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Center of Equity and Excellence in Aviation (CEEA)


The Center of Equity and Excellence in Aviation (CEEA) is a first-of-its-kind in the aviation industry.

CEEA will support Denver in becoming THE place that businesses come to find aviation talent.

CEEA is an integral piece to implementing DEN’s Vision 100 strategic plan, which will prepare the airport for 100 million annual passengers in the next eight to 10 years. The center will be constructed on Level 4 of the Hotel and Transit Center as part of the Great Hall Completion.

As we continue to implement CEEA programs, we aim to be trailblazers in the aviation industry by embedding equity in all we do and how we connect with our community. We will continue to challenge our assumptions and ask for feedback from our stakeholders as we build CEEA together.

CEEA Focuses on Three Key Programming Areas

CEEA will be on Level 4 of the Westin Hotel and Transit Center

This construction is part of the Great Hall Completion. Our design work has continued throughout 2023 and construction begins at the end of 2023. Our minority-owned design firm Studio Completiva, awarded through Stantec, and Sky Blue Builders, awarded through Hensel Phelps are working closely to deliver a world-class facility for our global community to enjoy.

Rendering of a meeting hall to be built for CEEA.
A rendering of a group of kids in a the to-be-built CEEA headquarters at DEN.
A rendering of a group of people relaxing in a the to-be-built CEEA headquarters at DEN.
Rendering of a woman giving a presentation to a group of people in the to-be-built CEEA headquarters.

Where Did Funding Come From?

The CEEA space is part of the $1.3 billion Great Hall Completion Phase.

Additional aspects of the Completion Phase will build a second Level 6 security checkpoint on the northeast side of the terminal, construct the remaining ticket lobbies on the south end of the terminal and create new meeter/greeter spaces on the south end of Level 5 and near international arrivals. Once the entire Great Hall Project is complete, there will be two security checkpoints on Level 6 as well as new ticketing lobbies for all airlines, providing enhanced security, increased capacity, improved operational efficiencies and an elevated passenger experience.

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CEEA’s Overarching Goals

Serve as an accelerator for economic and workforce development

Grow access for underserved communities to build equity into prosperity opportunities

Support small, minority and women-owned small businesses to increase generational wealth

Prepare current and future employees for a career pathway in the aviation industry

Create more opportunities for minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses to do business at DEN.

Advance aviation research and innovation that drives best practices with a global impact

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