Overlooking the Sea-Tac Airport tarmac at the juncture of
the A and B concourses is Delta Air Lines’ glistening new $24 million Sky Club.
The 23,000-square-foot Sky Club features a two-story lounge with
floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning views of Mount Rainier.
The new club offers guests an escape from the
airport crowds and panoramic views of the tarmac.
The interior design pays tribute to the natural beauty
of the Pacific Northwest.
The new club, sitting above an existing baggage-handling
facility and transit tunnel, offers guests amenities such as a spa, six shower
stations, a large buffet with dishes from local chef Ethan Stowell, full bar,
local art, and plenty of room to relax and refresh. The interior design of the
club pays tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, featuring
luxurious hardwood tables, curvy wood-paneled walls and ceilings, and colorful
glass in shapes that highlight the movement of water. The lounge is designed
with the long-haul international traveler in mind, as some of Delta’s nonstop
flights are almost 14 hours long.
The 30-foot-high window wall offers passengers a panoramic
view of the tarmac through View Dynamic Glass, which automatically adjusts its
tint depending on sunlight and energy use. As the libations and Starbucks
coffee flow abundantly from inside the lounge, those wary of airplanes and
airport crowds are also offered the chance to recharge at the Asanda Spa inside
the club, which offers massages, facial treatments, and a guided meditation
experience designed by Deepak Chopra.
The project team faced the challenge of completing the Club
while keeping the baggage claim facility, located below the Club, fully
operational during construction. During construction, which included
strengthening the existing structure with steel columns and adding space below
the Club, the baggage-handling facility and transit tunnel below remained in
operation 24 hours a day. The team worked in a complex space with constant tug traffic
in and out of the baggage facility, along with active boarding gates on either
side. When planes were docked at the gates, their wing tips were often within
25 feet of the new addition.
“PCL’s specialized team focuses on delivering for our
clients successful projects that demand speed and innovation,” said Kaz
Robertson, manager of PCL’s Special Projects division. “We have been serving
clients in the Seattle area for over 20 years and look forward to our continued
work at Sea-Tac Airport.”
PCL’s Special Projects division is continuing to work at
Sea-Tac on the South Satellite Interior Renovation and the Central Terminal
Stairs Addition for the Port of Seattle. They are also preparing to build a new
passenger lounge for Alaska Airlines as well as completing several renovations
for Delta Air Lines throughout Sea-Tac Airport.