Denver International Airport (DIA), the nation’s fifth busiest airport with more than 53 million passengers traveling through the facility annually, is currently constructing a new hotel and transit center that will enhance the customer experience and provide for new business opportunities. Lerch Bates announced today that installation of the 16 elevators and 11 escalators for DIA’s Hotel and Transit Center Program is nearing completion. The Westin Denver International Airport portion of the project is scheduled to open on Nov. 19.
Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced in February 2013 that it had been selected to design the elevator, escalator and façade access systems of the expansion. A focal point of Lerch Bates’ vertical transportation design for the expansion project is three colossal five-story escalators that connect the transit center on level 1 with the public plaza on level five. Paris-based light artist Yann Kersalé was selected to provide a lighting design for the train and level five canopies and a unique video-based art installation directly above the 60-foot escalators. Passengers will witness slow moving images projected onto a faceted rock-like structure fabricated from aluminum. The structure will be 23 feet wide, 36 feet tall and will cover 1,100 square feet. Kersalé is internationally acclaimed and titled the work “L’eau dans tous ses êtats” or “Water in all of its states.”
“DIA’s Hotel and Transit Center Program is an extraordinary expansion project that will help ensure DIA remains a competitive leading global airport,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “Lerch Bates has designed the vertical transportation and façade access systems for hundreds of landmark structures in dozens of countries and we are honored to be part of such a magnificent and expansive project.”
The Hotel and Transit Center Program consists of three physically integrated projects including the construction of a 519-room Westin hotel, Regional Transportation District (RTD) commuter rail and bus transit center that is expected to serve more than 18,00 rail passengers daily and a vast public plaza that will feature entertainment, art exhibits, restaurants and more. The 22.8-mile Regional Transportation District (RTD) East Rail Line, currently under construction, will connect the new commuter rail station with downtown Denver. Construction of DIA’s massive expansion project began in the fall of 2011 with the Westin hotel and public plaza slated for completion later this year and commuter rail service beginning in 2016.
The public art for the new hotel and transit center is approximately $5 million for interior and exterior projects. Denver’s Public Art Ordinance directs one percent of construction costs for public facilities over $1 million be set aside for artwork to be integrated into each project.
Global design firm Gensler serves as the designer for the Westin hotel and conference center, architect of the Public Transit Center and public plaza and master planner for the entire Hotel and Transit Center Program. Anderson Mason Dale is the Architect of Record for the Public Transit Center.
Lerch Bates is the world’s oldest and largest consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics. For more than 65 years, the Denver-area based firm has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. The company has consulted on many of the world’s tallest buildings including the 2,717-foot (428-meter) Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,667-foot (508-meter) Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, 1,476-foot (450-meter) Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China and 1,389- foot (423-meter) Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.
The Hotel and Transit Center Program will complete the original vision for the airport and is the first investment in DIA’s Airport City initiative. Denver International Airport is the 15th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth busiest airport in the United States. With more than 53 million passengers traveling through the airport each year, DIA is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world’s largest aviation market. DIA is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $26 billion for the region annually. Animation of the Hotel and Transit Center can be found on Denver International Airport’s YouTube channel.