Wayne County Airport Authority Building 610 Conversion

This project is located at the Wayne County Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, MI. and consisted of selective demolition and reconstruction of the former American Airlines Freight Facility converting it into Building 610. The goal was to consolidate the Airport Police Operations, Airport / Emergency Dispatch Operations, Credentials and Public Safety Administration into one facility.  Roncelli provided pre-construction services and construction management administration along with predesign and design-build services for the relocation of airport critical systems.

The exterior of the existing building as well as interior construction, mechanical systems and electrical systems were removed leaving only the structural steel frame.  Approximately 18,000 sf of existing facility was demolished. The remaining 35,615 sf of existing building was renovated and a 22,050 sf addition was constructed. The Airport Dispatch and Emergency Management Center portion of the project consisted of two distinct areas within Building 610. Totaling approximately 10,000 sf, the Airport Response Center (ARC) along with the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) consolidated three Airport operation entities; Public Safety Answering Point, Security Command Center and Airfield Operations Dispatch that were all originally located independently at the airport facility.

This design-build project began with predesign efforts prior to award. The Roncelli team defined system requirements, operational constraints, system upgrades and implemented a design to cost commitment as part of the project delivery. Extensive coordination and management of the owner’s expectations of the three user groups were required to provide an end product that met their needs within the established GMP. Due to the critical nature of the airport communications, dispatch and security systems, carefully orchestrated migration and phased cutover schedules were detailed down to half hour increments to ensure a flawless transition from each of the existing user group facilities to the ARC and EOC.

This project obtained LEED Level Certification.

Project Location:

Detroit Metropolitan Airport
Detroit, MI


36, 615 SF Renovation
22,050 SF Addition


Airport Police Operations
Emergency Dispatch Operations
Public Safety Administration


Wayne County Airport Authority
Romulus, MI


The Faith Group, St. Louis, MO