Description: 1,500,000 sf expansion project  Owner: City and County of Denver  Architect: Fentress – Bradburn Architects CM/GC: Hensel Phelps Construction Company  Project Cost: $308,000,000  Status:  Completed - December, 2004


Tim Romani, CEO of CAA ICON, served as the Principal-in-Charge for the $308 million Colorado Convention Center Expansion project representing the City and County of Denver. Open in December 2004, this 1.5 million sq. ft. expansion makes Denver’s convention center the 15th largest in the nation.

The convention center expansion doubled the size of the main exhibit hall to 600,000 sq ft, increased the capacity of meeting rooms to 100,000 sq ft and added two ballrooms of 50,000 and 35,000 sq ft. The expansion additionally brought the total lobby space to 76,000 sq ft and created a new 5,000-seat lecture hall. The finished Convention Center gave the city of Denver a total of 2.4 million sq ft of convention space under one roof, along with a new 360,000-sq-ft, 1,000-space parking garage on three levels.

Additional elements included a larger full-service kitchen, approximately 30 new loading docks - for a total of 60 - a pedestrian bridge between the convention center and the performing arts complex to the north and flexibility for future expansion of the meeting rooms and ballrooms.


Tim Romani, Principal-in-Charge
Tom Noonan, Project Executive


  • Design Development
  • Vendor Procurement
  • Construction Phase Management
  • Commissioning Oversight

Romani remained part of the convention center's team to review change orders from contractors seeking additional fees from construction cost overruns, saving the city $2 million in unnecessary payouts.

David Bufalo

Deputy Manager, Denver Department of Public Works (former)

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