JE Dunn, once left out of the KCI single terminal project by virtue of its association with a partnership that did not get the contract for the $1 billion plan, has been hired for a major component of the project.
JE Dunn was picked to design and build a 6,500-space parking garage at the forthcoming KCI single terminal. The value of the project is estimated at more than $100 million.
"We're certainly most excited about the fact that Kansas City is getting a new airport," said Paul Neidlein, president of JE Dunn Midwest. "We send hundreds of people there every week. We're excited to be part of that."
A team building the new KCI terminal, led by Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, picked JE Dunn in a bidding process that also included Kansas City general contracting company McCownGordon.
"The strengths of JE Dunn were their experience and qualifications and, similar to us, their commitment to exceed minority- and women-owned business goals," said Mark Goodwin, vice president of Clark Weitz Clarkson, the joint venture that's in charge of constructing the new KCI terminal.
The parking garage will be near the single terminal, separated by arrival and departure decks for passengers.
For JE Dunn, this week's announcement represents a way back into the KCI single terminal project, one of the largest municipal projects in Kansas City's history.
JE Dunn last year teamed up with a partnership led by Burns & McDonnell, which sought a private financing deal with Kansas City to build a single terminal. The Burns & McDonnell team included several local businesses.
Burns & McDonnell was eventually disqualified when a selection committee had reservations about the company's financing plan. Edgemoor was eventually picked to lead the way on the $1 billion project, which city leaders say will improve the current KCI while maintaining its convenience.