Learning Excursions

Go behind the scenes of a real-world project and glean first-hand insights.

Select from an excursion that explores the structure of a PMO, or one to an active, or a completed project site. You’ll be able to benchmark yourself against your peers and take home lessons to maximize the value of your PMO. Registrants will be able to take part in in visiting organizations to see projects in action and learn first-hand from the experts at the forefront of today’s future-fit PMOs. Each activity is limited to a number of attendees. Advanced registration is required. Refer back to your email registration confirmation to select a Learning Excursion (space permitting).

This year’s excursions include:

Denver International Airport Expansion Project

Denver International Airport (DEN) is the 20th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth-busiest airport in the United States. The airport has embarked on a 5-year expansion project to add 34 new gates and a renovation of the Great Hall, which is the area under the tents of the airport’s Jeppesen Terminal. The terminal encompasses 1.5 million square feet. Overall, the Great Hall Project will enhance security, provide a more flexible and open airline check-in space and add new dining and shopping options. It will also increase capacity of the terminal, update the aging facility and improve the overall passenger experience at the airport.

During the presentation and tour, participants will hear how the City of Aurora applied its development review process to this highly visible and long-sought-after project of an unprecedented scale, and how Mortenson Construction managed the construction process to deliver the project on time and on budget.

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

This onsite learning activity consists of a presentation and back-of-the-house tour of the new Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, which opened on December 18, 2018. Gaylord Rockies – the venue for the PMO Symposium 2019 – is a 1,501 room resort hotel with a 485,000 square foot convention center. The property is located on 85 acres in the relatively undeveloped northern portion of the City of Aurora, adjacent to the Denver International Airport. 

Lockheed Martin Space

A variety of space systems that affect our daily lives and contribute to our economic and national security are built at Lockheed Martin Space in Littleton, Colorado, such as GPS satellites, weather satellites, national defense systems, and exploration programs. This tour will include an overview of how Lockheed Martin conducts program management and participants will see aspects of the spacecraft manufacturing and testing processes. Participants will also see part of NASA’s Artemis Exploration Program, specifically, systems of the Orion Crew Capsule being built by Lockheed Martin with the goal of landing the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024.

Due to the uniqueness of this learning excursion, participants must be a US citizen or US permanent resident. Once confirmed to participate, the following information must be provided: Legal Name, Preferred First Name, Citizenship, Date of Birth, and Last Four of Social Security Number. Also, travel time is at least one hour each way from the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center. The bus to Lockheed Martin Space will leave promptly at 1:00 p.m. from the Gaylord.