The Kansas City Airport was in dire need of a new terminal and terminal parking garage in order to meet modern safety precautions and to better serve the growing number of inhabitants who live in the Kansas City metro area and surrounding states. IAA was a critical member of the design team overseeing the design and construction of the new 7-level parking structure that comfortably fits over 6,200 parking spaces. Below are images of the original Kansas City Airport, completed in 1972.
Sustainable features include a 2,500 linear foot, 510 modules, and 150.0 kW photovoltaic array system installed on the south elevation. Sixty-two electrical charging stations have been installed for visitors parking their vehicles, along with a wireless bus charging system - the first of its kind at a United States airport. The wireless bus charging systems have been installed at the garage's drop-off lane and allow the airport's new electric bus fleet to charge while parking over the charging pads, dropping off passengers. The 2,250,000 SF garage structure is precast concrete. Perforations in the precast provide natural ventilation through the garage and an active façade as the sunlight moves throughout the day. On the north and west elevations, 12'-0" tall by 6'-0" wide translucent shingled laminated glass panels cover the façade, which glows at night as vehicles circulate behind them. The north façade has RGB linear lighting integrated within the shingled glass panels, providing an active entrance into the Terminal Elevated Roadway. The east elevation contains a white precast concrete colonnade, with the speed ramps directly behind for vehicles to traverse quickly and safely between the seven parking-stages levels.