Missouri state lawmakers voice their support for Burns & McDonnell for KCI contract

Bill Grady
September 20, 2017 - 7:09 am
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A bipartisan group of Missouri lawmakers is speaking up for Burns & McDonnell in its effort to override a recommendation to build a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport.

Half a dozen state senators and representatives have expressed serious concerns with how the city is handling the KCI project. Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate was named by the airport selection committee as offering the best deal, but Burns & McDonnell opposes that choice. 

Missouri State Senator Jason Holsman said picking a hometown firm makes the most sense.

"They're our friends, they're our family; they send their kids to our schools, they shop in our stores," Holsman said. "If you're going to have economic investment, and the type of economic development dollars necessary to build an airport, why wouldn't you want to recirculate that money?"

Missouri lawmakers who joined Holsman in chastising the city for its apparent choice were Sen. Ryan Silvey, Rep. Mike Cierpiot, Rep. Gail McCann Beatty, Rep. DaRon McGee and Rep. Greg Razer.

Holsman said sometimes the lowest bid is not the best deal. He added the group of legislators will not meddle in city business.

Edgemoor has assembled a team that includes Clarkson Construction, which bills itself as Kansas City's Construction Company. Clarkson was founded in Kansas City in 1880. 

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