- Flights started departing from Kansas Metropolis Worldwide Airport’s new $1.5 billion terminal late final month after six years of labor, marking the completion of the most important infrastructure undertaking in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri’s, historical past.
- Bethesda, Maryland-based Clark Building constructed the 1 million-square-foot terminal in a three way partnership with Des Moines, Iowa-based Weitz Co. and Kansas Metropolis, Missouri-based Clarkson Building Co. Maryland-based Edgemoor Infrastructure and Actual Property, owned by Clark Building, was the undertaking developer.
- The brand new facility replaces present terminal buildings that had been constructed within the ‘70s and has two ranges, one for departures and one for arrivals. The terminal is designed to be adaptable, with versatile safety checkpoints and 39 gates which have the aptitude to develop to 50 gates sooner or later.
The brand new facility features a vary of options centered on accessibility reminiscent of an airplane simulation room for anxious vacationers, a sensory room, a quiet room, indoor and outside pet reduction areas, a household play zone and glass boarding bridges, in addition to about 50 outlets and eating places. The undertaking additionally entailed constructing a brand new 6,200-space parking construction, landside and airside enhancements and a utility plant.
With a spread of sustainable options, the brand new terminal achieved LEED-Gold certification. They embrace regionally sourced supplies, electrical automobile charging stations, good constructing programs, environment friendly lighting and improved air high quality. The construct expands KCI’s passenger capability from about 30,000 passengers a day to greater than 50,000, Justin Meyer, deputy director of the Kansas Metropolis Aviation Division, instructed the Kansas Metropolis Beacon.
In keeping with Clark Building, the undertaking generated greater than 6,500 design- and construction-related jobs. Clark Building additionally claims it achieved 25.4% MBE and 18.7% WBE participation for development providers in addition to 20.5% MBE and 16.4% WBE participation for skilled providers.
Nevertheless, the Federal Aviation Administration is probing whether or not the undertaking really met its variety objectives. In February 2022, the FAA’s civil rights workplace referred to as out Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, officers for failing to trace minority and women-owned enterprise participation within the undertaking, and for not reporting a civil rights and retaliation criticism by a woman-owned contractor who was initially accepted, however then rejected, to work on the undertaking. Neither Kansas Metropolis officers, Clark Building nor the FAA responded to Building Dive’s request for remark as of publication time.
The undertaking has seen different controversies as nicely. After voters accredited it in 2017, the construct expanded in scope and ended up costing $500 million greater than initially anticipated. There was additionally scandal across the course of by which the developer was chosen that resulted in a $62 million authorized settlement, per reporting from the Kansas Metropolis Star.
Further funding on the way in which
Extra funding for airport initiatives throughout the nation is within the pipeline: The White Home on Feb. 27 introduced almost $1 billion in Infrastructure Funding and Jobs Act funding for 99 airport initiatives throughout the nation, together with 5 in Kansas.
This federal cash comes within the type of aggressive grants for improvement initiatives that tackle getting old airport infrastructure, and might embrace efforts to construct protected, sustainable and accessible airport terminals, on-airport rail entry initiatives, airport site visitors management towers and multimodal improvement.
The not too long ago introduced Kansas airport awards embrace:
- $1.9 million for the Topeka Regional Airport.
- $1.1 million for the Lawrence Regional Airport.
- $36,000 for the Augusta Municipal Airport.
- $7.3 million for the Dodge Metropolis Regional Airport.
- $3.8 million for the Philip Billard Municipal Airport.