One Block of Champa St to Close for Setup of Convention Center's Crane

Published on August 19, 2021

Map of Champa Street closure and detour routes from 14th Street to Speer Boulevard

One Block of Champa Street to Close Temporarily for Setup of Convention Center’s Second Crane 

Denver – Next week, the second of two tower cranes supporting the Colorado Convention Center Expansion Project will arrive on site, requiring crews to close Champa Street from 14th Street to Speer Boulevard starting next Monday morning for a few days.

The crane will be used to transport building materials to the roof of the Convention Center. Over the course of the project, the majority of work will happen some 85 feet above ground, as crews construct an 80,000 square foot multipurpose room, outdoor terrace, and other supporting spaces, on the roof of the existing facility. The expansion will offer convention-goers sweeping views of the City skyline and mountains.

The Champa Street closure from 14th Street to Speer Boulevard is scheduled from Monday, August 23, at 5:00 a.m. through Wednesday, August 25, at 5:00 p.m.  Message boards are in place to give travelers who normally take this route advance notice.  A map showing the detour route can be seen here.

Another short closure of Champa Street will be needed this fall to place a third crane on the roof of the convention center. Throughout the course of the project, two lanes for vehicle travel and one bike lane will remain open along Champa Street. Construction is not expected to impact travel on 14th Street in front of the Colorado Convention Center.

An expansion of the Colorado Convention Center will ensure the facility continues to be a significant economic driver for Denver and a global competitor in this space. Funding for the expansion includes $104M from Measure 2C passed by voters in 2015 and $129M in Certificates of Participation (COP) issued in 2018, with repayment of the COPs derived from Tourism Improvement District revenues, a portion of the seat tax and excess revenues from the Convention Center Hotel.