FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2017
The City of Kansas City, Missouri, received four proposals to build a single terminal at Kansas City International Airport. Thursday’s 4 p.m. deadline was the first of two for the current RFQ/P process, which is being administered by the city’s Procurement Division of the General Services Department.
The proposers, in alphabetical order, are: Burns & McDonnell KCI Hometown Team, Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate LLC, JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle Midwest LLC), and KCI Partnership LLC (AECOM Capital).
These proposers have until Aug. 10 to submit details of their financing plan, paid for by airport revenue, with no funds coming from the City’s general fund. The City will continue to own and operate the airport.
In the interest of making more information available about this important project, the city is adjusting the standard procurement process in several significant ways.
In addition to releasing the names of the proposers now, details of the proposals will be released prior to signing a final contract. This will help residents understand what they are voting on prior to a November election.
Additionally, the City Council has approved an ordinance enabling more council members to attend the procurement selection committee meetings, while not creating a quorum. This will increase public oversight for the terminal RFQ/P selection process.
Following the submittal of financing details, the next step in the city’s procurement process is for a selection committee to evaluate the proposals and to select one. The proposals will be reviewed by a six-person selection committee established by ordinance. Non-voting participants include industry experts, the City’s finance and legal teams, outside counsel and city council members.
An announcement of the selected proposer is expected the week of August 14.
Following the selection, a Memorandum of Understanding will be developed between the City and the preferred proposer. The MOU will provide a framework of the project’s details. The MOU will require a vote by the City Council.
The City Council is separately considering ordinances that would establish language for the Nov. 7 ballot. The Council’s Airport & Finance and Governance Joint Committee is holding public meetings to consider these ordinances.
To appear on the November ballot, an ordinance must be approved by the City Council by Aug. 24. A final contract between the City and the preferred proposer cannot be signed without voter approval of a terminal redevelopment.
The selection committee will consider whether the proposals meet criteria established in Exhibit L of the Terminal Modernization Program at an expected cost of $964 million in 2015 dollars.
The RFQ/P asks for proposals that:
- Design, build and finance a 750,000 square foot terminal
- Provide at least 6,500 spaces in a parking garage adjacent to the terminal
- Include 35 gates, and is expandable to 42 gates
- Reflect the design approved by airlines in 2016
- Utilize local construction workers and pays prevailing wages
- Meet or exceed the City’s MBE/WBE goals as well as workforce development or job training for local workers
- Ensure the City retains ownership and operation of the airport
- Include 1% of the cost dedicated to the arts
Other convenience factors would include a two-level roadway that separates arriving and departing passengers to lessen congestion at the curb, as well as a new baggage handling system and a TSA-compliant security checkpoint.
The city has been considering terminal redevelopment for many years. In May 2014, after almost a year of research and public input, the Mayor’s Airport Terminal Advisory Group recommended a new single terminal as the best option for KCI’s future, rather than renovating the existing terminals. In April 2016, the airlines reached the same conclusion, asking the city to build a single terminal that would be paid back through airport revenue.
In 2017, the City Council’s Joint Committee studying this issue has so far held four public hearings, listening to almost eight hours of public comment. This is in addition to the 43 Listening Sessions conducted by the Aviation Department citywide to hear feedback from residents and airport users.
Additionally, the city is accepting public comment through KCMOmentum, our online town hall.
More information about the terminal development process is available on the new KCI page on KCMO.gov.
Media questions about the City’s procurement process may be directed to Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director, at 816-513-3474.
Media questions about the City Council’s process may be directed to Councilmember Jolie Justus, Chair of the Airport Committee, at 816-513-6517.