KC Council not ready to eject Edgemoor from KCI terminal project

AECOM and Burns & McDonnell announce partnership

Bill Grady
December 19, 2017 - 5:28 am

The Kansas City Council is holding a working session Tuesday for the terminal replacement project that was thrown into disarray last week with the council's sudden rejection of a memorandum of understanding with the contractor they chose, Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate.

Early bidder AECOM of Los Angeles is poised to team up with locally-based Burns and McDonnell to step in if Edgemoor is locked out. 

It is too early to speculate on the contractor that will lead the billion-dollar project, said councilmember Quinton Lucas.

"It was not about rejecting someone, replacing them with someone," Lucas said. "Instead, our goal was to get a good deal that protects the flying public and that's about it."

A resolution to end negotiations with Edgemoor is set for discussion in committee Thursday. City Hall insiders told KMBZ that resolution does not have much traction.

Meanwhile, Edgemoor managing director Geoffrey Stricker said in an exclusive interview with KMBZ that his company is still in the lead on the KCI project. 

"If we can move forward this week, then we should be able to move forward with our early design," Stricker said. "We've already started the environmental work, so hopefully, if we can get through this week, we should still be on track for the schedule."

Stricker said he is optimistic Edgemoor can address the council's concerns about minority hiring and reimbursement costs if the deal is not finalized.

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