Burns & McDonnell has announced the addition of 20 new Kansas City businesses that will join as partners in the plan to design and build a new single-terminal system at Kansas City International Airport. At a rally to make introductions Tuesday, the company also announced that work on the KCI project could begin this year if the team is selected by the City and the plan approved by voters.
“With the knowledge and creativity of these great Kansas City companies, our team has found a way to accelerate the project ahead of our previous schedules,” said Burns & McDonnell’s chairman and CEO, Ray Kowalik, said at Tuesday’s rally, held at the Downtown offices of Mark One Electric.
The rally also provided an opportunity for organized labor and business leaders to unveil plans for a job training program to help build a diverse workforce on the KCI project. The KCI HOMETOWN team is developing plans for pre-apprentice training programs that will provide hands-on training in skilled trades areas and has committed to using the project to build lasting capacity for Kansas City’s minority and women-owned businesses.
New team members announced include Mark One; MMC Contractors; U.S. Engineering; Capital Electric Construction Company; American Fire Sprinkler; Alpha Energy and Electric; Infinite Energy Construction; KC Testing & Engineering; Trekk Design Group; FSC Consulting Engineers; Phronesis; Dubois Consultants; Custom Engineering; SE3; HG Consult; SK Design Group; Leigh & O’Kane; Tallaferro & Browne; MC Realty Group; and Architecture & Historical Research. They join the team members announced recently: JE Dunn, McCownGordon Construction, HOK, Populous, BNIM, Wellner-Architects, Garcia Architecture and designer emeritus, Bob Berkebile.
Proposals are due to the Kansas City Council on July 27, and selection expected shortly thereafter. Next, the plan would go up for public vote by Kansas City residents on Nov. 7.