Procurement Details

09/13/2022: KDOT issued a final RFP for the project. Only shortlisted proposers were invited to respond to the RFP.

08/12/2022: KDOT announced the short list of the most qualified progressive design-build teams to have the opportunity to submit proposals for the U.S. 54/East Kellogg Improvement Project from K-96 to just east of 159th Street. The three most qualified shortlisted teams, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Ames Construction
  • Dondlinger/Wildcat Joint Venture, LLC
  • Kiewit Infrastructure Co.

Read the full press release.

Process Overview

KDOT will be seeking a qualified design-build team to deliver the East Kellogg project through a two-step process:

  1. Request for Qualifications (RFQs)
  2. Request for Proposals (RFPs)

KDOT released the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on April 28, 2022. KDOT will shortlist up to four teams to submit proposals.

Procurement Schedule

East Kellogg Milestones

Virtual Meeting Recording - March 31, 2022

Participant List

Helpful Information


KDOT anticipates that the principal/lead contractor and lead designer will be KDOT Pre-Qualified Contractors or Consultants for all classifications of work they intend to perform. Click below for information on how to become pre-qualified:

KDOT expects that pre-qualification will be obtained prior to the execution of the contract and commencement of planning work. Further information will be provided in the Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals.

Key Personnel

KDOT anticipates identifying key personnel roles they believe are essential and important to the management and delivery of the project. The Request for Qualifications will describe minimum qualifications, experience and any necessary professional certifications. Key personnel will be one of the elements considered in KDOT’s evaluation of the Statement of Qualifications.

Frequently Asked Questions

We may have addressed your question in the frequently asked questions below. You can also submit questions or meeting requests via the webform at the bottom of each page.


The project will include reconstructing roughly 2.5 miles of East Kellogg from K-96 to just east of 159th Street. Work will include adding travel lanes and frontage roads, interchange improvements at K-96 and grade-separated intersections at 143rd and 159th Streets.

KDOT anticipates selecting the design-build team in September 2022. The current schedule shows construction beginning in Summer 2023 and substantial completion in December 2025.

The estimated construction budget is $225 million. Pre-construction services and other project development activities will be funded separately.

Similar to other project-delivery methods, KDOT will manage the environmental process, perform other project development activities to be further described in the RFP and provide oversight of design and construction.

Teaming and Selection Process

The design builder must self-perform a minimum of 30% of the construction contract value. Additional information will be provided in the RFQ.

Yes. Both must be pre-qualified with KDOT prior to contract execution. Additional information will be provided in the RFQ.

Subcontractors are not required to be pre-qualified.

KDOT will shortlist the most qualified teams based on criteria provided in the RFQ. KDOT will select the best-value proposer from the shortlisted firms as described in the RFP.

Up to four teams may be shortlisted.

No. KDOT has structured this procurement process to reduce the level of effort required to submit a compliant proposal.

No. The RFQ will provide details on SOQ submittal requirements and associated evaluation criteria. While progressive design-build or alternative delivery experience is not required, demonstrated knowledge and experience that improves likelihood of successful project delivery will be considered during the evaluation

Construction costs will not be a factor in team selection. Requests for other pricing information are under consideration and will be further described in the RFP.

If KDOT and the design-builder cannot agree on pricing as the project advances, KDOT reserves the right to terminate in accordance with the contract terms.

The design-builder will be paid based on approved hourly rates for work performed plus reasonable direct costs.

Thank you for your comment regarding the RFQ for the US-54/E. Kellogg Project in Wichita. Please refer to RFQ, Section 8.1 and 8.2 regarding DBE participation and anticipated requirements including but not limited to Project DBE goals and compliance with 49 CFR Part 26 which requires that an offeror/Design-Builder make good faith efforts to solicit DBEs. Potential Respondents, Lead Contractors, Lead Designers, Key Personnel Firms, or other Subcontractors that may be pursuing the Project can be found on the list of attendees from the Industry Informational Meeting which has been posted on the Project website to facilitate coordination with potential partners. Firms that will be able to respond to the Request for Proposals for the Project will be identified when KDOT publishes the list of Short-Listed Proposers on July 28, 2022. DBE firms may be designated before contract award as part of a Respondent’s team in its SOQ as well as after contract execution in the Planning, Pre-Construction and Construction Phases, enabling multiple opportunities to participate on the Project.

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