As part of the CWC joint venture, The Weitz Company has contributed to the first Kansas City International Airport terminal upgrade in over 50 years.
The first flights will take off from the New Single Terminal at Kansas City International Airport on February 28. An opening ceremony will be held the day before, followed by an overnight switchover between the old and new terminals.
The project was a team effort led by the City of Kansas City, the Kansas City Aviation Department, Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate and joint venture Clark | Weitz | Clarkson. It set multiple records, including becoming the second LEED Gold and the largest LEED Gold airport in the US.
“The world-class New Single Terminal will be a pillar to this community for decades to come, and a destination for passengers as they travel to see all the Midwest has to offer,” said Ben Bunge, director of aviation at The Weitz Company. “Working on this project and with our partners has been a highlight of my career. I could not be prouder of how our team members committed themselves to the success and timely delivery of this project to our partners and the greater Kansas City community.”
The completion of the Kansas City International Airport’s New Single Terminal hits many milestones for both the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and The Weitz Company. For Kansas City, the airport is the single largest infrastructure project in the city’s history, replacing Kansas City International’s three-terminal concept, originally built in 1972. For Weitz, it’s one of the largest construction projects in the company’s 167-year history. Coming in at 1.1 million square feet, the New Single Terminal has 40 gates with the ability to expand to 50 in the future and includes moving walkways, a consolidated security check point, the first wireless electric bus charging stations, and a covered parking garage with more than 6,300 spaces. With glass passenger boarding bridges at all gates, Kansas City International Airport is the largest all-glass facility in the US.
The New Single Terminal will also celebrate the Kansas City community, with 80% of the concession and retail brands represented in the terminal being local to the region. The Build KCI project generated more than 6,000 construction-related jobs with more than 240 Kansas City-area firms also contributing to the project. More than 130 minority- and women-owned business partners were involved.
Image: from the ground UP photography