The new terminal at Kansas City International Airport will force all passengers to pass through a single security checkpoint and will move passengers 100 to 1,000 feet closer to an active runway and high-speed aircraft.
The plan should have been to renovate the existing terminals. The new terminal will reduce passenger safety and convenience.
The new terminal is being procured using a design/build process, rather than a design/bid/build process. This made it impossible for most local companies to lead the design effort, and it forced disadvantaged design firms to compete with a huge out-of-town client.
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Kansas City received at least six renovation plans from third parties, including my own plan, which I call “Alternative 30.”
The city should set up a new design competition that includes third parties using the design/bid/build procurement process. All the money would stay in Kansas City, and we would have a safer, larger, more convenient and less-expensive airport.