In July 2018, DEN began the Great Hall Project – a renovation of the airport’s main Jeppesen Terminal to create an airport for the future with enhanced safety and security, a more intuitive passenger flow and increased capacity to accommodate continued growth.
- 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
This project will create a safer, more efficient and modernized Great Hall that serves as a warm welcome to Denver, keeps up with increasing demand, and leaves a lasting impression on all passengers and visitors.
LATEST UPDATES ON THE GREAT HALL PROJECT
Starting Sunday, May 17 at 11 p.m., crews will install a crane on the east side of Level 6 (passenger drop-off) as part of the Great Hall Project. The crane will allow crews to begin construction on the new bathrooms on both Level 5 and 6 by installing steel.
During mobilization of the 42-foot long crane, three lanes of traffic will be closed between doors 607-611 on the east side (Southwest Airlines check-in). As a result, there will be no access to the sidewalk or curbside drop-off between these doors.
Once the crane is installed, doors 607-611 on the east side, Level 6 will be closed for the safety of passengers while the crane is operational. During this time, the sidewalk, curbside check-in for passenger drop-off lane and first full lane of traffic in this area will also be closed. Traffic can navigate around the closure by dropping off before or after the crane closure area. Pedestrians trying to cross on Level 6 will be directed inside, down to Level 5, through baggage claim and back up to Level 6. The crane on the east side will be in place for approximately eight weeks.
A second crane will arrive on the west side in the center of the terminal in mid-June with the same impacts to the traveling public as the east side crane. More information will be released closer to the mobilization date.
This is a difficult time for the entire aviation industry and the airport is evaluating all aspects of its capital plan. At this time, the Great Hall Project is continuing forward and Hensel Phelps resumed construction in March 2020. We continue to analyze all projects to ensure that DEN remains financially healthy and is in a strong position to recover as quickly as possible.
In an effort to provide the public opportunities to stay informed about the project and other activities at DEN, we are planning to launch a new program called “Gab and Go.” The program will allow members of the public to talk face-to-face with DEN leaders about the Great Hall and other projects and initiatives at DEN. These sessions will include an optional tour of the Great Hall Project. We were also going to launch weekly opportunities for small groups to come out and tour the Great Hall construction site.
Due to the ongoing concerns with COVID-19, the program launch date has been postponed. Once it is safe to do so, we will announce the tours through the newsletter, a news release and on this site. Thank you all for your patience and understanding.