September Awards Banquet & Portland International Airport – Current Projects and Future Expansion Planning

Where and When
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
5:30 P
The Sentinel
614 Southwest 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205


SEAO Annual Awards and afterwards hear about The Portland international airport has seen tremendous growth over the last 30 years. This has led to multiple expansion projects including concourse D/E addition in the late 80s, the TAP project in the 90s, the TES project (concourse C & D) in the early 2000’s and finally the long term garage in the late 2000’s. Air traffic is expected to continue to increase over the next 30 years. To accommodate this growth several large infrastructure projects are being undertaken to expand capacity and increase seismic resilience. This presentation will provide an overview of recent/current projects as well as an overview of the master plan for the next 30years. The presentation will be given by two Port of Portland engineers who are overseeing some of these projects.


Ken Willhite, PE
Engineering Senior Manager at the Port of Portland
BSCE University of San Diego

Ken is currently the Engineering Senior Manager of Development Services at the Port; a position he has enjoyed for the past 2 years.  With 9 full-time employees, the Development Services group provides project management services to deliver the Port’s Capital Program.  Ken’s project managers deliver both large and small projects in a wide range of disciplines, civil, electrical, mechanical, HVAC, navigation, and/or equipment purchases.  When workload exceeds capacity of in-house resources, consultants are utilized to serve as extensions of staff.  Ken’s previous work at the Port includes 6 years as the manager of Design Services, 5 years as a Project Manager and 9 years as a Project Engineer.  He spent 5 years in the early 1990’s as a Transportation Engineer for Caltrans in the Sacramento area.  Ken likes to manage large, diverse, cross-functional teams in the delivery of engineering projects or programs.  He is a practitioner of PMI and a licensed PMP in addition to maintaining Engineering licenses in both Oregon and California. 


Tom Wharton, PE
Project Engineer at the Port of Portland
BSCE Portland State University

Tom Wharton has worked as a project engineer in a civil/structural capacity for the Port since 2008.  Tom works on a wide variety of projects at both the airport and marine terminals, including the Port’s Seismic Resiliency efforts. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Portland State University.




Cost: $32 — Prepaid Members
$20 — Prepaid YMF Members
$42 — Prepaid Non-Members
Free — Students
Reservations: Pre-registration is required for all. You can register and pay online at
before noon, Friday,Sept 22. You can also register with Jane Ellsworth via phone at (503)753-3075 or
via Email: Note: No-shows will be billed.