34: CLT Roof | PDX Terminal Core, Part I

31m 20s |
In this episode, Cherise is joined by Steve Clem, Senior Vice President Project Planning at Skanska USA Building. Steve shares his experience as the contractor on TCORE, the PDX airport Terminal Core redevelopment project, in Portland, Oregon. The project, which is under construction at the time of this recording, is a complete reimagining of the main terminal building including comprehensive changes to ticketing, security and concessions.

The new roofing system over the entire terminal core complex will span six football fields and showcase a wood and glass roof that fills the airport with light. The building is designed for peak sustainability with daylighting, optimized mechanical components, and an efficient envelope—but it also extends the concept of sustainability to the seven-year project’s potential to have a positive impact on helping sustain the local economy.

This project has unique challenges and opportunities - the construction is on a fully operational and occupied building that is only closed for a few hours overnight, prefabrication near the site was key to work within limited project site construction hours, the team has to acquire a temporary certificate of occupancy EVERYDAY during the roof assembly in order for the airport to be operational the next morning, and much more.
Topics Discussed:
Wood Framing
Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT)



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Cherise Lakeside, FCSI, CDT
Senior Spec Writer | RDH Building Science
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Steve Clem
Senior Vice President Project Planning | Skanska