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Companies Tapped for $700M CO Airport Project

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Two subsidiaries of Hochtief, a Germany-based construction company, have been announced as the companies to oversee the $700 million expansion of the Denver International Airport.

Contract Award

The companies, Turner Construction and Flatiron Construction, will be building two new hubs for the airport, with the capacity for three more, as well as 16 new gates and installing additional pavement.

Concourse A will expand by 530,000 square feet, and Concourse B will see the addition of 91,000 square feet.

United States Geological Survey, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

What makes the expansion possible is the airport’s telescoping design, which can be seen most on either end of each concourse.

“Together with our partner Flatiron, we’re gearing up to streamline and enhance the passenger experience for the more than 58 million travelers who fly to, from, and through Denver every year,” said Aaron Wiebelhaus, vice president and general manager of Turner.

The Turner-Flatiron contract is one of four such deals, with Jacobs Engineering and HNTB Corp each winning a $65 million contract for designing and engineering the new gates; and joint venture Holder-FCI winning a $655 million contract for pre-construction and new gate construction.

Small businesses will perform 18 percent of the design work on the project, and up to 24 percent of the construction work.

Denver Airport Expansion

Currently, the DIA has 107 regular gates and 42 “apron load” positions, according to the Post. The apron load area allows passengers to board smaller planes on the tarmac.

The proposed expansion would increase the total of regular gates by 36 percent.

The airport, which was originally opened in 1995, features a telescoping design of three original concourses, spokesperson Stacey Stegman told the Denver Post. An underground passenger train connects the three long buildings to the terminal.

What makes the expansion possible is the airport’s telescoping design, which can be seen most on either end of each concourse.

The airport currently serves United, Southwest and Frontier, along with smaller airlines.

In all, the project is estimated to cost $1.5 billion, according to Post, and is part of a public-private partnership headed by private partner Ferrovial Airports.

Work on the expansion is slated to begin this month.


Tagged categories: Airports; Commercial Construction; Expansion; Maintenance + Renovation; North America; Renovation

Comment from Tom Bright, (1/16/2018, 11:20 AM)

German conglomerate Hochtief (means High/Deep) has done some astounding work over the last century or so. Abu Simbel move, the thoroughly modern reinforced concrete Echelsbach Bridge (1929, 30 years ahead of the rest of us, and it survived the War), plus concessions stakes at airports in Athens, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Sydney, Budapest and others.

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