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Sep 01

Eugene Airport Terminal Expansion Underway

Posted to Airport Blog by Casey Boatman

The Eugene Airport terminal building is in the tenth month of a major expansion project, focused on accommodating increased passenger use. RS&H, an architecture and engineering firm specializing in airport planning, designed the project.  Essex Construction will complete the build-out, in multiple areas, simultaneously over a two-year time period. Project completion and commissioning is targeted for early summer, 2016.

“We’re in our fifth consecutive year of significant passenger growth,” said Eugene Airport Director Tim Doll, AAE. “This major terminal expansion project is the direct result of area residents using their regional airport, in addition to an increased number of visitors to our community for conferences, athletic events and special events like the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.”
Eugene Airport under construction
Passenger traffic increased six percent in 2011, four percent in 2012, six percent in 2013 and 1.4 percent in 2014. Given the new demands, airport management recognizes the need to improve terminal services.

“The passenger increases we have been experiencing the past few years have brought on some growing pains,” said Eugene Airport Advisory member John Tamulonis. “This renovation project will bring relief at a couple of key pinch points in the terminal building and provide an overall improved passenger experience.”

The remodel is focusing on several areas including the security screening checkpoint, B-gate hold room, A-gate concourse and the baggage claim area, with a goal of easing congestion and improving functionality for passengers. The total project is estimated at $16.8 million, with funding from Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program grants, Passenger Facility Charges, and airport revenue.

Security Screening Checkpoint

The security screening checkpoint (SSCP) expansion will include 12,500 square feet of existing building reconfiguration and renovation. The current SSCP layout is significantly undersized. The main focus of the work in this area is to enlarge the checkpoint to improve passenger throughput at the Transportation Security Administration screening area which is currently showing signs of being over stressed.

The project will relocate the SSCP into the current B-gate hold room, requiring the removal of the current escalators and stairs, and providing a new set of escalators and stairs at a relocated entrance to the A-concourse. The new SSCP area will have space to accommodate 1,200 square feet of queuing space, for checkpoint lanes, a 900 square foot passenger re-composure area, and a deplaning corridor that will feature automated exit lane technology.

B-Gate Hold Room

The relocation of the SSCP forces a reallocation of space for the B-gate hold room and results in an expansion of the building to the south and the west. This expansion will include approximately 6,300 feet of new construction and 850 square feet of existing building interior renovation/reconfiguration. New restrooms and space for a concessions component will be included within the enlarged building footprint. The restrooms will be added just west of the checkpoint composure area.

Bag Claim Expansion

The bag claim expansion will include 6,500 square feet of new construction and 6,000 square feet of existing building renovation/reconfiguration. The baggage claim at the terminal building is currently served by a single bag belt. Due to its age and condition it requires constant service and repair. Since it is the only belt, there is a lack of redundancy when the bag belt is malfunctioning. In the project, two new bag belts will be installed, with a drop-down feature that then allows bags that are not picked up to be immediately moved to a separate unclaimed baggage room in the same area.

This project also includes the addition of a police office and hold room as well as additional counter space for ground transportation.

A-Concourse Elevator Relocation

The A-concourse elevator relocation project includes the removal of the existing elevator located adjacent to the restaurant and across from the gift shop upstairs. A new elevator will be installed in the southwest corner of the A-gate hold room, providing better ADA access and opening up the A-concourse concession area for future expansion.


The current terminal building was originally constructed in 1964, with major remodeling and additional construction completed in 1989. A small expansion of the A-gate hold room was completed in 2008, bringing current building to 96,000 square feet. This terminal expansion project will include 12,800 square feet of new construction and 19,350 square feet of existing space that will be reconfigured and renovated. Construction walls can be seen now in different areas of the terminal, but there should be no major impacts to passengers arriving or departing on flights at EUG.
Jun 11

June 2014 - Brief

Posted to Chief's Public Brief by John Hankemeier

The Police Executive Research Forum and the Bureau of Justice Assistance released two reports defining Legitimacy and Procedural Justice in Policing. These are reviewed in a recent Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) newsletter. “Legitimacy” refers to the extent to which a police department is perceived as morally just, honest and worthy of trust and confidence. Here’s a few of the highpoints from the newsletter.


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Jul 21

June Recap

Posted to Keeping in touch: Notes from the Mayor by Elena Domingo

The cascading series of major events and accomplishments has flooded both June and July.  I will post here just for the month June – a little late – and catch up with July after our final council session next week. 

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Jun 23

Sailing Program Gets a Boost

Posted to Rec News & Stories by Ben Schorzman

Eugene Rec new sailboat
Donor gives Eugene Rec veterans sailing program a boat to compete in.

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Jul 19

Parklets & Pop-Up Retail

Posted to What's Happening Downtown? by Sarah-Kate Sharkey

PinYOUGene perspective parklet
Parklet winner pinYOUgene by Cameron McCarthy (Larry Gilbert and others)

The four winners of the 2017 Design-Build Parklet competition have been announced! The winning designs are scheduled to be built and installed on Broadway and Olive Streets in time for Eugene Sunday Streets on July 30. The finished Parklets will also be featured destinations for the August 4 First Friday Mural Tour.

A parklet converts a parking space into a small seating area or green space. The competition was part of an initiative by Eugene's parking service Epark and the AIA Southwestern Oregon Chapter to increase the pedestrian presence and community involvement in downtown Eugene.

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Framing Parklet
Parklet winner Framing Parklet by Propel Studio (Sam Sudy and Lucas Gray)

Pop-Up Retail
Starting on July 30, three pop-up retail spaces, called EUGPop!, will add color and commerce to Olive Street between Broadway and 10th Avenue. The small shops fashioned from storage containers will feature local designers, creators and artists, and will be open through August 18.

Two local vendors will be introduced in the pop-up units. Threadbare Print House will be featuring their mobile print-cycle and will be creating silkscreen t-shirts on site as well as offering a large selection of T-shirt designs from their collection. The University of Oregon (UO) Product Design will have creations from students and staff including handcrafted contemporary furniture, ceramics and home goods.

The pop-up units will be located in front of 942 Olive, home of UO Product Design and RAIN Eugene, our local Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network. They will also be next to one of the new parklets coming to downtown that was designed by PIVOT Architecture.

Pop Up Retail
Pop-Up Retail Example from Cleveland, OH

Rendering of Pop-Up Retail on Olive St. in Eugene