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Stantec leading transformational design overhaul of Denver International Airports Great Hall

Hensel Phelps is renovating DIA’s Great Hall.

In alignment with its 25th anniversary, Denver International Airport recently announced that construction has recommenced on the Great Hall Project, with Stantec serving as lead designer. The work will include a renovation of the airport’s Jeppesen Terminal to create an airport for the future with enhanced safety and security, a more intuitive passenger flow and increased capacity to accommodate continued growth. Hensel Phelps is serving as construction manager and general contractor.

Since opening, DIA has grown into one of the world’s busiest airline hubs, currently hosting 69 million passengers per year. DIA’s annual passenger throughput is expected to grow by 23% in the next 15 years and reach 110 million passengers by 2040.

The design will consolidate two TSA checkpoints to one end of the terminal and create efficiency by allowing for balanced redistribution of passengers. The new checkpoints will be configured to reduce passenger stress while increasing throughput and improving security. Boutique queuing zones and lane management will humanize the passenger experience while queuing. Stateof-the-art, clad automated screening lanes will incorporate innovative technology – including automated tray returns, alarmed bag diverters and remote screening – that is less intrusive and speeds up passenger screening processes.

The implementation of hybrid ticket counters that feature selfservice bag drop capability or agent assistance at every counter will allow passengers a choice of check-in process. This will be combined with amenities such as repack stations with built-in scales and tables for passengers to rearrange their luggage contents to avoid weight overage charges.

“Denver International Airport is one of the busiest airports in North America and growing at a rapid rate,” said Alexander Thome, Stantec principal based in Denver. “We’re excited to roll up our sleeves and get to work on advancing security, increasing capacity, elevating the passenger experience and completing the transformation of one of the nation’s premier airports. This is a project that requires collaboration, communication and a focus on exceptional delivery. We’re thrilled for construction to recommence.”

Stantec is providing architecture, interior design, design management and project control services. The firm’s Denver office will collaborate with aviation experts from Stantec’s Vancouver and Toronto offices to verify existing designs, identify design innovation opportunities and budget and schedule efficiencies. Stantec will also provide construction observation services.

Published in the April 15-May 5, 2020, issue of CREJ.

Kris Oppermann Stern is publisher and editor of Building Dialogue, a Colorado Real Estate Journal publication, and editor of CREJ's construction, design, and engineering section, including news and bylined articles. Building Dialogue is a quarterly, four-color magazine that caters specifically to the AEC industry, including features on projects and people, as well as covering trends…