KCK construction setting records
The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., recently reported that Kansas City is setting records for new construction permits issued and construction jobs created.
County officials say 2010 construction permits for the city total $282 million — more than doubling the value of previous construction booms. Permits in 2005 hit $118 million and building in 2008 was $104 million.
The major project driving the construction is the Kansas City Wizards Soccer Stadium, which is valued at more than $124 million. Expansion at University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center complex is pegged at $80 million in new construction. Also underway are the $34.5 million Sarah Lee deli meat processing plant, the Kansas City, Kan., school district’s Child Education Building, valued at $12.3 million, and the almost $10 million Providence Hospital Adult Care Facility.
Big dollar building projects set for 2011 include the $200 million Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway and the Cerner Corporation office campus in Village West.
Kansas City, Kan., was recently named by the Association of General Contractors as a national leader in the creation of construction jobs for its 9 percent gain, or nearly 2,000 new construction jobs, in 2009.