New Airport Authority Headquarters Building to be named in honor of Michael Berry

Airport Authority offices will move from Detroit Metro Airport’s Smith Building to a significantly more efficient administration facility in 2017

News Releases
Apr 16
2015

DETROIT (April 16, 2015) – At a board meeting yesterday, the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) passed a resolution to name a new WCAA headquarters building in honor of former Wayne County Road Commission Chairman Michael Berry. The facility, currently under design, will be constructed adjacent to the North Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), and is anticipated to open in 2017.

Michael Berry is a respected and distinguished attorney, philanthropist and community member who was elected to the Wayne County Road Commission in 1967 and served as Chairman for ten years. “Michael Berry saw the importance of expanding Detroit Metropolitan Airport, and with his vision, was instrumental in facilitating development that allowed our airport to grow and prosper,” said Airport Authority CEO Thomas Naughton.

The former Berry International Terminal, which still bears his name, was decommissioned in 2008, when the airport’s North Terminal opened. “Naming our new administration offices in honor of Mr. Berry allows his legacy and vision to continue on,” said Naughton.

Construction on the Michael Berry Building – Wayne County Airport Authority Headquarters is anticipated to begin towards the end of this year. The new headquarters will incorporate sustainable design elements that complement the architecture of the adjacent North Terminal and will realize dramatic operating efficiencies, from the airport’s current office space in the former Smith Terminal. The new facility will be approximately 84,000 s.f.,versus the nearly 305,000 s.f. Smith Building, which was constructed in 1957.

Michael Conway
Brian Lassaline
Erica Donerson
Vice President, Communications and External Affairs
Wayne County Airport Authority
Lisa Gass
Media Relations Manager1
Wayne County Airport Authority