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Design team announced for Kansas City International Airport's new terminal

Some of the most recognised Kansas City firms in architectural design for airport terminals and aviation facilities have joined Burns & McDonnell in its proposal for a new single-terminal at Kansas City International Airport (KCI). 

The new firms teaming with the Burns & McDonnell architecture practice are HOK, Populous, BNIM, Wellner-Architects and Garcia Architecture.

"This is the next step in building a world-class team of design talent that will deliver an airport all Kansas Citians will be proud of," says Burns & McDonnell's chairman and CEO, Ray Kowalik.

"When you look at their resumes, you see they have all been involved in designing amazing projects both here in Kansas Cityand around the world.

"Airports really create an identity for a whole community and we are excited to design a new KCI that will reflect everything we love about our hometown."

The design team will submit concepts for the new terminal when Burns & McDonnell delivers a formal proposal to the Kansas City Council as part of the City's Request for Qualifications and Proposals (RFQ/P).

The City is expected to select a winning team by August 14, 2017.

"Kansas City International Airport is a critical gateway to our city and region," says Bill Johnson, senior vice president and design principal for HOK's Kansas City practice.

"Our deep local experience, which includes designing many of the city's highest-profile projects and developments, coupled with our industry-leading experience designing airport terminals around the world, will enable us to transform the passenger experience into one that leaves a lasting impression and embodies the world-class community that Kansas Cityhas become.

"We look forward to collaborating with this diverse Kansas City-based design team to create a new KCI that is a modern, beautiful and convenient community asset."
While Earl Santee, managing Director of Populous, notes: "First and last impressions are powerful. They're what frame all great moments and that's what drives us in creating icons in every city where we work across the world.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to have the opportunity to create the Kansas City story right here in our home town."

BNIM's president and CEO, Steve McDowell, says: "We are excited that this team is committed to making the new terminal a beautiful, easy-to-experience model of high performance sustainability, one that is reflective ofKansas City'swelcoming and unique nature, with its rich and diverse populations."

Dallas-based Corgan, which was involved in renovation work at KCI's Terminal C, is also forms part of the design team.


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