The new passenger terminal at Paine Field is different from other airports in its innovative design, wooing travelers with a warm atmosphere, high-quality finishes, spacious lounge areas, and an intuitive layout.

Not only do these qualities entice perspective travelers, but they also earned the designer, Propeller Airports, recognition from the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships.

“We’re honored that our vision and hard work to put together this project was recognized by the council,” Brett Smith, CEO of Propeller Airports, said in a statement. “What we’ve done with Snohomish County is a model that can be replicated nationwide and can bring tremendous benefits to local economies without burdening taxpayers. We’ve built an airport for the future by bringing back some of the glamour and service of the past, with tailored concessions, design and maintenance, and a higher level of convenience for local passengers.”

The award comes just before Paine Field opens to commercial service next month. Alaska Airlines and United Airlines will be flying their first passengers from the airport on March 4 and March 31, respectively.

Between the 24 daily flights that will be offered, passengers will have access to nine different destinations from Everett. The opening of the terminal will mark the return of commercial air service to Everett for the first time since the 1940s.