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Published on Aug 29, 2012
DENVER, CO — August 29, 2012 — Today Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver International Airport (DIA) commemorated a significant construction milestone of the Hotel and Transit Center Program. Elected officials, travel and aviation industry members and employees impacted by the Program all gathered to witness the ceremonial release and transfer of the Jeppesen Terminal roof tension cables to temporary structures that will support the tents for the duration of construction.
"We are building Denver's future today at DIA," said Mayor Hancock. "On the face of it, 'building' can appear simple: a hotel, a train station. But 'building' also means opportunities and jobs for local and diverse businesses, spurring a new frontier of economic growth for the entire region."
The Hotel and Transit Center Program will complete the original vision of the airport, adding a 500-room Westin hotel and a Public Transit Center to house the RTD East Rail Line, which will connect DIA to downtown Denver. The Program is expected to create nearly 1,000 jobs, including 600 - 700 construction and design jobs and more than 200 permanent hotel jobs, generating approximately $2 million in annual tax revenues for the City and County of Denver's General Fund.
"We have been rolling up our sleeves, working hard to get the Hotel and Transit Center Program off the ground and the project is progressing on schedule," said Aviation Manager Kim Day. "Today we officially unleashed the Program when Mayor Hancock knocked out the final pin anchoring our iconic tent roof into the ground. It was a proud moment for Stu Williams, his team and all the employees who have been doing just tremendous work in support of this initiative."
DIA also unveiled a new design animation and architectural model for the Program today. The model will be on display inside the south end of Jeppesen Terminal, and the animation can be viewed later today on DIA's YouTube Channel.
"In our new animation and architectural model, the public will see a modern, 21st-century design that complements our iconic Jeppesen Terminal," continued Day. "Throughout the Hotel and Transit Center Program design process, our focus has been to create new, game-changing amenities for our passengers and employees and to strengthen the public's sense of pride and ownership in DIA."
Gensler, lead architect on the design of the Program's hotel and Public Transit Center, has imagined a swooping form whose curved lines are inspired by the City of Denver and its surrounding natural environment.
"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," said Jennifer Johnson, managing director of Gensler's Denver office. "Gensler has been in Denver for 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." Mayor Hancock was joined at the event by dignitaries and representatives from the Regional Transportation District, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and the Hotel and Transit Center Program team. "The Hotel and Transit Center Program and the East Rail Line are about connectivity," said RTD Board First Vice Chair John Tayer. "We are connecting people between downtown and the airport, as well as connecting people to jobs."