Phase 2 of DIA Great Hall Project Taking Shape

Conceptual rendering of new triple escalator coming from Level 6, through Level 5 in center of Jeppesen Terminal and down to the Level 4 train platform.

According to a construction progress update from Denver International Airport, the Great Hall Project has reached some significant milestones over the last several months as Phase 2 construction continues on the new security checkpoint in the northwest corner of Level 6.

In August, the new escalator located on the west side of Level 6 near United’s new check-in lobby opened to the public. This new escalator takes passengers between Levels 5 and 6. A similar escalator will be constructed on the east side next to the Southwest and Frontier check-in lobbies. This escalator will be installed as part of the Great Hall Completion, which will begin later this year.

With the opening of this new escalator, DEN welcomed back one of DEN’s gargoyles that watch over passengers’ bags in the terminal. The popular bronze sculpture is part of ‘Norte Denver’, a public art installation by artist Terry Allen. The second gargoyle remains in storage while construction continues on the east side baggage claim area.

Shots of the new escalator located in the middle of Level 5 on west side that takes passengers between Levels 5 and 6. One of DEN’s popular gargoyle bronze sculptures has returned as well.

Another significant milestone is the completion of the refreshed and modified space now being used as the new airline ticketing/check-in space on the south end of Level 6. By moving the airlines from the northeast and northwest ends of the Terminal to the south end, DEN can make room for the new security checkpoints on the north end of Level 6! Keep reading for more information about the airline moves.

Triple Escalator Work Continues on Level 5

View of the triple escalator construction from the Level 4 departures platform, behind the construction walls.

If you have been in the center of Jeppesen Terminal on Level 5 over the last several months, you may have noticed the construction box on the north end of the arrivals area. As we have shared before, this is where the new triple escalator is being constructed to take screened passengers from Level 6 to Level 4. Since our last update, all remaining steel has been installed, the framing and concrete have been completed on the new elevator, and a large hole has been cut in the floor between Levels 4 and 5. Progress can be seen from the balcony above overlooking the Level 5 arrivals area. Although this massive hole is covered for safety, take a look at this view from Level 4 behind the construction walls.

All of these options will get passengers to the departures train platform and will help DEN prepare the terminal for 100 million annual passengers in the next 8-10 years.

Hensel Phelps is the contractor for the Great Hall Project and global design firm Stantec is serving as lead designer.

Photos and rendering courtesy of DEN

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