Portland International Airport (PDX) is undergoing a major expansion and upgrade programme called PDXNext in order to optimise efficiency and enhance the passenger experience.

The Port of Portland is undertaking the airport expansion programme at an estimated cost of $2bn.

PDXNext comprises five key construction projects, which include a $950m core terminal infrastructure redevelopment, $215m Concourse E expansion, $282m parking additions and rental car facility, $100m Concourse B redevelopment and $67m quick turnaround facility.

Terminal infrastructure redevelopment will improve the airport’s passenger handling capacity to 34 million upon completion.

The project is expected to generate approximately 1,250 jobs and will make the airport 50% more energy-efficient.

PDXNext programme details

The core terminal infrastructure redevelopment includes improvement of terminal infrastructure in order to optimise the lifespan of the existing facilities and expansion of security checkpoints to ensure stable passenger flow and improved airline services.

It also includes upgrades to the seismic performance and resiliency of the terminal building.

Concourse A will be demolished due to ageing infrastructure and crowded hold rooms, while Concourse B will be expanded by 18,000ft² to house Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.

The Concourse B renovation project includes recommissioning of Gate 4, upgrade of passenger concessions and amenities, as well as new food and beverage options such as Good Coffee and Screen Door.

The PDXNext programme will add a consolidated rental car facility and up to 2,400 new close-in parking spaces. A dedicated area for rideshare pick-up will also be built to reduce traffic congestion.

The newly opened two-level quick turnaround facility houses fuelling stations, car wash and on-site storage for rental cars.

The extension project will also include improvements to the airside facilities and modifications to the baggage handling systems.

Concourse E extension details

The 148,000ft² Concourse E expansion will create room for six new gates at the north end of the terminal for Southwest Airlines passengers.

The two-level building’s window walls will allow more natural daylight into the concourse while offering sweeping views of Mount Hood.

“The Port of Portland is undertaking the airport expansion programme at an estimated cost of $2bn.”

The expanded new Concourse E will provide faster Wi-Fi and additional power outlets with charging ports.

It will house seven new food and beverage options, including Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen, Evergreens, Jamba, Juliett, Screen Door, and Tillamook. It will also have two new retail stores, namely Calliope and Tender Loving Empire.

The expansion will also improve seismic resiliency of the Concourse E.

Construction timeline

The quick turnaround facility was opened in October 2018. Construction on the Concourse E expansion commenced in 2017, with completion scheduled for June 2020.

Main terminal redevelopment works are set to commence in 2020 and continue until 2024. The expanded and renovated Concourse B will be opened in 2021.

Construction on the additional parking lots and rental car facility is currently underway and is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

Key improvement projects under the PDXNext programme are expected to be completed by 2025.

Contractors involved

Skanska was awarded a $151m contract by Port of Portland in October 2017 to manage the Concourse E expansion and other upgrade works at the Portland International Airport.

Hennebery Eddy Architects and Fentress Architects partnered to provide architecture and design services for the Concourse E extension and improvements to existing facilities.

Carleton Hart Architecture (CHA) collaborated with K2 Security Consultants for the expansion and replacement of PDX’s security camera systems. It also performed improvements to the cooling and new ventilation for network rooms.

REFA Steel Erectors was selected for structural steel erection of the Concourse E extension.