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Experience in green landscaping gives LAND3 the edge on KCI design

Lee’s Summit landscape architecture firm, LAND3 Studio, was selected to design the complete landscaping package for the $1 billion KCI new terminal project. The LAND3 team will begin the design process for the multi-year project in early May.
Lee’s Summit landscape architecture firm, LAND3 Studio, was selected to design the complete landscaping package for the $1 billion KCI new terminal project. The LAND3 team will begin the design process for the multi-year project in early May. Photo provided

Lee’s Summit’s LAND3 Studio has landed the landscape design project for Kansas City International Airport’s $1 billion new terminal project.

Selected as the project’s exclusive landscape architecture firm, a small but experienced six-person team will create the exterior, interior and roof design package for the colossal development.

Bob Bushyhead, LAND3 co-founder, sees the KCI New Terminal venture as an opportunity to further grow the legacy he and his team have cultivated since the studio’s 2007 launch.

“Obviously we’re excited about the project,” Bushyhead said. “In our profession, it’s a project everyone in town wanted. Our goal 10 years ago was to have a place at the table and that has now come into fruition.”

Collectively, LAND3 Studio’s team brings decades of regional and national experience to the table. The studio has worked on a number of landmark projects, including Arrowhead Stadium, the University of Kansas Health Education and Cambridge Tower Buildings, and the new Kansas City Convention Hotel.

The group’s diverse knowledge and experience includes urban landscape and site design, irrigation engineering, athletic construction management, green roofs, campus and athletic master planning, and water management.

“Water management is a big part of any design work we do, especially when you put landscape on structure,” Bushyhead said. “We’ve seen a lot of opportunities for roof structures and we translate water management into every project we work on.”

Looking ahead, Bushyhead acknowledges the firm will meet challenges as the project progresses.

“From a design standpoint, the technical challenge is pretty profound anytime you’re trying to resolve landscape issues, especially when landscape is on structure,” Bushyhead said.

Bushyhead said fellow LAND3 co-founder, Jeffrey Bruce, will deliver expertise to meet those upcoming challenges. Bruce, licensed to practice in 20 states, was a designer on the original KCI project in the early 1970s.

“Jeff’s work is national. He brings a national reputation and experience to our projects, such as projects you find in New York, California or Chicago which are typically more challenging,” Bushyhead said. “We bring this extra piece of experience to Kansas City, something that our competitors may not be able to provide.”

LAND3 first started looking at KCI plans in 2017, and expressed interest in working on the project with developer, Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate; and designer Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

According to Bushyhead, Edgemoor committed to working with up to 40 percent minority- and women-owned firms on the KCI project, including LAND3, which is a Native-American-owned company.

“Minority involvement has always been a priority for the City of Kansas City and for Edgemoor,” Bushyhead said. “This has led us to be involved on projects we might not have been involved in otherwise.”

LAND3 Studio will begin design work for the multi-year KCI project the first of May. Though the design process will be ongoing throughout the project’s timeline, initial designs will be completed and ready for pricing by the end of summer. The new terminal is set to open by November 2021

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