Denver Approves $1.3B Great Hall Completion Plan


Earlier this week, Denver City Council approved Denver International Airport’s $1.3 billion proposed plan for the Great Hall Completion, the final phase of the Great Hall Project. DEN will immediately begin design work on the Completion Phase and plans to start construction later this year, with expected completion between spring 2027 and summer 2028, with sections opening along the way.  Approval comes at a crucial time for the project, as DEN will move forward with the design work using personnel already working on the current project, including Swanson Rink!

The Great Hall Completion Phase will include:

  • Improved safety for passengers. An additional new security checkpoint with enhanced technology on the northeast side of Level 6. With the completion of this second checkpoint, both checkpoints on Level 5 will be relocated to Level 6. At the same time, this will enable DEN to add more screening lanes, increasing capacity by more than 60%.
  • Modern and spacious ticketing areas. New check-in areas will be built on the south end of Level 6 for all remaining airlines, not just United, Southwest and Frontier. These modular spaces will provide greater flexibility for airline expansion and other changing needs in the future.
  • Upgraded facility. The project will renovate restrooms and replace flooring, lighting, heating, cooling and fire protection systems and elevators/escalators. These improvements will save DEN approximately $200-250 million in maintenance costs over 10 years.
  • Comfortable spaces to meet and greet travelers. This includes both domestic and international arrivals on Level 5.
  • Developing a pipeline of aviation talent. Building and creating DEN’s Center of Excellence and Equity in Aviation, which will be constructed on Level 4 of the Westin Denver International Airport. The Center will engage, educate, empower, motivate, and provide opportunities for students who are under-represented and young people who are interested in and passionate about careers in aviation. It will help build a future skilled workforce and become a focal point for aviation knowledge and best practices.

Read more about the approval here.

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