Denver International Airport (DEN) has embarked on a renovation of the Great Hall, which is the area under the tents of the airport’s Jeppesen Terminal. The terminal encompasses 1.5 million square feet. Its objective is to enhance safety and security, improve passenger flow and increase capacity. When complete, the project will deliver a safer, more efficient Great Hall that serves as a warm welcome to Denver, keeps up with passenger demand, and leaves a lasting impression for all passengers and visitors.
- DEN was built 25 years ago for an anticipated 50 million annual passengers. In 2019, over 69 million passengers traveled through DEN
- DEN is expecting to hit 80 million passengers by 2025 and 110 million passengers by 2040
- When the airport opened in 1995, 60% of the passengers connected through DEN. Today, nearly 65% originate from DEN and only 35% connect and that puts much more stress on the terminal facility than ever anticipated
On November 25, Denver International Airport (DEN) began the process to obtain approval from Denver City Council for Phase 2 of the Great Hall Project by presenting to the Business, Arts, Workforce & Aviation Services committee. The committee approved the contract amendments and the corresponding Phase 2 plan, which will now move forward for full City Council consideration on Dec. 7.
While Phase 1 creates new modern ticketing pods for United and Southwest Airlines, Phase 2 focuses primarily on enhancing security and includes these key elements:
- Relocates the south security checkpoint from Level 5 to Level 6 west (overlooking the north security checkpoint on Level 5) and adds five security lanes with the ability to install more efficient technology
- Maintains the north security on Level 5 with improvements such as taller surrounding walls and enhanced security equipment to decrease vulnerability
- Maintains the existing A-bridge passenger security checkpoint to support overall capacity
- Creates an opportunity to activate the vacated south security space on Level 5 with new concessions and improved meeter/greeter amenities.
The Great Hall Project is following federal, state and local requirements for preventing the spread of COVID-19. The contractor is providing continual cleaning services to disinfect high-touch surfaces in common areas (meeting rooms, bathrooms, break areas, etc.), limiting the number of people in common areas and requiring face mask for workers. The contractor added trained professionals to implement health checks that include high fever and symptom screening in accordance with City and County of Denver guidelines.