Peña Boulevard Bridge and Denver International Airport – Denver (USA)


Calatrava left the project for the new Denver airport after budget had been reduced by 150 million USD. Usually the costs of Calatrava´s design rise during construction, earning Calatrava more money (he makes a percentage of the final cost). Apparently reducing costs to adapt to new situations is not a challenge favoured by  Calatrava.

The following are crude notes and links I have gathered during my research. The information may be in various languages and is being updated during the research process until a full article is written.

Megalomane drijvende kracht: Kim Day

Calatrava left after DIA pared down its budget last year from $650 million to $500 million — an amount, Calatrava’s representatives said, that would have hindered his vision for the project. (Although DIA had already paid Calatrava $12.9 million for his work and ultimately a further $800,000 to continue to use his designs.)

Niet gebouwd omdat Calatrava het project verliet. Project betaald door het vliegveld, en is daardoor indirect publiek geld (check).

leuk: naam van bedrijf van Calatrava dat werkte op project denver: festina lente –haast je langzaam. Latijn voor werk niet te hard, maak je niet moe.

in 2011:

voor de bouw van het denver international airport mag gebruik worden gemaakt van de tekeningen die calatrava hiervoor had gemaakt voordat hij zich uit het project terugtrok. Hiervoor betaalt het vliegveld 543.000USD voor nog openstaande rekeningen en 250.000USD voor de gebruiksrechten van tekeningen van Calatrava. In totaal heeft calatrava 13,8 miljoen USD ontvangen voor dit project.

Een enkel designonderdeel is niet toegestaan te gebruiken.

$12.9 million for two years of work on a project still in the conceptual phase.

A review of project invoices, which DIA provided to The Denver Post in response to an open-records request, shows $5.17 million in lump-sum payments for work done by Calatrava himself, mostly “visioning.” There is little accounting of what Calatrava did and how much time he spent on it — which is not unusual with star architects but isn’t always the case.

The records provide other glimpses at the cost of doing business with someone of Calatrava’s stature, including more than $640,000 spent on models and animation whose ownership is now in question.

“It’s a hard sell,” said Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown, a critic of Calatrava’s selection. “It’s just hard for the average person to comprehend this. But we won’t know whether we got our money’s worth until we find out whether we are allowed to use what we have.”

“I know, as Denver, we like to kick these high-profile international architects under the bus,” Barnes-Gelt said. “But in my opinion, the real fault rests with these incredibly overstaffed, marginally competent project managers that are supposed to be overseeing the projects.”
Architect Santiago Calatrava earned as much as $475,000 a month in lump sums for his work on DIA’s South Terminal expansion project. That work, however, is mostly undefined.View the invoicessubmitted to project manager Parsons Corp., which provide more detail on Calatrava s work. .

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January 24, 2012

Months after budget cuts prompted Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to walk away fromDenver International Airport’s South Terminal redevelopment project, DIA is still moving on without him. The airport unveiled a revision to Calatrava’s designs that is hewed down in both in size and cost, amended by Gensler Architects with Denver-basedAndersonMasonDale Architects.


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