Denver airport considers $1B makeover |

Denver airport considers $1B makeover

DENVER, Colorado – Denver’s airport could get a $1 billion makeover that would include moving security checkpoints out of the main terminal’s vast Great Hall and adding a passenger train station.

Airport manager Kim Day briefed City Council members Wednesday on preliminary plans for the city-owned airport.

Day says security screening could be moved to the areas just outside the Great Hall, where ticket counters and luggage carousels are now located. That would allow passengers waiting to change planes to come into the main terminal without going through security.

The train station would serve a rail line planned to link the airport to downtown Denver.

The makeover also includes plans for a new hotel next to the terminal.

Improvements would be paid for out of airport revenues.

Airport officials say that of the 50 million or so travelers who use the airport annually, about 44 percent make connections, but they may be shunning shops and restaurants in the main terminal because of the need for rescreening. The concourses also have shops and restaurants.

Drawing visitors to the main terminal could help the airport boost non-aviation revenue, Day said. Food, beverage and retail revenues can help airports keep costs down for space they rent to airlines. Lower airline costs can translate into cheaper tickets.

The airport has chosen Parsons Transportation Group as project manager for the redevelopment. Parsons will oversee and monitor $700 million to $950 million in terminal reconstruction and commuter-rail bridge work, DIA officials said.

A contract calls for Parsons to receive up to $160 million over seven years to oversee design and construction of the Great Hall makeover, additions to accommodate the rail line to the airport, train bridges over roads to the airport, and the hotel. However the airport estimates it would only need to pay Parsons $80 million to $90 million.

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is part of the project team Parsons assembled.

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