Mass Timber for New Airport Terminal Sourced Locally

21 November 2023

(Oregon, USA) Portland’s new airport terminal looks like it’s from the future—but it’s built out of wood. All the wood for the 9-acre roof was sourced from within 300 miles of the airport. It could be a game-changer for mass timber.

When Portland, Oregon, opens up a soaring new airport terminal in May 2024, it’s widely expected to become a signature building. Part of the draw will be the sweeping, mass timber construction, including a 9-acre roof boasting gracious curves and skylights. 

The project’s uniqueness in no small way is thanks to its supply chain. Every piece of wood was sourced from within 300 miles of the airport, and about half of it came from 13 small and tribal landowners in Washington and Oregon. The process was so exacting, the architects knew every board that frames the skylights above the 26 Y-columns came from the Yakama Nation, and all the double beams in the six massive oval skylights came from the Coquille Indian Tribe.

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