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                                                                  Released: September 7, 2004
                                                       Contact: Michael Conway (734) 942-3558



  Board OK’s Design Team for New Detroit Terminal

SEPTEMBER 7, 2004 - DETROIT, MI: At a special meeting this morning, members of the Wayne
County Airport Authority board voted to approve a contract with the Detroit office of Gensler
Architecture, Design & Planning, a global architecture and design firm. The contract, valued
at $32.8 million, is to provide architectural, design and engineering services for the new North
Terminal Redevelopment project at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.

The North Terminal Redevelopment project will build a new passenger terminal facility
designed to serve airlines currently operating out of Detroit’s dated L.C. Smith Terminal,
including Air Canada, American, America West, Independence Air, Spirit, Southwest, US
Airways, United Airlines and perhaps others. The project, which will feature new shops and
restaurants; shorter walking distances and improved parking and luggage claim operations,
will include up to 29 gates. Other design considerations will be for luggage and security
systems, roadways to tie-in to the new facility, hydrant fueling operations and expandability to
allow for future additional service from new or existing air carriers.

“Designing a new terminal in the post-9/11 environment provides us with some advantages
over other airports,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Lester Robinson. “We can
design and build a safe and efficient terminal facility, and take advantage of some of the
recent lessons learned in the industry. We know some of the future TSA security
requirements for passenger and luggage screening, and we can design a facility that best
handles those requirements, while ensuring a seamless and efficient experience from the
traveler’s standpoint.”

"We’re excited to lead a first-rate design team of expert firms for the Airport’s new North
Terminal and provide a facility that not only supports operational objectives, but also offers
passenger comfort and convenience,” said Bill Hartman, Design Principal and Managing
Director of Gensler’s Detroit office. “This is a great opportunity to design a facility that
accommodates airline needs and anticipates future advances, while reflecting the unique
character of Southeastern Michigan."


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Architectural work by Gensler and their team, which includes Ghafari & Associates,
Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Syska Hennessey Group, Hanscomb Faithful & Gould, Burns &
McDonnell, BNP Associates, and Glover/Resnick and Associates, as well as several local
firms such as: ABE Associates of Detroit; BBF Engineering of Detroit; Hamilton Anderson
Associates of Detroit; Northwest Consultants of Canton; Reynolds, Smith & Hills of Flint;
Scales & Associates of Detroit, Sigma Associates of Detroit; Somat Engineering Inc. of
Detroit; and Tucker, Young, Jackson, Tull of Detroit and others, will begin upon Notice to
Proceed, which is expected later this month. The contract will last until the project is
complete currently estimated in late 2008. Gensler was deemed the most qualified of nine
proposals submitted during a competitive solicitation process, which began this spring.


Gensler...Architecture, Design & Planning Worldwide is a leading global design, planning and
strategic consulting firm, with 1,700 people and offices in 25 cities, including Detroit where
Gensler maintains a full-service practice. Gensler has been designing airport terminals for close to
20 years, with 44 separate passenger terminal projects completed for leading airports in the United
States and abroad. In the wake of 9/11, the firm has emerged as a specialist in terminal security—
currently consulting with eight major airports on 15 different terminals, including JetBlue’s
terminal at JFK International Airport in New York City, Atlanta’s new terminal at Hartsfield-
Jackson International Airport, and the expansion of Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International
Airport in California. Gensler's multi-textured expertise drives a focused exploration of how people
experience the world around them; Gensler teams then use that knowledge to create innovative
design solutions that give clients a fresh, competitive edge. Additional information on Gensler
can be found by visiting their website at www.gensler.com


Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is undergoing one of the most dramatic transformations
of any airport anywhere. In addition to the 97-gate McNamara Terminal, the airport has also recently
opened a new 10,000 ft. runway, a new south access road, John Dingell Dr., and a new 400-room
luxury-class Westin Hotel at the airport. With the creation of the new Wayne County Airport
Authority, and future terminal projects planned, Metro Airport is quickly positioning itself as one of
the finest air transportation gateways in the world.



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