Oakland County airport first to be LEED-certified
Michigan's Oakland County airport is the first LEED-certified aviation airport terminal in the United States.
The new Oakland County International Airport in Michigan is the first U.S. Green Building Council LEED-certified general aviation airport terminal in the country and Oakland County's first LEED-certified building.
All told, the project cost $7.5 million, with $2 million coming from the federal government.
The energy-saving features include wind and solar power sources, geothermal heating and cooling, and LED and fluorescent lighting. There are also electric vehicle charging stations and a living wall in the lobby. Solar panels and wind turbines will save about 15% in energy usage. The geothermal heating and cooling, which pulls 55 F water from the earth so that energy is saved by not having to cool or warm water to reach ideal building temps, will save 50% or more in energy costs.
The new airport building will house airport administration, U.S. Customs, an office for the Waterford Police Department, and also have a conference room available to airport users and the community.
- Edited by Chris Vavra, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, www.csemag.com
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey