Denver City Council has approved Denver International Airport’s (DEN) proposed plan for the Great Hall Completion, the final phase of the Great Hall Project.
The Great Hall Complete Phase will include an additional new security checkpoint with enhanced technology on the northeast side of Level 6. With the completion of this second checkpoint, both checkpoints on Level 5 will be relocated to Level 6. At the same time, this will enable DEN to add more screening lanes, increasing capacity by more than 60%.
As part of the final phase, DEN will also get new check-in areas which will be built on the south end of Level 6 for all remaining airlines, not just United, Southwest and Frontier.
The project will also renovate restrooms and replace flooring, lighting, heating, cooling and fire protection systems and elevators/escalators.
In addition, a Center of Excellence and Equity in Aviation will be constructed on Level 4 of the Westin Denver International Airport. The Center will engage, educate, empower, motivate, and provide opportunities for students who are under-represented and young people who are interested in and passionate about careers in aviation. It will help build a future skilled workforce and become a focal point for aviation knowledge and best practices.
The approved budget for the Great Hall Completion including contingency and the capacity for DEN is $1.3 billion and will not be funded with taxpayer dollars, but rather by airport revenues. DEN will immediately begin design work on the Completion Phase, by initiating design on key components. DEN plans to begin construction late this year on enabling work and expects completion between spring 2027 and summer 2028, with sections opening along the way. A more definitive timeline will be determined once design is complete. Currently, Phase 2 of the Great Hall Project is under construction and will be done by mid-2024 with the new checkpoint in the northwest area of Level 6 completed in the first quarter of 2024.
Hensel Phelps is the contractor for Phases 1 and 2 and will be the contractor for the Great Hall Completion. The first two phases will be constructed within the $770 million budget that was established at the start of the current Great Hall construction work.