Oakland County International Airport New ‘Green’ Terminal to Open in 2010

PONTIAC, MICH. – October 29, 2008 –

Oakland County Executive L.
Brooks Patterson today announced that a new “Green” terminal will be
constructed at Oakland County International Airport, replacing the
existing building which has been in service for nearly half a century.

Construction
of the environmentally friendly building is expected to begin in the
spring of 2009 and should be completed by summer 2010. The entire
project will cost $5.5 million and is completely funded. It is being
paid for by the Airport Fund, which has been saving for several years
to pay for the terminal and other capital improvements. The Airport
Fund is supported by fees collected by airport users, not from county
property tax.

“With Oakland International being the aviation gateway to our county as
we attract high-tech firms from all over the world to do business here,
it makes perfect sense for this portal to be technologically advanced
and environmentally friendly,” Patterson said. “The terminal will tell
first-time visitors to our county as well as our old friends that they
have come to the right place – Oakland County, Michigan.”

The
terminal will be one of the first of its kind in the country for a
general aviation airport. Oakland International is the 16th busiest
general aviation airport in the United States and the second busiest
airport in the state behind Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The
new terminal will incorporate wind power generating technology to
offset electrical power, geothermal power and rain water for landscape
irrigation. The county will seek LEED certification (Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design) through the United States Green
Building Council. Neumann Smith Architecture of Southfield is designing
the building. Frank Rewold and Sons will serve as general contractor
for the project.

The new terminal will be constructed
on the same site as the existing building. Upon completion, it will
actually be smaller in terms of square footage (approx. 13,500 vs.
17,000) but the space will be used more efficiently. The new building
will include airport offices, a U.S. Customs Service office and have a
private meeting room that can accommodate 80 people.

Materials
used in the building construction will contain recycled content and be
friendly to the indoor environment. Materials from the demolished
building will be recycled when possible.

More than 500,000
passengers and pilots pass through Oakland International each year.
More than 800 private and corporate aircraft are based there.

“This
is the final step in the completion of our master plan which began
nearly 10 years ago,” said J. David VanderVeen, director of central
services for Oakland County who oversees the airport. “The master plan
and our capital program stressed safety and security first. In the last
few years we have resurfaced and improved the entire runway network.
The main runway extension will be complete next summer and so will the
noise abatement program. This is an exciting time for us.”

Patterson
also announced that the county is sponsoring a “Green” summit in
cooperation with Lawrence Technological University and Leadership
Oakland. The summit will be held in the spring on the campus of LTU. It
will recognize the “Green” achievements of Oakland County businesses,
communities and schools as well publicizing “Green” resources available
to local businesses and business opportunities.