Space Needle to get $100 million renovation, including floor-to-ceiling glass (VIDEO)


SEATTLE -- The Space Needle is about to undergo a major multi-year renovation, bringing floor-to-ceiling glass to both the observation deck and restaurant.

The privately funded Century Project is a historic renovation effort designed to preserve the 55-year-old icon.

The project will open up even clearer 360-degree views of Puget Sound with floor-to-ceiling glass in the interior and exterior of the Observation Deck.

The restaurant level will be reimagined with a "first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor revealing downward views of the structure never seen before."

Construction will fully begin in September and the initial phase should be finished by June 2018. The project is estimated to cost $100 million, officials say.

The SkyCity Restaurant and SkyLine private event space will be closed during construction.

“This project both connects us back to our roots, to the vision that my father and his partners had when they built the Space Needle in 1962, and guides us forward into the future for generations to enjoy,” said Jeff Wright, chairman, Space Needle LLC.

Here are seven key features of the renovation:

    “This reinvestment ensures the long-term viability of the Space Needle,” said Ron Sevart, president and CEO, Space Needle LLC.  "We have a commitment to our Team Members, our guests, and to the community to preserve the Space Needle as a civic and cultural icon for future generations. This translates directly into long-term job security for our Team Members and positive economic impact to the Seattle Center as well as the greater Seattle area.”