About-to-be-remodeled DIA winning awards just the way it is

Officials at Denver International Airport recently floated ideas about an ambitious redesign of the facility's terminal -- although none of them were as interesting as those envisioned by Westword's own Kenny Be. (Take a gander at his notions here, here and here.) In the meantime, Fentress Architects, the original airport's designer, wants us to know that DIA continues to win accolades just as it is. Today, the firm sent out a press release noting that DIA just won a reader's poll in Business Traveller magazine as the nation's best airport, a plaudit it's received four years running. Moreover, it landed in the fourth slot in a 2007 survey focusing on the top architectural landmarks built in the previous fifteen years. Check out the Fentress take by clicking "Continue."

Denver International Airport Voted "Best Airport in North America"

Designed by Denver's Own Fentress Architects, DIA has Won Top Honors Four Consecutive Years

DENVER, COLO. (July 14, 2009) -- Business Traveller magazine readers recently selected Denver International Airport (DIA) as the "Best Airport in North America" for the fourth consecutive year. DIA is the first airport ever to achieve a four-year streak as the favorite among North American business travelers. Denver's Curtis Fentress designed the soaring snow-capped peaks of DIA's Passenger Terminal, which opened in 1995.

"I envisioned a rejuvenation of airport building through the creation of great vaulted spaces, on the order of Grand Central," he says. "Passengers were starved for an airport to break the mold of bland people processors. I was given the opportunity to transfix the wonder of flight and the magnificence of Colorado's natural surroundings into an airport terminal." -- Curtis Fentress, Principal-in-Charge of Design, Fentress Architects

In addition to being named "Best Airport in North America," DIA ranked as "America's 4th Favorite Architecture" landmark among all U.S. buildings completed in the last 15 years in a public poll by the American Institute of Architects and Harris Interactive in 2007.

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