Two more major projects coming on board to help fill the construction pipeline.
The construction sector simply doesn’t get many months like this: Within a 10-day span in early May, more than $1.1 billion in new construction was announced—involving just two projects.
The first came with the unveiling of a $300 million convention hotel in Downtown Kansas City, an 800-room flagship flying the Hyatt flag. KC Hotel Investors Group is the developer for that project, across Central Street from both the Kansas City Convention Center and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. JE Dunn is the general contractor for the hotel, which is projected to open in 2018.
Then came the final contract for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility in Manhattan, with a whopping $834 million price tag. With part of the Central Utility Plant now built, construction will soon start on the lab buildings for the nation’s premier research facility for food and crop security, with a 2020 target date for completion. The contract went to McCarthy Mortenson NBAF Joint Venture, a partnership between St. Louis-based McCarthy Building Companies and Minneapolis, MN-based Mortenson.
• And UMKC now has a site for its Downtown campus for the arts, including the new home of the Conservatory of Music and Dance. The $96 million project will go up south of the Kauffman Center. That’s Phase I of a long-
term plan to move additional campus programs nearer to the city’s cultural center.