Milestones and Project Timeline

Project Key Dates and Milestones

  • January 2015 — DEN released a Request for Qualifications, seeking firms with the financial capacity and credentials needed for the Great Hall project
  • August 17, 2016 — ​A Denver City Council committee unanimously approves a pre-development agreement between DEN and Ferrovial, a global firm with expertise in airports around the world. The pre-development agreement allows DEN to conduct negotiations with Ferrovial for about six to eight months to develop a potential final development agreement that contains specifics about the project's scope, financial model, timing, design and more.
  • August 29, 2016 — Full Denver City Council approval of the pre-development agreement
  • August 14, 2017 — Denver City Council approved project
  • Dec. 21, 2017 — Financial Close on the project is achieved
  • Summer of 2018 — Construction is scheduled to begin
  • Early 2020 — New ticket counters open
  • Late 2020 — New TSA checkpoints open
  • Late 2021 — Project completion (estimated)

Construction Phases

DEN is focused on achieving the best customer experience possible during all phases of the project. While most construction starts with a construction wall going up that stays in place through the duration, that is not how this project will proceed. There will be a series of distinct phases of work in different parts of the terminal. This means construction walls will be moving, and passengers will have different experiences at different times during the construction. DEN is committed to communicating with all passengers, airlines and tenants, so they know what to expect. 

The initial plan calls for the project to be completed in four main construction phases. Phase one of the project will primarily focus on work in Mod 2, east and west, including airline ticket lobbies, baggage claim areas, the food court (which will be demolished), as well as the area of the A bridge from the terminal to the Airport Office Building, Phase two will focus on Mod 3, with similar ticket lobby and baggage claim area work. Phase three will be in Mod 1, preparing for the current Mod 1 ticket counters for conversion into new passenger security screening area, and the final phase will entail work in the tented space of the terminal on level 5, along with median and curbside work on level 6 on both the east and west sides of the terminal.


Click here to explore a graphic that shows the sections of the terminal that will be impacted by each of the scheduled construction phases.