Passenger Terminal Today - Elizabeth Baker

Passenger Terminal Today speaks with James Dietz, aviation practice director at Henderson Engineers, about the key technological infrastructure behind Kansas City International Airport’s new LEED v4 Gold-certified terminal.

On February 28, 2023, Kansas City International Airport (MCI) in Missouri opened its new 102,200m2 terminal, marking the end of the four-year Build KCI project to increase the airport’s annual capacity from 3.8 million passengers to more than 16 million. A key enabler of the project was US building systems design firm Henderson Engineers, which created the plans for the US$1.5bn terminal’s technological infrastructure. The firm’s challenge was to replace the three existing terminals, which opened in 1972, with one sustainable building.

The LEED v4 Gold BD+C: NC-certified terminal/concourse currently runs on an all-electric power system for airport operations, designed by Henderson Engineers. The system powers new terminal operations and replaced the previous terminal format at MCI. Compared with a traditional mixed-fuel system that uses natural gas, oil or coal, the all-electric system is expected to have reduced operational CO2 emissions by 92% by 2050.

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