DIA hotel, transit center on track to open on schedule

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DENVER — The $550 million Westin Hotel and commuter rail transit center is right on track. The hotel is scheduled to open before Thanksgiving, the rail cars to the airport will open to the public sometime in the spring of 2016.

“We have made a lot of progress since your last [February 11th] visit,” said Stu Williams, project manager. “Rooms are now carpeted, but still in need of painting and wallpaper … the plaza has pavers in and is ready for artists to begin their magic. The transit lines are hot and test runs from Union Station have been successful, so things are moving along very nicely.”

The 519 room—airline pilot wing hotel— is now covered with glass and inside there is all kind of progress being made.

During construction, about 1,000 skilled workers a day are working toward opening day.

About 350 local businesses are supplying the project as well. When the hotel opens, Westin, which will run the Denver-owned hotel, will employ about 200 full time employees. Our video shows the past two months of progress.

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