When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Pacific Northwest, public agencies like the Port of Portland faced challenges in completing construction projects due to rising material costs and a shrinking workforce. The Terminal Core Redevelopment (TCORE) project at Portland International Airport, part of the PDXNext initiative, was particularly affected. To carry out the work, Hoffman Construction Co. and Skanska USA formed the Hoffman Skanska Joint Venture.
The TCORE project involves remodeling the terminal core to double the size of the ticketing and lobby area, with a new large-span roofing system to be installed over the entire complex. President Biden visited the project and highlighted the use of mass timber in the construction. Additionally, a multi-floor addition will be built between Concourse C and D, pre- and post-security concessions will be added, and Concourse B will be rebuilt and expanded.
The Port of Portland’s Small Business Development Program has partnered with NAMC-OR to access subcontractors from traditionally underrepresented groups. NAMC-OR has assisted the Port in preparing bid packages and securing smaller subcontractors. The Port aims for minority- and women-owned firms to account for 22-25% of participation, and it is actively working towards an overall goal of 20% construction cost allocation to these firms.
The Port also prioritizes diversity in apprenticeship programs and has collaborated with Oregon Tradeswomen on the RISE Up Oregon initiative to ensure a safe and inclusive work environment. Despite workforce shortages, the pandemic, wildfires, extreme weather, and other challenges, the collaboration between the Port, the JV team, and NAMC-OR has fostered an environment for equitable subcontracting practices and open dialogue.
(Note: TCORE refers to the Terminal Core Redevelopment project at Portland International Airport, and PDX refers to the airport code for Portland International Airport.)