MBS International Airport

The cities of Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw, Michigan, share a joint commission that operates the MBS International Airport.

The architectural design for the new MBS airport utilizes daylighting throughout the ‘landside’ portion of the terminal and illuminates the entrances, ticketing, and baggage claim with vertical glazing in continuous roof monitors. Inside, custom linear pendant indirect fixtures blend in with the curved ceiling architecture to create a pleasant, luminous environment. Indirect cove lighting fills in at the roof monitors at night, providing visual comfort for passengers and staff alike. Energy efficiency guided the lighting design throughout the terminal.

The curbside canopy extends the architectural theme beyond the interior space to shelter arriving and departing passengers. At night, suspended indirect HID lighting illuminates the entire canopy as a bright, friendly welcome upon arrival. Structural masts extending above the roof are lighted with small low wattage HID spotlights for a more subtle effect.

RS&H produced multiple bid packages to meet the schedules for the various funding sources. The team coordinated extensively between the many phases of the project through detailed meetings with the airport, tenants, funding agencies, and contractors. RS&H’s funding experts also took a leadership role in getting this project funded.

In 2013, the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Office of Aeronautics named MBS International Airport as the Michigan Airport of the Year.  Read the full story in Midland Daily News.

Project Details

Description Aviation
Architecture-New Facilities
Program Management
Lighting Design
Location Freeland, MI
Client/Owner MBS International Airport Commission
Awards Award of Excellence, Michigan Concrete Paving Association, 2013


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