Denver City Council approves airport negotiations for renovations 

DENVER -- The Denver City Council gave the go-ahead for officials at Denver International Airport to negotiate a long-term contract for a major renovation of Jeppesen terminal.

Airport officials will have have six months to work out an agreement with a group of companies. The lead bidder was Spanish company Ferrovial, and its equity partners Saunders Construction and JLC Infrastructure, an investment fund started by former NBA star Magic Johnson and Loop Capital.

The airport and the lead bidder still need to negotiate, and map out the scope and design details, in addition to the cost, and how they will share revenue.

As it stands, the airport has three security checkpoints: Two on either side of the main terminal on Level 5 plus Bridge A security on Level 6.

The proposed general plan is to move Transportation Security Administration checkpoints to the sixth level, replacing ticket check-in counters on the north side and consolidating those counters to the south side on Level 6.

The Great Hall would then become a secured area. The current TSA checkpoints would be removed, and replaced with additional shops and restaurants.

The meet-and-greet area for arriving passengers would be relocated to the south end of the Great Hall, from its current location at the center, creating a plaza in front of the Westin Hotel, according to airport officials.

The baggage claim area would likely remain in the same location, but airport officials said infrastructure changes would be needed.

These are all just general ideas, as negotiations still need to take place to create the full plan.

Airport officials said they will look to present the plan to the city council after negotiations in the spring.

It would be up to the city council and Mayor Michael Hancock to approve the plans, and some questions were raised at Monday's council meeting, including those regarding current concession workers and what would happen to their jobs as shops close during construction.

If approved, airport officials said they would work on an aggressive timeline, aiming for completion near the end of 2019. They would complete construction in phases to minimize the impact on travelers.