“We are excited to partner with Hensel Phelps to reimagine the journey of Alaska Airlines’ customers at Seattle-Tacoma,” said Todd Buchanan, HOK’s Principal-in-Charge on the project. “From the curbside through security and to baggage claim, the design will increase passenger throughput and enhance the overall travel experience.”
The new design will introduce a modern, open space with ample daylight, reflecting the Pacific Northwest’s natural landscape. The terminal will offer travelers more check-in options, including bag tag stations, self-service bag drops, and a bridge-level check-in area. Innovative technology will increase capacity and streamline operations, while intuitive wayfinding and strategic use of lighting will improve passenger flow.
HOK’s design approach prioritizes sustainability, incorporating environmental, cost, and social implications. This aligns with the Port of Seattle’s sustainability goals of reducing GHG emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The SEA Gateway Project is set to achieve LEED Silver certification.
Construction will occur in multiple phases to minimize disruptions to current airport operations. With the first phase of construction already in progress and the second phase of design nearing completion, the renovated terminal is expected to be fully operational by 2026.