Seattle Tacoma International Airport celebrated a literal high-point in Phase 2 of the North Satellite Modernization Project earlier this week because the final and highest beam of the constructing was hoisted into place. The beam, signed by crew and dignitaries earlier than being hoisted into place by a 260-foot crane, is part of the 8-story ceiling over what would be the terminal’s central market.
“This is one of the most transformative projects at Sea-Tac,” commented Lance Lyttle, Managing Director of Sea-Tac, in a speech earlier than the beam elevating.” We’re transferring quick in direction of the 2021 opening and are excited to share the progress with everybody at present, we’re actually transferring this facility from the 20th to the 21st century.”
The North Satellite Modernization Project Phase 1 opened in July with a brand new 240-foot addition that supplied 10 new gates in addition to 4 eateries. Soon after is completion, Alaska Airlines opened a brand new flagship lounge in the constructing on its second ground, rising Alaska’s lounge capability at Sea-Tac by 60 p.c.
Diana Birkett Rakow, Alaska Airlines’ Vice President of External Relations, commented: “Flying is magical and exciting and this building is like a temple to AvGeeks and kids of all ages that want to sit and look at the airport and there are many of us, I think, who would like to put our offices up over here.”
The ageing North Satellite was lengthy overdue for transform as no main enhancements have been made because it’s opening in 1973. The darkish, cave-like inside lacked in facilities present day vacationers require. Shortly after the Alaska Flagship Lounge opening, the unique portion of the terminal closed to begin Phase 2 of the modernization venture, leaving round half of the constructing open to be used.
Phase 2 of the huge overhaul is about to be accomplished in spring 2021 and can present enhanced eating and retail choices, a big open atrium market, WiFi, a renovated baggage system, a signature restaurant and a rise to 20 gates.
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