12:31 p.m. Denver time
Thursday, October 23, 2014


DIA Peaks at Night

Denver International Airport is the only major airport to be built in the United States in the last 25 years. The current facility can accommodate 50 million passengers a year without any additional construction.

Fun Facts

  • The Jeppesen Terminal roof is made of a Teflon-coated fiberglass material that is as thin as a credit card.
  • The four busiest airports in the United States - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles International, and Dallas Fort Worth - could all fit into DIA’s 53-square miles of land.
  • Denver International Airport is one of the world’s greenest airports. We also have the largest solar farm at a commercial airport in the United States.
  • The airport contributes over 26 billion dollars a year to Colorado’s economy.
  • Denver International Airport was one of the first airports in the United States to integrate art into public spaces.  During construction, artists worked with architects to integrate art into the airport. 
  • Denver International Airport has the only passenger bridge in the United States where you can watch an airplane taxi beneath you.
  • Some people think there’s a conspiracy making our airport the center of a New World Order.  Rest assured the story is definitely a myth.

Airport at a Glance

  • Opening Date: February 28, 1995
  • Location: 23 miles (36.8 km) northeast of downtown Denver (Colorado)
  • Latitude: 39 degrees, 50 minutes, 57.8 seconds
  • Longitude: 104 degrees, 40 min tues, 23.9 seconds
  • Elevation: 5,431 feet above sea level
  • Size: 34,000 acres (13,600 hectares), 53 square miles (137.8 sq. km)
  • Runways: six; five are 12,000 feet (3,640 meters) long and the sixth is 16,000 feet (4,853 meters) long
  • Terminal building: Elrey B. Jeppesen Terminal (dual-sided)
  • Concourses: three airside concourses -- A, B and C

Sample of Time Capsule Contents

  • Photos of Coors Field (baseball stadium)
  • Colorado Rockies autographed opening-day baseball (professional baseball team)
  • Three columns about DIA from longtime airport critic Gene Amole of the Rocky Mountain News
  • Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant labels
  • Indian prayer baskets representing Native American culture and Indigenous Peoples
  • Field Elementary School second-grade class poem about Colorado and posters of DIA and the region
  • Copy of Park Hill neighborhood lawsuit against Stapleton International Airport
  • Black Hawk casino tokens

Fast Facts

  • The Jeppesen Terminal roof is 126 feet from the terminal floor to its highest point and is supported by 34 masts and 10 miles of steel cable. The two rows of masts are 150 feet apart. The roof system uses a catenary cable system similar to that of the Brooklyn Bridge and relies on design curvature and equalization of the fabric's internal stress fields for stability and the ability to support wind and snow loads. The roof membrane weighs less than two pounds per square foot, a total of approximately 400 tons.
  • A quarry in Marble, Colorado, supplied the white marble used on areas of the terminal walls. This stone is from the same quarry that supplied marble for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Lincoln Memorial.
  • DIA's 327-foot FAA control tower is one of the tallest in North America. There are 548 stairs from ground level to the top and the average walking time is 20 minutes. The tower is engineered to sway only one-half inch in an 86-mile-per-hour wind.
  • The airport site, though relatively flat, was lowered in some areas and raised in others, requiring the moving of 110 million cubic yards of earth. 110 million cubic yards is approximately one-third the amount of dirt moved during the Panama Canal project. This amount of earth, if dumped into a single pile, would cover 32 city blocks to a depth of one-quarter mile.
  • The fueling system at DIA is capable of pumping 1,000 gallons of jet fuel per minute through a 28-mile network of pipes. Each of the six fuel farm tanks holds 65,000 barrels (2.73 million gallons) of jet fuel.
  • The passenger bridge between the Jeppesen Terminal and Concourse A is 365 feet long, weighs 3,300 tons and the bottom of the bridge is 45.61 feet above the taxiway pavement at the highest point of its arc.
  • Runways were built in layers, beginning with six feet of compacted, non-expansive soil, followed by a rototilled 12-inch layer of lime-treated soil to form a sub grade. On top of the sub grade are eight inches of a cement-treated base, topped with 17 inches of concrete.
  • Jeppesen Terminal has more than 1.5 million square feet of space.

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