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Denver International Airport

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and Denver officials unveiled their bold designs for an ambitious remake of the project named ‘Denver International Airport’s South Terminal Redevelopment Program’, including a Westin Hotel that would sit at the top of a large open public plaza and a commuter-rail station for RTD’s train to Denver International Airport (DIA). The concept for the redevelopment will not only enhance the airport’s connectivity and functionality, but is also expected to create more than 6,600 jobs.

The project is one of the largest in United States. It includes the construction of a signature rail bridge, a terminal train station, a 500-room hotel, a conference center and a multi-function civic plaza complete with retail and concessions. The rail station, plaza and hotel will form a highly integrated and dynamic complex, located directly south of the Jeppeson Terminal.

Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

My goal in designing a train station adjacent to such an iconic structure as the Jeppeson Terminal has been to complement it with a design of independent identity and equal quality. It is my sincere hope that the vision expressed in this proposal not only respects and complements the existing architecture, but enables Denver International Airport to continue to serve as a landmark for centuries to come“, said Calatrava.

As Denver International Airport continues to expand its role as an economic engine for the city and county of Denver and the state of Colorado, it will transform into a micro-city, with increased revenue potential. The new hotel and conference center are key components of this new development, along with the civic plaza that provides restaurants and commercial retail, as well as space for special programs including exhibitions, art fairs and other special events. To provide local, regional, national and international customers with a modern transportation hub that is more efficient and comfortable, Calatrava and DIA are collaborating with RTD to provide a signature bridge and a terminal station as part of the new commuter rail service between DIA and downtown Denver’s union station. Completion of the bridge and station are currently scheduled for 2015.

Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava’s concept for the south terminal redevelopment program is the first phase of a planned enhancement of Denver International Airport and is already asserting itself as an icon for the 21st century airport design.

Project Information:

Project: Denver International Airport’s South Terminal Redevelopment Program
Architect: Santiago Calatrava
Location: Northeastern Denver, Colorado, United States
Owner Operator: City & County of Denver Department of Aviation

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