Friday Transportation Seminar: PDX Next: Redesigning Portland International Airport

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Friday, November 8, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PST
Sean Loughran and Mike Coleman, Port of Portland
Fariborz Maseeh Hall (FMH), room B128, 1855 SW Broadway
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us in person at 11:30 AM, or you can also watch online.



If you like PDX now, wait till you see PDX Next.

We’re outgrowing our current digs. In the coming years, we expect our annual passengers to jump from 20 million to 35 million. Over the next five years, a series of transformative projects will bring more Pacific Northwest-inspired architecture, local restaurants and shops, inclusive design, and carbon footprint-reducing technology. We’re rolling out a series of improvements over the next few years so that your trip to and from PDX is easier and speedier. We’re making space for light-rail and bike-path enhancements. A dedicated ride hailing pickup area will streamline the entire experience. A new flexible transit hub will add close-in parking spots and bring all car rentals on-site.

Among the largest projects in the airport’s history, the iconic new terminal will double the size of the current ticketing and lobby area when it opens. This cornerstone project will give us the flexibility to meet the demands of the future, all while capturing the signature spirit of the Pacific Northwest and keeping the heart and soul of PDX intact.


  • PDX's "Airport Futures" master planning effort replaced the traditional conditional use approval process with new Airport Plan District.
  • Designing for the future with resilience, versatility, inclusion, innovation, environmental responsibility, and customer experience in mind.
  • Success through interdependency and coordination with public and private partners.


Mike Coleman, Aviation Planner and Project Developer at Port of Portland

Mike Coleman specializes in planning, developing, and optimizing landside transportation components of PDX. Mike is a seasoned 35-year transportation practitioner in the Portland region.

Sean Loughran, Senior Manager, Long Range Planning at Port of Portland

Sean Loughran is the Port of Portland’s Senior Manager of Long-Range Planning. Sean has 25 years of experience in land use, transportation, natural resource planning, property acquisition and airport management. Sean’s ability to capture the relationship the between airport and community has served to make Portland International Airport the much-loved airport that it is today.


This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.


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The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and professionals through education.