Forget for a moment the fact that Denver International Airport (DEN) is the 15th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth-busiest airport in the United States. Forget that it had to remain open with no disruption to 24x7 operations during the construction of a $579 million project. Forget for a moment the number of stakeholders and the high-profile nature of the development. And also forget the required myriad security and FAA clearances and other logistical challenges of building at an active airport. One look at the design and resulting product proves the delivery execution of this swooping form of steel and glass is without a doubt a true engineering and construction marvel.
A realization of part of DEN’s original 1989 master plan, DEN’s new Hotel and Transit Center (HTC) project include three key elements: a 519-key Westin hotel and conference center; an 82,000 square foot plaza; and a public transit center that connects the new RTD commuter rail line to the airport. These elements comprise a single, integrated, iconic addition to DEN’s Jeppesen Terminal. The sustainably-designed (LEED-Gold) Hotel and Transit Center connect travelers from the airport to downtown and the hotel provides unparalleled views of the Rocky Mountains and the original Jeppesen terminal. The HTC offers amenities to other visitors and residents alike, with a welcoming, outdoor plaza that is the site of many activities and community events.
A unique tri-venture was exclusively and specifically assembled to build this very challenging project. The tri-venture builder, MHS, was led by Mortenson Construction and includes partners Hunt Construction and Saunders Construction.
519-room Westin hotel and conference center is exceeding revenue projections.
Public transit center includes an RTD Rail station connecting DIA to downtown Denver via Union Station
Improvements to the existing concourse baggage and train systems
Open-aired public plaza for community programs and events that connect the development to the existing Jeppesen Terminal.
Facts And Figures
Denver International Airport
November 2015 Hotel;
April 2016 Transit Center
758,000 square feet
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