Colorado Public Works Journal, Winter 2023

WINTER 2023┃15 expands significantly “The airport opened in 1995, so we are in our twenties now,” says Stu Williams, Senior Vice President of Airport Expansion. In the 27 years since the airport has grown from 33.1 million annual passengers to a pre-pandemic high of 69 million. “When Phil came in, he put forth Vision 100, an ambition to grow DEN to one hundred million annual passengers. The Concourse Expansion Program adds 39 new gates to the airport. For perspective, this expansion alone is bigger than Ronald Reagan International Airport in D.C.” Williams has been with DEN for 11 years himself. From the start, his work has been deeply intertwined with the airport’s most prominent improvements. He took the job at DEN to lead the Hotel and Transit