Burns & McDonnell bulks up KCI terminal design team with five more local firms

A growing group of partners will team up with Burns & McDonnell on its pitch for a $1 billion terminal project at Kansas City International Airport.

Bob Berkebile, co-founder of local architecture firm BNIM, will be principal emeritus of the team. Also joining are local architecture and design firms Populous, HOK, BNIM, Wellner Architects and Garcia Architecture.

Those firms join Dallas-based Corgan, which Burns & McDonnell had already selected as an architect partner. Burns & McDonnell had previously announced that contractors JE Dunn and McCownGordon were partnering on the proposal.

Burns & McDonnell will remain the lead architect of record on a proposed design, build and private financing project for consolidating KCI’s three-terminal layout into a single building.

Steve McDowell, a BNIM principal, said the combination of local firms involved in the Burns & McDonnell team would take into account the community’s needs for a potentially redesigned KCI.

Burns & McDonnell in May was the first private firm to publicly announce a proposal for privately financing and designing the KCI single terminal. Americo Life Inc., a local life insurance company, is helping line up equity and other outside private financing for the proposal.

Kansas City leaders initially presented Burns & McDonnell as the team that would take on the $1 billion project, but have since decided to offer other companies an opportunity to enter their proposals. The deadline for final proposals in Aug. 10.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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