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was. We wanted to project a professional, high-tech image,
which Oakland County is. The terminal building didn't
reflect that. We were looking at remodeling or razing it, and
we decided to demolish the structure."
In 2011, OCIA debuted the new building as the first
LEED-certified general aviation terminal in the nation.
Features include geothermal heating and cooling, photovoltaic panels on the roof, wind spires that generate electrical
power to help offset the costs of utility charges, rain gardens
and bioswales to collect and purify rain water, LED lighting,
and a living wall filled with tropical plants from around the
world serving as an air purifier.
"We have over 1,000 foreign businesses based in Oakland
County," VanderVeen says. "In the global economy and 21st
century, airports become even more relevant, and it's exciting to be part of something that's always advancing."

BRINGING DOWN THE NOISE
Airplane noise can be irritating. For those living near airports
the loud zooms of airplanes taking off and coming in can be a
source of frustration, which is why Oakland County has insulated 500 houses in the noisiest areas surrounding Oakland
County International Airport (OCIA). It also came up with a
noise-abatement solution for when airplanes are stationary.
It turns out that maintenance can be pretty noisy, too.
"One of the largest sources of noise is when the jet engine
is being maintained," Oakland County Director of Central
Services J. David VanderVeen explains. "When a jet aircraft
takes off the sound lasts for about 30 seconds, but when an
engine is being maintained it can result in a long, irritating
noise. Jet engines are run up to full power and then backed
down. Often they are on full power for 15-minute stretches."
To mitigate the noise, Oakland County built a ground-up
enclosure at OCIA designed to reduce sound pollution. The
three-sided building baffles noise and sends it straight up
so neighbors don't hear it. The original design reduced noise
by 75 percent, but OCIA put another layer of metal on the
outside to give it a more professional and high-tech look.
"The best part was that by adding the metal layer, it not
only made it more aesthetically pleasing but we were able
to achieve over 90 percent noise reduction," VanderVeen
says. "It was a very successful venture and we were happy to
address it. The neighbors are even happier."

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