Five New Gates Open at Sea-Tac Airport’s North Satellite

Seattle, Washington / January 24, 2019

On January 23, the Port of Seattle opened five new gates as the first milestone for the multiphase expansion of the North Satellite Modernization Project at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). The North Satellite expansion will expand and renovate the 46-year old facility to improve operational efficiency and better serve passengers. With the grand opening scheduled for this summer, opening the 201,000 square foot expansion allows final construction to continue while enhancing the passenger experience with state-of-the-art, comfortable seating equipped with built-in charging stations at the new gates and waiting areas.   

Since opening in 1973, the North Satellite’s number of passengers has soared from just 3,000 passengers per month during its first year in operation, to over 13,000 passengers a day and 175,000 passengers per month in 2019. Once complete, the project will upgrade the 1970s satellite facility, expand the footprint of the terminal by 201,000 square feet including a 240-foot expansion of the building to the west, and add eight new gates to accommodate Sea-Tac’s growing number of passengers.

The design unites the colors, materials, and roof form of the expanded North Satellite with the airport’s existing architecture to create a facility that complements the airport’s overall design concept. A curved and wood-clad clerestory roof is inspired by Washington’s rivers and water, while its design functionality filters sunlight into the building to connect passengers with Seattle’s natural environment. The facility’s interior features earth-toned textured finishes and undulating terrazzo patterns, giving passengers a distinct Pacific Northwest sense of place. Comfortable holdrooms at each gate allow passengers to enjoy expansive views of the airfield and mountain vistas.  

Recognized for designing some of the world’s best airports, Fentress is currently shortlisted to design O’Hare International Airport’s new Global Terminal and Concourse. The firm has active airport projects in Portland, OR, Nashville, TN, and Orlando, FL, among others.

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