One of America’s favorite airports is getting an upgrade. Building on a long history of work at Portland International Airport (PDX), ZGF is designing a new main terminal that will double the existing footprint and create capacity for 35 million passengers by 2045—all while celebrating the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Like many airports across the country, PDX sought upgrades to accommodate evolving traveler and airline needs and increase capacity for the future. A sophisticated phasing strategy ensures that while expanding to the west and creating more space for travelers, PDX will remain fully operational during all stages of construction.
The new terminal design invites passengers and airport employees alike to take a walk in the forest. A stunning wooden roof recalls the state’s history of forest product innovation with regionally and sustainably sourced wood. The canopy’s curved shape is penetrated by Y-shaped columns to allow natural variation in daylight reminiscent of a dappled forest floor.
Interior landscaping, biophilic strategies, and sustainable materials create moments of surprise and joy in an environment designed to reduce stress.
Learn more about what’s next for PDX here.