Denver International Airport (DEN) in the US has revealed details of the final phase of the Great Hall project, which is estimated to cost $1.3bn and take another seven years to complete.
DEN is currently looking for Denver City Council’s clearance for the proposed Great Hall completion plan.
The proposal includes the creation of a new security checkpoint northeast side of Level 6 featuring advanced technology, as well as the construction of new check-in areas on the south end of Level 6.
As part of this project, DEN plans to replace the flooring, lighting, elevators/escalators and overhaul restrooms, which are expected to offer nearly $200m to $250m maintenance cost savings over ten years.
It also plans to create spaces to meet and greet travellers on Level 5.
Additionally, the project scope includes the creation of DEN’s Center of Excellence and Equity in Aviation on Level 4 of the Westin Denver International Airport.
Furthermore, it will include upgrades to the Jeppesen Terminal.
These improvements are expected to create 6,500 direct employment opportunities, 500 indirect jobs, 1,300 induced jobs and approximately 54,000 additional apprenticeship hours.
When it is completed, the project is expected to create more space that will help airline companies to expand.
With this project, DEN aims to boost the yearly capacity of the terminal to at least 100 million passengers.
The last phase of the Great Hall project would be funded with revenue generated by the airport.
Works are expected to start in late 2022, with completion anticipated between Q2 2027 and Q3 2028, once the phase gets the approval of the City Council.
DEN CEO Phil Washington said: “Fully building out the Great Hall project now is the responsible thing to do and is crucial to DEN’s future success.
“It is essential that we continue the work we have started to better protect our passengers, upgrade our ageing facility and prepare it for the future.
“We are recovering quickly and our growth will continue to be robust over the next ten to 20 years. Time is of the essence and these improvements must happen now before it’s even more expensive and disruptive to passengers.”