Flying under the radar: Edgemoor talks KCI selection, design

Posted at 7:32 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 20:32:58-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A representative from a KCI terminal team led by Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate said they're "thrilled and honored" to have been recommended by the selection committee for the project.

Managing Director Geoffrey Stricker attended a City Council business session on Thursday, in which council members went into closed session for more than an hour to discuss the airport.

During that closed session, Stricker explained to 41 Action News why his team remained quiet during an at times tumultuous selection process.

"We always like to respect the integrity of the procurement process, and for us, that is following the lead of our client and disclosing information when and if the client asks us to, and in this case, the client never asked us to do that," Stricker said.

That attitude was cited by City Manager Troy Schulte as one of the reasons why the Edgemoor team was chosen.

Edgemoor is joined by Meridiam Infrastructure, its co-developer, as well as Clark Construction, Weitz Company and local Clarkson Construction for design and building. The architecture firm for the terminal is Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill (SOM), which recently designed a new international arrivals terminal for Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle. 

At this time, there are no renderings of a design for the new KCI terminal from Edgemoor.

"We need to sit down first with the city and review our concepts. We want ultimately an open and transparent process that's collaborative, that works with the citizens and the business community to come up with the right solution and the right design," Stricker said.

Stricker explained one thing delaying Kansas City's design is the fact that his team isn't allowed to talk to council members at this point. That's one of the rules of the procurement process they hope can be changed.

"We would love the opportunity to talk with other council members about the procurement and our team and our strategy," Stricker added.

The Edgemoor team is expected to reveal more details of its plans at a press conference Friday morning.