Following the massive growth of the 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 and effects on property values, as well as future economic development opportunities.
“Stantec brings a national reputation with a deep understanding of local community perspective,” said Mark Barkley, assistant director of the local government division at the Washington Department of Commerce. “Combined with expertise in bringing together planning, engineering, design, and science, their comprehensive approach aligns with our mission of strengthening communities.”
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.