Portland embarks on PDXNext overhaul

16 August 2017
Rendering of the Concourse E Extension (right of picture), part of the Terminal Balancing (TBAL) project at Portland International Airport in Oregon. Source: Port of Portland

Construction has begun at Portland International Airport, Oregon, on the first increment of a series of four major projects.

Termed PDXNext, the projects are designed to modernise airport infrastructure and increase capacity.

The projected budget for PDX is about USD1.82 billion; however, Jane's has learned that when a number of smaller, standalone and enabling projects are included, total expenditure will exceed USD2 billion.

At the heart of PDXNext is the Terminal Core Development (TCORE), set to begin in 2020 with a budget of USD1.3 billion. This will involve the expansion of main infrastructure at Portland, which is almost 60 years old.

Construction began in early 2017 on the Concourse E Extension and Terminal Balancing (TBAL), budgeted at USD215 million, with completion set for early 2020. The general contractor is Skanska USA, with design by Hennebery Eddy Architects and Fentress Architects. Concourse E will be extended by 830 ft to the east, with 148,000 sq ft of terminal space to be added. JBT AeroTech is supplying passenger boarding bridges (PBBs) for the six additional gates in Concourse E; installation of the PBBs will go out to bid in mid-2018.

The baggage handling system (BHS) will be modified, though not expanded, as part of this project, Jane's learned. The work will be bid and contracted competitively in 2018 through Skanska; the flight information display system (FIDS) will also be competitively bid through the company, with the equipment provided by the Port of Portland IT.

Work is additionally under way on construction of a Quick Turn Around (QTA) facility to support rental car operations, with completion scheduled for early 2018. Budgeted at USD67 million, the facility will house a car wash, fuelling station, and storage for car rental operations at Portland. Next to the QTA will be a USD246-million parking and car rental (PACR) facility.

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