Jon Murray with the Denver Post gives details into the massive DIA construction project.
But amid varying levels of hassle for passengers, the $650 million Great Hall Project, which is intended in large part to keep up with record-setting growth in passenger traffic, will require a feat of conducting akin to a large orchestra. The renovation of nearly every public space in a very active building — a 1.5 million-square-foot structure that serves as the entry point to the nation’s fifth-busiest airport — demands meticulous coordination at every stage.
Just consider the planned new security checkpoints.
By late 2020, project leaders estimate, the two large, snaking security lines that now dominate the lower level as an adaptation to the post-9/11 era, as well as an alternate screening point on the bridge to Concourse A, will be replaced by two modernized screening areas on the north ends of the upper floor, officially Level 6. The impetus is to make the screening lines themselves more secure and to adopt new screening setups and technology in use elsewhere that will speed up the flow.
But to make that possible, crews first need to dismantle the airline check-in counters that currently occupy those areas on the terminal’s east and west flanks. They also need to expand the floor area slightly into the building’s central atrium to make more room.
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