Denver International Airport - Westin Hotel
2017 HNA Awards Honorable Mention - Concrete Paver - Commercial - Size more than 15,000 sf
Contractor: Rocky Mountain Hardscape
Guests who arrive via regional rail ascend from the train platform, sheltered by a netted glass cantilever, to an 82,000-square-foot plaza designed by Gensler that connects the iconic Jeppesen Terminal to the glass and steel “W” of the Westin DIA. Built by MHS, a tri-venture comprised of Mortenson, Hunt and Saunders, the complex was built atop the airport’s Transit Center, which offers direct commuter rail access to downtown Denver.
As explained by senior associate Lisa Kong, leader of the firm’s Los Angeles hospitality interiors studio, “The design is all about movement.” Even the patterns of the joints between the plaza’s concrete and granite pavers are intended “to emulate the way earth moves when tectonic plates shift,” she explains. The pavers segue to porcelain tile as the 132-foot-long steel entrance canopy extends inside to become the lobby ceiling, with cloudlike voids illuminated by LEDs. Reception and check-in pods for the 519-room hotel and conference center are aerodynamic, internally lit forms in glass and white solid-surfacing.
In addition, the concrete paving stones installed by Rocky Mountain Hardscapes also assisted in achieving a LEED Platinum status for the Hotel and Transit Center, specifically part of the 15% of locally sourced material, as well as providing recycled component, specifically fly ash and iron oxide pigments. When there were performance issues with the granite pavers, they were replaced with “Onyx” City Stone pavers with a shot blast finish, emulating the look of granite but with the superior performance of concrete pavers.