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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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Apr 20

Weekly Recap - April 20, 2018

Posted to Keeping in touch: Notes from the Mayor by Caitlin Estes

This was a momentus week including  major steps forward in long-held goals as well as big public conversations.

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Apr 09

Winter and Spring Adult Trips

Posted to Rec News & Stories by Katie Sproles

Adult TripJoin us for some amazing Adult Trips this winter. We will be going to Portland for the Chinese New-year Celebration. We are taking a snowshoeing trip that is geared for those who have always wanted to but never did. We will be going to the Portland Chocolate Festival, and so much more. Call 541-682-5373 for more details.

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Oct 25

New Public Piano Downtown

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

Light Up the World Public Piano
A new piece of playable art is on its way to downtown Eugene!

The donated piano will be painted on the first floor of the Atrium building and then installed in the Park Blocks for the Nov. 17 Light Up Downtown tree lighting event. The piano will be available for the public to play through mid-December.

Local artist David Placencia will use a unique bubble paint technique to transform the piano into a work of art. His theme is “Light Up the World: A New Time of Unity”, and his design features colorful ribbons spiraling from an oval Mayan calendar. The public is invited to watch him at work on the first floor of the Atrium building (10th and Olive) from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, 3, 6 and 13. Examples of Placencia’s past work can be seen at khaostasis.com.

The piano will be the City of Eugene's third piece of playable public art this year. The first two pianos, stationed this past summer outside the Downtown Public Library and the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, were extensively enjoyed by musicians and audiences. Both pianos currently reside in Eugene Rec community centers to delight patrons during the rainy months.

The playable art program gives musicians the opportunity to share their talents and the public the chance to enjoy live music in a non-traditional setting. The pianos also serve as temporary works of public art, painted and collaged by talented local artists chosen to bring more color to downtown’s core. Similar programs exist in many cities throughout the country. For information about the Portland program, visit pianopushplay.com.