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Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC) Institute: An AASHTO Center for Excellence
Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC) Institute: An AASHTO Center for Excellence

BATIC Institute Events

Webinar Series: Innovation in Practice

Denver Union Station Area Redevelopment Project

This event took place March 30, 2016. The webinar video and other materials are posted below.

Webinar Video

Webinar Excerpts

Vimeo link - Political and Legislative Process excerpt

Political and Legislative Process [01:07]

Diane Barrett
Chief Projects Officer, City and County of Denver

Vimeo link - Keys to Success excerpt

Keys to Success [01:31]

Diane Barrett
Chief Projects Officer, City and County of Denver

Ferd Belz
Principal at REGen, Union Station Alliance

Vimeo link - Coordination and Sequencing of Project Elements excerpt

Coordination and Sequencing of Project Elements [01:23]

Ferd Belz
Principal at REGen, Union Station Alliance

Marla Lien
Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell (Former General Counsel, RTD)

Vimeo link - DUS History excerpt

DUS History [00:59]

Marla Lien
Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell (Former General Counsel, RTD)

Vimeo link - Impact of the Project John Hickenlooperexcerpt

Impact of the Project [00:48]

Governor John Hickenlooper
Governor of Colorado and Former Mayor of Denver

Vimeo link - Impact of the Project Elbra Wedgeworth excerpt

Impact of the Project [00:40]

Elbra Wedgeworth
President, Denver Union Station Project Authority

Other Materials

Event Description

This dynamic webinar examines key aspects of the re-development of Denver Union Station, which now serves as the centerpiece for a large, regional transportation system (including commuter rail, light rail, local and long-distance bus and intercity passenger rail) as well as associated commercial and residential development. The re-development of the station has been a catalyst spurring economic growth and enhancing the quality of life in the Denver metropolitan area. This webinar will explore regional and public-private partnerships; funding and financing a multi-modal, multi-faceted project; and value capture backed financing. The presentation will focus on techniques and findings that may be adapted by other entities contemplating similar development of their regional transportation hubs as engines of growth. The webinar features video interviews and was informed by discussion with key project principals:

  • Governor John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado and Former Mayor of Denver
  • David Genova, Interim General Manager, Regional Transportation District (RTD)
  • Diane Barrett, Chief Projects Officer, City and County of Denver
  • Elbra Wedgeworth, President, Denver Union Station Project Authority
  • Ferd Belz, Principal at REGen, Union Station Alliance
  • Marla Lien, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell (Former General Counsel, RTD)

Topics covered include:

  • Project Overview [Video Timecode 05:01]
  • Partnerships [Video Timecode 13:52]
  • Funding and Financing [Video Timecode 22:34]
  • Value Capture [Video Timecode 31:58]
  • Lessons Learned [Video Timecode 38:31]
  • Panelist Discussion by Project Leadership [Video Timecode 45:33]

Learn about transportation funding and financing tools used on this project: