Central Terminal at SEA
Seattle, Washington, USA
Fentress’ design for Seattle’s Central Terminal celebrates the people and spirit of the Pacific Northwest.
Selected from a group of internationally renowned architects, Fentress Architects designed the expansion and redevelopment of the 1949 Central Terminal at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The Port of Seattle launched this project with a definitive and inspiring vision:
- to restore excitement for travel;
- provide modern comforts and conveniences to a diverse audience;
- create an expression of the region’s culture and natural environment; and
- operate as a central heart for the entire complex.
Sea-Tac’s central terminal expansion successfully enriches visitors’ experience of traveling, and residents’ experience of coming home, while improving the level of service.
People naturally gravitate to views of the airfield and Olympic Mountain Range through a 60-foot by 350-foot glass curtainwall, the largest of its kind in North America. The marketplace is the heart of the complex, with open seating, dining tables, landscaping, artwork and vibrant storefronts.
- #9 Best Airport in North America, Skytrax World Airport Awards™ International, 2019
- #10 Best Airport: 40 to 50 million passengers, Skytrax World Airport Awards™ International, 2019
- #3 Best Regional Airports in North America, Skytrax World Airport Awards™ International, 2019
- Best Airport Staff in North America, Skytrax World Airport Awards™ International, 2019
- 10 Most High-Tech Airports in the US, Fodor’s Travel National, 2015
- Leading Edge Award – Best Airport, Executive Traveler Magazine, 2009
- Merit Award, Gold Nugget Awards, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, 2009
- Citation Award, AIA Western Mountain, 2007
- Honor Award, AIA Denver, 2007
- Gold Award for Structural Systems, American Council of Engineering Companies, 2006
- Grand Award Winner, Best Public/Private Special Use Facility, Gold Nugget Awards, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, 2006
In this tranquil, park-like atrium, you might even hope for a flight delay. – Sunset Magazine
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