Thursday/ Denver Airport construction update

When I arrived at Seattle airport, I saw that the temperature in the house was a bearable 63°F (17 °C). But I like the temperature in the house a little warmer, at 68°F (20°C). And so I turned it on with my phone, and by the time I got home, it was nice and cozy inside.

It was a short stay in Denver this week with Monday’s Memorial Day holiday, but I was ready to go home on Thursday nonetheless.  I had to put in long hours to support the second cycle of testing the system that we are building.

As for the new train terminal and 519-room hotel construction project at Denver airport – now estimated to cost $544 million – it is 9 percent over its original $500 million budget.  When additional ‘related’ costs of $128 million are added, the project is 34% over budget.    The project may very well impact other capital plans at the airport, says the Denver Post.   Denver winds play a role in the airport’s runway needs.  When strong winds blow from the west, which is a common occurrence, only two of the six runways may be used for take-offs and landings. A seventh runway would give the airport a third east-west option.  A master plan in 2011 forecast that a seventh runway would be needed as soon as 2015 to avoid flight delays.  The airport capital plan listed it as a “must do” project.  A year later, the runway was delayed, but the airport still budgeted $36.7 million for 2018 to begin construction.

 

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The outside of the hotel is taking shape.   The hotel will be managed by Westin but be owned by the airport, and is scheduled to open some time in 2015.  The train station will open towards the end of 2016.
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A model of the hotel and train terminal plaza. (The white canvas ‘Rocky Mountain’ roofs are in place already at the existing airport). Santiago Calatrava, a well-known Spanish architect, unveiled a $650 million design for the terminal redevelopment project in 2009. He eventually left the project after disagreements with the Denver team, and took $13 million in fees for his efforts.

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