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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 27

Weekly Recap - July 27, 2018

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

As our final week of meetings before council takes a summer break, we moved quickly through a range of key, long-standing decisions.

Monday began with a review of the riverfront development in light of public and council concerns about the amount of green space and the identity of the developer of the affordable housing project.  Williams/Dame and Associates delineated an extension of the park and plaza adding 5,000 sq. ft of additional park; and also confirmed their commitment to serve as the developers of the affordable housing project to ensure that it’s quality and aesthetic flows with the other market-rate housing.

In the evening, council followed last week’s slate of public hearings with approvals.  They favored all three requests from the Obie Companies to enable their proposed development to proceed; approved the 1,000 buffer between retail marijuana businesses and a smoking ban in downtown; and adopted a resolution designating Eugene as a Bee City. Five of these ordinances are key steps in our long-range vision of creating a robust and healthy downtown that extends to the river.

I understand the concerns about the smoking ban and the marijuana buffers, but I believe both are responsible, sensible, and responsive  to the expressed goals of the people who live and work downtown.

On Wednesday, council began with a pair of items: I provided an update from staff about their ongoing work to address housing tools and strategies.  This discussion emerged out of the Construction Excise Tax deliberation. Last spring, Council was unprepared to enact a CET without knowing how this tax to support housing projects might impact developers and builders of housing.  Staff is preparing for a series of stakeholder conversations in the fall, engaging an economist to analyze impacts; and undertaking a code audit.  This work will come back to council in December.

Second, Council voted to support a resolution endorsing Measure 102. This ballot measure would amend the state constitution allowing public bonds to be used in partnership with private developments of affordable housing. It is a narrow amendment simply to enable one thing to happen: voter approved bonds could extend credit to private developers to increase the funding sources and construction of affordable housing. Bonds would still be voter approved; but the constellation of possible builders would expand.

Finally, we closed with a presentation from staff about the planning for our “Town Square.” We have three major projects to transform the Park Blocks: urban renewal funds to reconfigure the parks and to support the creation of a year-round farmers market.  Added to that is the expectation that the city will be able to move forward in building our new city hall on the county’s butterfly lot. Council will begin to work on elements of the city hall project when we return in September. There are budget priorities and key values that we can determine even before we know the outcome of the county’s efforts to clear the title so the land swap can proceed.  The plan is to be clear about our budget and priorities and to find constructive ways to hear and respond to the public’s priorities and concerns. Stay tuned.

Jul 17

Riverfront Park Designs - Sneak Peek

Posted to Parks Pulse by Elissa Gavette

A sneak peek at the Downtown Riverfront Park design concepts before they are revealed at Thursday's open house.

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Jun 21

New Rec preschool program

Posted to Rec News & Stories by Sarah Rankin

A fun and exciting, hands-on program exploring music, movement, art, science and more, that is designed inclusively for all to build good cognitive and social foundations.

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May 10

Summer in the Park Blocks

Posted to What's Happening Downtown? by Katie Sproles

Tai Chi in the Park Blocks

Summer has finally arrived, and EUGfun! is filling the Park Blocks at 8th and Oak Street with family-friendly fun. And it’s all free! From morning Tai Chi to lunchtime music to Friday evening concerts, there’s something for everyone.

Morning: Tai Chi
Start your mornings stress-free with Tai Chi at the Park Blocks. This gentle exercise class improves your coordination and relieves stress from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Lunchtime: Music & Markets
Every Tuesday through Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m., relax with food cart fare on the new dining deck and enjoy live performances from a variety of talented artists. The Now! Performing Arts Series each Wednesday features folk, country, pop, African American Gospel, jazz, hip-hop, high-energy African and Hawaiian guitar. Then on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the HiFi Street Performance Series entertains with music and more.

On Tuesdays, you’ll find fresh produce and family activities at the Lane County Farmers Market. The market hosts family days on select Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 20, June 27, July 4, July 18, Aug. 1, Aug. 15 and Aug. 29. Activities include ladybug release, a donkey petting zoo, games, giant tinker toys, food vendors and live music. Listen to the recent Farmers Market Minute interview on KZEL. 

Evening: Arts & Entertainment

Finish off your week with Fridays at the Park Blocks. Enjoy food carts, a beer garden and a variety of arts and entertainment from 4:30 to 8 p.m. every week through August except the first Friday of each month. On June 16, July 21 and August 18, ArtCity presents Studio Without Walls – an active, eclectic, hothouse of multidisciplinary art happenings that engage the public. On June 23, the musical trio VCR brings a high-energy live show along with food from Dominican Delights and Taco Intrusion. Stay tuned for details on more upcoming Friday concerts presented by HiFi Music Hall and EUGfun!.

And, mark your calendar for Thursdays in August starting at 9 p.m., when you can bring your family and friends to watch movies at the Park Blocks. Pop the popcorn, grab the blankets and chairs and head over to watch the featured movies, “Pele´: Birth of a Legend”, “Mary Poppins”, “Remember the Titans” and “Tangled.” 

The EUGfun! events at the Park Blocks aim to make downtown more fun and inviting for everyone. Check out for information about all these events and much more.