Art, Construction Updates
Construction inspired art now at DIA
April 22, 2015 at 12:45 am 0
Denver International Airport (DIA) has announced that a five-piece painting exhibition by Denver-based artist, Charlene Goldman titled "Monolithic Orchestration," will be on display through November at DIA. These paintings were inspired by the recent construction at DIA. “Not only does ‘Monolithic Orchestration’ depict the construction of the new Hotel and Transit Center, but it also displays a talented local artist,” said Denver International Airport’s Art and Culture Manager, Chris Stevens. “These paintings illustrate the simple beauty behind the construction of the hotel.”
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Goldman painting depicting the construction of the DIA hotel and transit project. Image courtesy DIA.

A 22.8 mile commuter rail line from Denver's Union Station to DIA known as the East Line, is under development and is slated to begin operation in the spring of 2016. This rail line will utilize a different technology than RTD's the light rail lines and is designed to carry passenger farther and faster than light rail. Trains will reach a top speed of 79 mph and will whisk passengers between downtown Denver and DIA in 35 minutes. Trains will run every 15 minutes during peak hours. In conjunction with RTD's new commuter rail line, is the development of the 519-room Westin Denver International Airport Hotel. This hotel project is currently under construction, but is nearing completion as an opening date is expected this November.
Goldman painting depicting the construction of the DIA hotel and transit project. Image courtesy DIA.

Goldman painting depicting the construction of the DIA hotel and transit project. Image courtesy DIA.

The East Line will deliver passengers to the Jeppesen Terminal- DIA's main terminal. A 26,000 square foot conference center will be housed at the hotel and an 86,000 square foot public space will sit just outside of the hotel. The hotel was designed by the architecture firm Gensler and the general contractor on the project is Kiewit. According to Goldman, the purpose of her artwork is to recreate abstract moments that convey the people, city, and the nation that contributed to the beauty of the new hotel and transit project.  Goldman focused specifically on the construction of the hotel and transit development because it allowed her to reflect on the architecture and design of the hotel as a piece of art. Passengers and airport visitors may view the paintings during regular business hours without having to go through security, at the Airport Office Building lobby, which is west of the A-Bridge security checkpoint.
Rendering of Westin Hotel and public plaza. Image courtesy DIA.

Rendering of Westin Hotel. Image courtesy DIA.

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Photo of Westin Hotel at DIA. Denver Urban Review April 2015.

RTD commuter rail cars
February 20, 2015 at 12:15 am 0
Recently RTD had its commuter rail cars on display at the platform behind Denver's Union Station. The cars are designed to travel farther and faster than RTD's light rail vehicles. Reaching speeds of 79 miles per hour passengers will be whisked from Union Station to Denver International Airport in 35 minutes. Each car will have 90 seats and luggage racks are installed in each car. These vehicles are expected to run every 15 minutes during peak hours. The rail line to DIA that the commuter rail cars will serve, is labeled the East Rail Line. Service on this line is slated to begin in 2016.
Exterior view of the RTD Commuter Rail Car

Exterior view of the RTD commuter rail car.

Inside view of the RTD Commuter Rail Car

Inside view of the RTD commuter rail car.

View out the window of RTD Commuter Rail Car

View out the window of RTD commuter rail car.

Photos by Denver Urban Review.
DIA sets all-time record for passenger traffic in 2014
February 5, 2015 at 2:59 pm 0
A little more than 53 million people passed through Denver International Airport in 2014 setting an all-time record for the airport. This makes DIA the fifth busiest airport in the United States in 2014. DIA has been in operation since 1995. DIA served an all-time high of 191 destinations around the world during 2014, surpassing the 187 destinations served during 2013. New air service in 2014 included nonstop service to Panama City, Panama, as well as Guadalajara and Chihuahua, Mexico.
Image courtesy Denver International Airport

Images courtesy Denver International Airport

“Ending the year with record-breaking passenger traffic demonstrates the continued strength of the Denver market for air travel,” said Denver International Airport CEO Kim Day. “DIA has the third-largest domestic network for flights, and has seen sustained growth in international passenger traffic that has been bolstered by new service to destinations around the globe such as Tokyo and Panama City. We will continue to build on this momentum as we work to add new destinations, better customer amenities and services that ensures Denver International Airport’s place on the world map.” The airport sits 25 miles northeast of downtown Denver and a commuter rail line is currently under construction and is slated to begin operation in 2016. Rail trips are expected to whisk passengers from DIA to downtown Denver in 35 minutes with trains running every 15 minutes during peak hours. The nexus of the commuter rail project at the airport is a transit center and a 519-room Westin hotel with a 26,000 square foot conference center are currently under construction. The transit center will provide connecting bus service and a 82,000 square foot public plaza that will be used for entertainment and events. DIA was constructed with expansion in mind. The airport encompasses 53 square miles of land and the master plan indicates room for an additional six runways, space for new gates and another passenger terminal.