Seattle’s legendary Space Needle is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar makeover. Most of the changes to the Emerald City’s top tourist draw involve installing glass panels so guests can get an even clearer view of the surrounding city and mountains. These renovations are will cost $100 million and are expected to be finished by the end of 2018.
Visitors in the Space Needle’s observation deck will notice that construction crews replaced all the former walls with glass panels. For the more adventurous tourists, the Space Needle now has glass “Skyriser” benches guests can sit or lean on to feel as if they’re flying over Seattle.
Crews are now hard at work building a spiral staircase to connect the Space Needle’s two observation decks. As you might’ve already guessed, this staircase will have glass all around it so tourists can look out on Seattle as they walk up and down the observation towers. This new staircase, called Oculus, will hopefully be completed for the busy summer travel season.
Besides the observation decks, the Space Needle’s celebrated SkyCity restaurant is also getting a makeover. Not only will the panels in this restaurant be made of glass, the tables and floor will be glass as well. Experts expect this restaurant to be ready to open at the end of 2018.
Crews are also building a new restaurant called The Loupe and a café/wine bar called Atmos. Both of these eateries are set to open by the end of 2018.
Completed in 1962 for the World’s Fair, Seattle’s steel Space Needle measures 605-feet and still holds the title for the fourth tallest observation tower in the USA. The main observation deck is located at the 520-feet mark and the SkyCity Restaurant is 500 feet above the ground.
As of today, about 80 percent of the Space Needle’s renovations are completed. Interested tourists can learn more about this project’s progress on the Space Needle’s website: https://www.spaceneedle.com/home/.