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
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.
On February 18, the Denver City Council approved the general contractor/construction management contract with Hensel Phelps to complete Phase I of the Great Hall Project. Construction resumed in March 2020.
In addition to demolition, taller McCain walls on the bridge overlooking construction are in place to increase safety for passengers and workers and include observation windows to view the construction progress.
Construction design and scope evaluation will take place for cost-saving opportunities and work with small and M/WBE’s about ways to engage in project opportunities will continue to take place.
Phase I of the project will complete the work in the center of the terminal and includes:
- Completing demolition in the center of the Terminal on Level 6
- Constructing new airline ticket counters in the center of Level 6
- Widening the balconies for the future TSA checkpoints on Level 6
- Adding two new restrooms on both the east and west sides
- Upgrades to existing mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure
GENERAL TIPS FOR NAVIGATING CONSTRUCTION
Please note the following tips to help keep your terminal experience as smooth as possible during construction:
- Check FlyDenver.com before you head to DEN. Delays are expected to be minimal for travelers during the construction, but we encourage you to check for information such as current security wait times and departure flights before you arrive at the airport
- Follow the signs. The terminal will look different from what you may be used to. Make sure to pay attention as you travel through the terminal and use posted signage to help you navigate around construction
- When in doubt, ask for help. Find a friendly DEN Ambassador or customer service agent wearing a blue vest, or any airport employee you see wearing a badge