At 1 million sq. ft. and with a budget of $1.5 billion, the new Kansas City Airport is impressive enough, but add in a female construction workforce larger than most any in the United States and you’ve got a project in a league of its own.

“When Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate was selected as the developer of the new $1.5 billion Kansas City International airport, it promised the project would reach historic and transformative levels of diversity, spurring economic growth for minority and women-owned businesses in Kansas City,” said Geoff Stricker, Edgemoor senior managing director. “We have delivered on that promise. The number of women in the project’s construction workforce is three times the national average. The national average is 2.5 percent while the KCI project has around eight percent. Fifty-four Women-Owned Business Enterprises [WBEs] are making indelible contributions to the future transportation hub, leading scopes of work totaling nearly $175 million.”

Fahteema Parrish and her company, Parrish and Sons Construction Co., also is playing a key role in the project…