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North Satellite Modernization

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With more room, more views, and more Pacific Northwest feels, the North Satellite Modernization Project elevates the travel experience with the comforts you’re craving. In the newly renovated North Satellite, you'll find modern amenities, seismic upgrades, sustainable features, and improved building function. While you’re stretching out and exploring the larger and brighter space, just know there’s still more to come!

What’s Happening Now

The new North Satellite opened 10 more remodeled gates and a new airport destination – the Marketplace at N, with a stage for live performances and open seating with airfield views. This early opening marks another significant milestone – the end of Phase 2 construction for the North Satellite Modernization project.

  • What’s next? Later this summer, more dining and retail options like Tundra Taqueria, SEA Roast Coffee House, Pike & Pine, and Filson open! And that’s a big deal while airport businesses are recovering from the pandemic. 

Favorite Moments in Construction

Over 2.1 million hours of construction have been logged since breaking ground for the expansion and modernization of the North Satellite. As Phase 2 renovation comes to a close, check out some of our favorite moments and unique looks inside the construction and activation of the building.

Hear how Port projects like the North Satellite Modernization support local jobs and workforce training.

A Space Celebrating the Pacific Northwest

Surrounded by warm wood and sunlight, the new North Satellite celebrates the natural wonder that is the Pacific Northwest. The iconic building is designed to evoke the movement of a meandering river. Notice how the building forms, such as the ceilings and corridors, curve and bend. Explore new museum-quality art pieces that reflect the diverse environment, culture, spirit, and history of the region. 

Marvel at Boundary, a life-sized version of the expanding root structure of an old-growth Western Red Cedar and SEA’s largest art installation to date. Artist John Grade shares his inspiration behind this exciting new piece.

All the Creature Comforts

With twice the space there’s more room to roam. Our remodeled holdrooms are keeping you connected with enhanced Wi-Fi and a charger at every seat to power up all your devices. Relax, admire the amazing mountain views, or check out the Alaska Lounge on the upper mezzanine level.

Two travelers sitting inside the Alaska Lounge working on their devices
The Alaska Lounge opened in July 2019 as part of the Phase 1 expansion of the North Satellite.

Hidden Sustainability Features 

Did you know the flushing water in the North Satellite's restrooms uses rainwater collected from the roof, saving 2.8 million gallons of potable water annually! Sustainable building solutions just like this are incorporated throughout and help the facility earn credits to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The North Satellite Modernization project is tracking towards a LEED Silver certification. 

Hear about the energy efficiency and water conservation measures at the new North Satellite.

Making Travel Easier for All

Accessibility upgrades at the new North Satellite make travel easier for everyone.

  • Two state-of-the-art adult change tables can be found in family restrooms on the concourse level, across the Marketplace at N
  • A nursing suite for traveling mothers features three privacy rooms, a private restroom, sinks, changing tables, seating, and other amenities to ease the stress of traveling for families. It can be accessed on the upper mezzanine level.
  • SEA’s first integrated pet relief area features restroom-grade ventilation, a sink area, and supplies for cleaning and proper disposal. It’s located on the North Satellite train level.

Guide dog and handler inside the new North Satellite pet relief area

New Eats and Beats Coming Soon

The Marketplace at N sits at the heart of the new North Satellite and is SEA’s newest airport destination. Bask in natural light and take in dramatic airfield views in this open seating area. Dining and retail options like Tundra Taqueria, SEA Roast Coffee House, Pike & Pine, and Filson open later this summer. And while waiting for your flight, discover your next favorite artist on the new performance stage.

North Satellite Marketplace at N with Boundary in background and new performance stage

    Project Timeline

    Construction of the North Satellite Modernization project occurs in two phases. Phase 1 started with the 240-foot expansion to the west and eight new gates. Phase 2 renovates the old facility, including remodeling 12 of the 20 gates at the North Satellite. To enhance operational efficiency, Gates N9 and N10 opened ahead of schedule.

    Project timeline for phase 1 and phase 2 construction of the North Satellite Modernization

    Estimated Project Costs

    This investment by the Port of Seattle and Alaska Airlines is built to preserve resources and meet our strict sustainability standards. Funding for the project will come from a combination of airline fees and Airport Development Fund and Passenger Facility Charge revenues. As with virtually all airport projects, no Port of Seattle taxes will be used. The estimated cost for the North Satellite Modernization is $700 million. 

    Related Projects

    Learn more about projects tied to the North Satellite Modernization.

    • Concourse C Satellite Train Access Upgrade (Completed: January 2020). Travelers connecting between Concourse C, the North Satellite, and the Main Terminal will have access to a refreshed space reflecting a Pacific Northwest sense of place inside the terminal. 
    • North Satellite Baggage System (Completed: Spring 2015). The upgraded baggage systems increase the speed of transfers, extend system life, improve long-term reliability, and decrease operating and maintenance costs.
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