The Capstone Awards Program gives the Kansas City Business Journal an opportunity to recognize the top real estate and development projects in the area. For 2017, one of the 34 winners was Inland Port XIV, now home to an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton, Kan. With 822,000 square feet, Inland Port XIV was developed as the largest speculative building in Kansas City at the time, and it was fortunate enough to grab Amazon’s attention.
“Five or six years ago, buildings weren’t this big,” said Greg Finkle, CEO of Finkle & Williams Architecture, which built the shell, told the Business Journal. Those involved with the project were: NorthPoint Development, developer; Jones Lang LaSalle, broker; Finkle & Williams Architectur.e, architect; Renaissance Infrastructure Consulting, landscape engineer; Krudwig Structural Engineers Inc., structural engineer; Alliance Fire Protection LLC, fire protection engineer; Heritage Electric, electrical engineer; Central Plumbing; National Design Build Services LLC, mechanical engineer; UMB, financier; Clayco, general contractor.
The state-of-the-art facility is a non-sort fulfillment center, meaning it warehouses and conveys large items instead of packing and shipping smaller items. Amazon has said the facility will mean at least 1,000 full-time hourly jobs, and officials have estimated the full impact at many more.