Elrey B. Jeppesen Terminal
Jeppesen Terminal at DEN features 2.6 million square feet of space and includes passenger ticketing, baggage claim, ground transportation, international arrivals, shops and restaurants, office areas and the TSA security checkpoints. Jeppesen Terminal’s internationally recognized peaked roof, designed by Fentress Bradburn Architects, is reflective of snow-capped mountains and evokes the early history of Colorado when Native American teepees were located across the Great Plains. The terminal space includes the following areas:
- Passenger Facilities Ticketing – Level 6
- Passenger Drop-off – Level 6
- Baggage Claim – Level 5
- Ground Transportation – Level 5
- Passenger Pick-up – Level 4
- International Arrivals – Level 5 north
- Security Screening: three locations in the terminal (north, south and A bridge checkpoints)
- Automated “people mover” underground train serving the terminal and gate areas
The Great Hall Project is a critical component of Vision 100 and will help DEN prepare for the future by enhancing security, increasing capacity, improving operational efficiencies and elevating the passenger experience. In October 2021, DEN celebrated the completion of Phase 1 and opened new check-in and ticketing spaces for United and Southwest airlines. Frontier has since moved into the new ticketing space on the east side. Currently, work is underway to construct the new Level 6 security checkpoints. The West Security Checkpoint is scheduled to be complete in Q1 2024 and the new East Security Checkpoint is scheduled to be complete in Q3 2025. In addition to the new security checkpoints, the project will build new check-in and ticketing space for the remaining airlines and create meeter/greeter spaces at the south end of Level 5 and near international arrivals. The Center of Equity and Excellence will also be constructed as part of the project. The entire project is expected to be complete in 2028 with components opening along the way. Below is a breakdown of each phase:
Phase 1 of the project is complete and passengers and employees can now enjoy:
- An additional 31,000 square feet of space for the Jeppesen Terminal and 158,500 square feet of newly renovated space.
- New ticketing areas in the center of Level 6 with more efficient state-of-the-art processes for checking in passengers and their baggage for United, Southwest and, eventually, Frontier.
- Upgraded ticketing areas that include check-in kiosks and 86 automated self-bag drop units (43 on each side) to streamline the check-in process.
- Four new restrooms with upgrades to existing restrooms.
Phase 2 of the Great Hall Project broke ground in July 2021 and will:
- Enhance security by building a new security checkpoint on Level 6 in the northwest corner of the Jeppesen Terminal.
- Bring more efficient technologies, providing DEN the opportunity to adapt to future demands.
- Construct a triple escalator to move screened and ticketed passengers from the new Level 6 security checkpoint directly down to the train platform on Level 4.
- Complete construction on the new security checkpoint in Q1 2024.
- Provide passengers with an improved security checkpoint experience.
The Completion Phase of the project will bring:
- Improved efficiency and technology at Security Checkpoints. A new security checkpoint with enhanced technology will be built 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. The new checkpoints will provide a more efficient experience for passengers who will have easy access to Level 4 (train to the gates) with four new elevators and two new escalators from post-security on Level 6 to the train platform.
- Modern and spacious ticketing spaces. New check-in areas will be built on the south end of Level 6 for all remaining airlines. These modular spaces will provide greater flexibility for future airline expansion and other changing needs in the future.
- Comfortable spaces to meet and greet travelers. This includes both domestic and international arrivals on Level 5. DEN will also have opportunities for new concessions before security that will be available to everyone at DEN, not just ticketed passengers!
- Developing a pipeline of aviation talent. A new Center of Excellence in Aviation and Equity will be constructed on Level 4 of the Westin Denver International Airport. The Center will engage, educate, empower, motivate, and provide opportunities for under-represented students and young people who are interested 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.
To sign-up for quarterly updates, see project renderings and construction maps, visit the Great Hall Project page.