Canopy Design – Denver International Airport

Denver, Colorado

Denver International Airport serves more than 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 give 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 wayfinding.

At a glance

151,000 SF

Location: Level 5

800-foot steel-framed canopies (two)

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



Planning & Modeling


Denver International Airport

“Iwanted 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 programme 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.”




Reginald Norman, NCARB, CSI
Manager of Design
Denver, CO


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


Denver International Airport is the 10th-busiest airport in the world and the third largest in the world by land size.


million passengers used Denver International Airport in 2013

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