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Denver International Airport Celebrates First “Topping Out” of Gate Expansion Project

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DENVER – October 9, 2019 – This week Denver International Airport (DEN) marked a major milestone on the Gate Expansion Project as the final beam of the building on Concourse B-West was put into place. This “topping out” signifies the completion of the frame of the building for the addition to the west side of Concourse B.

“This is an exciting milestone as DEN continues to expand and improve our facilities to meet and keep up with passenger traffic and airline growth,” said DEN CEO Kim Day. “We’re proud to say that this project broke ground just 18-months ago and is on track to be completed on time in 2021, and within the set $1.5 billion budget.”

DEN’s Gate Expansion Project is adding 39 new gates, an increase in gate capacity of 30 percent. New gates will be added on all three concourses to allow DEN’s airlines an opportunity to grow and for DEN to accommodate new airlines, including international carriers. Below is the breakdown of the location of the 39 gates:

  • A-West – 12 gates
  • B-West – 4 gates
  • B-East – 7 narrow-body gates
  • C- East – 16 gates

The four new gates on B-West will be the first to open by the end of 2020 with the rest of the gates opening by in 2021. When complete, all three concourses will feature great amenities including an opportunity for passengers to step outside for a breath of fresh air at DEN’s post-security outdoor patios. The new outdoor space will provide views of the mountains or prairies and will feature a pet relief area, outdoor seating and fire pits for ambiance.

Gate waiting areas at all 39 new gates will also be improved with a variety of seating options, from lounges to work spaces to bar stools, all with power outlets for charging. Restrooms in the new space will also be upgraded and more family restrooms, nursing rooms and pet relief areas will be added. Passengers will even have more dining and shopping options near the new gates.

The Gate Expansion Project is being managed by two joint-ventures: Turner Construction and Flatiron Construction on Concourse A-West and Concourse B-West. Holder Construction and FCI Constructors Inc. on Concourse B-East and Concourse C-East. HNTB Corp. and Jacobs Engineering Group were contracted for architectural and design services for the project.

Renderings of the project and photos of the topping out are available here

Video of the final beam being placed on the structure is available here


Denver International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $36 billion for the region annually. For more information visit www.FlyDenver.com, check us out on YouTube and Instagram, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Sign up for DEN’s monthly newsletter Nonstop News.


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