Kansas City approves $17.5M contract to demolish old KCI terminals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The old terminals at Kansas City International Airport are one step closer to finally coming down.

The Kansas City Council on Thursday approved an approximately $17.5 million contract with St. Louis-based Spirtas Wrecking Company to demolish the old terminals.

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While the contract is $17.5 million, the council has approved a maximum of $19.2 million from the Kansas City Airports Fund.

Spirtas will tear down the former Terminals B and C and also make improvements to the remaining area so the existing terminal garages can remain.

Kansas City airport officials initially planned to tear down the old terminals last summer. Edgemoor Infrastructure, the developer behind KCI’s new terminal, issued a request for proposals for the demolition last year.

But in the spring, the city changed course. The Kansas City Aviation Department issued its own request for proposals last fall.

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With the contract approval Thursday, demolition is expected to start as soon as possible, a spokesperson for the KC Aviation Department said.

Spirtas’ bid indicates they will work with several local women- and minority-owned businesses, exceeding the city’s requirement for the new terminal project.

The old terminal space will eventually be converted to apron space and deicing pads.

The two former parking garages aren’t going anywhere though. Garage B will eventually be available for airport employees and Garage C will be public parking.

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