ON JULY 29, Denver International Airport (DEN) unveiled the conceptual design of its South Terminal Redevelopment Program (STRP). It is expected to create more than 6,600 jobs and is scheduled for completion in 2016.
The STRP includes the construction of a railway station to connect the airport to downtown Denver, along with a rail bridge and plaza. Also planned is a 500-room hotel and conference centre connected to Jeppesen Terminal.
DEN is one of the few major airports in the world currently without a passenger rail link to the downtown city core. The railway station, plaza and hotel will form an integrated and dynamic complex directly south of, and adjacent to, the existing Jeppesen Terminal.
STRP Phase one is estimated to cost $650 million, based on a conceptual design, and individual projects will be developed only after analysis shows their financial viability. The $250 million Phase two – which is planned to include a new multi-storey car park and renovations to the Jeppesen Terminal’s Great Hall – is awaiting the go-ahead from the airport’s management.