New construction projects at DIA open for public tours; completion dates between 2015-16

DENVER - Anyone can now take a tour of the giant construction project at Denver International Airport starting this weekend.

"Curious onlookers have been watching the Hotel and Transit Center rise from the south side of Jeppesen Terminal for months," said Hotel and Transit Center Program Manager Stu Williams. "We’re finally at a point in the construction that allows us the opportunity to give the public a preview of this great new amenity at DIA."

The project is actually several projects -- three different developments meant to improve DIA. One component, a 519-guest room Westin hotel, is on track for completion in 2015. A second improvement will be a public plaza meant to provide a cultural space for arts and entertainment.

The third section of the project will be a public transit center connecting DIA with the new RTD line between downtown Denver and the airport. The commuter rail, called the East Rail Line, is scheduled to open in 2016.

Tours of the construction will take place once a month beginning this Saturday, April 12. The public can sign up to take a tour online at Tickets are free, but only 15 people can take a tour at a time.

The initial April 12 tour group is part of Doors Open Denver, an annual event that gives the public a chance to learn about Denver's most fascinating architecture.

Check out a live camera feed of the construction here.

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