Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Parking Deck Roof Addition

The airport customer parking facility for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport was losing 25% of its capacity during the winter months due to snow accumulation at the upper levels.

FTCH provided the architectural design and engineering for a 415,000-sf roof addition to the 3rd and 4th levels of the existing deck. The roof structure was designed to both integrate with and enhance the original design aesthetic of the facility.

The solution maintained the required control tower runway sightlines and maintained the 60-foot structural bays for parking and cost efficiency.

Due to prevailing westerly and northwesterly winds, the design includes capacity for a snow screen element to be added in the future, if needed, in order to minimize blowing snow from accumulating on the upper floors of the deck. The installation of solar panels on the roof during the preliminary design phase was considered.