Why is the Great Hall Project needed?
With the growth DEN is experiencing and the aging infrastructure, we must plan for the future. The facility is starting to age and is in need of major maintenance and upgrades. Jeppesen Terminal was built to serve only 50 million annual passengers. Today, we serve more than 64 million. TSA checkpoints are at capacity. Also, the airport has an underutilized and inefficient ticketing area and is lacking concessionaires to accommodate projected passenger growth.
What will happen with the TSA checkpoints?
The Great Hall Project is designed to make the security screening process more efficient and less stressful for travelers. The project will greatly enhance security by moving today’s TSA screening checkpoints from Level 5 to Level 6 and create a new prototype for TSA that will increase passenger throughput.
Today, DEN has 30 standard checkpoint lanes. When the Great Hall Project is complete, it will have 34 state-of-the-art automated screening lanes, which can increase capacity by 30%. The new checkpoints, which will be consolidated from three areas of the Terminal into two, will feature increase queuing space.
Additional highlights of the new security checkpoints include:
- Entire area is enclosed and less exposed
- Purpose-built corridor allows efficient K-9 operations
- Scanning of boarding pass generates a queue assignment (so that passengers are called to join the security line in smaller groups to improve flow)
- Each pair of lanes has an entry area where you validate ID and queue with a small group
- Allows TSA to generate “risk-based” assignments
- Provides the flexibility to change lane profiles.
Will taxpayers be responsible for this construction in any way?
DEN is an enterprise of the City and County of Denver, so no taxpayer money is used from the city's general fund for any projects or operations at the airport.