Following the massive growth of our region’s largest airport, the Washington Department of Commerce recently selected Stantec — a global architecture, engineering, and design firm — to complete an impact study of the operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Between 2014 and 2016, Sea-Tac saw its operations rise 23 percent, making it one of the fastest growing airports in the country. It was for this reason that the Washington state legislature requested the study last year to evaluate the airport’s impacts on quality of life in the region. A request for proposals was released this spring.
Throughout the course of the study, Stantec will examine noise pollution, public health, traffic, congestion, parking in residential areas, pedestrian access to the airport, public safety and crime in the surrounding area, effects on property values, as well as future economic development opportunities.
“Stantec brings a national reputation with a deep understanding of local community perspective,” Mark Barkley, assistant director of the local government division at the Washington Department of Commerce, said in a statement. “Combined with expertise in bringing together planning, engineering, design, and science, their comprehensive approach aligns with our mission of strengthening communities.”
The Sea-Tac study will mirror a similar study done by Stantec, performed more than two decades ago, according to Joe Pobiner, Stantec’s senior manager, who led the first study.
“We’re excited to again work with the state of Washington and the communities directly around Sea-Tac airport on this important project,” Pobiner said. “Sea-Tac is an important asset to both the Seattle metropolitan area and the State of Washington. The results of this study will provide a framework to better understand how the airport’s growth touches south King County in a variety of ways.”
The study is co-funded with $300,000 from the cities around the airport and $300,000 from the state. The study is expected to conclude by June 2020.