Burns & McDonnell seeks reinstatement in KCI selection process

Burns & McDonnell on Monday called on three bond and procurement attorneys to help it make the case that its team should be reinstated as part of the process of selecting a development group to design, build and finance a new one-terminal Kansas City International Airport.

During a news conference at the engineering firm’s Kansas City headquarters, Burns & McDonnell Senior Vice President Ron Coker said the firm was asking for the proposals of all four teams vying for the roughly $1 billion contract to be advanced so that the full Kansas City Council can make a decision.

Or, as a second option, Coker said the city could restart the proposal selection process after a scheduled Nov. 7 citywide election that will determine whether voters want the single-terminal project to proceed.

On Sept. 6, the city’s terminal developer selection committee conducted a news conference to announce that it had recommended that the proposal from a team led by Maryland-based Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate LLC be approved by the City Council.

Burns & McDonnell officials said they were surprised to learn via a written memorandum released in conjunction with the selection committee recommendation that it had found the Burns & McDonnell team’s financial proposal was “not consistent with the city’s Master Bond Ordinance requirements” and did “not meet the city’s finance parameters for the project.”

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal

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