Kansas City International Airport Wins Civil Engineering Award

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has named the new terminal at Kansas City International Airport as 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 local built environments.

Kansas City International Airport is the largest single infrastructure project in the region’s history. Encompassing 1.1 million square feet, its structure is separated into 14 independent parts, each calibrated for aesthetic appearance and function. The majority of the terminal is designed in an efficient series of 30-foot-by-30-foot grids—minimizing the use of materials and allowing for column-free interiors that will keep the airport flexible for future change. In the headhouse, the terminal’s signature space, a series of Y-shaped columns support a cantilevered roof over the roadway—making the architecture and the structural engineering one and the same.

Among the honorees, the overall winner and medalists will be named at the ASCE 2024 Convention in October.