DENVER (CBS4) – The Great Hall Project at Denver International Airport recently wrapped up Phase One and begun Phase Two. Airport officials now want $1 billion more from Denver City Council for Phase Three.

On Wednesday, a Denver City Council committee met and approved the requests to expand the budget and prolong the completion date.

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The current contract currently sits at $770 million, but if city council approves the request, the total would increase to nearly $1.9 billion. The proposition also extends the final deadline for upgrades from the end of 2024 to the end of 2028.

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The original contract with Great Hall Partners was terminated in 2019 due to significant cost and schedule overruns.

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The contracts for four companies would increase significantly:

  • Hensel Phelps Construction Company’s contract would add $900 million and 1721 days for a total of more than $1.2 billion.
  • Jacobs Engineering Group’s contract would add $50 million and four years for a new total of $102 million.
  • LS Gallegos’ contract would add $50 million and four years for a new total of $78 million.
  • Stantec Architecture’s contract would add $100 million and four years for a new total of more than $133 million.

The extra money is said to upgrade to the north ticketing check-in area on Level 6, install up to 17 more security lanes, purchase equipment for 34 high-capacity screening lanes, upgrade to existing escalators and the construction of new elevators among other improvements.

DIA is expected proved an overview of Phase 3 on Thursday. Among the topics outlined to be discussed are increasing passenger traffic, an aging facility and security vulnerability.

Danielle Chavira