Gensler completes plans for DIA south terminal redevelopment
Global design firm gensler has picked up where calatrava left off with the denver international airport south terminal redevelopment project
originally masterplanned in 1989, an endeavor led by denver mayor
federico peña, the airport campus with its iconic canvas peaks was designed with future growth in mind. the new redevelopment plan,
currently under construction, will contain a 14-floor 500-room westin hotel and conference center, a public transit center with a new rail
line that conveniently connects visitors to downtown denver’s union station, and a 60,000 ft2 public plaza that can be used to host community events.
the 500 million dollar project is scheduled for completion in 2015 and is expected to create 600-700 construction and design jobs as well
as 200 permanent jobs associated with the hotel. primarily focusing on the use of concrete and steel, the additions feature a fluid contemporary aesthetic that offer views of the green
colorado landscape and distant flatirons. the hotel will make the 10th busiest airport in the world not only a more efficient airport with
improved baggage transport systems and security checkpoints but also a destination with a state-of-the-art conference center, lounges, spa,
and connection to the city’s downtown.
jennifer johnson, managing director of gensler’s denver office states: ‘our goal is to create a true community that enables travelers – both locals and those passing through – to connect to the greater city of denver.
gensler has been in denver 39 years, and by leveraging our local knowledge, in tandem with our firm’s extensive airport, hospitality and
retail design experience, we look forward to playing a key role in transforming our city’s gateway as we create new opportunities for the denver metro region.’