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
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.