When it opened 40 years ago, Kansas City International Airport was hailed for its innovative circular terminals, which reduced walking distances and allowed easy pickup and drop-offs of passengers.
Today that same design is criticized for security shortcomings and financial inefficiencies that will require the construction of a new central terminal building.
A panel of experts from the Kansas City Architectural Foundation discuss KCI: Past, Present, and Future in a round table discussion on Thursday, June 28, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
On the panel are four architects who were involved in the original design of KCI: Tom Nelson, retired principal of BNIM; Bob Berkebile, principal at BNIM and lead designer for KCI; Vernon Reed, owner of Reed Architects; and Hanan Kivett, internationally known airport design consultant at AECOM in Los Angeles.
Also participating is Mark VanLoh, director of aviation for the city, who will address the airport's future.
This is the first in a series of events planned by the Kansas City Architectural Foundation, composed primarily of members of the Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and individuals in the area real estate/construction industry. The KCAF works to promote an awareness of the role of design in shaping Kansas City's built environment and providing scholarships for students pursuing design profession educations.
Admission is free. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.