Start Up in Seattle: 1941-1957

◀ Howard Lease, who took over the company after his father’s death in 1929, was known for his fairness and integrity. He personally delivered weekly paychecks to the employees. He moved the business to Seattle in 1939 where there was municipal and government work.
▲ Construction of Sea-Tac’s south satellite was a continuation of work at the airport that began in 1945 when Howard S. Lease Construction Co built the main terminal. The south satellite is the Pacific Northwest's largest and busiest international arrivals passenger terminal, which features eight gates and is connected to the main terminal at Sea-Tac via subway train.


“I Shall Find a Way or Make One”, Rear Admiral R. E. Peary (CEC) USN. This painting has always hung in the CEO’s office as a testament to the determination required to succeed in the construction business.▶

The company name has changed many times over the years, but has always included "Lease".  

◀ Early work in Seattle included navy barracks at the Bremerton shipyard and other smaller military housing projects. In 1974 the company built a ten-story post tensioned concrete dormitory and mess hall that they subsequently added on to.

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