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J. Jade Liska

J. Jade Liska (BLA 1994 Landscape Architecture), PLA, is being promoted to deputy director of aviation planning and engineering with the Kansas City Aviation Department, which owns and operates Kansas City International Airport and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. In his new role, Liska will serve as project manager in the design and construction of a new $1.2 billion passenger terminal at KCI, coordinating with the outside design and construction team and Aviation Department leadership. Liska will also manage other landside and airside construction and maintenance activities at both airports.

Liska has been with the city for more than 12 years, starting his career as a planner. He transferred to Aviation in 2014 to become manager of the airport planning and engineering division. Since then he has introduced the department’s first Construction Manager at Risk process and provided coordination with Public Works in citywide paving contracts, stormwater management and sustainability practices.

He is a licensed Professional Landscape Architect in Kansas and Missouri and is active in the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Platte County Economic Development Council, Clay County Economic Development Council and KCI Rotary Club. Liska lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife and two children.



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