A selection committee of city council members and city staffers recommended that a team led by Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate be picked to design and develop a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport.
The committee delivered the recommendation on Wednesday, picking Maryland-based Edgemeoor for the approximately $1 billion project ahead of other teams led by AECOM, Jones Lang LaSalle and Kansas City-based Burns & McDonnell.
Burns & McDonnell, the local engineering firm, had waged a high-profile public relations campaign about the project.
Then, earlier this week, Burns & McDonnell called for a restart on the selection process over concerns about conflicts of interest for some involved in the decision.
In a release, the committee said it selected Edgemoor, in part, because of its collaborative approach and because it had the lowest-cost proposal. It also noted that the company is committed to creating a terminal that meets the needs of the city and travelers and that it has a history of paying prevailing wages and complying with goals for hiring women- and minority-owned businesses.
The recommendation goes to the Kansas City Council for approval. That may not be an easy job after a contentious bidding process and calls from onetime front-runner Burns & McDonnell to solicit the help of an independent auditor to complete the selection process.