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Delivering a High‑Profile Airport Improvement Project Six Months Early

PDX Canopy

Working at the airport’s front door, with more than a million passengers per month passing by the job site, Hoffman’s aviation team delivers a showcase of design and construction excellence.

Spanning the enplaning lanes at the Portland International Airport, this glass and steel canopy is a showcase of design and construction excellence. Originally, the 120,000 SF structure was estimated to take 12 months to build at a cost in excess of $14M. Hoffman, added to the team during an extended preconstruction phase, helped create an alternate design, and developed a revised work plan. Not only was construction completed six weeks ahead of a 25-week goal, but it was completed at a savings of over $1M. Work was accomplished without negative impacts to airport operations or a single recordable safety incident, in spite of working at the airport’s front door, arguably the busiest spot in the city, with more than a million passengers passing through each month.

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Port of Portland


ZGF Architects


Portland, OR





2000 Grand Prize — Northwest Consumer Construction Council

2000 Public Project Award of Excellence — Northwest Construction

2000 Merit Award — AIA Portland

2000 Oregon Project of the Year — ACEC

2000 National Engineering Award of Excellence — AISC

Hoffman Construction is commended for the implementation on the canopy of what from the construction perspective is the best safety program seen at the Port for the last twenty years. Considering the challenges of the job and the potential for loss, the Port could not have asked for a better performance. Program Manager Port of Portland

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