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May 5, 2023


Photo by Cooper Howard
The new space features live trees and natural light from skylights and glass walls, creating a park-like setting.

PDX Concourse B

Location: Portland

Contractor: Western Partitions

Architect: ZGF Architects

Team: Northwest Carpenters Union; L&W Supply; GTS Interior Supply; Rulon International; USG Building Systems

The work by Western Partitions on the Portland International Airport (PDX) Concourse B expansion greets travelers with an open, airy space with high ceilings and panoramic views. The new space features live trees and natural light from overhead skylights and glass walls, creating a park-like setting and a feel that is meant to capture Portland’s character and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The expansion resulted in six additional gates for Alaska and Horizon airlines.

Western Partitions’ work scopes included framing, fireproofing, insulation, drywall hanging and finishing, plaster and suspended acoustical ceilings. The project challenged the team in many aspects, including wood ceilings, all at a 5-degree angle, which presented complex layout and design challenges. The suspended Rulon linear wood ceiling complements plants, nature graphics, and wood art walls to create the feel of a Pacific Northwest forest in the concourse. The angles from grid, adjacent walls and overlapping ceilings required precise grid installation and panel cutting to realize the designer’s vision for Concourse B.

The concourse also features custom micro-perforated, aluminum ceiling panels and custom Rulon wood linear grille. The metal ceilings fit in perfectly with the Rulon grille running along the length of the concourse. Western Partitions, along with Skyline Construction, worked hard and long hours to precisely install the wood and metal ceilings on a tight schedule.

The project was under construction during the height of COVID-19, which played a significant role in the availability of labor. Regardless of these challenges the team managed to push through and finish the project on time. This expansion created a space that pushes PDX into the modern era.

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