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New KCI terminal on budget, ahead of schedule

Posted at 6:13 PM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 20:41:12-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport is on budget and will be ready ahead of schedule, according to developers.

The original date for the grand opening was May 2023. Today, Edgemoor announced it will be open for business in March 2023, just in time for the NFL Draft in Kansas City.

Crews are installing plumbing and utilities underground. Developers said cold weather should not cause delays.

Edgemoor executives also said the project is on budget, hitting the promised $1.5 billion dollar target agreed to in February.

"Right now things are moving smoothly and according to plan," Edgemoor Senior Managing Director Geoffrey Stricker said. "Like I said, we've been able to get work to move it quicker in time. We're bidding out work as we need it in order to get the right subcontractors on site. Design is progressing and the partnership that we have with the aviation department and the airlines is working very well."

Construction workers also will get some much-needed help. A federal agency gave the green light to the company, allowing them to provide free transportation and childcare to construction workers.

Edgemoor also is ready to start its training program for people with no construction experience. Once hired and trained, they will start working on the KCI terminal as apprentices in carpentry, electrical and plumbing.

Renderings of the single terminal at KCI include a two-story fountain in the terminal, retail shopping, parking and a state-of-the-art baggage claim system.