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May 31, 2018

Private Building
$5 million-$20 million

Photo provided by PCL Construction Services
This Sea-Tac Airport lounge site was gutted ahead of time so the design team could better assess the space.

Alaska Airlines Concourse C lounge

Location: SeaTac

General contractor: PCL Construction Services

Owner/developer: Alaska Airlines

Owner's representative: Port of Seattle

Primary designer: JPC Architects

PCL Construction Services built a new passenger lounge for Alaska Airlines, renovating a 7,000-square-foot space at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Work occurred over three levels of Concourse C to support the new lounge, a ramp, and concourse and mezzanine levels. Work included a complete demolition of the prior tenant's space, select structural upgrades to the building's roof structure, high-end building finishes, and installation of electrochromic glass, a custom-built 20-foot interior water feature, food service equipment and custom lighting.

Beyond the goal of zero safety incidents (which was achieved), PCL's primary focus was to provide a high-quality product that would meet the owner's grand opening deadline.

The project team was successful in turning over the project in time for the grand opening. This was in part achieved by strong quality control and working two shifts for the entire six months of construction. PCL used tools such as a

3-D laser scanner and 360-degree camera to prepare and analyze activities prior to their starts, and documented construction in real time.

PCL joined the team when the project was still schematic in nature. To assist in design completion and shorten the overall construction schedule, PCL suggested that the demolition of the existing space be completed early under a separate permit.

After the space was completely gutted, the design team could see all existing conditions in the space and verify dimensioning without having to rely on as-built information that may or may not have been kept current.

As the design progressed, PCL was brought back on board between 30 to 60 percent design completion. At this stage, PCL could offer more cost certainty and provide constructability feedback.

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