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Terminal Development

On November 7, 2017, Kansas City, Mo. residents voted in favor of building a new single terminal at KCI, with 75% saying yes to the project. The plan calls for constructing the new terminal at the site of the closed Terminal A, with the new terminal opening by early 2023.

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Kansas City International Airport’s three-terminal layout was designed in the 1960s and opened in 1972 before passenger and baggage screening were required. The last two KCI Master Plans recommended building a new, single terminal for added convenience and efficiency. The City of Kansas City, Missouri City Council approved an 18-month study in 2013 to validate the goals, objectives and passenger demand characteristics to guide the design of a new single terminal complex. Following the completion of that study, the Mayor's Airport Terminal Advisory Group was established and tasked with reviewing appropriate relevant facts and consulting with key stakeholders to make a recommendation as to the optimal configuration of KCI. Subject to final cost estimates, a new single terminal was found to be the best alternative.

From 2014 through mid-2016 the Aviation Department worked with its airline partners to determine how to improve terminal facilities for airport users with a primary focus on customer convenience and affordability. The team weighed options that including working with the existing buildings to enhance and update them as well as building new facilities that are designed with current and future needs in mind. On April 26, 2016 the Aviation Department and its airline partners presented a final recommendation to the City of Kansas City, Missouri City Council for a new, single-terminal design.

In Spring 2017, the City’s Aviation Department asked residents to weigh in directly on the next step in the planning process for any potential upgrades at Kansas City International Airport. Feedback from residents was gathered through a series of listening sessions hosted by business, neighborhood and community groups. A recap of the findings were presented to the City Council on August 10, 2017.

At the end of July, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, received four proposals to build a single terminal at Kansas City International Airport. The July 27, 4:00 p.m. deadline was the first of two for the current RFQ/P process, which was administered by the city’s Procurement Division of the General Services Department. The proposers, in alphabetical order, were: Burns & McDonnell KCI Hometown Team, Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate LLC, JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle Midwest LLC), and KCI Partnership LLC (AEComm Capital). Read the news release for details.

After months of a procurement process and three intensive weeks of deliberations the selection committee announced on September 6 that it has recommended Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate LLC as the preferred partner to work with on the design, construction and finance of a new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport. Full details of the recommendation, as well as next steps, can be read here.

On October 5, 2017, Edgemoor unveiled preliminary design concepts to the City Council. Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill (SOM), an internationally-known architecture firm, has incorporated elements that reflect Kansas City’s cultural heritage into the preliminary design. Convenience for travelers is a major element of the design as well. Shown in the renderings are close-in parking and a two-level curbside pick-up and drop-off area which will be faster and more convenient by the separation of arriving and departing travelers. Also, waiting areas at each gate will have room for the increased number of passengers on the larger aircraft of tomorrow. Following a successful election on November 7, Edgemoor's design team discussed the concepts and collected feedback from Kansas City residents and airport users through a series of design open houses in each council district during November and December. View the news release and design renderings for more details.

At the December 14, 2017 City Council meeting, councilmembers voted 9-4 against approving the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Edgemoor Infrastructure.

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, the City Council voted 8-5 to approve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Edgemoor Infrastructure. The new MOU addresses 43 of 45 points of concern the council brought to attorneys representing the city in negotiations with Edgemoor. The new version includes a revised $28.9 million community benefits agreement with money for child care and free busing for those working on the project. The modern and uniquely Kansas City, Missouri, terminal that voters approved in November is back on track to open in 2022 now that the City Council has approved an agreement with the developer selected to build the much-anticipated single terminal. Read the full news release here

Over the next year, officials worked to set the stage for a formal project start. One year later on February 28, 2019, the City Council voted 11-1 to approved an ordinance that gives the green light to design and build a modern terminal to greatly improve the customer experience and convenience at Kansas City International Airport. The ordinance includes a Development Agreement with Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, as well as the Developer’s Guaranty (Pledge), Terminal Workforce Enhancement Program and the airlines’ Use and Lease Term Sheet. This approval allows the Aviation Department and Edgemoor to begin demolition of Terminal A, and to start building the new terminal. This milestone is a significant step in a process that started with the City’s selection of Edgemoor as the developer in September 2017, and the approval of 75% of Kansas City voters in November 2017. Read the full news release here

On March 25, 2019, the Kansas City Aviation Department joined with the City of Kansas City, Mo., major airlines, developer Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, Clark-Weitz-Clarkson, organized labor and business representatives, to celebrate the long-awaited launch of the construction phase of a $1.5B modern single terminal at Kansas City International Airport. Hundreds of Kansas Citians attended the event that included the ceremonial first turning of the dirt and the start of demolition activities at Terminal A. Read the full news release here. Aviation Director Pat Klein also unveiled the project's new brand, BuildKCI, to be used throughout the duration of the project. “With the launch of the ‘Build KCI’ phase of the project, it will serve as the official source for up-to-the-minute construction news for passengers and members of the greater Kansas City community,” said Pat Klein Kansas City Aviation Director. “We will continue to champion the benefits of the new single terminal and how it will be a valued asset to Kansas City.”

Key Presentations and Reports

Executed Term Sheet
U.S. DOT FAA Finding of No Significant Impact and Record of Decision

Final Environmental Assessment, Section 106 Evaluation and Section 4(f) Statement
Exhibit K - Overview
Exhibit K - Phase 1

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KCI Master Plan and Part 150 Studies

On Dec 18th, 2008, the City Council for the City of Kansas City, Missouri approved Resolution No. 081231. This resolution adopts the Kansas City International Airport 2008 Master Plan Study and Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program as the official guide for development of Kansas City International Airport. The Executive Summary for each of these studies is presented on this site. These plans are important tools the City uses to identify aviation issues and needs, land use, transportation issues, development guidelines, recommendations and priorities for public investment, stormwater management and environmental stewardship for the project area. They will serve as the framework to guide decision-making as it relates to the KCI facilities and the City’s overall Comprehensive Plan. This is the first time anywhere that an Airport Master Plan and Noise Compatibility Study have ever been combined with a general land use plan for the surrounding area.