2023.

An ordinance approved by the council includes a development agreement with Edgemoor Infrastructure, developer’s guaranty (pledge), terminal workforce enhancement programme and the airlines’ use and lease term sheet.

The approval enables the Aviation Department and Edgemoor to take up demolition of Terminal A and start building the new terminal.

The City selected Edgemoor as the developer in September 2017.

Recently, seven airlines, representing 95.5% of airline volume at KCI, have signed the term sheet for the project financing, and the Federal Aviation Administration has also approved the project’s Environmental Assessment.

The council will now consider gap financing, the airline Use and Lease Agreement and bond issuance for the project.

The new terminal will consist of 39 gates, with infrastructure to support future expansion. Over 1m ft² will provide room for better security, ample amenities and more bathrooms.

It will include a two-level curbside drop-off and pickup area and waiting areas at each gate will be larger to accommodate the increasing number of passengers on modern aircraft.

Construction is expected to begin in March 2019. An average of 800 workers will be on the site on any given day during most phases of construction.

Terminals B and C will continue normal operations during construction.

Edgemoor Infrastructure unveiled initial design concepts in 2017.

Architecture firm Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill (SOM) has incorporated elements that reflect Kansas City’s cultural heritage into the preliminary design.

A two-storey fountain in the centre of the terminal will include technology to project messages and colours on the cascading water to welcome travellers.

Financing for the new terminal will be paid back from airport revenues, and the city will continue to own and operate the airport.

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Image: Rendering of a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport. Photo: Courtesy of Kansas City Aviation Department.

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