Poised as an impactful gateway to the airport, the Concourse E Extension complements the PDX airport campus architecture. The project extends Concourse E approximately 830 feet, creating nine gates, and two concessions nodes. The project features a sweeping window wall and clerestories that wash the interior spaces with daylight. Inside, the public areas feature a welcoming and durable palette of regionally inspired materials. The project embraces universal design and is pursuing LEED Gold certification in alignment with the Port of Portland’s sustainability goals.
The extension’s 55,000 square feet of flooring presented an opportunity to enhance the unique PDX experience using the iconic custom designed PDX carpet pattern featuring shapes inspired by flight and nature. The carpet layout was designed to follow the Port’s carpet master plan which creates intuitive wayfinding by using patterns to indicate movement areas, waiting areas, and transitions between spaces. Thoughtful layout design distinguishes holdroom seating, circulation, and concession areas. Extensive carpeted areas improved acoustic performance, reducing passenger stress, and better clarity of paging announcements. With an intricate and complex pattern repeat, installation challenges included bow and skew, stretching, and precise pattern alignment.