Structure Type: built works - infrastructure - transportation structures - airports

Designers: The Richardson Associates (TRA) Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Interiors (firm); Phillip Lee Jacobson (architect); Allen Donald Moses (architect)

Dates: constructed 1973

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17801 International Boulevard
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seattle, WA 98158

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Building History

The North and South Satellite Terminals were opened at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on 07/01/1973. The large Seattle architectural firm of The Richardson Associates (TRA) designed the North and South Satellite Terminals, a second airport runway, a large parking garage and an underground railway linking the satellites to the Main Terminal. Originally the North Satellite Terminal had 11 gates serving various airlines.

By 2019, Alaska Airlines had become the sole tenant of the North Satellite Terminal, embarking on an ambitious project to modernize and enlarge the facility. (See "What's New at Sea-Tac's North Satellite," Alaska Beyond, vol. 43. no. 3, 03/2019. p. 17. )


By 03/2019, five new gates opened in the North Satellite Terminal, all operated by rapidly expanding Alaska Airlines. This carrier worked with the Port of Seattle to plan the new improvements and shared the costs of renovation. This process of planning and implementing the changes occurred between 2011 and 2019. As noted in Alaska AIrlines' in-flight magazine, Alaska Beyond, "The North Satellite also saw new concession spaces begin to open in February, and more are expected this month. Emphasizing a Northwest vibe, the concessionaires include Seattle-based Caffé D'arte, a coffee shop with artisinal espresso drinks and pastries; Skillet, a locally based restaurant known for its high-quality comfort food; and Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen, a Portland-based restaurant serving fresh Vietnamese cuisine."

The article continued on future expansion plans: "Eventually, Alaska will operate 20 gates at the North Satellite, a dramatic expansion over the satellite's original 11 gates. Other planned elements include a new 15,800-square-foot flagship Alaska Lounge, a new customer service center, and features inspired by the Northwest environment, such as a 'living wall' of plantings. Updates are being conducted so the North Satellite can achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council upon the scheduled completion of renovations in 2021."(See "What's New at Sea-Tac's North Satellite," Alaska Beyond, vol. 43. no. 3, 03/2019. p. 17. )

PCAD id: 23026