Denver Union Station Redevelopment

Denver Colorado, USA

Project Overview

Structural engineers and architects collaborated to create a distinctive station identity using exposed, painted structural steel. They designed several steel and fabric pavilions, including the iconic central Train Hall, which spans 180 feet across railway tracks.

  • The train hall’s primary structure features 11 steel arch-trusses supporting a tensioned PTFE fabric. These trusses, stabilized by bracing struts, span 180 feet from a large-diameter pin connection on 18-foot-tall arched columns. Cantilevered trusses at the center open the canopy to the sky. The canopy rises 70 feet at the ends and sweeps down to 22 feet at the center, protecting passenger platforms while offering views of the historic station.
  • This public-private partnership (P3) project used an integrated delivery method, with the design team employed directly by the design-build contractor. The complex geometry was modeled parametrically, rationalized into simple circular arcs for standard fabrication, making the design both affordable and competitively biddable.

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Key Details

Project Type

Train Station

Location

Denver Colorado, USA

Architect

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Scope

Structure

Disclaimer: This project was designed by a current employee of KPM Engineering when they were at a previous design consultant.

Key Details

Project Type

Train Station

Location

Denver Colorado, USA

Architect

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Scope

Structure

Disclaimer: This project was designed by a current employee of KPM Engineering when they were at a previous design consultant.

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