Concourse E Extension
Getting ready for opening day on July 15
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
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
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
Demolition work continues
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
Flying in steel on the new parking garage
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
Preparing to build a new roof at PDX
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.