Denver Airport RedevelopmentDenver officials have unveiled plans to add a Westin hotel and train station plaza to Denver International Airport’s main terminal, additions that will complete the original vision for the airport.

The hotel will have 500 rooms and a conference center, according to initial concepts that were publicly released last week.

Denver is one of the few major airports in the world without a passenger rail link to the downtown city core. The airport is about 25 miles east of downtown.

The project, which will be funded primarily through bonds based on airport revenue, is expected to cost about $650 million.

"With the addition of the rail connection to our city core and the terminal hotel, we will truly be competitive with major international airports worldwide," said Kim Day, Denver manager of aviation.  

The overall design was done by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

The hotel will be designed by Gensler, a global design and architecture firm with a local office in Denver. It is expected to be finsihed by 2013.

The rail bridge is expected to be finished by early 2013, with train service estimated to begin in 2016.

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