Client Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport (DEN) - Canopy

Denver, Colorado

Denver International Airport serves over 50 million passengers a year. With its unpredictable and sometimes extreme weather, the rental car companies sought a canopy to protect arriving and departing passengers from the elements. After conducting a feasibility study, a pair of 800-foot-long, steel-framed canopies were designed to complement the airport’s iconic design of a bird in flight. Environmental sustainability was an important design criterion and with the translucent fabric covering, natural ventilation and daylight illumination gives a pleasant, uniform, energy-efficient light.  At night, the canopy is lit from below and glows in the same fashion as the main terminal. The canopy’s Teflon-coated fiberglass fabric skin provides natural ventilation for comfortable airflow and removal of bus and van exhaust fumes. The design also included the roadway expansion and signage for way finding.

At a glance

151,000 SF

Location: Level 5

800 FT Steel-framed Canopies (2)

Roadway Expansion



Award of Merit - Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture with Steel (I.D.E.A.S.)

Teflon-coated fiberglass over structural steel construction

Energy-efficient light

Natural ventilation of van and bus fumes


Feasibility Study

Schematic Design

Construction Documents

Construction-Phased Services

"I wanted to take this opportunity to commend and congratulate the LEO A DALY team for their outstanding service to Denver International Airport and the City and County of Denver on this important project. From conception to completion, LEO A DALY’s Project Manager displayed excellent leadership and enabled the project to be completed on schedule and within our programmed budget. Thank you again for contributing to what our Mayor, John Hickenlooper, has described as a ‘job well done’ and we look forward to working with LEO A DALY on more exciting projects in the future."


Consecutive Years
Voted Best Airport in North America
by Business Traveler Magazine


Denver International Airport is the tenth
busiest airport in the world and the third
largest in the world by land size.


million passengers used Denver International Airport in 2013