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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.

Background

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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Jun 23

Weekly Recap - June 23, 2017

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

A quick sketch of my week ranges from global to local and personal.

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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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Jun 28

Life After Community Court: Shea's Story

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

Shea in Community Restoration
Photo: Shea works on a Community Restoration project with other Community Court participants.

We recognize that coordinated services in our downtown are critical for helping those in need. Community Court helps people who have been cited in downtown move out of the criminal justice system and toward an improved quality of life through supervised community service and direct connections to social service providers.

We talk here with Shea, a recent graduate of Community Court, about his experience in the program.

Why did you opt into the Community Court program?
It was an opportunity for me to handle my minor charge for drinking a beer in public without it staying on my record. Had it been a regular ticket, I would have been charged a fine I couldn't pay and possibly even spend a couple days in jail. Community Court had representatives from all kinds of services in Eugene under one roof for you to talk to. I was referred to the folks from ShelterCare, which made it possible for me to get my housing through a Shelter Plus grant.
 
What challenges did you face in completing the program?
There was one time while in the program that I was caught again drinking beer outside, and I was scared that I ruined my chance at housing.  But thankfully, the lawyers and judge gave me a second chance and that was the last time I've had a ticket for ANYTHING downtown or elsewhere in Eugene.

What did you appreciate about Community Court?
Community Courts I’ve been to in other cities were "homeless" courts that singled out and discriminated against homeless folks. They were the only demographic of people you'd see in the court and they'd get fined or jailed or both. This is the first time I've seen the judicial system make an effort to give people an option to get a leg up if they wanted it, the first time I’ve seen this effort to decriminalize extreme poverty, mental illness and drug addiction.

Another awesome thing was that you didn't have to get in trouble to seek services. You could just walk in and ask to speak with someone based on your needs. It made me hopeful for other cities with similar issues and hopeful for others who would like the help.

What have you been up to since graduation?
I got my own apartment last month, and it feels good having a place to go at the end of the day. It was a surreal experience just to pour myself a bowl of cereal in my own apartment: for the past 20 years I haven’t had something like this.

I'm continuing to work on things I can do to raise my quality of life. I haven't hung out downtown as much. I've cut my drinking down considerably. I'm thinking about finding a new hobby or other activities that are healthier. I liked what Community Court was doing so much that I’ve started volunteering for it, to help other folks get their cases dismissed and connect them with providers. I'm getting set up with Vocational Rehab which, I believe, will help me find employment. I’m going to appointments with providers on my own. I’m looking for a couch for my apartment.

Long story short:  I'm doing me. Working on myself to make myself happier and stay that way.

Community Court needs volunteers to help support success for participants like Shea. Visit the website or email for more information.