Denver International Airport (DEN) Physical Access Control System (PACS)


As part of their overall Project Management Support Services Agreement, JWI serves as Program Manager to replace DEN’s Physical Access Control System. JWI has delivered a project manager with over 30 years of security and systems project management experience to meet this challenging role. JWI is managing the advertisement and procurement of a Construction Manager at Risk team for both preconstruction services and construction and will provide the comprehensive project management necessary to maintain airport operations and certifications with minimal impacts to airlines and tenants, while ensuring that the new system meets functionality requirements and integrations to meet Transportation Security Regulation 1542 requirements.

This project’s scope involves replacing the existing physical access control system (PACS) for all of Denver International Airport (DEN), which is one of the largest in the world with approximately 1,400 doors and 8,000-9,000 security system points. This includes physical elements of the system, such as card readers and associated infrastructure, plus associated software.

Phase 1 of this effort has been completed and involved the development of 60% of design documents. In Phase 2, the firm selected for this contract will provide management services to oversee further planning and design. Services will include coordinating with the existing designer of record to complete 60% of construction design documents to 100%, soliciting a hardware/software provider, providing estimates and schedule services, value engineering, and advising on construction feasibility and alternate solutions.


OwnerCity and County of Denver

ClientDenver International Airport


Location(s)Denver, Colorado

Services Performed

  • Project Management
    • Aviation Security & Screening
  • Program Management
  • Construction Management
    • Contractor Procurement


  1. There are more badge scanners at DEN than at the Pentagon.