Published on : Tuesday, April 4, 2017
In a move that will forever link Colorado’s most iconic architecture with Colorado’s great outdoors, Denver International Airport (DEN) today announced a partnership with the Colorado Yurt Company that grants the Montrose-based maker of yurts, tipis and tents naming rights to the airport’s iconic tented rooftop.
“The tents that cap Denver International Airport’s terminal are known around the world for their distinctive connection with the nearby Rocky Mountains, and Colorado Yurt Company tents have been handmade in Colorado since 1976 – this is a partnership that just makes sense,” airport CEO Kim Day said. “This new brand alliance will allow DEN to offer a true Colorado experience for passengers arriving and connecting at the airport.”
The terms of the 10-year agreement also call for re-facing the current white-colored tents with the Colorado Yurt Company’s signature green, to better reflect the new partnership. Approximately 200,000 gallons of paint will be applied to the tents beginning this summer – coinciding with prime camping season in Colorado. The newly painted structure will be known as the “Colorado Yurt Company Tents at Jeppesen Terminal,” maintaining the heritage of the longtime terminal name. Elrey B. Jeppesen was known for his love of the outdoors, and often shared his family camping adventures.
“Cloaking the Jeppesen Terminal with the Colorado Yurt Company name is a great homage to an aviation pioneer’s passion for adventure in the sky and on the ground,” Day said.
As part of the agreement, the Colorado Yurt Company logo will be located on only one of the terminal’s 34 main peaks in order to preserve the beauty of this iconic feature. The designated tent peak, located on the south end of the terminal, will also include an environmentally safe smoke machine installed at the top of the tent’s exterior to recreate the effect of a tent stovepipe and evoke the Native American tipis that originally inspired Fentress Architects.
“It’s our hope that millions of passengers passing through DEN each year will be inspired to think of the yurts, tipis and tents that are a loved part of the Colorado landscape,” said Dan Kigar, co-owner and founder of Colorado Yurt Company. “Tipis were the inspiration for the architects of the terminal roof, and tipis were the inspiration for Colorado Yurt Company. We want this partnership to inspire travelers to go ‘Get Out in One.’”
The Colorado Yurt Company also will be installing various models of its outdoor tents, yurts and tipis on each of the airport’s three concourses. These private shelters will each be fully furnished with other products, such as sleeping bags, lanterns and other amenities, and will be free for passengers to use during long layovers. “The Colorado Yurt Company Experience” will include 36 tents, yurts and tipis that passengers may reserve for up to four hours at a time on a first-come basis. Each shelter will be covered by DEN’s fast and free public WiFi, and will include USB charging stations within each unit. “The Colorado Yurt Company Experience” will allow passengers from around the world to interact with branded camping products while also offering a peaceful oasis for weary travelers.
About The Colorado Yurt Company Tents at Jeppesen Terminal:
The tent structure is made of Teflon-coated fiberglass and is insulated with air in some areas
Colorado Yurt Company yurts are made from a similar material as the terminal rooftop The tent footprint is about 375,000 square feet with an additional 75,000 square feet of adjustable curbside roof structure
The “ridge and valley” structure rises to a maximum height of 126 feet
There are 34 interior columns and 10 miles of steel cable as part of the tensile structure
An artist rendering of The Colorado Yurt Company Tents at Jeppesen Terminal is below. Please credit images to Denver International Airport.