News and resources for airport employees.
News and resources for airport employees.
Timber Joey with three PDX employees.
Nominate Outstanding PDX People and They Could Win Timbers Suite Tickets!
As you know, the PDX People Customer Service Awards recognize airport employees who truly stand out as extraordinary. Thanks to our partners at Alaska Airlines, there’s an additional prize this quarter: All nominees are entered to win two luxury suite tickets to the Timbers game on Wednesday, Oct. 27!
Anyone can submit a nomination and all nominees are eligible to win. If you know a PDX employee who provided exemplary service or went above and beyond between July and Sept. 2021, submit a nomination now.
We'll be giving away eight pairs of tickets and winners will be announced on Thursday, Oct. 14.
Nominate a PDX Employee
Two PDX employees wear fask masks, as is required when at PDX.
Masks Still Required at PDX
We know there have been changing recommendations and safety protocols for mask-wearing, but PDX continues to require that masks be worn on all airport property.
This means that if you're working inside or outside, riding the shuttle bus or just passing through PDX, you must wear a mask
As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to follow recommendations from our public health partners, including the Oregon Health Authority, and will keep you posted as guidance continues to evolve. Watch for updates in this newsletter and encourage co-workers to subscribe now if they haven't already. 
What's New with PDX Next: September Forum and New Concessions Arriving Soon
September Forum: Look no further – we've got the inside scoop on construction at PDX. Jen Reynolds with the Port of Portland along with Pat Bifone and Caitlin Powell of Hoffman-Skanska shared the latest construction updates and answered your questions about PDX Next. This month's update covered ticket lobby construction, scaffolding removal plans, baggage claim carousel openings and closures, Clocktower Plaza demolition, roof construction and Concourse B opening timelines. Watch the September forum now.
New Concessions: In this Oregonian article, food critic Michael Russell walks you through what’s available to eat and drink on PDX’s various concourses, plus what’s coming in the next few months. One of the exciting new options is Lardo, which is heading to Concourse C in the new year. But you won’t have to wait that long to get your hands on one of their famous mid-October, a Lardo kiosk will open on Concourse E.
Editor's Note: In last week's issue and in the forum recording linked above, it was noted in error that oversize baggage door 8 is open. This door remains closed off.
Map of MAX routes showing areas of disruption between 7th ave and 60th ave.
Red Line Disruptions Start Sunday, Oct. 10
More TriMet upgrades are on the way this October with the Lloyd MAX Improvements Project. During the two-week effort, crews will continue to revitalize some of the original areas of TriMet’s light rail system. Starting Sunday, Oct. 10, through the end of service Saturday, Oct. 23, MAX Blue, Green and Red lines will be disrupted and Red Line trains will only run between PDX and Gateway Transit Center. Read more about the project and its impacts.
Map of I-84 showing closures.
Blumenauer Bridge Installation Prompts Full Closure of I-84 This Weekend 
After more than a year of construction, the Congressman Earl Blumenauer Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge is ready for installation and will be lifted and rolled into place this weekend. As a result, both eastbound and westbound I-84 will be closed around the clock from 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11. People driving should expect delays, use alternate routes or consider transit or biking. 
When complete, the Blumenauer Bridge will connect pedestrians and people biking on NE 7th Avenue between two of Portland’s fastest growing neighborhoods – Lloyd and the Central Eastside – and beyond. In the future it will also serve as an important link for Portland’s Green Loop. Get more details on the temporary closure
Four post-it doodles showing a whale with balloons, Mt. Hood
Create a PDX Doodle for a Chance to Win!
Inspired by Vee Chenting Qian's charming characters that line the new north bypass connector, we want your help designing our next set of doodles for the airport!
To get started, click "Create a Doodle" on our new website and draw anything you think would bring a smile to travelers. Not artistically-inclined? You can also vote for your favorites by clicking the heart button under each doodle.
Designs with the most votes will be featured on digital monitors at the airport and on PDX social media, and we’ll turn them into a custom t-shirt. Plus, we’ll send PDX swag and gift cards to some of our shops and restaurants. 
LB Buchan and some of Buchan's sculptures displayed at PDX.
Sculptor LB Buchan's Captivating Explorations of Nature, Beauty and Loss Land at PDX 
A skillful and thoughtfully curated collection of four hand-carved and crafted wooden sculptures are now on view post-security in the Concourse D/E display case. Nekton – aquatic animals that are able to swim and move independently of water currents – is a mesmerizing new exhibition by Vancouver, Washington-based sculptor LB Buchan. Buchan’s work draws from a variety of sources in the natural world including carcasses, skeletal structures, biological specimens and taxidermy, and addresses the discomfort we often feel with taboo subjects like death and decay, and our physical and emotional impulses to avoid them. Read the full story and see more photos of the sculptures.
Colorful mural showing mountains, landscape with symbols representing the region throughout the image.
New Oregon License Plate Based on Mural Coming Soon
to Concourse B
A new license plate designed by Eugene artist Liza Burns debuted Oct. 1 in recognition of the Oregon Cultural Trust’s 20th anniversary. The artwork, called Celebrate Oregon! will also be installed at PDX in early November as a full-scale mural on Concourse B. “The new design, built on a panorama of Oregon geography, reflects and respects the diversity of our culture at a time we need it most,” Cultural Trust Board Chair Niki Price said. Burns met with several content experts, identified through the Governor’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, to finalize symbols included in the design. The artwork will be accompanied by 40 prints of symbols found within and corresponding text – a visual key for viewers to learn more about our state. 
Group of young girls in front of a propellar airplane.
Celebrate Girls in Aviation Day 
Women in Aviation International celebrated their first annual international Girls in Aviation Day in 2015. The event has grown every year, and participation now includes thousands of girls from nearly 60 countries.
On Saturday, Oct. 9, Pearson Field Education Center along with Rose City Chapter of Women in Aviation are celebrating Girls in Aviation Day 2021 with a fun filled day of aviation activities for the whole family to enjoy. Read more about the event and how to sign up.
A four-picture collage of the TSA luncheon showing TSA employees grilling, chatting, and enjoying food on the 7th floor of the short term garage. The sun is out and the weather is clear.
PDX in Pictures
Last week, on top of the short term garage and under sunny skies, TSA hosted an appreciation lunch for their team. As Federal Security Director Steve Taber noted, “This has been an exceptionally challenging summer for our TSA workforce in Portland. Through it all, they have continued to perform admirably while keeping people safe and providing one of the best travel experiences in the country.” Thank you PDX TSA!

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