New Green Terminal Opens at Oakland County International Airport.

13 Sep 2011

The new terminal at the Oakland County International Airport officially opened a few weeks ago unveiling a $7.5 million “green” renovation.  The airport, which is applying for LEED Gold Certification, is touted as being the first LEED certified airport in the country and home to Michigan’s first “green” terminal.  The new 15,000-square-foot terminal includes, among other things, the following green technologies:

  • A living wall of tropical rain forest plants that clean the air inside the building
  • Wind and solar generation of electricity
  • A solar hot water heater
  • Geothermal heating and cooling
  • Highly efficient fluorescent and LED lighting
  • Electric car charging stations
  • Commuter offices
  • Recycled construction materials
  • And reuse of the old terminal site and basement

According to Oakland County’s website, the airport is 12th busiest general aviation airport in the country and the second busiest in Michigan behind Detroit Metro in terms of the number of takeoffs and landings.  The website also states that over a half-million passengers use the airport each year including virtually all the Fortune 500 companies.  As Michigan continues to transform its economy and attempts to recruit companies to move into the state, this would seem to be a great first impression.

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