Denver International Airport (DEN) and Great Hall Partners have broken ground on the Jeppesen Terminal renovation project.
Under the plans, DEN will invest up to $770m for the development of the Great Hall, an area spanning 1.5 million square feet, in the Jeppesen Terminal. Work is expected to be completed within the next three and a half years.
The project will involve the relocation of the TSA screening checkpoints from Level 5 to Level 6, as well as the installation of automated security lanes and a new queueing model to cut wait times.
It will deliver an open airline check-in space and add new dining and shopping outlets.
The scope of work also includes construction of a new meeting/greeting area at the south end of the terminal, which will become the new front door from the plaza to the airport.
Infrastructure and systems in the terminal such as escalators, elevators, heating and cooling systems, restrooms and security will also be upgraded.
The Great Hall refurbishment is expected to boost the airport’s passenger accommodation capacity to 80 million in the coming years.
Great Hall Partners CEO Ignacio Castejon said: “The renovation process has been carefully planned with a phased approach so that passenger impacts will be minimised while still allowing for safe and efficient construction.
“The start of construction is a major milestone in the transformation of Denver’s Great Hall and we look forward to ultimately delivering a destination for passengers that offers enhanced security, innovative technology and new amenities and retail.”
The project will be carried out in four phases, with completion expected in 2021.
The first phase of construction will mainly take place in the centre of the Great Hall. This phase is slated to continue until early 2019.