Seattle’s Space Needle Gets $100 Million+ Makeover. We got a close-up look at the biggest upgrade to Seattle’s iconic Space Needle since it opened in 1962. The renovations started last September, and 150 construction workers have been working 20 hours a day, six days a week, to give the structure some new vertigo-inducing features. “CBS Sunday Morning’s” Lee Cowan got a tour at the top of the site before its re-opening. In Any Event Watch Latest Trending Videos Online On Imperial Hip Hop.