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Jan 18, 2012 7:42 PM by Matt Stafford

Denver airport revises vision for south terminal

DENVER (AP) - Denver International Airport says its new design for its south terminal should cost about $500 million, or $150 million less than the original.

In 2010, architect Santiago Calatrava presented a design that included a light and airy hotel, plus a light-rail train station connected to the airport that together would resemble the wings of a bird when viewed head on. He and the airport later parted ways.

A revised design revealed Wednesday has an altered shape, less square footage, one fewer hotel floor and a smaller train station. Calatrava's signature white arcs overhead are gone. The airport still plans on having an open-air plaza with new concessions. The 500-room hotel and conference center is slated to open in 2015.

Construction has already begun.

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