Opposition to $1.8 billion Denver International Airport contract
“Deal lands at $1.8B,” July 20 news story.
I truly hope the Denver City Council and/or Mayor Michael Hancock will put a stop to the folly proposed for Denver International Airport’s Great Hall.
First off, we already see that airport CEO Kim Day has played it fast and loose with the cost estimates, from “more than $1 billion” in early June to nearly twice that six weeks later. Secondly, the city will be handing off almost total responsibility to a company based overseas that has had a spotty record with projects in the past.
As to the (im)practicality of the plan: putting pretty much all the shops after security clearance will make the Great Hall completely uninviting for people seeing off or welcoming home friends and family, since they will be unable to avail themselves of the new Ferrovial-controlled concessions.
As for ticketed passengers, I imagine that the great majority will head straight from security out to their gate areas, where a huge selection of stores and restaurants already exists — no need to linger in the unnecessarily renovated Great Hall.
The time-pressure for the Denver City Council to approve the proposed $1.8 billion (up from earlier figures of $1 billion and $1.3 billion) DIA Great Hall reconfiguration contract is shocking. Have we forgotten the fiasco of our new Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora, where unqualified bureaucrats in the federal government have enabled scandalous cost overruns (to date) of hundreds of millions of dollars?
Tying Denver’s hands on DIA’s evolution for decades with a private contractor may be foolish.
If DIA can afford to pay a $9 million penalty for delaying the contract execution beyond Sept. 1, surely it could afford to engage experienced professionals to evaluate the deal from Denver’s viewpoint (e.g., Bain, McKinsey, Boston Consulting).