Massive CO Airport Reno Timeline Released
Work on Denver International Airport’s massive renovation kicks off this week, marking the beginning of a multi-year, multi-phase process that will cause detours and require a demanding amount of coordination during construction.
The $650 million Great Hall project alone will require the renovation of nearly every public space in what is functionally the entrance to the United States’ fifth-busiest airport.
The gate-expansion project is estimated to cost $1.5 billion, according to The Denver Post, and is part of a public-private partnership headed by private partner Ferrovial Airports. Work will be overseen by Saunders Construction, with the expansion slated for completion in 2021. Overall, this project is part of a $1.8 billion deal for the Jeppesen Terminal that was struck last year with Great Hall Partners.
For the airport’s expansion, DIA officials are looking to expand the current traveler capacity—which stands at 50 million annually—to 80 million. In 2016 alone, 53.8 million travelers passed through DIA.
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 currently serves United, Southwest and Frontier, along with smaller airlines.
In January, Turner Construction and Flatiron Construction were announced as the companies that would 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.
The Great Hall Project partnership deal includes 30 years of private oversight of expanded terminal concessions.
“We have worked very hard with the airport, and with all stakeholders in the project, in order to be able to keep the considerations of passengers and the public in mind,” said Ignacio Castejon, a Ferrovial executive, now CEO of Great Hall Partners.
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for July 12.