Short wait times to get through security. Quick walks to departure gates. Fast baggage check-in and retrieval. Ample space for curbside drop-offs and pick ups. Convenient nearby parking. Adequately sized restrooms. Dining options and other amenities both inside and outside secured areas. Enough comfortable seating. Children’s play areas. Technology friendly features.
These are just some of the things south Kansas City residents said they want the new terminal at KCI Airport to provide while attending a terminal design workshop at Evangel Church on January 16 hosted by Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, the selected developer for the project.
Residents also told representatives of the team designing the terminal they want it to reflect Kansas City’s culture, including what they’re proudest of about the city and what makes the city unique, including attractions such as the National World War I Museum and Memorial, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum.
Participants in the break out session I participated in said the new terminal will be the city’s “ultimate billboard” for what says Kansas City, and it needs to showcase the city’s economic growth, that it’s a family friendly city with a good quality of life, and that residents are proud of our heritage but forward looking.
“This isn’t just about us,” City Councilman Kevin McManus told attendees. “This is for the next generation of Kansas Citians as well.”
Geoffrey Stricker, managing director of Edgemoor who attended the workshop, told me he was very impressed with the passion and enthusiasm of the community about the project and was thrilled with the number of people who have participated in the firm’s numerous design workshops.
“People are showing they want to be part of the project,” he said.