Concourse E Extension
Walk, Watch and Welcome Concourse E
The Concourse E extension – our bright and beautiful new home for Southwest Airlines – opened on July 15. If you walked down the concourse, you already know it has a “very Portland” vibe with views of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River, bites from Oregon’s own Tillamook and two installations from Pacific Northwest-raised artist Jacob Hashimoto.
For those who haven’t yet seen it in person (or just can’t get enough!), we’ve got you covered.
- Take the virtual tour and see a 360-degree view
- Check out the Concourse E media coverage
- Watch our “PDX, Built by Hand” video
- Get to know featured artist Jacob Hashimoto
- Read reflections from members of the project team
Don’t Miss Your Discount
Several new Concourse E concessions are open and ready to greet you with treats and treasures! Stop by Your Northwest Travel Mart (20% off), Jamba (15% off) and Tillamook (10% off) to take advantage of your PDX employee discount. And don’t miss Calliope, a new shop from the owners of ccMcKenzie focused on accessories, gifts and creative keepsakes.
Thanking the Incredible Makers
As a thank you to the community of architects, engineers, construction workers and airline employees who helped create the Concourse E extension, PDX recently hosted our first ever drive-in movie. Held on the 7th floor of the short term parking garage, the event celebrated everyone’s incredible efforts and contributions. What was the feature film? The appropriately-titled Incredibles 2, of course! We also screened a short film about the makers behind Concourse E, which starred many members of the drive-in audience.
Getting Ready for Opening Day on July 15 (June 29, 2020 update)
With opening day less than three weeks away, Tillamook, Jamba, Calliope and Your Northwest Travel Mart are busy putting finishing touches on their retail spaces. While most of those names will be familiar, Calliope may be new – it’s an eclectic retail gift shop from the owners of PDX’s cc McKenzie apparel stores.
Photos, clockwise from top left: Taste your favorite ice cream at Tillamook or try a cool Caribbean Passion from Jamba. Stop in for some retail therapy at Calliope, or pick up great books, magazines and snacks at Your Northwest Travel Mart.
Watch New Art Installation in Real Time (June 29, 2020 update)
Once open, the new Concourse E extension will double as a gallery for Jacob Hashimoto’s three-dimensional sculptures — canopies of kite-like discs that reflect the atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest and draw inspiration from his Japanese heritage.
The artist team is in Portland right now, installing the rods and kites for two large scale pieces: “The City” and “The Sky.” Check out the live webcam to watch the installation process for yourself.
Southwest Gates Get Fit for Safety (June 29, 2020 update)
The Port of Portland project team and Southwest Airlines staff recently conducted a “fit test” at the six new gates on the Concourse E extension. Such a test ensures that the jet bridge aligns with the aircraft door, fuel ports and potable water hose reaches, and that all ground crews can work safely and efficiently around the aircraft. The report from the team? All gates from E6 to E12 passed the fit test with flying colors, another big step toward the safe opening of Concourse E.
Southwest Ticket Counter Makes Move (May 29, 2020 update)
Southwest successfully moved into their new ticket counter and baggage make up unit locations in advance of their move to the new Concourse E extension on July 15.
We’re looking forward to welcoming Southwest employees and passengers to their new home at PDX – with great views of Mount Hood and a new art installation by Jacob Hashimoto.
Getting Ready for Opening Day on Concourse E (May 29, 2020 update)
With opening day less than seven weeks away, construction crews are busy polishing terrazzo floors, installing carpet and cleaning windows. Tillamook, Jamba, Calliope and Your Northwest Travel Mart are focused on building out their spaces… and Tillamook is getting ready to serve your favorite cheese, ice cream and cheese curds at PDX.
New Concourse B
Artist RYAN! Feddersen Awarded Concourse B Commission
A unique art installation will be permanently displayed on Concourse B, home of Alaska Airlines’ shorter flights, when it opens in 2021. RYAN! Feddersen, a Pacific Northwest artist, was selected to produce three interconnected artworks – the “Sentinel” landscapes, abstract “Habitat Tiles” and gently rolling “Cloud Walk” – that celebrate the region’s history, natural wonders and people.
Feddersen uses a variety of mediums to create large-scale sculptures, installations and murals that provide engaging experiences for the public. Her work demonstrates that art can help translate and enhance our relationships to one another and the environment. Learn more about RYAN!’s work in this conversation with the artist.
Next Step: Steel Structure
Pile driving for Concourse B is complete and walkway foundations are being poured. What’s next? Putting in the steel structure. Start getting excited now… the new concourse is set to open in October 2021!
MAX Red Line Platform Reopens…Then Closes Again
Remember when we closed the Portland Airport station on the MAX Red Line due to Concourse B construction? In good news, the station will temporarily reopen from Aug. 2-29 due to TriMet’s Steel Bridge MAX Improvements project. But don’t get too excited – the PDX station will close again when the Steel Bridge work is complete, and a PDX shuttle bus will once again run continuously between the Mt. Hood and Portland Airport stations.
Demolition Work Continues (June 29, 2020 update)
After saying #GoodbyeA, demolition work continues on the existing Concourse B, including the wall adjacent to the roadway. Next step: driving piles for the new Concourse B structure.
Goodbye Concourse A, Hello Concourse B (May 29, 2020 update)
In case you missed it, above is a great photo of the bittersweet Concourse A demolition. While no one will mourn its dimly lit halls, cramped seating and lack of power outlets, we know this was a special home for many Alaska and Horizon employees over the years. Goodbye forever, Concourse A…but we can’t wait to say hello to the new Concourse B, with its high ceilings, natural light and indoor plants, in Summer 2021.
Parking & Rental Car Center
Construction Continues with Poured Floors
Over at the Parking & Rental Car Center, floors are being poured and construction is right on schedule. If you want to keep up with what’s underway, we’ve got two webcams: The first webcam focuses in one spot, while the view from the second webcam changes every few minutes.
Flying in Steel on the New Parking Garage (June 29, 2020 update)
After completing the foundation for the new parking garage at PDX, construction crews are now flying in the steel. You can see the steel erection progress for yourself in the photo below.
Parking Structure Foundation Now Complete (May 29, 2020 update)
This ground transportation project hit a big milestone last week with the completion of its foundation. Construction crews drove 1,613 steel pipe piles 150 feet into the ground – that’s about as deep as the Statue of Liberty is tall! Piles are driven with a vibratory hammer, which vibrates the pipe into the ground in just six minutes flat.
New Rental Car Center Rises Up (May 29, 2020 update)
It’s official: The new rental car center has “topped out,” which means the uppermost beam has been placed and all four floors are now complete. This will be the new home for our rental car companies as well as the PDX communications center, which houses our 911 operators. Also located inside: Port of Portland Police, Badging, TSA and other support services.
Want to watch the progress in real time? Check out the rental car center construction webcam.
New Main Terminal
A Sustainably-Sourced Sneak Peek
All the ceiling tiles have now been removed from the ticket lobby, one more step toward starting major construction on a new main terminal at PDX next year. As you might recall, over the next few years, we’re crafting a beautiful, sustainably-sourced wood roof that’s being built in sections at a construction site just south of Portland Airport Fire and Rescue. Those sections will then be transported to their final positions over the expanded terminal starting in 2022.
We’re pouring our heart into the new main terminal and raising the roof to bring in more light and more great views of the Pacific Northwest. Our inspiration? Walking on a forested trail and connecting with nature in a space that’s familiar, intimate and informed by the scale of PDX.
While design work is still underway, we wanted to give you a taste of what’s to come, so here’s a sneak peek at a few of the renderings. Stay tuned for more views of the new main terminal in September, when we’ll also be able to share details of what you can expect during construction.
B/C Exit Lanes Close Aug. 10
This week, barricades are being installed to prepare for the closure of the B/C exit lanes on Monday, Aug. 10. The B/C checkpoint itself isn’t closing, but hours continue to be limited to 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The exit lane closure is the first step as we make room for the westward expansion of the terminal, which will grow by 150’ in Spring 2021. To limit traveler disruption, the B/C checkpoint will eventually move south lane by lane, so that it will never fully close.
So what do these changes mean for you? Some things will stay the same…
- Employee lanes at the TSA checkpoint won’t change, and you can always use the D/E checkpoint if the B/C employee lanes are closed.
- If you have proper security clearance, you can continue to use the bypass doors.
…and there will be a few adjustments to your normal route:
- You’ll now exit Concourse B/C on the west side near the restrooms, opposite from where the exit lanes were previously located.
- The relocated exit will only be open when there are flight arrivals on Concourse C – typically from 4:45 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Outside of those times, you’ll need to use the Concourse Connector to access the D/E exit lanes.
- Flight crews can use the Known Crew Member lane at the D/E checkpoint. Alternately, they can use the employee or pre-check lane at the B/C checkpoint.
More Closures and Changes
You might have noticed a few moves both inside and outside the terminal. Related to the westward expansion mentioned above, the lactation room on Concourse B is now closed – the closest lactation room is near Gate D2.
In case you missed it, the motorcycle parking area at PDX relocated along the south end of Island 3. It will be there for about six months to accommodate PDX Next construction needs and will continue to be free for use. Also on the move: The pet relief area, which is now on the south lower roadway in front of the police vehicles.
Preparing to build a new roof at PDX (June 29, 2020 update)
While passenger counts are historically low right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, we still expect passenger growth over the next 15 years. For this reason, the Port of Portland will start expanding PDX 150 feet to the west in Spring 2021, then installing a beautiful new wood roof over the terminal.
Due to its giant size, the sustainably-sourced wood roof will be built in sections at a new construction site just south of the Portland Airport Fire and Rescue building. It will then be transported in sections to the final position over the expanded terminal. To date, crews have placed about half of the 30,000 cubic yards of concrete for the new construction site.
The panoramic shot below shows about half of the area that’s being constructed upon which to build the terminal roof structure. The total concrete area will be 20 acres – or about the size of 300 tennis courts.
Steadily preparing for new main terminal construction (May 29, 2020 update)
Wondering why ceiling tiles are missing in the ticket lobby at PDX? And why construction crews are removing the column wraps to see the steel columns underneath? This is all part of the early “enabling” work for construction on the new main terminal at PDX, which begins in early 2021.
Crews are looking at the current infrastructure and making plans for where electrical conduits for power and data, drains and other required systems will go when we expand the airport 150 feet to the west next year.