There have been several updates to the new Delta Sky Club and expanding Amex Centurion Studio in Seattle, but before sharing that I wanted to see if I could find more information with a little digging. I’ve managed to get at least a blueprint for the new spaces so you can see how big they are, as well as some information on the new Alaska Airlines Board Room being planned for the North Satellite.
I noticed last month that construction of the new Delta Sky Club (which was originally slated to open this month) had obscured the windows of the Centurion Studio next door. The Points Guy recently found evidence from a memo published by the Port of Seattle in May, which indicates that American Express has already made arrangements with the port to expand the Centurion Studio. The new space is an adjacent HVAC tower, and the port will reimburse Amex for the necessary costs to make it suitable for lounge expansion.
The words “HVAC tower” don’t inspire confidence. So exactly how much space will the Centurion Studio get, and how easily will it be able to restore its views of Mt. Rainier?
Not a whole lot. The expanded Centurion Studio looks to be about 50% larger than the original and is still utterly dwarfed by the new Sky Club. But it will have more restrooms, a shower, and a full bar. These are features missing from the current club that leave the Centurion Studio a step behind larger Centurion Lounges elsewhere.
There’s also a comment that American Express would eventually like to find a new home for the facility, with a minimum of 10,000 sf. (That’s enormous, and I don’t know where they’ll put it. Concourse A seems the most logical spot due to existing plans for construction of a new customs facility, but it’s so remote from the rest of the terminal.)
I was unable to find any more information on the lounges despite reviewing the minutes for the past six months. Delta is behind schedule, but since Amex is using the same contractor one would hope that both lounges will open soon in the next few months.
While digging around, I also found some interesting information on North Star, the project to renovate the North Satellite where Alaska Airlines has consolidated operations after United moved to Concourse A. They opened a temporary, second Board Room location there last fall and plan to eventually open a permanent rooftop lounge when the renovation is complete.
Depending on how I read the numbers, it appears that the Port is in the process of approving an expansion of the new Board Room while the design phase is still ongoing. This would increase the Board Room’s size from 4,485 sf. to 7,485 sf. Note that the sketches below are still subject to change.
This was prepared for a meeting at the beginning of the month, and minutes are unavailable. I can’t confirm that the port approved these changes.
If you go way back to July 2015 there are also some renderings of the North Satellite’s interior that I don’t believe were shared previously. These do not include the Board Room, but it’s still a positive sign of what the future terminal will look like.
The skylights will get rid of the current cramped feeling. It’s consistent with the existing designs of Concourses B, C, and D and the South Satellite. Contrast that with Concourse A, which is nearly all white stone and uses very little wood.
Unfortunately there’s still no word on a third Alaska Airlines Board Room for Concourse C. This was mentioned in a quote at the same time that Delta made its press release about a second Sky Club, and Alaska said at the time they planned to open it this year.
Perhaps the plan was shelved after the Virgin America acquisition, or it just didn’t make sense after they thought it through. Some people who previously used the Board Room with a Priority Pass card may be going to the Centurion Studio instead. Whatever the reason, I’m increasingly skeptical that we’ll see it materialize.
Update: An anonymous but reliable source tells me that Alaska Airlines is still planning a third lounge in Concourse C, but construction will not begin until later this year. There are also plans to renovate the existing lounge in Concourse D next year.