The Portland Airport – A Story of People, Forests, and a Beautiful Mass Timber Building

By Sustainable Northwest
September 13, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

In 2020 the Portland International Airport started a five-year transformative remodeling inspired by the lush forests of our region and the potential of mass timber design. Unique in scale, the project connects 2.2 million board feet to the forests and people that grew the fiber. It stands as a North Star for what is possible when sustainable building projects intentionally incorporate positive conservation, community, and equity outcomes. Feature stories on:

  • Designers & Builders – ZGF Architect’s striking designs for the PDX-NEXT remodel have required the Hoffman Skanska Joint Venture and Timberlab to develop innovative solutions to bring it all togethe
  • Sourced From Oregon & Washington – Through the stories of three unique wood products: Glulam Roof Beams, Ceiling Lattice, and Oregon White Oak Flooring, we highlight the tribes, family forest owners, and fabricators involved in the remodel of the Portland International Airport.
  • The Forests – Harvested from forests in the Pacific Northwest, including the Coquille Indian Tribe’s forestland in Southwest Oregon and Yakama Nation’s forestland in Central Washington.
  • The Manufacturers – Yakama Forest Products, Zip-O-Log Mills & Zip-O-Laminators processed wood into Glulam Beams for the PDX-NEXT roof remodel.

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