Kansas Airport breaks ground on $1.5bn single terminal


Kansas City Aviation Department, the City of Kansas City, Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate and Clark | Weitz | Clarkson (CWC) have broken ground on a $1.5bn single terminal at Kansas City International Airport in the US state of Missouri.

The programme marks the commencement of demolition activities at Terminal A to make way for the new terminal.

Southwest Airlines senior regional leader of airport affairs Kyle O’Neal said: “On behalf of the entire airline community, we are excited to be part of this journey and celebrate such an incredible milestone for the city.

“The new terminal will support more efficient airline operations and allow airport users to enjoy the convenience of modern air travel in a facility with updated technology and amenities, close parking, spacious gate areas, and ample food and beverage options.”

The new terminal, with more than one million ft², is the largest single infrastructure project in the city’s history and is expected to result in the creation of new jobs, opportunities for local and small businesses, and a traveller experience for airport users.

The facility will have 39 gates and these can be expanded up to 50 gates in the future.

The project also includes a 6,300-space parking structure, to be constructed adjacent to the terminal building, a central utility plant, and landside and airside improvements.

Edgemoor managing director Geoff Stricker said: “We’re excited to move forward on this landmark project for Kansas City and eager to put men and women to work.

“This has been a great partnership with the City and airline partners, and we look forward to building on that to delivering an exceptional new terminal for travelers and the airlines alike.”

Edgemoor has partnered with design-builder Clark | Weitz | Clarkson (CWC) for the new terminal. The joint venture comprises Clark Construction, The Weitz Company and Clarkson Construction Company. Skidmore Owings & Merrill has been appointed as the project designer.

The new terminal project is expected to generate 5,000 construction-related jobs and 60 local partners, including 41 businesses owned by minorities and women, are already at work on the project.

The new terminal project will be funded using 100% tax-exempt debt. The new facility will replace the airport’s ageing terminals, which opened in 1972.

Expected to open in early 2023, the new terminal will be built at the site of the existing Terminal A, which has been decommissioned.

Interior demolition will begin shortly and structural demolition in April.

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

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