Alaska Airlines breaks ground on new 128,000 s.f. office building Thursday

Community leaders join Alaska Airlines for the groundbreaking of a new building near Sea-Tac International Airport. Pictured from L to R: Megan Brown, Lindsey Werner, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Alaska Air Group lead independent director Patricia Bedient, King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, SeaTac Mayor Michael Siefkes, Washington Senator Karen Keiser and Alaska Airlines Captain Charlie Wright. (PRNewsfoto/Alaska Airlines)

The new building will be across the street from Alaska’s Corporate Headquarters, located south of Sea-Tac Airport. (PRNewsfoto/Alaska Airlines)

Located on a 6.8-acre site south of Sea-Tac Airport, construction of the Hub is expected to be completed by early 2020. (PRNewsfoto/Alaska Airlines)

Construction of a 128,000-square-foot building called the “Hub” will connect office and technology workers with employees running Alaska Airlines. (PRNewsfoto/Alaska Airlines)

On Thursday (May 3), Alaska Airlines broke ground on construction of a new 128,000-square-foot building near Sea-Tac Airport that will provide a modern and efficient office space for its growing workforce.

The new building – called ‘The Hub’ – will be across the street from Alaska’s Corporate Headquarters and adjacent to its Flight Training Center, providing office space for approximately 600 Alaska employees in technology, System Operations Control and other key functions.

“Alaska Airlines has grown significantly over the past several years. In the last five years alone, the number of Alaska Air Group employees has grown by 76 percent. As we continue to grow our workforce in our hometown, this new facility will bring together frontline employees and management and improve collaboration,” said Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden. “The new building, which we are calling the ‘Hub,’ will be a warm, welcoming facility for all Alaska employees and guests.”

The Hub will be constructed on a 6.8-acre site that Alaska Airlines acquired in January and where demolition is already underway. Building construction will begin by July 2018 and is expected to be completed by early 2020. Redevelopment will also include a new parking garage, surface parking, landscaped paths and other site improvements.

“Alaska Airlines has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to its employees and the broader community, here in SeaTac and throughout the Puget Sound region,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. “This hometown airline deeply embodies the Northwest spirit and values. As a major employer in this state for more than 60 years, Alaska’s investments in the community demonstrate its long-term vision and contribute to its success.”

Designed by the architecture firm NBBJ, the Hub will include centralized space dedicated to a number of functions that support our frontline employees. In addition to serving as a recruiting center, the Hub will be home to the uniform fit center, Company Store and provide a functional and efficient workspace for the operations centers for Alaska and Horizon as well as the e-commerce team and some ITS employees.

“The City of SeaTac commends Alaska for its thoughtful advance coordination and careful planning with the City,” said Michael Siefkes, SeaTac City Mayor. “We are encouraged by Alaska Airlines’ clear vision and commitment to transform this site into a modern and pedestrian-friendly environment for its expanding workforce.”

Redevelopment plans include creating a campus environment that allows Alaska employees and guests to walk safely and conveniently between buildings. In the initial phase, Alaska will also construct a privately funded, publicly accessible pedestrian crossing of International Boulevard marked with traffic signals to enhance pedestrian safety.


One Response to “Alaska Airlines breaks ground on new 128,000 s.f. office building Thursday”
  1. Earl Gipson says:

    Thank you Alaska. Could you perhaps talk with Amazon? The City of SeaTac won’t try to shove them out.