Portland International Airport is involved in a period of major redevelopment to ensure it stays on the leading edge of airports nationwide.

Collectively known as PDXNext, this suite of major airport improvement projects will continue providing awarding-winning comfort and convenience for travelers, operational efficiency, and safety and security.

The Port of Portland will make every effort to minimize construction project impacts to passengers and airport partners during redevelopment, while meeting all safety and security requirements.

The following construction and planning projects from 2015 to at least 2020, represent more than a $248 million investment in the airport. Information on additional projects will follow, as those projects take shape.

PDXNext Projects
Completed November 2015

Carpet provides a comfortable, quiet travel experience; the existing carpeting was worn and the design was nearly 30 years old. The modernized design of the new carpet represents images of flight, nature and structures found in the Pacific Northwest and in and around the airport. Recycling and reuse of old carpet helped keep it out of the landfill.

Project partners included:

  • Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP of Portland, Ore.; conceptual pattern of new design
  • Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc. of Portland, Ore.; final product development, logistics and construction support
  • Emerick Construction Co., Happy Valley, Ore.; general contractor
  • Rubenstein’s, Portland, Ore.; carpet purchase and installation
  • J+J Flooring Solutions, Dalton, Ga.; carpet fabrication (for most of the carpet)

The project budget, including all construction was about $13 million, primarily funded by airlines serving PDX.

Now-November 2017

The new businesses opening at PDX between now and November 2017 are part of a three-year airport concessions redevelopment designed to continue bringing PDX travelers new food, beverage and retail choices.

A budget of $19.8 million is established for infrastructure improvements, new storefronts and concessions wayfinding signs for the new businesses, funded by airlines serving PDX. Each shop and restaurant will fund its own facility improvements. Revenues raised by PDX concessions are returned to airlines to offset their cost of operating at PDX, promoting stable and expanded air service, and numerous flight, shop, restaurant and service options for PDX travelers. PDX offers more than 65 locations to shop and dine.

Completed January 2016

The remodeled Federal Inspection Station provides passengers with improved comfort and efficiency and provides a more welcoming environment for those arriving from international destinations.

The project opened up floor space, improved lighting, installed new carpet, refreshed painted walls, and added wall graphics. Upgrades include new informational video monitors displaying state tourism destinations, and the installation of Wi-Fi. The total project budget was $940,000, funded by airlines serving PDX.

Two new canopies were installed to keep international travelers dry when boarding buses from the Federal Inspection Station to the baggage claim area.

Now-November 2016

To enhance security and comfort, a complete replacement of the PDX security access control system is underway, and relocating and expanding both north and south security checkpoint exit lanes is planned along with new passenger waiting areas.

The access control system upgrade will include replacement of locking systems on airport security doorways, new airfield gates and airfield check stations, as well as a new training facility for teaching airport workers about safety and security requirements.

The new, wider exit lanes at security checkpoints will feature doors that automatically lock out anyone entering the exit lane in the wrong direction. Comfort will improve for those waiting for arriving passengers with the development of two new waiting areas.

The total project budget for all improvements is $57 million, shared between the Port and airlines serving PDX.

Now-Middle of 2020

Efforts are underway to balance the number of passengers using the north and south sides of the airport in order to increase the efficiency of airport operations, prolong the longevity of existing terminal facilities, and increase the level of service for passengers.

Currently, the largest two air carriers at PDX—Alaska Air Group and Southwest Airlines—are located on the south side of the airport terminal building, and two-thirds of PDX passengers are using the south side of the terminal. To better balance passengers between the north and south concourses, Southwest Airlines will move from Concourse C to Concourse E.

The project will extend Concourse E by about 700 feet, and construct 6 new gates. Construction activities will be designed to minimize impacts on travelers and airport tenants. The entire project budget is $215 million, funded primarily by airlines serving PDX.

Project partners include:

  • Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc. of Portland, Ore. with Fentress Architects of Denver; design
  • Skanska USA of Portland, Ore.; construction management and general contractor
Summer 2015-Ongoing

Preliminary planning is underway for a comprehensive terminal core redevelopment at PDX. The terminal core includes the existing ticket lobby, Clocktower Plaza, security checkpoints and baggage claim area. The Terminal Core Redevelopment program is a modernization of the heart of PDX, necessary to ensure sufficient capacity for future passenger demand, upgrade seismic resiliency, and replace aging systems and infrastructure.

Project partners include:

  • Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP of Portland, Ore. with ARUP of San Francisco; concept planning
  • Turner Construction of Portland, Ore; construction support

Further information will follow, as it is available.

Now-December 2016

To increase passenger comfort, replacement is planned for the Concourse D heating and air conditioning system serving gates D10-15, and the Federal Inspection Station and security checkpoint. The project will also modify skylights to reduce incoming heat. The entire project budget is $13 million, funded by airlines serving PDX.

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