AGC Michigan, Build Michigan Award, 2010
The North Terminal at Detroit's Metro Airport is a two-level structure, built to replace two aging passenger terminals, that connects to an existing parking structure via an enclosed skywalk. The 824,000 square-foot terminal was designed to let in abundant natural light on the upper floor, which houses ticketing, luggage check-in, passenger security and retail. The lower level accommodates security areas, customs, baggage handling and other airport functions.
- Cost control was a high priority for the owner, so our engineers designed the structure for maximum efficiency.
- The design used three different types of foundation systems to simplify construction and accommodate an existing utility tunnel.
- Story-deep trusses frame main entrance, providing an open three-story space. And the roof of the baggage claim area was designed to support a roadway above.
- As the nation’s first post-911 new terminal installations, the terminal’s 100% in-line baggage screening offers state-of-the-art safety and security.
- Two years after the terminal’s opening, Detroit Metro was ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction among large airports in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 North America Airport Satisfaction Study.