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The new terminal at Kansas City International Airport opened to much acclaim in February 2023. A year later, awards are still rolling in for the project enhanced by its parking structure featuring a Bendheim glass system facade.

The American Society of Civil Engineers named the new terminal at KCI one of 11 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award winners in 2024. The program honors projects across the globe that represent significant advancements in the engineering profession and enhance their built environments.

Ventilated glass facade by Bendheim on the exterior of the Kansas City International Airport parking structure.

Kansas City International Airport Parking Structure, Kansas City MO by BNIM. Photos by Michael Robinson Photography.

KCI is the largest infrastructure project in Kansas City history and has now been called “the world’s most accessible airport.” The parking structure includes more than 6,000 parking spaces, and stands only steps from the new terminal. The smart parking system directs drivers to open spaces and reduces time to park by as much as 63 percent.

SOM Architects developed a sustainable solution for the airports’ parking garage. BNIM, in partnership with JE Dunn Construction, worked closely with Bendheim and partner, Längle Glas from the project’s beginnings to build a 2 million plus square foot structure exceeding sustainability objectives.

Ventilated glass facade by Bendheim on the exterior of the Kansas City International Airport parking structure.

The façade for the parking structure required over 50,000 square feet of tempered and laminated glass. The large-scale glass panels, attached in a shingled array provides natural ventilation minimizing the need for mechanical support.  It is one example of the energy-saving features found throughout the airport.

Bendheim and Längle designed and fabricated a custom system of vertical compression clips and armatures to fasten the glass to the building. The custom glass system created a design statement as it eliminated the need for a costly steel substructure that would normally support the façade. The clips themselves are set into the precast concrete structure with imbeds designed to allow three inches of tolerance in all directions.

The 6’ x 14’ glass panels, each weighing 800+ pounds, are scaled to the size of the building. Etched glass surfaces on the west side of the building protect the terminal from glare, while reflective glass to the north presents a view of land and sky to approaching motorists.

Ventilated glass facade by Bendheim on the exterior of the Kansas City International Airport parking structure.

The ASCE award is one of several for the airport. TravelAwaits, a website for travelers 50 and older, put KCI atop its rankings as the best in the United States and among the top 16 in the world. It also received an Award of Merit from Engineering News-Record, and Airport Business magazine named the KCI project the 2024 New Airport Business Project of the Year.

Paslay Group, which partnered with MCI on the project, said its Executive Program Management services aided in increasing the project scope by five additional gates while reducing costs more than $400 million from original contractor pricing.

“Having someone on the Bendheim side that understands the design vision we’re trying to achieve, but then can bring that technical capacity on the manufacturer side to help realize that conceptual vision is important,” said Joshua Harrold, Associate Principal at BNIM.

“We are very proud to be associated with this project and it is rewarding to know our team, our partners, and our systems contributed to making it the success it has become,” Bendheim President Donald Jayson said. “This is a life-changing project for the community, fully deserving of the praise it has received.”

About Bendheim

Bendheim is one of the world’s foremost resources for specialty architectural glass. Founded in New York City in 1927, the fourth-generation, family-owned company offers a virtually unlimited range of in-stock and custom architectural glass varieties. Bendheim develops, fabricates, and distributes its products worldwide. The company maintains production facilities in New Jersey and an extensive showroom in New York City