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MO delegation in Wash DC Hart Bldg.JPGWe are more than the buildings we produce; we are members of a greater community, and we can affect change with our skills and expertise. Our objective is to promote good design within our profession and community by way of positioning our chapter in the local and regional conversation. We will also strive to educate and inform our members on issues relating to our metropolitan area and beyond.

Locally, we have been meeting with city officials throughout the region in an effort to introduce what the AIA can offer communities in terms of public support and/or design expertise. We have a large organization that can help inform priorities for our communities, and can provide a vision for our shared future.

On the Missouri side, this last year’s project procurement legislation that the AIA was pivotal and instrumental in drafting went into effect at the end of August. The bill allows, within specific stipulations and guidelines, public entities additional procurement models for project delivery including Design-Build and Construction Manager-at-Risk in addition to the current Design-Bid-Build model. This modernization of state statute succeeded because of diligent collaboration and negotiation amongst many industry organizations, not any one individual or entity.

Advocacy efforts to represent and support candidates in their reelection campaigns for state office are ongoing and we are holding our AIA MO annual meeting September 30th in St. Louis, Missouri. All members are welcome and invited.

If you are interested in learning more, or getting involved in our Advocacy Committee, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

AIA Kansas City'S Statement on New Airport Terminal

 

AIA Kansas City Supports New Single Terminal for KCI

AIA Kansas City is in agreement that the existing terminals and airside systems at KCI have served their useful life and are in dire need of both support system upgrades and modern passenger facilities. As the airport is largely the first impression of both business and leisure travelers and as Kansas City continues to present itself as a technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship hub, our airport experience needs to reflect and support that message.

After the initial proposal was submitted to the City of Kansas City, Missouri, AIA Kansas City leaders met with Burns & McDonnell and Mayor Sly James to further clarify the process and to represent both the interests and concerns of our members. Many of our initial concerns regarding delivery methods, financing, and open competition have been addressed through the City’s process. During these recent meetings, AIA Kansas City supported these points:

  • We support a new single terminal for KCI.
  • We advocate for a “hometown” team of architects, engineers, contractors, and designers.
  • We appreciate that the City has moved to an open, competitive, and transparent selection process.
  • We applaud the City’s requirement that the new terminal be certified LEED Gold.
  • We encourage the involvement of a Peer Review Advisor to help the City on the selection, design and development of “A Better KCI”.

“Kansas City is faced with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to remake the public face of one of our most essential civic assets. AIA Kansas City stands ready to support the City and provide the expertise of our chapter to assist with this process,” said Marsha Hoffman, President of AIA Kansas City.

AIA Kansas City has offered our recommendations and benefits of a Peer Review Advisor to the Mayor and City Manager, Troy Schulte, and we will provide recommendations from among our membership for this role. A Peer Review Advisor is an architect who can help the City understand design concepts, propose alternative solutions, communicate with City Council, and help advise public information campaigns. This individual is an independent advocate for the City, and is regarded as someone not directly benefiting from the project.

With the City’s bold timeframe, we agree the time to act is now. AIA Kansas City strongly encourages a “yes” vote on the November ballot question to approve a plan for a new airport.

Committee Co-Chairs

Tony McGrail, AIA

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Questions About Advocacy

Contact Dawn Taylor at (816) 979 3180 or dtaylor@aiakc.org

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