Edgemoor taking community feedback, implementing changes for KCI terminal design

MERRIAM, Kan. -- A new ranking puts Kansas City International Airport second worst in North America.

Edgemoor, the company tasked with building a new terminal at KCI, is in its second round of public feedback.

This time, they're sharing the conceptual design.

"We have the layout. We have the number of terminals. We have ideas about where the restaurants are going to go and security checkpoints and things like that," Geoffrey Stricker, Managing Director for Edgemoor, said. "We are able to show concrete examples of what it looks like for security, what it looks like for baggage handling."

Utilizing the original data the aviation department gathered on what people in the metro want in a new airport, Edgemoor then crafted its initial design. 

Mark Moylan attended a feedback session in Merriam, Kansas on Wednesday. 

"Quick to get in and quick to get out, but from amenities and compared to other airports it certainly needs to be updated," Moylan said of KCI.

Edgemoor plans to double the food and beverage space, and double the number of check-in kiosks for passengers.

"The building itself is completely flat from the minute you walk in to any terminal," Stricker said. There's no ramps. There's no stairs up or down to make it easy for anybody in a wheelchair to get through the building."

The company says it's implementing changes from the community input already.

"A great example is, in the original documents we didn't have a USO and we heard from the community that was a really important feature. Now the design has a USO in the building," Stricker said.

The next feedback session is Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Southeast Community Center in Kansas City. The public is invited to attend. 

Edgemoor is waiting for an environmental assessment, which should be complete in late October or early November.

It expects to begin demolishing Terminal A this winter. Edgemoor tells 41 Action News they are on track to open the new terminal at KCI by November 2022.

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