KANSAS CITY, Missouri (June 21, 2017) — Several prominent members of Kansas City’s contractor community are joining with Burns & McDonnell as part of an all-star team of contractors united to build a new single-terminal KCI. The team will submit a joint proposal to the Kansas City Council on July 27 as part of the City’s Request for Qualifications and Proposals (RFQ/P) process for design and construction of a new terminal. The City is expected to select a winning team by Aug. 10.
Teaming with Burns & McDonnell are:
- JE Dunn Construction
- McCownGordon Construction
“We are thrilled to announce that JE Dunn and McCownGordon are joining our KCI team,” says Burns & McDonnell chairman and CEO Ray Kowalik. “We have committed to build our hometown airport with the world-class construction and building trades talent right here in Kansas City and this team definitely measures up. This is the right team to build an airport that Kansas Citians will point to with pride for many years to come.”
“We're excited and proud to be on the local team led by Burns & McDonnell. Not only do we have the experience and resources locally, but we are all passionate about what's best for the Kansas City community. We look forward to adding value to the team through our relationships with local labor and subcontractors and through our broad aviation experience,” says Gordon Lansford, III, president and CEO of JE Dunn Construction.
“McCownGordon is committed to the continued growth and success of the region and we are proud to be part of the all-star team assembled to build a new single-terminal KCI,” says Ramin Cherafat, chief operating officer for McCownGordon. “The time is right for this project and this team is right for Kansas City.”
The Kansas City Council has committed to a public vote on the terminal plan and contractor team that is selected. A recent poll of Kansas City, Missouri residents showed only lukewarm support until learning the details of a privately-financed single-terminal concept that would also be built with Kansas City firms and Kansas City labor. Support jumped from 38 percent to 55 percent when survey respondents learned that the airport project would be privately financed with no risk to taxpayers and be built with a local firm or firms.
“We know there is a long way to go in the process but we believe we have assembled the right team to build our hometown airport,” Kowalik adds. “No one will be more committed to this project’s success than this team.”
About Burns & McDonnell
Burns & McDonnell is a Kansas City-based firm that’s been committed to the people and growth of our hometown since we were founded in 1898. The 3,000 employee-owners based in Kansas City actively volunteer within the community and have donated millions of dollars to causes that support our great city from United Way to Science City. We are made up of more than 5,700 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is proud to be No. 16 on Fortune’s 2017 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.
About JE Dunn Construction
JE Dunn Construction was founded in 1924. Today JE Dunn is the 10th largest domestic general building contractor in the United States with offices in 20 locations. JE Dunn has completed over half a billion dollars in airport and air transit building projects recently and currently is working on aviation construction projects in Nashville, Atlanta, Portland, Scottsdale, Dallas/Fort Worth, and more. Our vision is to be an indispensable business partner for our clients by first understanding their purpose, goals and customers and then delivering transformational solutions with certainty of results. We maintain a commitment to integrity, collaboration, wisdom, quality, value, sustainability, and safety — the philosophy and principles of our business operation which is both family and employee-owned. JE Dunn’s purpose is to enrich lives through inspired people and places. www.jedunn.com
McCownGordon Construction is recognized as one of the region’s largest construction managers with offices in both Missouri and Kansas. Focused on core values of integrity, relationships and performance, McCownGordon is committed to building collaborative partnerships and specializing in construction management, design-build, sustainable construction and general contracting. With strong experience and expertise in a variety of market sectors, the company has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Kansas City by the Kansas City Business Journal for the past 12 years. More information about McCownGordon Construction is available at www.mccowngordon.com.