Don’t mess with Denver International Airport (DIA) because they are not afraid to bounce on you!
Recently the airport canceled their contract with the Great Hall developers working on massive renovations at the airport for numerous reasons, one being misconduct.
According to documents obtained by FOX31, the termination will be effective November 12, 2019.
What went down.
Kim Day, CEO at DIA, said they are sorry to have to make this change, but the decision comes from many reasons, which include cost overruns and safety issues.
Although Day didn’t say hiring Great Hall was a mistake, they did admit that large-scale airport projects can encounter obstacles.
First off, documents cite a fire the developer allegedly started on June 20 in the construction work area due to improper safety precautions. The letter also claims the developer engages in “unsafe and unprofessional construction practices that put its workers and airport passengers at risk.” And last but not least, the document states that Great Hall has had the escalators out of commission for over a month, disrupting airport activities.
Great Hall disagrees.
You can guess Great Hall Partners are not happy with DIA’s decision, even issuing their statement disagreeing with it. Great Hall Partners also said the cost overruns are a direct result of DIA not disclosing the airport had weak concrete. In addition to over 20 large-scale change directives issued by the airport.
DIA pays for this $650 million project with airport profits such as parking and airline fees. Don’t worry taxpayers; you’re not taking a hit on this one.
DIA is expected to pay in the millions to break the contract- OUCH!
What to expect now.
Now the city needs to find a new contractor. At this time the project that anticipated completion in late 2021, now has no projected end-date in sight.
So hold tight passengers- it looks DIA will be under construction for quite some time.
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